Bosch Mastertech M-VCI User`s guide

Mastertech Vehicle Communication
Interface (VCI) User’s Guide
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The Mastertech Vehicle Communication Interface User’s
Guide provides an overview of the tool.
Certification Specifications
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Operational Altitude: 2000 m. (6,500 ft.)
latest product information available at the time of
Operational Humidity: 80%
publication. The right is reserved to make changes at any
Operational Temperature: 0°C to 50°C
time without notice.
Electrical Input: 7-32 VDC at 750mA max.
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Warranty Information
The Mastertech Vehicle Communication Interface is
warranted by Robert Bosch LLC to be free of defects
in material and workmanship for two years. Cables,
adapters, and accessories are warranted for a period of
Power Supply
one year. This warranty period is from the date of sale
The Mastertech VCI base kit includes an external AC to DC
power supply with 100-240 VAC 50/60 Hz input. Output is
12 volts at 1.25 amps.
and charts.
to the original consumer. If the product is found to be
defective during this period, the product can be returned
uu Warnings indicate there is a possibility of injury to you
or other people.
uu Cautions indicate the possibility of damage to
equipment.
uu Notes providing additional information are separated
from the text but do not appear in bold.
to Robert Bosch repair facility and will be repaired or
Refer to the Repair Manual for the vehicle being tested for
replaced free of charge at the sole discretion of Robert
further Warnings, Cautions, and Notes.
Bosch LLC. This warranty does not cover any part that
Note
If you are reading this guide on your computer,
note that the figures and illustrations are
hyperlinked to the text. To view a figure, simply
click on its reference.
FCC Compliance
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with
the limits for a Class A digital device, pursuant to Part
15 of the FCC rules. These limits are designed to provide
reasonable protection against harmful interference when
the equipment is operated in a commercial environment.
This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio
frequency energy. If not installed and used in accordance
with the instruction manual, it may cause harmful
interference to radio communications. Operation of this
equipment in a residential area is likely to cause harmful
Caution
has been abused, altered, used for a purpose other
These devices are intended for indoor
use only.
than that of which it was intended, or used in a manner
damages.
Foreword
The Shop Foreman Pro and Mastertech Vehicle
Repair Service
Communication Interface are designed for use by trained
If you suspect that you have a problem with this product,
service personnel to diagnose and repair automotive
electronic systems. Every attempt has been made to
provide complete and accurate technical information
based on factory service information available at the time
of publication. However, the right is reserved to make
changes at any time without notice.
To familiarize yourself with the Shop Foreman Pro
applications and its capabilities, and how to use it, please
read through the User’s Guides before putting the VCI
to work.
Shop Foreman Pro provides the following capabilities:
correct the interference at his or her own expense.
uu Electronic Control Unit (ECU) Data Transfer
VDE and CSA Certification
(Europe and Canada)
This equipment complies with the requirements of VDE
you are operating the product properly. If it is determined
that a problem exists, please contact the Robert Bosch
Repair Center.
North America: 800-321-4889
Japan: (045) 222-0960
Australia: +61 (2) 98905701
Europe: 49 (0) 607-8428 25
If the product needs to be returned for repair, please
package the product and send it freight prepaid to
Please enclose your telephone number, return address,
For the location of vehicle Electronic Control Units (ECUs)
Warning — Set Parking Brake
To help avoid personal injury, always set the
parking brake securely and block the drive
wheels before performing any checks or
repairs on the vehicle.
Caution
Ensure cables and adapters are firmly
connected before starting to use the VCI.
Always read the instructions completely
before attempting a new procedure.
and an explanation of the problem. If the product is
determined to be in warranty, it will be repaired or
replaced at no charge and returned freight prepaid. If
determined to be non-warranty, it will be repaired for a
nominal service fee.
and Data Link Connectors (DLCs), refer to the Repair
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Manual and the electrical wiring diagram for the vehicle
2030 Alameda Padre Serra, Suite 300
being tested.
Santa Barbara, CA 93103-9903
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When performing any checks with the engine
running in an enclosed space such as a
garage, be sure there is proper ventilation.
Never inhale exhaust gases; they contain
carbon monoxide—a colorless, odorless,
extremely dangerous gas which can cause
unconsciousness or death.
the Robert Bosch Repair Center as instructed by the
uu Future expandability, including diagnostic applications
unacceptable radio or TV interference.
Warning
Canada: 905-668-2664
Technical Service representative (No C.O.D.s please).
Improper use or maintenance neglect may cause
Operating Precautions
read the operating instructions carefully to ensure that
uu Shop network communications (LAN and WLAN)
Location of Vehicle ECUs and
Test Connectors
0871/6.78 and CSA Class No. 3631 05,DQD No.548.
