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Q: What is the difference between the vxdiag vcx plus BMW multi tool and the new VCX- SE BMW interface?



Different hardware design.

VCX-SE is much cheaper than VCX-PLUS.

VCX PLUS is allowed to add extra license to the device.

VCX SE supports single software only. No possible to add other car brand license.


Both supports WiFi and USB connection.

Use same software and perform same function.


ICOM A2 Network Connection Setup User Manual

This is all about network connection (wired or wireless) setup for ICOM A2 diagnosis with ISTA+ or programming with ISTA/P. All situations you may encounter are solved here.

*****Part 1 Wired connection when ISTA-P programming
it’s better to use Lan cable to connect to network instead of wifi, for wifi is not stable sometime and cannot start programs ISTA-P (ISS-NEXT)

how to connect to network via Lan cable?
method 1: PC – router – ICOM
connect PC to the router, then connect ICOM to router
method 2: ICOM – PC
Directly connect ICOM emulator to PC
*****Part 2 Wireless/WiFi connection when ISTA+ diagnostics
you can use wifi during diagnosis with ISTA+. but sometimes, the connection will be cut off automatically and program prompts you to continue connection

Wlan settings
go to ICOM Configuration Manger, and select Wlan settings-> Security type:WPA2 personal. the password should be the same with that of router. then save data and unplug and re-plug the Lan cable to connect to icom. it is impossible to diagnose via wifi if password is not set
(NOTE: this is not for USB WiFi; USB wifi comes with password and router setup)

what to do if WIFI fails to connect?
1.go to VCI settings, then select “HO-ICOM/NET”, NOT Ediabas
2.open Itool Radar to change ICOM IP address
3.find out IP address:
4.then go to “Confort Module” to change ip

how to solve “Reserved”
during diagnosis, if the state is “Reserved”, it means the program is occupied. to exit the program illegally should be remain Reserved and cannot go to diagnostics.

when you meet with “Reserved”, please unplug the ICOM mux or close at Easyconnect, then “Reserved” turn to be “Free”.

go to Easyconnect Utility to set IP address:, Mode: DiagBus, then click “ICOM Lock” and “Check” to check the battery voltage and ignition

how to solve “Firmware”
if the state displays “Firmware”, it means the ICOM firmware need to be updated
Steps to update China ICOM firmware:
1). Use your cable and connect ICOM to port
2). Power ICOM by 12V power adapter or from 1x DLC
3). Use your browser (IE) and browse
User name: root
Password: NZY11502
4). Click “Update Firmware”,and you can find the version of firmware.
5). Select ICOM-BootImage-XX-XX-XX.bin, set image type to “SYSTEM”, click “Send the file”
6). When it will say “Write the image file to the flash?”, click “Yes”, then the ICOM led it will been RED
7). When it will say “The SYSTEM IMAGE update was successful”, click “Update Firmware”
8). Select ICOM-Application Image-XX-XX-XX.bin, set image type to “APPLICATION”, click “Send the file”,the file is big so it will take some minutes to finish have patience.
9). When it will say “Write the image file to the flash?”, click “Yes”, then the ICOM led it will been RED again
10). When it is ok, click “reboot”.

How to use PSDZdata files between Ista/P and E-SYS

Here are some optional solutions offered by ICOM A2 uses to share PSDZ data folders between ESYS and ISTA P.

Possible reason for this:
Having two sets of the files seems to waste 50GB+ of hard drive.

Popular ways:
Steps to create a symlink:
1. Delete Folder which should contain additional PSDZdata
1. Start CMD with elevated Adminrights.
2. execute ‘mklink /D C:\PATHtoSYMLINK C:\PathtoPSDZdataFolder’

* That is just an example. Of course you have different folders you have to copy. So you should also link every needed folder
* Some one also use this cmd to create the symlink: mklink /J c:\Data\psdzdata C:\ProgramData\BMW\ISPI\data\TRIC\ISTA-P\BMW\Services\data\ecudata\psdzdata –> After this, E-Sys will always use the same psdzdata as ista/p.

Easiest way:
-Delete The psdzdata folder in c: / data
-in Win 8 or Win10 on Search Search CMD (the DOS box)
-Start Of CMD with administrator rights
-Eingeben of
mklink / D C: \ Data \ psdzdata C: \ Program Data \ BMW \ ISPI \ data \ TRIC \ ISTA-P \ BMW \ Services \ data \ ecudata \ psdzdata