About this project
OBDLink MX WiFi is a fun little gadget that lets your phone talk to your car, in real time. It's easy for anyone to use, and it works on iOS, Android and Windows platforms. Use it with a variety of highly-rated apps that enable you to connect with your car like never before. OBDLink MX WiFi is like a swiss army knife for your car!
Don’t let its modest looks fool you: it is absolutely the awesomest device of its kind, for the following reasons:
- Dozens of compatible apps, and more added all the time!
- Intelligent sleep mode: plug it in, and forget about it -- it won't drain your car's battery
- Lightning-fast performance, MX WiFi runs circles around the competition
- Easy setup. Yes, even a caveman can do it.
- Uncompromising quality, backed by the best warranty in the industry
- Firmware updates. Update MX WiFi with newly developed features.
OBDLink MX WiFi's functionality is limited only by the imagination of the programmers that write the apps. Apps that exist on the market today, can be used to:
- Improve your gas mileage
- Remote start your car (on select vehicles)
- Create a digital dashboard or a heads-up display
- Buy a used car with confidence
- Lock/unlock doors (on select vehicles)
- Clear the ‘Check Engine’ light, and investigate its cause
- Make your phone go “Vroom! Vroom!”, in sync with the gas pedal
- Impress your friends, family, and significant others
Sadly, MX WiFi is not in production yet, and we only shipped a dozen of prototypes to our most trusted beta testers. However, to give you a taste of what to expect, here is what real people posted on Amazon after trying out its cousin, the OBDLink MX Bluetooth:
“The greatest thing since sliced bread! ... This is SLICK!”
“My favorite feature by far is the auto shutoff, and this adapter is the only one I'm aware of which has it. I leave it plugged in 24/7 in my car and it automatically shuts off after I turn off the car, and comes right back on when I start the engine."
“This adapter has the fastest response times and supports the largest amount of data out of any of the OBD/Bluetooth adapters. If you're using a program like Torque, you'll want the extra data capacity/speed, as each gauge you add to Torque uses more bandwidth.”
“Device worked great and paired with my windows laptop and android phone with no issues. I leave it plugged in all the time and have not had any battery drain issues.”
“I've used cheapo adapters before, but this one blows them out of the water. This one from Scan Tool provides information at (according to my Torque) at around 40-50 PIDs/second, at least five times that of the old adapter.”
“After reading through a roller coaster of reviews of the Chinese knock offs, I went with the most expensive option but I think I made the right decision. This thing reads PIDs at blazing speeds, it is claimed to be the fastest on the market and I believe it. I never have to worry about a dead battery because it automatically shuts off when the OBD signal stops. It took about 10 seconds to set up on my EVO 4g.”
“This is an excellent tool that I am very pleased with. It is fast, accurate, and very useful. It is faster and easier to use than the high dollar scan tools we have in the shop! For about $150, I grab it before the shop one ($2000)! That one is left on the bench!”
“This has saved me lots of money and worry. I run a small car lot where I do most everything. Being able to know what’s going on with a car before I buy it is priceless. And knowing what my mechanic told me was true or not keeps him honest.”
“OBD” stands for “On-Board Diagnostics”, a network of small rugged computers that control everything in a modern vehicle, from engine and transmission, to anti-lock brakes and climate control. You are likely familiar with one element of the OBD system, the “Check Engine” light. Another element of the system, the OBD port, allows you to access the network for troubleshooting or other purposes.
OBDLink MX WiFi is a pocket-sized, wireless device that enables you to access the data available on the OBD network with your smart phone, tablet, or PC. The device plugs into the standard OBD port found in all modern vehicles, and requires no tools to install.
The average installation time is 3 minutes, including the OBDLink app download. You can safely leave it plugged in: the unique BatterySaver technology will automatically put the device to sleep. Once you plug it in, MX will appear in the list of available networks as a secure WiFi Access Point.