inconsistent with instructions regarding its use. This
warranty also excludes all incidental or consequential
interference, in which case the user will be required to
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Warnings, Cautions, Notes
In the VCI User’s Guide:
Everything contained in this manual is based on the
in any retrieval system, or transmitted in any form by
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Contents
i
FCC Compliance
i
VDE and CSA Certification (Europe and
Canada)
i
Using This Manual
iForeword
i
Location of Vehicle ECUs and Test
Connectors
i
Warranty and Repair
i
Warranty Information
ii
Repair Service
ii
Warnings, Cautions, Notes
ii
Operating Precautions
1
Product Description
1
Mastertech Vehicle Communication Interface Kit
Components
1
VCI Connections
2
Host Computer Interface
2
Universal Serial Bus (USB)
2
Local Area Network (LAN)
3
LAN with Network Router­­—Straight Ethernet Cable
3
Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN)
4
VCI Manager Application
5
Mastertech Vehicle Communication Interface
6
Getting Started
6
Using the VCI Manager Application
6
Identifying Your VCI
6
Starting the VCI Manager Application
7
Update VCI Tester Software
8
VCI Network Communications Setup Functions
9
Clear Network Settings
9
Enable Wired Ethernet
14
Setup the VCI for Ad-Hoc Wireless Communication
18
Setup Your PC for Ad-Hoc Communication
19
Recover VCI Tester Software
19
Recovery Procedure
21
Power On Self Test
21
Connecting the VCI to the Vehicle
21
Powering the Mastertech Vehicle Communication
Interface
21
120VAC/12VDC, 1A Power Supply
21
Vehicle Battery
21 Finishing Up
21
Cleaning and Storing Your VCI
22 Battery Replacement
22
Replacing the Batteries
23Notes
25 Glossary and Abbreviations
Features
5
Data Link Connector And Cable
5
Power Source
5
Battery Operation
5LEDs
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Product Description | Host Computer Interface | 2
Product Description
For a description and location of the standard indicators
USB cable is inserted into the slot, and then plugged in as
(LEDs) and the power button, see Figure 1-3.
shown in Figure 1-6.
Mastertech Vehicle Communication
Interface Kit Components
Host Computer Interface
The Mastertech Vehicle Communication Interface (VCI)
The VCI communicates with a host computer using three
possible interfaces between the VCI and the PC:
arrives in a kit which also contains a J1962 16/26 Pin
DLC Cable, 120VAC/12VDC, 1A Power Supply, USB
uu Universal Serial Bus (USB),
cable, cable keeper and the media containing diagnostic
application software (figure 1-1). A description of the
uu Local Area Network (LAN), and
VCI hardware and software is included in the following
uu Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN).
sections.
Figure 1-2. Vehicle Connections to the VCI
Universal Serial Bus (USB)
Note
The USB connection takes priority over
an ethernet or a WLAN connection. All
configuration changes or software updates
are only allowed using the USB connection.
Figure 1-6. Securing the USB Cable
ESI[tronic] 2.0
Shop Foreman Pro
Figure 1-1. Mastertech Vehicle Communication Interface Kit
Figure 1-3. PC Connections on the VCI
The VCI is used by professional technicians as an aid
Figure 1-5. USB is the first connection
in diagnosing and repairing automotive electrical and
electronic systems. The VCI is the connection between
A LAN consists of a two or
the diagnostic software applications running on the PC
The VCI has a fixed USB configuration (static IP address)
and a vehicle’s electrical and electronic systems.
which cannot be changed. This ensures that the VCI can
For details about the diagnostics applications that are
always be connected to a PC running diagnostic software
compatible with the VCI, refer to the Bosch diagnostics
and the VCI Manager application regardless of changes
website; www.boschdiagnostics.net.
to LAN or WLAN configurations required by the local
network. Refer to Using the VCI Manager application for
VCI Connections
details.
For the location of the connectors for DC power and
The connectors on the USB cable are slip-in connectors
vehicle communication on the VCI, see Figure 1-2.
that do not securely lock in place. In order to keep the
For the location of the connectors for PC communication
Figure 1-4. PC Standard Indicators (LEDs) and Power Button
on the VCI, see Figure 1-3.
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Local Area Network
(LAN)
USB cable connected, secure it to the VCI using the
supplied cable keeper. The cable keeper is attached to
the VCI case with a supplied 2.5 mm hex-head screw, the
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more computers connected
together using ethernet
Latch
cables. The connectors on
both ends of an ethernet
cable are latched. To disconnect them you must press
down on the latch while you pull the connector out.
The VCI’s LAN communication is setup and configured
as required for the user’s local area network using a PC
running the VCI Manager application. The VCI can be
networked using a Direct Connection (crossover ethernet
cable) or a network router (straight ethernet cable). A
brief description of each of these network configurations
follows.
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3 | Product Description | Host Computer Interface
uu Direct Connect—Cross-over Ethernet Cable
uu LAN with Network Router—Straight Ethernet Cable
Product Description | Host Computer Interface | 4
Many offices and shops have computers connected
The procedure for setting up ad-hoc wireless
To start the VCI Manager application, launch the
together using ethernet cables, network routers, and other
communications requires two steps:
appropriate diagnostics software application. This is
items such as printers and modems (internet connection
for email). Figure 1-8, shows one computer connected to
a network router which is then connected to two VCIs. In
an actual network there will typically be several computers
connected into network routers allowing any of the
computers to connect to and control one of the VCIs. Refer
to Enable Wired Ethernet for details on configuring your
VCI for communication on a wired ethernet.
1. Use VCI Manager to configure your VCI interface. Refer
either Shop Foreman Pro or ESI[tronic] 2.0.
to Setup the VCI for Ad-Hoc Wireless Communication
Note
for details.
Clicking the Connect button in VCI Manager
application establishes a connection to the
VCI hardware via USB for configuring network
connectivity (wired/wireless) and for updating
the VCI software. Once VCI Manager is closed,
the connection to the VCI hardware is no longer
enabled. If VCI Manager is reopened, you
must use the Connect button to re-establish
the connection to the VCI hardware for
configuration or software update purposes..
2. Configure your wireless communications software
on your PC. Refer to Setup Your PC for Ad-Hoc
Communication for details.
