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2010\08\04@231015 by Vitaliy

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We quietly launched OBDLink WiFi on July 26, 2010.

http://www.scantool.net/scan-tools/pc-based/obdlink.html

"We are excited to announce that there is now a WiFi option for OBDLink. Currently OBDLink is the only OBD scan tool on the market available with both a WiFi and a USB interface.

OBDLink WiFi is compatible with a wide range of software, including OBDwiz, ScanXL, and ScanMaster. It is also compatible with diagnostic software for the iPhone: DashCommand and Rev."


The Bluetooth option also works on any Symbian-based phone, and there is a nice user-friendly app that you can buy for just 10 EUR:

http://www.obdscope.com/

Supported phones (3rd and 5th editions of S60 platform)
Nokia 3250, 5500 Sport, 5700, 6120, 6121, 6290, 6110 Navigator, E51, E60, E61, E61i, E62, E63, E65, E66, E70, E71, E90, N73, N75, N76, N77, N80, N81, N81 8GB, N82, N91, N93, N93i, N95, N95 8GB, E52, E55, E71x, E72, E75, N78, N79, N85, N86 8MP, N96, N97, N97 Mini, 5230, 5320 XpressMusic, 5530 XpressMusic, 5630 XpressMusic, 5730 XpressMusic, 5800 XpressMusic, 6210 Navigator, 6220 Classic, 6650, 6710 Navigator, 6720 Classic, 6730 Classic, 6760 Slide, 6790 Slide, 6790 Surge, X6
Samsung SGH-i400, SGH-i450, SGH-i520, SGH-i550, SGH-i560, SGH-G810, LG KT615 KT610, KS10, i8910, i8510
Sony-Ericsson Satio

Sincerely

Vitaliy Maksimov
ScanTool.net LLC

2010\08\05@105035 by Howard Winter

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Vitaliy,

On Wed, 4 Aug 2010 20:09:15 -0700, Vitaliy wrote:

> We quietly launched OBDLink WiFi on July 26, 2010.

Sounds good...

>...
> The Bluetooth option also works on any Symbian-based phone, and there is a
> nice user-friendly app that you can buy for just 10 EUR:
>
> http://www.obdscope.com/
>
> Supported phones (3rd and 5th editions of S60 platform)
> Nokia...
> ...N95 8GB

....and it even includes my phone.  Only problem is my car doesn't have OBD!  :-(

(it's a 1999 Rover 620ti and as I understand it, it has "primative" error codes, which say that something's wrong, but don't say what).

But I'll bear it in mind if I ever get a car that can use it.  :-)

Cheers,

Howard

2010\08\10@220936 by RussellMc

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Someone just sent me this offlist.

His comment about disabling the access while driving seems wise.
The people in the "test sedan" must have had an exciting time :-).
Passworded access may be 'useful'.

     R

Ref from: You know who you are :-)

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Happened to find this in my new issue of Popular Mechanics:

http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/how-to/computer-security/how-vulnerable-is-your-car-to-cyber-attack

The test sedan was rigged up with a laptop hooked into its OBD II
diagnostic port. On the computer was a custom-coded application,
called CarShark, that analyzes and rewrites automobile software. That
laptop was linked via a wireless connection to another laptop in the
chase car. In addition to temporarily rendering the test car
brakeless, the setup also allowed the research team to remotely turn
off all the vehicle's lights (including the headlights and brake
lights), turn on the windshield wipers, honk the horn, pop the trunk,
rev the engine, disable specific cylinders, engage individual brakes
and shut down the vehicle completely while it was in motion.

If I used ODBLink, I’d be sure to unplug it before I drove the car around town.

Related:

www.halfbakery.com/idea/Voice_20of_20GOD_20on_20the_20road#1171743293
because of:

http://trifinite.org/trifinite_stuff_carwhisperer.html

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/sci/tech/592972.stm

People just need to think about what they are doing.

2010\08\11@083207 by Carl Denk

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The OBDLINK also comes with Bluetooth, and wired access via USB. What I
remember from the Bluetooth adapter's web site you could change the
passkey with the USB, which probably is a good idea. But unless someone
knew you had one of the units, the standard passkey, and either had the
application software or knew the commands to send via terminal software,
and was within wireless range, it's is a small chance that anything
would happen.

With the quirks of Windows handling Bluetooth connections, not assigning
a fixed com port, there is enough other issues.

With other issues around the house and the hot weather, just hasn't been
on the list of do today. :)

On 8/10/2010 10:09 PM, RussellMc wrote:
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2010\08\11@143249 by Vitaliy

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Carl Denk wrote:
> The OBDLINK also comes with Bluetooth, and wired access via USB. What I
> remember from the Bluetooth adapter's web site you could change the
> passkey with the USB, which probably is a good idea. But unless someone
> knew you had one of the units, the standard passkey, and either had the
> application software or knew the commands to send via terminal software,
> and was within wireless range, it's is a small chance that anything
> would happen.
>
> With the quirks of Windows handling Bluetooth connections, not assigning
> a fixed com port, there is enough other issues.
>
> With other issues around the house and the hot weather, just hasn't been
> on the list of do today. :)

There's been a lot of media hype about this lately (not sure why). My guess is that presently, the risk of someone taking control of your car over WiFi is several orders of magnitude lower than someone cutting your brake lines.

While the Bluetooth SPP connection is in use, nobody else can use it. Same thing with WiFi: currently it only works in AdHoc mode, and you need to disconnect from the scan tool in order for someone else to connect to it.

Without changing the default configuration, leaving OBDLink permanently connected to the vehicle is a bad idea, as it will drain the battery within a couple of days. When we add "wake up on engine start" functionality, we will publish instructions for securing WiFi.

Best regards,

Vitaliy

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