MX supports all legislated OBD-II protocols, plus advanced Ford & GM vehicle networks (Ford MSC and GMLAN). It works with all 1996 & newer cars and light trucks sold in the United States, and also supports EOBD, JOBD, and all other international variants of OBD-II.
- Create custom digital dashboards
- Measure and display fuel economy
- Display, graph, and log 90+ real-time parameters
- Turn off the ‘Check Engine’ light
- Read and erase stored, pending, and permanent trouble codes (both generic and manufacturer-specific)
- Access freeze frame information
Compatible third party apps offer you a wide assortment of awesome functionality, including:
- Controlling windows and door locks on newer GM vehicles
- Displaying auxiliary gauges on Google Glass
- Improving driving habits, saving money on gas, and remembering where you parked
- And of course, making your Honda sound like a Ferrari
Most WiFi-enabled OBD adapters only work in so-called “Ad Hoc” mode. With Ad-Hoc, you have to manually configure your IP settings every time you want to connect to the adapter. To make matters worse, Android users have to root their phone for Ad-Hoc adapters to work.
OBDLink MX WiFi dispenses with the Ad Hoc mode altogether, and provides you with 3 useful modes:
- AP (Server) mode
- Infrastructure (Client) mode
- Web Configuration
OBDLink MX WiFi can work with any WiFi-enabled smart phone, tablet, or PC. Officially supported platforms (this means, we verified that MX WiFi works with apps running under these operating systems) include:
- iOS (iPhone, iPad & iPod Touch)
- Android phones & tablets
- Windows Phone
- Windows 2000 and later PCs
- Wireless module: 802.11b/g
- Encryption: AES128
- Current consumption: 100 mA (normal), 0-10 mA (sleep)
- Dimensions: 1.97 x 1.77 x 0.91 inches (51 x 45 x 23 mm)
- Weight: 1.2 oz (33 g)
- Operating Voltage: 8-18V DC
- Operating Temperature: -4º to 131º F (-20º to 55º C)
- Operating Humidity: 10 to 85% (non-condensing)
- ISO 15765-4 (CAN)
- ISO 14230-4 (Keyword Protocol 2000)
- ISO 9141-2 (Asian, European, Chrysler vehicles)
- SAE J1850 VPW (GM vehicles)
- SAE J1850 PWM (Ford vehicles)
- SAE J2411 (GMLAN, Single Wire CAN)
- Ford MSC (Medium Speed CAN)
February: Finish debugging WiFi firmware, final integration testing.
March: Order packaging & print documentation. Receive and test production samples. Begin production.
April: Package and ship the first production units.
Normally, it takes six weeks to receive the first batch of a new design. However, we already sourced electronic components, raw PCBs, and enclosures to shave 2 weeks off the schedule. Also, we plan to deploy new-generation assembly-line testers, which should reduce the test time by over half. In the best possible scenario, we expect to start shipping production units in mid-April.
Joe Baumbach, Senior Engineer
Joe has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering Technology from DeVry University, and handles all aspects of the hardware design -- digital, analog, and RF. He is responsible for capturing schematics, laying out PCBs, testing prototypes, and preparing files for manufacturing.
Dave Beecham, Director of Business Development
Dave is tasked with doing market research to ensure that MX WiFi’s feature set meets customers’ needs, and is responsible for developing the marketing strategy (this Kickstarter is a part of it). Dave attended the University of Nebraska, and graduated from SCC-Milford with a degree in Electronic Engineering Technology.
Vitaliy Chetverikov, Co-Founder, Chief Software Developer
Vitaliy’s primary responsibility is the development of the OBDLink firmware and production tester software. Vitaliy has a Bachelor’s in Computer Engineering Technology from DeVry University.
Chris Fincher, Engineer
Chris is a graduate of DeVry University’s Computer Engineering Technology program, responsible for prototyping parts of the circuit, assembling the testers, and assisting with integration testing.