Access Point Wireless—Infrastructure Mode
Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN)
Note
The VCI’s 802.11B/G WLAN connection is setup and
Refer to your access point manual for network
configuration details and suggested operating
distances.
configured as required for the user’s local wireless network
Figure 1-7. Direct Connect—Cross-over
Ethernet able
using a PC running the VCI Manager application. The VCI
supports both Direct Connect (ad-hoc) and Access Point
wireless configurations. A brief description of each of these
Figure 1-7, above, shows a computer connected to a VCI
using a cross-over ethernet cable. In this configuration the
computer can communicate directly to the VCI. Most
computers have only a single network interface
connection so in this configuration you will only have
communication to the VCI. Refer to Enable Wired Ethernet
for details on configuring your VCI for communication on a
wired ethernet using a cross-over cable.
launch the VCI Manager application.
The access point wireless option allows you to connect
wireless communication configurations follows.
your VCI to a WLAN. Depending on the configuration of
Direct Connect (ad-hoc) Wireless
allow you to access multiple VCIs from multiple PCs. You
The ad-hoc wireless option allows you to network your
must have an 802.11B/G Wireless Access Point connected
VCI wirelessly to a computer that has a wireless card and
to your network within operating range of your work
diagnostic software. This type of connection is also known
area. Refer to Setup your VCI for Access Point Wireless
as peer-to-peer or Direct Connect, and does not require
Communication (WLAN) for details.
your LAN, the communication through an access point can
a network server or router. An ad-hoc connection may be
ideal for situations where you want to take a notebook
Note
computer into the vehicle as you work with the VCI.
If you have any set up and connectivity issues
with your access point wireless configuration,
please work with your local IT to get it
resolved.
Note
A cross-over ethernet cable is required for LAN
Direct Connection. A cross-over cable is not
provided in the Mastertech VCI kit, but can be
purchased at your local computer store.
Click VCI Manager
The VCI Manager application provides the following
LAN with Network Router­­—Straight
Ethernet Cable
functions:
Note
Figure 1-9. VCI Direct Connect Wireless
If your VCI is connected via USB, the functions
on all tabs are available; if your VCI is not
connected via USB, the functions on the
Network Setup and VCI Update tabs are not
available.
Note
Although an ad-hoc connection can be done
from the PC’s internal wireless card and the
VCI, Bosch recommends that the ad-hoc
connection between the PC and VCI be done
using a wireless USB adapter connected to
the PC.
Figure 1-5. USB is the first connection
uu VCI Explorer - Connect/Disconnect, Interface Details,
VCI Manager Application
The VCI Manager application which is part of the
diagnostics application software is used to configure PC
Figure 1-8. Connecting to VCIs on the Local Network through a
Network Router
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From the M-VCI Selector screen select VCI Manager to
to VCI interfaces, update VCI software, and test the VCI
interfaces.
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Product Help.
uu Properties - Interface configuration info.
uu VCI Update - Software Updates Availability and
Initialization.
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uu Network Setup - Wired Ethernet, Wireless network
setup.
uu Help - Software Installation Details, Manager Help file,
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TABLE 1-1. Mastertech VCI Specifications
Starting the VCI Manager Application
Item
Use the following steps to communicate to your VCI with
Size
Print, Shop Foreman Pro software.
Characteristic
16.7 x 11.4 x 3.8 cm
(6.6 x 4.5 x 1.5 inches)
the VCI Manager application:
1. Apply power to the VCI by connecting the
The VCI works with the diagnostic application software for
Weight
0.454 kg (1 lb.)
120VAC/12VDC, 1A Power Supply. You should see the
testing specific vehicles and systems. Specific operating
Power
3.0 Watts @ 12 Vdc
POST sequence described in Power on Self Test.
instructions are provided within respective diagnostic
Input Voltage
application software.
uu The diagnostic software applications provide the user
LED Display
interface for communication between the VCI and the
vehicle diagnostic system.
model years, systems, and functions.
uu The Vehicle System application support manuals are
available on the Bosch web site;
www.boschdiagnostics.com.
Data Link Connector And Cable
Note
The DLC cable supplied with your VCI is keyed
such that it will only connect to the VCI. It will
not connect to a Mastertech MTS 3100 or Tech
2 and conversely, Mastertech MTS 3100 or Tech
2 cables will not connect to the VCI..
order to keep the USB cable connected, you can
secure it to the VCI using the supplied cable keeper.
board (1 red; 4 green)
1A Power Supply
AAA batteries for brief power
Battery Operation
interruptions
Four AAA Batteries are required to power the VCI during
brief power interruption.
Operating Temp.
0 °C TO 50 °C (32 °F TO 122 °F)
Storage Temp.
-20 °C TO 70 °C (-4 °F TO 158 °F)
The VCI will not operate solely on the batteries, the
supply during testing or the 120VAC/12VDC, 1A Power
Supply during bench operations such as setting the VCI
configuration options or updating software.
See Chapter 4 for battery replacement instructions.
Getting Started
Using the VCI Manager Application
The Mastertech VCI assembly label is located on the
Five Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs), one red and four
the assembly identification number has two parts: a
green, are located on the front of the VCI as shown in
Figure 1-12. One LED is reserved for future Shop Foreman
Pro software use.
3. Start ESI[tronic] 2.0 software by double-clicking on
the ESI[tronic] 2.0 software application icon.
Identifying Your VCI
LEDs
4. Select hardware settings... from the main menu.
back of the unit. As shown in the illustration at the right,
manufacturing code for traceability and a unique serial
number (22000061, in this example). The 8-digit serial
number is used to identify the VCI in the software.
