Mercedes Benz Star diagnosis solution will always consider these universal questions: from vipprogrammer.com
1) How to Choose Star C3 Multiplexer or SD Connect C4? china OEM SD Connect C5 is also good ?
2) If i bought the Benz diagnostic hardware, Do I also need to buy the laptop with the xentry das system?
3) How to Choose External HDD or Internal HDD (T30 or Dell format)? SSD format Xentry DAS diagnosis software is more fast and good ?
MB Star C3 Multiplexer or SD Connect C4 Multiplexer:
1. MB SD Connect Compact 4 is connected via LAN cable, MB Star C3 multiplexer just support COM port connection. Most modern laptops have not this COM port, so, the used Laptop may have problem on COM port so that you would not communication well.
2. SD Connect C4 works perfect across many different laptops. It's both wireless and LAN. No need for super slow 9pin. And you can also ditch that slow hard drive and put in an SSD. You do have to watch out though. It is able to work on many different laptops (Alienware/Sager/Dell/Toshiba etc). And it's still up and running fine after many years of constant use.
3. MB Star C3 Multiplexer will no longer work on 2015/2016/2017 new Mercedes models, The SD Connect C4 is more up to date
4. The Star C3 Multiplexer got phased out in either the 3/15 or the 5/15 release. Star C3 multiplexer talks slowly and is error free.
Do I also need to buy the laptop together? Dell D630 or ThinkPad X201, Dell E6420....
Some customer is asked, and confusion on this question, vipprogrammer.com will help explain this in depth.
1. Consisting of a dedicated laptop (with pre-installed and software) cables and multiplexer and do not use for anything else then this purpose, I would recommend.
2. I do not need install any software because this package offer includes Dell 630 in which the newest software XENTRY/DAS 2016.7 for MB SD connect C4 was pre-installed before delivery. When I get the SD connect C4, I directly use it. No need to activation. Very convenient!
3. I have and it’s worth every penny… just takes some time to get to learn how it works. Don’t get one with virtual image software (external hard drive), get an actual Dell D630 with original HDD and SD C4 unit.
4. Dell D630 laptop has strong compatibility comparing with other laptops. Lots of other clone diagnostic software can be/ or only be loaded on D630 laptop.
About Benz Xentry DAS software: 2.5" IDE / SATA HDD or external HDD, how to choose: http://www.vipprogrammer.com/news/benz-xentry-das-software-25-ide-sata-hdd-or-external-hdd-post-314.html