Techstream cable

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  1. Sharnold

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    I'm needing a better cable than the cheap ones on Amazon to run techstream as they lose connection more often than not especially running long brake bleeding or active test procedures. I preferably need one that will run on the X-horse utility....Ty in advance

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    Originally, before the cheap Chinese knock offs you had to pay close to a thousand dollars for what they called a Mongoose cable, which came with Toyota Techstream license... So maybe something like this might work: Mangoose Pro GM II Cable Supports GDS2 for Global Vehicle Diagnostics Of course that's still a cheap knock off, but maybe better than the $25 ones?
     
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    You can still definitely get the Mongoose Pro, which is the dongle Toyota actually tests Techstream with and recommends. It's not a thousand bucks, more like $495 last time I checked. Sometimes it was offered in a package deal with a year of Techstream, around $1300 for the package, but if you're not a shop, it probably makes more sense to just have the dongle, and do Techstream two days at a time.

    The Mangoose is just a counterfeit Mongoose, not much different from buying a counterfeit XHorse MVCI. (As far as I know, youcan't buy a real XHorse MVCI anymore, unless you get it from a collector; people going hog-wild for the counterfeits meant the actual XHorse people couldn't keep making the real ones.)

    I've had decent results with the Tactrix Openport 2.0 (California company, still making it last I checked), which even has some handy extra features like onboard datalogging. Beware: they also face a counterfeiting problem. You know you're getting a real one if you order from their site ($169 last I checked) ... cheap ones you find elsewhere are fakes. Please don't buy fakes of those, since that company is one of the last around still able to make their own product, and we'd rather not lose them. If you don't want to spend $169, please buy somebody else's different cheaper product, not a counterfeit of that one.

    There's a VxDiag Nano, I think around $80, that I think good things have been reported about.

    They'll pretty much all come with their own driver DLLs. The XHorse one will only work with the XHorse dongles (or counterfeit XHorse dongles), and so on. Techstream won't care which one you're using, as long as the matching driver is loaded.
     
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    ... and you do not need to mess with Techstream (uninstall, reinstall, etc), except to change the VIM using the Setup Menu option.

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    After you have installed the cable driver DLL, it should show up in the menu as an option to be selected.
     
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    Ty for your help I contacted Tactrix to get some info on their product. The problem is I've already went through two of the cheaper cables off of amazon. They look and feel cheaply made with a clear port adapter and clear looking cable but eventually they get to the point where they go bad and I start getting the vim not detected screen. The other issue is they drop connectivity sometimes

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