Vehicle diagnostic information is passed between the PC
Future
Vehicle
and the vehicle through the J1962 16/26-pin DLC cable
use LED
Communication LED
Communication LED
Active
Active
that is connected to the VCI.
5 LEDs — Software controlled on-
2. Connect the USB Cable to the VCI and to your PC. In
External 120VAC/12VDC,
Power Sources
VCI must be connected to the vehicle’s 12-volt power
Mastertech Vehicle Communication
Interface Features
(protected against reverse polarity)
12-24 Volt vehicle power
Figure 1-11. 120VAC/12VDC, 1 A Power Supply
uu The Vehicle System application programs are upgraded
periodically to provide ongoing support for new vehicle
7 to 32 Vdc
VCI Error
VCI PC
On/Off
Manufacturing code
Serial Number
Power Source
The VCI is intended to be powered from the vehicle
Figure 1-12. LEDs
5. From hardware settings I... screen select VCI Manager
battery.
to launch the VCI Manager application.
The VCI may also be powered using the 120VAC/12VDC,
1A Power Supply when located near a suitable
wall socket. See Figure 1-11. Typically you use the
120VAC/12VDC, 1A Power Supply during bench
operations when you are configuring the VCI
communications, updating software, and during testing of
the VCI.
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Note
The update process may take up to 30 minutes
to complete per VCI before starting the update
process, make sure you have enough time.
Click to see
Select VCI by
A. Click to select
Serial number
6. In the VCI Manager application, VCI Explorer tab,
3. When you see the message shown at the right, click
Note
OK.
If your VCI is connected via USB, the functions
on all tabs are available; if your VCI is not
connected via USB, the functions on the
Network Setup and VCI Update tabs are not
available.
The VCI Manager application switches automatically to
the VCI Explorer tab and your VCI will appear when it
B. Click Update VCI
has finished the restart and Power On Self Test
(POST).
select the VCI to interface with in the Detected VCIs
window.
Hold your cursor over the VCI icon to see a popup with
The VCI Detailed View window shows the PC S/W Version
the IP address and the configured connections or click
information for the VCI Manager application and the
on Show Details to see the detail view of the selected
VCI S/W Version for the VCI Tester Software as well as
VCI.
available interfaces and IP addresses, as shown in the
illustration above.
A . Select the VCI.
B. Click the “Update VCI” button.
uu If your VCI Manager application is more recent than
the VCI Tester Software, you will need to update your
VCI Tester Software, see Update VCI Tester Software.
Note
After updating, the VCI restart process will take
a few minutes to complete the boot process as
new files are being written to the SD card.
uu If your VCI Tester Software is more recent than your
VCI Manager application, you will need to update your
Shop Foreman Pro software. You can download the
latest Shop Foreman Pro software version
from the Bosch Diagnostics website,
www.boschdiagnostics.com.
C. Select software version
Update VCI Tester Software
D. Click start update
After you install a new Diagnostic application software
The Network Setup tab in the VCI Manager application is
version, your VCI Manager application may be more recent
Click on Connect, in either view, to connect to the VCI.
than your VCI Tester Software version. You will need to
The VCI is displayed with a green check mark on your
connect each VCI that you have via the USB cable to the
display indicating that your VCI Manager application is in
PC with the new software and update the VCI Tester
control of that VCI. Once you have connected to a VCI,
Software.
another VCI Manager application on another PC will still
detect your VCI but it will be displayed with a red “no”
symbol indicating that it is not available. A VCI can only be
connected to a single PC at a time.
VCI Network Communications Setup
Functions
used to change the VCI connection interfaces, wireless
access or security settings, or to clear any previous
network settings.
C. Select the latest version of the VCI Tester Software.
1. Start the VCI Manager application, refer to Starting the
VCI Manager application.
D. Click Start Update.
Do not unplug the VCI from the PC or remove
power from the VCI during the update process.
Note
Do not use a USB hub to connect multiple VCIs
to a PC. The VCI has a static USB address and
address conflicts will occur.
2. The VCI will appear on the VCI Explorer tab, as shown
below.
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uu If you are connecting your VCI to a smaller network
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5. Select the Enable Wired Ethernet Interface check box
Note
where each computer has a specific IP address, you
in the Interface Control box to enable the interface.
You can not change the settings for the USB
interface of the VCI. They are set at the factory
with a static IP address. The PC must also
be set to static IP and have the correct IP
configuration.
will need to assign an unused IP Address and the
Once you enable the interface, the IP Address
Subnet Mask to your VCI. Refer to Setup your VCI for
Configuration box and the Apply and Cancel buttons
Static IP Address LAN Wired Ethernet Communication.
become active. You can start over anytime before you
uu If you are connecting your VCI to your computer using
a cross-over ethernet cable, you can choose any two
You must be connected to the VCI via USB to access
the setting on the Network Setup tab. If you are not
connected via USB you will see the following message and
the entire tab will be grayed out.
IP addresses which are different only in the last group
of digits. Refer to Setup your VCI for Static IP Address
LAN Wired Ethernet Communication.
select Apply by selecting Cancel so that all your stored
automatically assigns IP addresses.
7. Click Apply to reconfigure your VCI. You will see the
cation—Straight Ethernet Cable
changes.
Straight ethernet cable
Flashing
6. Select Obtain an IP address automatically if your LAN
screen at the right to check your communication
After updating, the VCI restart process will take
a few minutes to complete the boot process as
new files are being written to the SD card.
update process.
changes are discarded.