Vitaliy Maksimov, Co-Founder, Project Manager
Vitaliy is overseeing the project, making sure deadlines are met and helping the team members overcome any obstacles. Vitaliy graduated from DeVry University with a degree in Computer Engineering Technology.
Jason Smith, Senior Engineer
Jason is responsible for creating the assembly-line tester, which will be used by the factory to program and stress-test the devices to make sure they will long outlast our 3-year warranty. Jason earned his degree in Electronic Engineering Technology from DeVry University.
It’s been a long journey, but we are nearing the finish line: the prototypes are meeting our expectations, and as soon as the remaining WiFi glitches are fixed, we will be ready to begin production. All we need, is one last push. Your pledges will be used to cover the cost of manufacturing the first batch of OBDLink MX WiFi’s.
Don’t wait to make your pledge: we are practically giving away the first 100 units, and once they’re gone, they’re gone. Please support us by sharing this Kickstarter with your friends, and making a pledge, TODAY!
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Risks and challenges
We spent the last year field-testing and debugging OBDLink MX WiFi, and very few risks remain:
* WiFi module firmware. While testing the prototypes, engineers discovered several elusive glitches that may negatively affect user experience. The engineers created a suite of automated tests, and are working with the vendor on tracking down the remaining bugs. If worst comes to worst, our contingency plan calls for implementing workarounds in the driver code.
* New assembly-line tester. Using lessons learned from the previous generation testers, we designed a new tester to drastically reduce the time necessary to test each unit, and provide more details about the failures, which will enable the production manager to quickly identify and correct manufacturing problems. There is a small chance that it may not be ready in time for production, forcing the factory to fall back to using the slower old testers.
* Unforeseen manufacturing difficulties. Over our 12 years in business, we’ve seen projects get delayed for all sorts of reasons: from being unable to buy a particular transistor, to floods that keep delivery trucks from reaching the factory. To minimize this risk, we followed a stringent, proven pre-production checklist. Barring natural disasters, there should not be any delays due to manufacturing.
OBDLink MX WiFi was designed by the same team of engineers that designed the hugely successful OBDLink MX Bluetooth, and will be manufactured at the same facility. The two devices have comparable complexity, and share many design concepts.
The STN11xx codebase that is at the heart of MX, has been road-tested on over 100,000 vehicles of every imaginable make and model, in every part of the world -- from Africa to Alaska. We have full confidence in the success of the project.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Yes, with caveats.
The free included software will support most engine and transmission related manufacturer-specific diagnostic trouble codes (DTCs).
In addition, the hardware is capable of displaying DTCs for other modules (ABS, SRS, etc) on certain makes and models, provided the app knows how to retrieve them. This part is more difficult, and will require some effort on the part of the software developers.
The biggest advantage, is that MX WiFi works with the iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, and iPod).
Also, in certain situations, WiFi is more convenient than Bluetooth. For example, it is possible to configure it to connect to a hotspot, instantly making it available to any device on the network.
Throughput depends in large part on the wireless adapter inside the host, but for most intents and purposes, MX WiFi has roughly the same throughput as MX Bluetooth.
Yes. The app supports both US and metric units.
We want to stress that the following list only pertains to obdCANex app functionality. All other apps shown will work with any OBD-II compliant vehicle. In the USA, that's any 1996 or newer car or light truck.
Today, obdCANex functionality (Remote Start, Door Locks) is only available for 2007-2014 GM models, with some exceptions (notably, Hummer). Here is the complete list of models the app currently supports:
7. Silverado (not 2007 Classic)
2. Sierra (not 2007 classic)
3. Sierra Denali
6. Yukon Denali
7. Yukon XL
8. Yukon XL Denali
1. Pontiac G5
2. Pontiac G6 (not 2007)
3. Pontiac G8
4. Pontiac Solstice
5. Pontiac Torrent
6. Pontiac Vibe (not 2007, 2008)
The obdCANex website has additional information, including planned support for additional vehicles and OS platforms: http://obdcanex.com/o/
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