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Hey guys I was to start getting familiar with Forscan but I am not certain on which adapter to get. I guess some of the adapters on Amazon are "clones" and not reliable. Also, im not sold on Bluetooth for this.

Can someone please recommend an OBD2 adapter? Thanks in advance

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The Forscan site has an approved list of adapters, with that said -- I use the OBDLink MX+, others have had good results with the BAFX one -- the cheap clones are use at your own risk -- may or may not work

The OBDLink adapter has the advantage of Bluetooth and WiFi in the same adapter
 

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The Forscan site has an approved list of adapters, with that said -- I use the OBDLink MX+, others have had good results with the BAFX one -- the cheap clones are use at your own risk -- may or may not work



The OBDLink adapter has the advantage of Bluetooth and WiFi in the same adapter
Thanks for the info. Im not sure I want to try the Bluetooth/wifi adapters. I mean what if you lose connection or the app crashes mid scan?

Do they make a cabled adapter with WiFi ability?

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Well it likely will not crash, but what if it did, just restart, your only reading information -- there are USB cables also
 

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Well it likely will not crash, but what if it did, just restart, your only reading information -- there are USB cables also
I didn't realize the app is read only. I definitely need the use of writing. I searched yours on Amazon and it only shows wifi/bt only.

Buying an adapter is easy but finding the correct one that's not a knock off is difficult

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The Forscan app can command the various actuators in the truck as well, so not read only -- still commanding a function is like an input, your not changing anything

Read and Command are safe

You can in certain areas write new parameters, but if you don't know what you are doing -- well, should learn first -- I would suggest avoiding blindly poking in new parameters -- if you feel something needs changed, do the research -- then act

And yeah, both adapters I mentioned are Bt, the first is BT/WiFi and the BAFX has that option also in their more expensive model -- either one of those adapters will be solid -- I prefer the WiFi option because my laptop is cranky about connecting with Bt, whereas my tablet and phone are fine with Bt -- and if you are using an I-phone wifi is the only option

Some get by with the 10 dollar adapters, some have to buy several before one works -- strictly your choice
 

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The Forscan app can command the various actuators in the truck as well, so not read only -- still commanding a function is like an input, your not changing anything



Read and Command are safe



You can in certain areas write new parameters, but if you don't know what you are doing -- well, should learn first -- I would suggest avoiding blindly poking in new parameters -- if you feel something needs changed, do the research -- then act



And yeah, both adapters I mentioned are Bt, the first is BT/WiFi and the BAFX has that option also in their more expensive model -- either one of those adapters will be solid -- I prefer the WiFi option because my laptop is cranky about connecting with Bt, whereas my tablet and phone are fine with Bt -- and if you are using an I-phone wifi is the only option



Some get by with the 10 dollar adapters, some have to buy several before one works -- strictly your choice
I don't mean to hold your hand but could you find me a link to an adapter that has a cable connection too? All im finding are wireless only.

Thanks for the info and advice. Yeah im not going to be poking around anywhere I shouldn't. I just have goals like programming a key myself for example. Among other things. Im definitely not jumping in the deep end of the pool without first learning how to swim

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