Setup your VCI for DHCP LAN Wired Ethernet Communi-
Note
10.VCI Configuration in Process will flash during the
8. Click Yes to continue, or No to get back to the
Network Setup tab to make any changes.
11.VCI Configuration Complete will be displayed briefly
when the update process is finished.
Network router
Clear Network Settings
Selecting the Clear Network Settings button will
reconfigure your VCI to the communications settings
it had when it left the factory. Only the USB interface
will be enabled. Any software upgrades that have been
installed to the VCI will still be installed. When the VCI
reset is finished the VCI Manager application will display
the VCI Explorer tab.
1. Start the VCI Manager application. Refer to Starting
the VCI Manager application.
2. Select and Connect to your VCI in the VCI Manager
8. Click Yes
application, VCI Explorer tab.
3. Select the Network Setup tab.
Enable Wired Ethernet
4. Select the Wired Ethernet tab.
The following procedures show some examples of how
to configure your VCI for wired ethernet communication.
Your VCI will need an internet protocol address (IP
Address) which is a unique address assigned to each
computer (or other device) connected within a network.
Things you will need to know:
uu If you are connecting your VCI to a large network with
routers, switches, and other computers, you may have
a dynamic host configuration protocol (DHCP) server
which will automatically assign an IP Address and
Subnet Mask to your VCI each time you connect it to
9. Click OK.
If you unplug the VCI from the PC or remove power
3. Select
Network Setup
from the VCI during the update process, you will have
4. Select Wired
Ethernet
Software.
to recover the VCI. Refer to Recover VCI Tester
5. Select Enable
Wired Ethernet
Interface
12.Choose the Properties tab to verify that the VCI is
configured correctly.
12. Select
Properties
6. Select Obtain
an IP address
automatically
7. Click Apply
the network. Refer to Setup your VCI for DHCP LAN
9. Click OK
Wired Ethernet Communication—Straight Ethernet
Cable.
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13.Record or print your settings as they are displayed on
the Properties tab for future reference. After you have
connected your VCI to the network, the DHCP server
will assign an IP Address and Netmask. Click Refresh
on the Properties tab to see the assigned IP address.
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1. Start the VCI Manager application. Refer to Starting
11.VCI Configuration Complete will be displayed briefly
the VCI Manager application.
when the update process is finished.
2. Select and Connect to your VCI in the VCI Manager
application, VCI Explorer tab.
3. Select the Network Setup tab.
4. Select the Wired Ethernet tab.
3. Select
Network Setup
4. Select Wired
Ethernet
5. Select Enable
Wired Ethernet
Interface
DCHP assigned
address and
netmask
Click Yes
6. Select Use
the following IP
address
13. Click
Refresh
Setup your VCI for Static IP Address LAN Wired
Ethernet Communication
9. Click OK.
6A. Enter IP
address
If you unplug the VCI from the PC or remove power
6B. Click for
default subnet
mask, change if
required
to recover the VCI. Refer to Recover VCI Tester
from the VCI during the update process, you will have
12.Choose the Properties tab to verify that the VCI is
configured correctly.
Software.
7. Click Apply
12. Select
Properties
5. Select the Enable Wired Ethernet Interface check box
in the Interface Control box to enable the interface.
Once you enable the interface, the IP Address
Configuration box and the Apply and Cancel buttons
become active. You can start over anytime before you
select Apply by selecting Cancel so that all your stored
changes are discarded.
Click OK
6. Select Use the following IP address:
A .Enter the IP Address that you have determined will
be unique to your network.
B.The default Subnet mask will usually work. Change
10.VCI Configuration in Process will flash during the
update process.
it if required for your network.
7. Click Apply to reconfigure your VCI.
Note
If you connect your PC and your VCI directly
using a cross-over ethernet cable, you can enter
any static IP address and subnet mask for the
VCI that is identical to your PC’s IP address
except for the final IP address group. For
example: If you PC’s IP address is 10.190.171.4,
the VCI must be set up with an IP address of
10.190.171.“x” where “x” can be any number
except 4. The subnet mask must be the same
on both the PC and the VCI.
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You will see the screen at the right to check your
Flashing
communication changes.
8. Click Yes to continue, or No to get back to the Network
Setup tab to make any changes.
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Setup Your PC for Direct Connection Wired Ethernet
network.) An icon in the Windows Task Bar will display
Communication
two tiny little computers with a message passing from
one to the other. If you place your cursor over this icon
you will see the message “Acquiring network address.”
Eventually, you should see the message “Limited or no
connectivity” as shown below.
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5. Select Internet Protocol [TCP/IP].
Note
6. Then, click Properties.
You must have a cross-over ethernet cable in
order for direct connect to work. A straight
through ethernet cable can be used if your PC
supports switching of the Tx and Rx lines.
7. Select Use
the following
IP address
3. Double-click
8. Enter IP
address
9. Enter Subnet
mask
Setup the VCI for Ad-Hoc Wireless
Communication
3. From the Windows Task Bar, double-click the Local
Area Connection icon.
Note
The following example will configure your
Toughbook PC for a direct connection using
a cross-over ethernet cable. This procedure
is not required if you are connecting your VCI
to a network router that your PC is already
communicating with.
10. Click OK
7. Select Use the following IP address:
8. Enter the IP address. The IP address on your laptop
must be the same as the IP address on the VCI except
Using the information, shown below, your PC can now be
for the last group. In the above example, the VCI uses
connected using a cross-over ethernet cable to the VCI to
123 for the last group while the laptop is using 001.
