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Ross-Tech VCDS HEX-V2 USB Package (3 VIN)
Ross-Tech VCDS HEX-V2 USB package for VW, Audi, Seat, Skoda cars (1996 on, 3 VIN limit)
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HEX-V2® - The new generation VCDS® interface!Serious car diagnostics interfaces for Volkswagen, Audi, Seat and Skoda models!
The Ross-Tech VCDS package (previously known as VAG-COM or VAGCOM) turns your PC into a sophisticated VW/Audi diagnostic tool, that performs the functions of a factory VAG scan tools for VW, Audi, Seat and Skoda cars.
The Ross-Tech HEX-V2® interface is the new generation wired interface for VCDS, designed to replace the HEX-USB+CAN and Micro-CAN products.
The HEX-V2 is based on the technology of Ross-Tech's revolutionary HEX-NET® interface, which was completely re-designed from the ground up to be faster, more secure and more versatile. The HEX-NET and HEX-V2 are the fastest interfaces Ross-Tech have ever sold. They can perform Auto-Scans on 2005 and later models up to 3 times faster than the HEX-USB+CAN interface.
The HEX-V2 is a wired USB interface, for the most reliable connections, but now features a user-replaceable USB cable.
The HEX-V2 is available in 3 versions:
For enthusiast use, please see the 10-VIN package.
For professional use, please see the Unlimited package.
VIN LimitsOnly some VCDS functions are restricted to use on a specific number of cars on the 3 and 10-VIN limited interfaces. Basic functions may be used on as many cars as you wish:
Unlimited functionsA VIN-Limited interface can do Auto-Scans, Clear DTCs, and look at Measuring Values on an unlimited number of cars.
If you directly connect to a control module (e.g. Select > 01. Engine), VCDS will ask if you wish to store the VIN, but selecting No will still allow the connection to continue.
Essentially functions that actually change things in the car are VIN-limited:
It will always ask you first, thereby giving you the opportunity to decline to "register" a VIN in the interface.
For more information on VIN limits please see this VIN FAQ on the Ross-Tech forums.
VCDS Software InformationUsing VCDS on a Windows PC, you can:
HEX-V2 Interface InformationOfficial VCDS HEX-V2 interfaces from Ross Tech LLC, that work with:
The HEX-V2 packages do NOT offer Lamborghini coverage, which is only available with the HEX-NET.
Also please note coverage for the Volkswagen Crafter / LT3 is not as comprehensive as other VAG models, as the diagnostics systems are based on the Mercedes Sprinter.
Ross-Tech have some function information on this page, but if you require coverage for a specific function we would recommend posting a question on the Ross-Tech forums (including the VIN of the vehicle) before purchasing to check support.
Package contentsPackages include:
Buy with confidence - Gendan Ltd are an official VCDS UK distributor
The minimum system requirements for the VCDS software are:
More informationTo visit the Ross Tech website for more information, please select an option below:
Gendan Limited are an authorised distributor of Ross-Tech products in the United Kingdom.
Our VCDS interfaces are supplied to us direct by Ross-Tech LLC in Lansdale, PA, USA.
Product comparisonBelow is a comparison of the VCDS packages we offer.
Please click a product link to view more information on the required product.
Frequently asked questionsOur most frequently asked questions about VCDS are answered below:
Will it work on MacOS / Linux / iOS / Android?No, the VCDS desktop program is Windows software, for Windows 7 or newer.
If you wish to use another device consider the HEX-NET® interfaces. The HEX-NET can be used wirelessly through the VCDS-Mobile® software with any modern Wi-Fi enabled computer, tablet or smartphone.
What happened to the HEX-USB / Micro-CAN interfaces?The HEX-USB interface had been in use by Ross-Tech since 2004, updating to support new vehicles and protocols via firmware updates. In 2016 Audi introduced some new systems which for the first time Ross-Tech were unable to support with the hardware in that cable. The new generation HEX-NET and HEX-V2® interfaces are able to support these models and are firmware upgradeable to support future changes.
Why are the new cables VIN limited?Ross-Tech have always wanted to offer the same level of coverage to home users and garage owners alike, but don't think it's fair for a home user working on one car in their spare time to have to pay the same as a garage who are using the product every day on customer cars and making money from its use. The advent of cars offering their VIN (chassis number) electronically has given them a way of tailoring the cost to the way the product is used. Uwe from Ross-Tech has explained it more fully in the VIN limit FAQ here.
What is restricted by VIN limits?You can still run an Auto Scan, read & clear fault codes and view live sensor data from as many cars as you like.
It is only when you try to use any more advanced functions that VCDS will ask if you wish to store the car's VIN (and it will always ask you first, before using one of your VIN allocations).
Again, for more details see the VIN limit FAQ here.
What happens if I need more VINs?When you store a VIN it is added permanently and cannot be removed. You can however upgrade your interface's license from 3-VIN to 10-VIN and from 10-VIN to unlimited.
The upgrades are £169 each (including VAT) and are available here.
Can I upgrade my HEX-USB+CAN to a new generation interface?If you have registered your HEX-USB+CAN interface with Ross-Tech and are "in good standing" with them, Ross-Tech do offer upgrade paths to the HEX-V2 unlimited or HEX-NET unlimited packages, which we can usually offer on their behalf.
This is only available on interfaces assembled by Ross-Tech in the USA (some resellers build their own interfaces under license and are not eligible for the upgrade scheme).
If you would like to upgrade your interface, please contact us, with the serial number (HCxxxxxx) of your interface.
Software updatesAs with previous Ross-Tech products, software updates are free for the life of the cable with HEX-V2 interfaces.
However, the HEX-V2 interface may only be used a limited number of times before you must register it (for free) with Ross-Tech.
A "use" is a connection to any control module, so you may need to register it after running your first Auto-Scan.
To register your interface simply follow the instructions in this video from Ross-Tech:
The VCDS software installed on your PC will automatically inform you when software updates are available, and will offer to install the update itself.
You will also need to update the "firmware" of the interface cable though - this is the operating software stored inside the interface itself.
Ross-Tech recommend checking for firmware updates at least once a month, and after any VCDS software update.
To check for firmware updates, follow the instructions in this video:
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