How to choose a good Nexiq USB Link 1 or 2

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How to choose a good Nexiq USB Link 1 or 2

This is for those who are looking for a working NEXIQ 125032 or NEXIQ USB Link 2, original or clone.

Nexiq 1:

http://www.obd2tool.com/goods-493-Best+quality+NEXIQ+125032+USB+Link++Software+Diesel+Truck+Diagnose+Interface+and+Software+with+All+Installers.html

Nexiq 2:

http://www.obd2tool.com/goods-5163-NEXIQ-2+USB+Link++Software+Diesel+Truck+Interface+And+Software+With+All+Installers.html

Is there any major difference between Nexiq 1 and Nexiq 2 as the price difference isn’t much?

Nexiq 1 is the past, Nexiq 2 is the future.

Nexiq 1 is discontinued. no more updates but for most people it will still work just fine.
Nexiq 2 is the current model and has more future potential than what the Nexiq 1 could do.

Cables for each are different so they are not interchangeable. When ordering, you should make sure you get 3 different cables. The standard 6/9 pin y-cable with the green connector on the 9 pin plug so you can communicate to the newer 500k baud network. A standard OBD2 cable and an OBD II Cat cable to talk to Caterpillar engines in GM trucks. If you need to communicate to trailer ABS, you will also need a PLC adapter.

Do NOT buy the inexpensive clones that normally come with multiple cables. The clones are not reliable and if they update with Nexiq software, they will become a brick.

Which one would you recommend wifi or bluetooth?

Both will work off bluetooth but I find bluetooth very slow. It’s faster and easier just to use a cable to connect to the laptop. The cable is a standard USB “printer” cable. I like using a 5 meter cable so I can move the laptop out of the truck is I have to. There are times I’ve used the laptop on the other side of the truck and even under the truck. The long cable makes it easier. Occasionally, I’ll use bluetooth.

I have no idea what the wifi option is. To me, that would mean if the Nexiq is communicating to the laptop over wifi then the laptop’s network connection isn’t connected to a router. Just ignore any wifi options.

How can you tell original from clone, is clone called differently?

The Heavy Duty Diagnostic Tool Nexiq 2 clones don’t have 26 pin cables just the standard fitting also the usb connector is different and there is a hole by the usb connector on the clones as well.


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The NEXIQ Technologies 124032 USB-Link 2 Connector

124032 Nexiq USB Link 2 with Companion Guide

The NEXIQ Technologies 124032 USB-Link 2 Connector at OBD2TOOL allows PC-to-vehicle connection with an interface compatible with multiple software applications. It will minimize your investment in multiple brand-specific diagnostic interfaces so you can do more tasks with fewer tools.

Perhaps the largest design change is where the cables attach to the NEXIQ USB Link 2. The original USB Link used a standard 15-pin connector, and life was good. There were a ton of aftermarket cables available, all of which sold for under $40. This included replacement 6/9 pin cables, OBDII cables, Volvo 8-pin & 14-pin, Cummins 3-pin, and many more. With the new adapter, Nexiq has changed to a 26-pin connector as shown below. While we can’t find a reason for this on the Nexiq website, we can only assume that this is to handle the new CAN2 protocol standard. Since there are no aftermarket cables available for this, it means the “extra” cables got very expensive — Over $200 for most of them! Until there is a good aftermarket solution, there won’t be much that can be done.

You might laugh at the Rolex comment but the similarities are frightening. When you receive the products, lay the watch and USB-Link out side by side. From a few feet away it looks like you made a great buy. Step closer and that knot will start to tighten in your stomach. You’ll soon realize that maybe this was not a good idea. When you start to really look at the units you will see that the little hands are really just printed on the Rolex face. Now look at your USB-Link and the three led’s that are on the non-U.S. manufactured USB-Link are printed on the sticker.

vt55 ateq OBDII kit includes a universal OBD connector which connects to the vehicle ECU via CANbus and K-line. Tecnicians only need to select the make of the vehicle and press the START button. It is that easy and fast to accurately activate and decode TPMS sensors and display their data or any faults they may have.