Click Properties
create a LAN of two devices.
Figure 2-6. VCI Ad-Hoc Wireless
The following procedure shows how to configure your
VCI for ad-hoc wireless communication. Using ad-hoc
Wired Ethernet State
Enabled
Wired Ethernet DHCP/Static
Static IP Assignment
Ethernet Hardware Address
00:90:7E:06:04:3F
Wired Ethernet IP Address
10.103.103.123
Wired Ethernet Netmask
255.255.255.0
This process, though essentially the same for any
Note
An important thing to remember when
assigning IP addresses is that they must all be
unique. As long you are networking only your
laptop and your VCI, you can pick any two
numbers as described above. However, if your
laptop has a second ethernet connector or you
plan on connecting to a network using a USBto-ethernet adapter, then you must consider
the IP addresses on the entire network to avoid
addressing conflicts.
4. Click the Properties button
laptop, will differ somewhat in the details depending
on the specific network interface (NIC) card installed in
your computer. The process described in the following
procedure is specific to the Bosch-recommended
Select Internet
Protocol
802.11b/g Wireless card or is connected to a wireless N
USB adapter. Before modifying the VCI communications
interface, contact your IT Administrator. If you wish
to setup an access point wireless connection refer to
Setup your VCI for Access Point Wireless Communication
(WLAN).
After you set your VCI ad-hoc wireless configuration, you
will need to setup your PC to communicate to the VCI.
This will be explained for the PC in Setup Your PC for Ad-
Panasonic ToughBook, however the process should be
9. Enter the Subnet mask. The subnet mask on your
similar enough for any notebook PC that has ethernet
laptop must be the same as the subnet mask on the
capability.
VCI.
1. Using a cross-over ethernet cable, connect your VCI
10.Click OK. Then close the remaining connection
and your laptop.
2. Power on both your VCI and your laptop.
wireless communication requires that your PC has an
windows.
Hoc Communication.
1. Start the VCI Manager application, refer to Starting the
VCI Manager application.
2. Select your VCI by comparing the serial number on
the back to the serial number displayed on the screen,
then click Connect. A green check mark appears over
Click Properties
the VCI icon indicating that a connection has been
After both have booted, the NIC card on the laptop will
established.
see that a network ethernet cable is connected and
start requesting an IP address. (This assumes that the
3. Click the Network Setup tab.
NIC card is configured for DHCP service from an IP
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Setup your VCI for Access Point Wireless Communication (WLAN)
3. Click
Network Setup
4. Select Wireless
4. Click
Wireless
5. Select Enable
Wireless Interface
5. Select Enable
Wireless
Interface
6. Select Obtain
an IP address
automatically
6. Click Direct
Connect
7. Click Apply
3. Select
Network Setup
7. Click Access
Point
The VCI Configuration in Progress message will flash in
the status window. When configuration is complete, VCI
4. Click the Wireless sub-tab.
5. In the Interface Control section on the right, click the
Enable Wireless Interface check box.
6. Near the bottom of the window, click the Direct
Connect [ad-hoc network] check box.
7. Click the Apply button.
Configuration Complete will be displayed briefly, then
The following procedure shows how to configure your
the Connected VCI message displays showing the serial
VCI for wireless communication through an access point.
number of your VCI.
You must have an 802.11B/G Wireless Access Point
the Interface Control box to enable the interface.
supporting multicast connected to your network close to
Once you enable the interface, you can select Direct
your work area. Before modifying the VCI communications
Connect (ad-hoc) or Access Point. If you wish to
interface, contact your IT Administrator. If you wish to
setup an ad-hoc connection refer to Setup the VCI for
setup an ad-hoc wireless connection refer to Setup the
Ad-Hoc Wireless Communication. If you are setting
VCI for Ad-Hoc Wireless Communication.
up an Access Point connection, continue with this
Close the VCI Manager application by clicking the red
“x” in the upper right of the window, but leave the
Mastertech VCI Setup dialog open for now.
You will see that a wireless entry has been created, with
an IP Address still listed as unknown. The VCI is now
The Apply VCI Network Changes window appears,
configured, though there is still no connection with the
displaying your new settings.
PC. Continue with the procedure, Setup Your PC for Ad-
8. In the Wireless section, next to Access Point, the New
Things you will need to know for Access Point wireless
configuration:
uu Does your LAN automatically assign IP addresses? If
Hoc Communication.
not, you will need an IP Address and Subnet Mask to
Settings column should display point-to-point.
assign to your VCI.
uu Wireless communication access point SSID
(network name)
uu Required network authentication is WPA—Personal,
8. point-to-point
Open, or Shared
5. Select the Enable Wireless Interface check box in
procedure.
6. Select Obtain an IP address automatically if your LAN
automatically assigns IP addresses. Otherwise enter
the assigned IP Address and Subnet mask.
7. Select Access Point to begin wireless access point
configuration.
8. If you are not within range of the access point you
will use: Select the “Enter Network Name [SSID]:”
radio button and type the network name.
uu Required data encryption is TKIP or WE
(64-bit or 128-bit)
8. Select Enter
Network Name
uu Wireless security password (encryption key)
1. Start the VCI Manager application, refer to Starting the
9. Click Yes
VCI Manager application.
2. Select and Connect to your VCI in the VCI Manager
application, VCI Explorer tab.
3. Select the Network Setup tab.
9. Click the Yes button to accept your changes.
4. Select the Wireless tab.
10.When the VCI Manager Information dialog appears,
click OK.
