This interface works with all diagnostic-capable VW-Audi Group passenger cars from 1990 through current, except it does NOT fully support the following vehicles:
We recommend at least a 1 GHz dual-core processor with 1 GB of RAM and Windows 7 or newer. Slower computers or Windows 2000, XP, and Vista may work but are not officially supported. Windows 8. 8.1, or 10 on a machine robust enough to support the respective operating system are also fine.
To use the HEX-NET wirelessly, it needs to communicate via 802.11 b/g at 2.4 GHz. This means that for Access Point mode, the client device with the web browser (laptop computer, tablet, etc.) needs to support 802.11 b/g at 2.4 GHz. To use the HEX-NET in Infrastructure mode, both the client device and the router that is connected to the Internet need to support 802.11 b/g at 2.4 GHz. Specifically, 5 GHz WiFi is not supported nor are channels 12 and 13 supported.
The cable supplied with this interface is about 6 feet long -- just right for most laptops. We sell a 3-ft OBD extension in our web store that lets you keep your diagnostic tool connected and away from the driver's feet and legs. If you need more than that ... well, it's a WiFi interface! ;-)
In most cases, interfaces purchased directly from Ross-Tech will be pre-registered. Interfaces purchased from our authorized resellers must be registered within 10-15 uses to remain functional. Registration is accomplished on-line using a utility supplied with VCDS.
This interface acts as a "dongle" for VCDS, so the software should be fully functional on any PC you use with the HEX-V2. However, product support is provided only to the original registered user. If you buy a second-hand HEX-USB+CAN from someone and want support, you'll still need to pay $99 to re-register the interface in your name..
The HEX-NET should be used with the latest version of our VCDS software. The HEX-NET does not have the ability to emulate a dumb serial pass-through interface and thus unlikely to be compatible with any software other than VCDS.
The HEX-NET enumerates as an HID device and does not require a special driver. However, there are some HID power management quirks in 8.1 and newer fixed by installing a device-specific "driver" (actually just an INF file) supplied with the VCDS installer.
When used with VCDS on a PC via WiFi, Windows Firewall may ask you to allow traffic from VCDS. If this happens, you should allow it. There is also an "Open Windows Firewall for HEX-NET via WiFi" option in the VCDS-Installer that can and should be selected to pre-allow the connection.