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      10-14-2019, 11:19 AM   #1
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Using BimmerLink or BimmerCode w/ENET Cable & Ethernet to Lightning Adapter

I recently received updates for both BimmerLink and BimmerCode for iOS which added the functionality to use an ENET cable as the interface to the car. In order to use the ENET cable with an iPhone, you would need a lightning to ethernet adapter for the iPhone. I don't use either app on a regular basis, but when I do, I would prefer to use a wired connection for better stability and data transfer rates. I have an ENET cable but only use it with my laptop, with either E-Sys (for coding) or ISTA (for diagnostics).

However, I am curious if anyone has used this hardware combo with an iPhone and which hardware works well - specifically the lightning to ethernet adapter (since not all adapters are created equal when it comes to working properly and consistently with iPhones).

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The adapter for enet cable cost as much a the best wifi/bluetooth adapter.
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The adapter for enet cable cost as much a the best wifi/bluetooth adapter.
Depends on what your definition of the "best" adapter is - if it is other than price. Two very capable and reliable (albeit expensive) wireless adapters (Kiwi and OBDLink) are $100 and $80 respectively. While lightning to Ethernet adapters can be had for as cheap as $20. My question is not about cost of the hardware, but about if anyone has used the Ethernet hardware and which hardware works (or not). Even the best wireless adapters can still have issues just due to the inherent weaknesses of any type of wireless technology.
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I just finished coding using BimmerCode with an ENET cable and Lightning to Ethernet adaptor.

It didn't work with my iPhone X, but I plugged it into an old iPhone 7 and it worked perfectly. Not sure what went wrong there.
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I just finished coding using BimmerCode with an ENET cable and Lightning to Ethernet adaptor.

It didn't work with my iPhone X, but I plugged it into an old iPhone 7 and it worked perfectly. Not sure what went wrong there.
Which lightning to ethernet adapter did you use? The only thing I can think of is that the chip set in the adapter is not compatible with the newer iPhones ??? Either that or the iOS version on your X is too new for the adapter....
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Which lightning to ethernet adapter did you use? The only thing I can think of is that the chip set in the adapter is not compatible with the newer iPhones ??? Either that or the iOS version on your X is too new for the adapter....
Brandless - one just got off eBay for like $10.
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Can confirm this cable works: used both BimmerCode and BimmerLink
https://amzn.com/B07XHQCQSN

It is fast! Not a fan of the wireless adapter. Hardwired is extremely quick. Out of abundance of caution I still hook up my car to a 70A flash mode charger.

Hope this helps someone.
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I just finished coding using BimmerCode with an ENET cable and Lightning to Ethernet adaptor.

It didn't work with my iPhone X, but I plugged it into an old iPhone 7 and it worked perfectly. Not sure what went wrong there.
i have tried it with my 6s. It gets the ip address but then says "device not compatible with this phone" when I try to use bimmer code.
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I use BimmerCode on my F80 and G20 with iPhone X + ENET Cable/Lightning Adapter.
No connection issues, high-speed, inexpensive...

I use the following:
ENET Cable
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Lightning Adapter
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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that is the exact same combination I use. I have the iphone 6s+. Could that be the problem?
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Wow - is this really a true alternative? As a Mac guy privately and with a PC from work that's totally locked down, I have no real coding options at the moment.

This would be amazing for small codes. I have installed a 6WB in my F36 and miss small features I need to enable - it looks to be a true full coding option this.
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Just for good measure, I can confirm that this adapter works with my iPhone 11 Pro

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Pretty damn cool app
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Hope this helps someone.
Thank you! Just ordered. I'm with you on preferring a stable wired connection.
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Apologies for the thread revival but after using a Veepeak OBDCheck BLE+ adapter, I just couldn't stand how slow it was anymore so decided to get an ENET cable and the following Ethernet to Lightning adapter: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B086MQGW2X

Unfortunately it does not appear to work on my iPhone 11 Pro though. I put the phone in airplane mode, turned off BT, WiFi and had the car on ignition with nothing else running (Heater, seats etc all off). And it just simply wouldn't connect, over and over again.

Bimmercode have a page where it says if it keeps failing, just get out the car, lock it and leave it a while, then try again. Did this, but still nothing.

Help ?


Edit: Forgot to add that the phone clearly recognises the adapter as it assigns and IP address just fine and I have previously used the ENET cable to flash CarPlay Fullscreen so both cables work as they should, it must be the app or just my phone? I ll try with the iPad tomorrow.
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It is the app, unfortunately. I have had periods of time when it would not connect with BimmerCode, but would connect with BimmerLink and a few other apps I have to interface with my car. I have no idea why BimmerCode does this from time to time, especially when BimmerLink (made by the same developer) connects every time. I just ended up being patient and it eventually did connect.
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Apologies for the thread revival but after using a Veepeak OBDCheck BLE+ adapter, I just couldn't stand how slow it was anymore so decided to get an ENET cable and the following Ethernet to Lightning adapter: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B086MQGW2X

Unfortunately it does not appear to work on my iPhone 11 Pro though. I put the phone in airplane mode, turned off BT, WiFi and had the car on ignition with nothing else running (Heater, seats etc all off). And it just simply wouldn't connect, over and over again.

Bimmercode have a page where it says if it keeps failing, just get out the car, lock it and leave it a while, then try again. Did this, but still nothing.

Help ?


Edit: Forgot to add that the phone clearly recognises the adapter as it assigns and IP address just fine and I have previously used the ENET cable to flash CarPlay Fullscreen so both cables work as they should, it must be the app or just my phone? I ll try with the iPad tomorrow.
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It is the app, unfortunately. I have had periods of time when it would not connect with BimmerCode, but would connect with BimmerLink and a few other apps I have to interface with my car. I have no idea why BimmerCode does this from time to time, especially when BimmerLink (made by the same developer) connects every time. I just ended up being patient and it eventually did connect.

I have the opposite situation.
My ENET will connect to Bimmercode but not to Bimmerlink. Tried everything. I'm in android BTW. It must be an app issue.
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