9. Ensure your PC wireless interface is ON.
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10.If you are within range of your wireless access point:
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19.VCI Configuration Complete will be displayed briefly
Select the “Select from available network list” radio
when the update process is finished.
Setup Your PC for Ad-Hoc Communication
button.
11.Click Refresh to cause the VCI to search for wireless
network signals. The detected networks are displayed
in the Network Name box.
12.Select a network from the list.
16. Click Yes
10. Select from
available list
Figure 2-7. PC Ad-Hoc Wireless
Now that your VCI is properly configured for ad-hoc
17.Click OK. If you unplug the VCI from the PC or remove
communication, you will need to create a peer-to-peer
power from the VCI during the update process, you
11. Click Refresh
network with your computer using the wireless USB
may have to recover the VCI. Refer to Recover VCI
20.Select the Properties tab to verify that the VCI is
Tester Software.
configured correctly.
adapter.
1. From the Windows Task Bar, find and double-click the
wireless icon and ensure that Wireless LAN is ON and
13. Click
Configure
enabled.
20. Select
Properties
13.Click Configure.
1. double-click
14.Enter the security settings and password that are
required by your network.
15.Click Next>.
2. Next, also from the Windows Task Bar, find and
double-click the wireless icon.
18.VCI Configuration in Process will flash during the
2. double-click
update process.
21.Record or print your settings as they are displayed on
Flashing
the Properties tab for future reference.
3. The wireless dialog will open, displaying a list of all
wireless networks found in your area. These are SSIDs
14. Enter Security settings
and password
(Service Set Identifiers) used to identify the different
15. Click Next
available networks. Don’t worry about the technical
aspects of this. You just need to find and click the one
for your VCI. To make it easy, the correct SSID is
16.Click Yes to reconfigure your VCI, or if you want to
identified in the dialog box by the serial number of
start over select No.
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Recover VCI Tester Software
As a result of a power failure or a communications error
3. Click to select
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1. Start the VCI Manager application, refer to Starting the
VCI Manager application.
during a software update, the VCI Tester Software may
Note
become corrupted. You may see several symptoms such
Your VCI must be connected via USB or it will
not be recognized.
as error messages directing you to go to RECOVERY mode
5. Click Start Update.
Do not unplug the VCI from the PC or remove power
from the VCI during the recovery process.
4. Click to select
or an inability to connect to a detected VCI.
The two error messages below would generally occur
during VCI Tester Software download. If you see either of
these messages, perform the Recovery Procedure.
2. Select the VCI displaying the serial number matching
your VCI.
4. Click Connect
3. Click Recover.
3. Click Start
Update
The VCI Manager application switches automatically to
the VCI Update tab.
Note
The recovery process could take up to 30
minutes.
4. Click the Connect button
6. When you see the message shown at the right, click
OK.
5. A message appears at the top of the dialog telling you
that you are now joined to the ad-hoc network you
The VCI Manager application switches automatically
have created. The yellow network icon on the task bar
Recovery Procedure
should now turn green, further indicating that you
Connect your VCI to the PC using the USB cable.
have a live connection.
to the VCI Explorer tab and your VCI will appear when
2. Click to select
it has finished the restart and Power On Self Test
(POST).
The following procedure will place the VCI in a RECOVER
state.
1. Remove power from the VCI. This may require
disconnecting the power cord and pressing the Power
button. Ensure that all the LEDs are off. If the VCI
3. Click Recover
Power button does not shut off the power after the
power cord is removed, remove the batteries. Refer to
Replacing the Batteries.
6. Close wireless dialog by clicking its Close button.
7. If you still have the Mastertech VCI Setup dialog open,
click the Refresh button.
8. The dialog updates to show the wireless IP Address for
your VCI.
2. Press and hold the Power button down while you apply
power to the VCI. When you see all the LEDs light as
shown at the right (about 10 seconds), release the
Power button. The VCI will start up in a recovery state
with only the Power On LED lit. Continue with the next
step.
Note
The recovery procedure will clear the VCI
network settings.
Your wireless ad-hoc network is now be ready to use.
Note
After recovering the software, the VCI takes a
few minutes to reboot the first time.
4. Select the latest version of the VCI Recovery Image.
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Power On Self Test
Connect the 120VAC/12VDC, 1A Power Supply to the
Turn on the VCI by connecting to power (A/C 12-V adapter
or vehicle’s DLC port).
bottom of the VCI, then plug the power supply into a
standard wall outlet.
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Battery Replacement
Note
Know the Law! Dispose of batteries legally!
When you first apply power to the VCI, the Power On Self
Test (POST) will run. You should observe the following
Vehicle Battery
sequence of lights and hear the “BEEP’ indicating that the
The VCI is powered directly by the DLC cable when the
VCI is working properly.
cable is connected to the vehicle DLC.
Quick flash
1st stage
2nd stage
3rd stage, then “beep”
Error detected
Finishing Up
After using the Mastertech Vehicle Communication
Interface (VCI), a few simple steps will help you leave the
The Mastertech Vehicle Communication Interface kit
contains the following cable to connect the VCI to the
vehicle.
J1962 16/26 pin Data Link Connector (DLC) cable
Refer to the Repair Manual or the electrical wiring
diagram for the vehicle you are testing to determine the
location and type of Data Link Connector (DLC) installed
on the vehicle.
1. Connect the 26-pin end of the DLC cable to the bottom
of the VCI, then tighten the screws.
2. Connect the 16-pin end of the DLC cable to the vehicle
DLC connector.
