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PLX Kiwi Wifi Diagnostics Transmitter

Access vehicle information on your iPhone® or iPod touch®

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by Buck Pomerantz

Your iPhone can help you drive more efficiently. PLX's Kiwi Wifi diagnostics transmitter connects to your vehicle's onboard diagnostic port, and sends information wirelessly to your iPhone or iPod touch. Connect the Kiwi Wifi to any 1996-up vehicle, download the app from iTunes® App Store, and you'll have instant access to information on fuel consumption, torque data, horsepower, GPS track mapping, and more. The package includes the wireless transmitter and a 6-foot cable that attaches to your OBDII port.

Apps are available for a variety of vehicle models and types, including the specialized SpeedPORT! app for high-performance Audi, Porsche, and Volkwagen models.

You'll find yourself driving more efficiently, saving money on gas and lowering your carbon footprint. A built-in power switch puts the Kiwi Wifi into low-power standby mode, ready for the next trip. Here's another big plus — no more expensive trips to the dealership to reset the "Check Engine" light. When your engine light goes on, the Kiwi Wifi tells you what's wrong, and allows you to reset the engine light. If you're into competitive driving, you can set up your iPod to display real-time customizable engine gauges, a pro skidpad, track analysis, and other useful data.

Note: You'll have to purchase one of the following Apps in order to connect this device to your iPod touch or iPhone: Rev (by DevToaster, $39.99), Dash Command (by Palmer Performance Engineering, $29.99), or FUZZYCar (by FUZZYLUKE, Free). See "Details" and "More Photos" for more information.

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Highlights:

  • wireless transmitter module and 6-foot cable that attaches to your OBDII port
  • works with iPhone or iPod touch
  • requires separate app for graphic displays
  • gives you access to customizable engine gauges, a pro skidpad, and track analysis, plus info on fuel used (gallons/liters), RPMs, speed (MPH/KMH), coolant temp (Fahrenheit/Celsius)
  • power switch
  • works with any 1996-up vehicle, including hybrids
  • module: 1-1/4"H x 2-3/4"W x 5/8"D
  • warranty: 60 days
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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  • iPhone/iPod touch vehicle diagnostic interface with attached 6' cable terminated by an OBDII connector
  • Instructions
  • "Upgradeable" note

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Features

Overview: The PLX Devices Kiwi Wifi turns your iPhone or iPod touch into a powerful automotive diagnostic tool. The Kiwi Wifi is a plug-and-play wireless device which connects to your vehicles OBDII connector port and your iPhone or iPod touch using Wifi (802.11a/b/g connection in adHoc mode).

Note: You'll have to purchase one of the following Apps in order to connect this device to your iPod touch or iPhone: Rev (by DevToaster $39.99), Dash Command (by Palmer Performance Engineering $29.99), FUZZYCar (by FUZZYLUKE, Free), or SpeedPORT  (by AutoSpeed $29.99).

Vehicle Compatibility: The PLX Devices Kiwi Wifi is compatible with 1996-up vehicles (including Hybrids). The Kiwi Wifi supports the following Fuel types - Gasoline, Diesel, Ethanol, E85, CNG, Methanol, LPG. The Kiwi Wifi features an attached 6' cable which connects to your vehicle's OBDII port. The Kiwi Wifi supports the following OBDII/CAN Protocols - ISO-9141, VPW, PWM, KWP 2000, 11-Bit CAN, 29-Bit CAN.

iPod/iPhone Applications: Kiwi Wifi automotive diagnostic software applications must be purchased separately and downloaded to your iPhone (2G/3G/3GS/4G) or iPod touch (1st/2nd/3rd gen) from the Apple App Store. The following vehicle diagnostic applications are available for your iPhone/iPod touch and the Kiwi Wifi:

  • Rev ($39.99): The Rev App contains the following diagnostic checks.
    • Check Engine Scan Tool: Diagnose engine trouble, read and reset your check engine light.
    • MPG: Measures your fuel efficiency.
    • Customizable Dashboard: A fully configurable dash designed to give you more information than stock instrument cluster.
    • Data Log: Analyze and export your vehicle's driving data (such as horsepower and torque).
    • GPS Track Analysis: Visually maps out your path as you drive around the race track. Displays your current location and whether you are accelerating or braking in clear and easy to see colors. Visually analyze different race track laps to see how acceleration and braking changed from lap to lap.
      • Note: You can download Rev Lite and try it for Free.
  • Dash Command ($29.99): The Dash Command App contains the following diagnostic checks.
    • Check Engine Scan Tool: Diagnose engine trouble, read and reset your check engine light.
    • Monitor: Monitors real-time engine performance.
    • Data Log: Analyze and export your vehicle's driving data.
    • Inclinometer: The inclinometer functions as both a tilt meter and a slope meter. Give yourself a little more confidence when off road, showing the roll and pitch attitude of your vehicle. Handy in terrain where the horizon is not horizontal or when wheeling at night and you can't get a good visual reference. Easily toggle between two different modes of display.
    • Customizable Dashboard: A fully configurable dash designed to give you more information than stock instrument cluster.
    • GPS Track Analysis: Visually maps out your path as you drive around the race track. Displays your current location and whether you are accelerating or braking in clear and easy to see colors. Visually analyze different race track laps to see how acceleration and braking changed from lap to lap.
    • Skid Pad: Professional skidpad showing real-time lateral, acceleration, and braking G forces. Clearly marked G-force circle visually plots the G forces and keeps a record that you can instantly understand. It also features indicators showing your maximum left, right, acceleration, and braking G forces.
  • FUZZYCar (Free): FUZZYCar is an iPhone/iPod touch application that connects your cars' computer (ECU) directly to the Internet using the Kiwi WiFi from PLX Devices. Using FUZZYCar, you can see all of the diagnostic sensors your car supports right on your iPhone, including Speed, RPMs, Oxygen Sensor data, and the status of your Check Engine Light. FUZZYCar can also diagnose the exact Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTC) every time your check engine light comes on, and can even clear your check engine light immediately. Each copy of FUZZYCar also gives you a free account on fuzzyluke.com. Now you can keep track of multiple cars, and analyze all of your cars historical diagnostic data. You don't just get a one-time snapshot or spreadsheet, you get to keep track of it all using the FUZZYLUKE analysis engine. Your fuzzyluke.com account will also let you setup email alerts, so that you can keep track of problems as they occur in all of your cars.
  • SpeedPORT App ($29.99): PLX Devices Inc. in partnership with AutoSpeed has developed SpeedPORT. Fully compatible with Kiwi Wifi, SpeedPORT offers unique features targeted to Audi, Porsche and VW vehicles. Utilizing Wifi technology to connect your iPhone or iTouch to your vehicle's ECU. With SpeedPORT you can:
    • switch performance profiles of you vehicle's Engine Management Software
    • scan diagnostic trouble codes and reset check engine lights
    • view engine parameters in real-time

Note: These applications are not free downloads. These are 4 separate applications that must be purchased and downloaded individually from the Apple App Store.

Power Switch: The PLX Devices Kiwi Wifi includes a power switch built-in to prevent the need for having to constantly disconnect your unit from the OBDII port.

Installation: Locate the OBDII connector of your vehicle and simply plug the Kiwi Wifi's OBDII cable into this port. This connector is often located on the driver's side near or under the steering column. Flip the power switch of the Kiwi Wifi to the "Up" position to turn on this unit.

Note: Start your vehicle's engine before connecting this unit for the first time. Make sure to secure the OBDII cable away from your vehicle's gas pedal and brake pedal.

Mounting: The PLX Devices Kiwi Wifi is small and compact (1.3125" wide x 0.875" tall x 3.125" deep) so it can be mounted and hidden virtually any where that is convenient in your vehicle, such as under the dash (cable length is 6').

Upgradeable: This unit is upgradeable to Kiwi Wifi + iMFD (sold separately). Kiwi Wifi + iMFD combines the best of both worlds into one product. Since the OBDII port does not offer all the sensors you may want to monitor, the added iMFD sensor support allows you to add up to 32 additional dedicated sensor modules from the PLX product line. This includes wideband Air/Fuel Ratio, Exhaust Gas Temperature, Fluid Temperatures and much more.

Note: PLX Display Modules (sold separately) are also compatible with the PLX iMFD serial stream.

 
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