Remove boot
Turn over, slide open,
and remove battery door.
vehicle electronic system(s) in the proper state and also
ensure that you get the most use out of your diagnostic
tools:
Replacing the Batteries
1. Reconnect all hoses, connectors, spark plug wires,
The VCI contains four AAA batteries. The batteries are
fuel lines, etc. that were disconnected from the vehicle
not intended to power the VCI. The batteries only provide
during testing.
back-up power for momentary power interruptions like
2. Before turning the VCI off, exit Shop Foreman Pro
Connecting the VCI to the Vehicle
Batteries are considered hazardous waste
under many local laws or regulations and
may not be discarded in the municipal waste
system. Check with local solid waste officials
in your area for recycling options or proper
disposal methods. Many local government
agencies and businesses run programs
that help businesses properly dispose of
hazardous wastes.
those that can occur during engine cranking.
Install four AAA batteries.
The negative (flat) end
of the battery is always
installed to contact the
spring.
The batteries will supply power to keep the VCI running
software.
3. Turn the VCI off by pressing the on/off button.
for about 30 seconds before shutting it down.
To replace the batteries:
The LED turns off.
4. Disconnect the VCI’s J1962 16/26 Pin DLC cable from
Figure 1. Install the Mastertech Vehicle Communication
Interface Batteries
1. Install new batteries with the positive (+) and negative
(-) terminals oriented as indicated on the inside of the
the vehicle.
5. Disconnect the USB or ethernet cable from the PC and
battery enclosure.
2. Place the cover on the battery case so the tabs at the
the VCI.
6. Inspect the cables and connectors for damage and
corrosion. Replace faulty components immediately.
7. Store the VCI, cables, and other parts in a secure, dry
location.
top of the cover are aligned with the slots in the case,
and the slots at the bottom of the cover are aligned
with the tabs on the case.
3. Press the arrow on the battery cover while pushing
the cover toward the top of the case. The cover should
snap into place.
Cleaning and Storing Your VCI
If the VCI, connectors, or cables become dirty, they
Powering the Mastertech Vehicle
Communication Interface
may be cleaned by wiping them with a rag lightly
The VCI can be powered by the vehicle’s 12-volt battery or
accessories in water. Avoid using harsh solvents such
by the 120VAC/12VDC, 1A Power Supply. The internal AAA
as petroleum based cleaning agents, Acetone, Benzene,
batteries provide power only for short intermittent power
Trichloroethylene, etc. Although the VCI and accessories
outages.
are water resistant, they are not waterproof; thoroughly
coated with a mild detergent or non-abrasive hand
soap. Do not immerse the VCI or any of its parts or
dry them prior to storage.
120VAC/12VDC, 1A Power Supply
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Notes
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Term
Definition
Term
Definition
802.11 B/G
TCP/IP standard for transmitting and receiving wireless communications.
RS232C
The most standard serial communication interface used in the computer industry.
AC
Alternating Current
SCI
Serial Communication Interface
Access point
A device that connects wireless communication devices together to create a wireless
Shop Foreman Pro
PC application used to view and store data from Bosch diagnostic tools.
network.
SSID
Service Set Identification. This is the name of the network you set up to allow your PC to
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Ad-hoc mode
A direct connection between the Mastertech VCI and the PC without a network.
communicate with the Mastertech VCI. Each packet is identified as part of a network by
BAUD RATE
The speed at which data is transferred over a serial data link.
the contained SSID.
bps
Bits per second. Unit used for baud rate.
TCP/IP
Internet communications protocol
Cable keeper
Rubber grommet used to keep the USB cable connected to the VCI.
TKIP
Temporal Key Integrity Protocol
Cross-over ethernet cable
Twisted pair ethernet cable with wires connected differently at one of its ends.
USB
Universal Serial Bus. Technology that allows devices such as the VCI to be connected to a
CURSOR
Highlighted text or data on a display screen. Same as Marker.
DC
Direct Current
VCI
Mastertech Vehicle Communication Interface
DCE
Data Communication Equipment. A term used to describe a device connected to an
VCI Manager application
PC software that configures, tests, and updates the VCI.
PC without having to restart the PC.
RS232 link.
DHCP
Dynamic Host Communication Protocol used for assigning IP addresses.
Direct Connect
Communication connection directly between a VCI and a PC. The connection can be
either wireless (Ad-Hoc) or wired (cross-over ethernet cable).
DLC
Data Link Connector
DTE
Data Terminal Equipment. A term used to describe a device connected to an RS232 link.
ECM
Engine Control Module
ECU
Electronic Control Unit
EEPROM
Electronically Erasable PROM
Ethernet
Standardized IEEE 802.3 twisted-pair wire for connecting systems to a network is the
most widespread wired LAN technology.
Firewall
Software that prevents forbidden communications from entering your network.
Host ID
Alphanumeric sequence used to license Shop Foreman Pro software.
Hz
Hertz, a unit of measure for frequency.
I/F
Interface
I/O
Input/Output
I/P
Instrumentation Port
IP address
Internet Protocol address. A numeric code that allows computers to communicate with
each other.
Infrastructure mode
A wireless connection between the Mastertech VCI and the PC via a network.
LAN
Local Area Network,
LED
Light Emitting Diode
OBD
On Board Diagnostics
PC
Personal Computer running the Microsoft Windows 2000 or XP Pro operating system.
POST
Power On Self Test
RCV
Receive
Recovery mode
A process which allows the VCI to power up in a stored known good version.
Router
A network device that manages communications between PCs, and assigns IP addresses
to other network devices.
RS232
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