How to choose best BMW ICOM, ICOM A2 and ICOM A3 Rheingold ISTA-D ISTA-P?

With the born of newest BMW ICOM A3 pro + V1.40.05 diagnostic programming tool, BMW ICOM series including ICOM, ICOM A1 and ICOM A3 get most people confused, they have no idea which one to buy.

FYI, BMW ICOM A3 pro + V1.40.05 comes with a internal WIFI chip, just get one wireless adapter and plug into the computer, then the wireless adapter will communicate with the wifi chip and perform diagnostic and programming function on all BMW vehicles e.g BMW Cars, BMW Motorcycle, Rolls-Royce, Mini Cooper.

Part 1: Similarities- BMW ICOM, ICOM A2 and ICOM A3 Comparison Table

1.BMW ICOM Packed Software (In details)
BMW ICOM, ICOM A2 and ICOM A3 share the same software version, for the detailed autorized software

2.ICOM A2 update:
Firmware update
icom firmware is able to update, tak ICOM A2 V1.40.05 for example, here are on how to update BMW ICOM A2 firmware to V1.40.05
icom a2 firmware v1.4 bootimage bin free download how to update icom a2 firmware to v1.4

Software update:
BMW ICOM software is able to update when the newest version is tested ok and released, you are required to pay the newest software.

Part 2: Differences among ICOM A2, ICOM A3 and ICOM A3 Pro+
ICOM A3 V1.40.05 with WIFI outlook and ports

ICOM A3 V1.38 mux outlook and ports
ICOM A3 V1.38 with software

ICOM A3 V1.38 without software
ICOM A3 V1.38 has no software in package. Users can buy it in addition.

BMW ICOM A2 V1.37 mux outlook and ports

Part 3: BMW ICOM Rheingold ISTA-D ISTA-P issues and solutions:
Question: When EasyConnect is processed done?
Answer: Only you get following picture can it means EasyConnect is processed done.

Question: ICOM or ICOM A2 fails to work on old BMW (one system or new car)
If you find ICOM or ICOM A2 fail to work on old BMW or one system or new car, just disassemble ICOM and test this 39K resistance. Another reason is unstable voltage.

How to reset the language you want:
Reset the language is possible, some customer feedback they receive the ICOM hardware and find the language is not they want, but don’t know how to reset. Jjust open diagnostic software ISTA/P, and then click this “Tool” icon to reset shown as follows.

Using 2015.8 Windows7 BMW ICOM HDD (Item No. SS151-8B), get error message “The screen resolution is insufficient to run this application”, how to fix?

Solution:
After open ISTA-P, click “Reset settings”, then close, open again ISTA-P, click “ Reset Settings” then reset “Resolution”.
Check your computer system resolution setting, make sure it is as the same as the ISTA-P resolution setting.


Using ICOM 2015.7 ISTA-D 3.50.10 ISTA-P 3.56.1.002 (Item No. SS151-7) and these function displays gray, ISTA-D is working, ISTA-P is not working, how to do?

Possible reason: Your exit ISTA-P then directly turn off the computer, it results in the software is damaged.Normally, you are required to exit the software then follow the general procedure to turn off the computer.
Solution: Now, the solution is to send the software back to repair.

Q: Buy BMW ICOM External or Internal Hard Drive

A: As we all know, ICOM  is available with both external and internal hard drive, which version to choose, it is specific to individual users. In the following parts, I would like to sort out their advantages and disadvantages.

External hard drive of BMW ICOM A2 is a much more versatile solution, and it was my initial choice. If laptop broke, you could just plug it into another machine.

Only downside is it’s a lot slower than running it from disk, because of VMWare overhead.

Now I have it loaded on a machine-specific hard drive (internal hard drive) which I have installed in the machine. Much faster.

If you use it 2 or 3 times a year, a VM solution is perfectly fine. I did that for a few years myself.

If you use it quite a bit (with 3 MB’s in the house hold, I use it all the time) then go machine-specific hard drive.

Also remember the external hard drive hangs off the machine and can be damaged as you move the laptop around. If you pick up the laptop, the USB drive unplugs, then it will fall to the ground and you’re cooked.

Internal is so much nicer because now I just have the multiplexer and laptop to carry to the car. Nothing to unplug or fall off.

Q: Buy SSD or HDD

The Difference Between BMW ICOM A2+B+C With BMW ICOM NEXT A with Latest Version 2017.03V

BMW ICOM is the professional diagnostic tool for the BMW car and diagnose and program for it now there are the new update scanner bmw icom next come out, here belows are the difference for bmw icom A2 and BMW icom NEXT A.

Both BMW ICOM A2 and ICOM NEXT A can work with the same software ISTA-D-ISTA-P for the same BMW Vehicles. But they are kind of different from some factors, especially firmware adaption. there is some highlights of BMW ICOM NEXT after hardware update with high-quality PCB board, bmw icom Next the haredware is different with bmw icom a2, pls check BMW ICOM NEXT A and BMW ICOM A2+B+C

More stable during programming

be necessary for the future Gbit cars

faster start-up times and high throughput

through high-performance, low-power ARM SoC

improved handling

more flexible obd cable

lighted button for logs

Comment Régler WIFI De BMW ICOM

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BMW ICOM A2Pour BMW est un appareil de diagnostic et programmation avec le dernier logiciel, adaptateur et WIFI. C’est la deuxième génération de BMW ISTA Diagnostic et programmation système. Il est le meilleur appareil pour ICOM De BMW.

Alors Comment Régler WIFI?

1. insérer d’abord usb wifi au usb port sur pc

2. désactiver tous wifi sur le PC, le PC n’a que notre équipement usb wifi. Ne pas connecter au réseau ni cable réseau d’équipement.

3. Plus déterminé à faire, puis démarrer le PC.4. Après démarrage de PC, vvérifier encore une fois si tous wifi et réseau sont désactivés et le cable réseau déconnecté.

4. Lancer le logiciel et choisi “Wifi for ICOM”

5. Brancher ICOM au véhicule, attendez 20 à 60 secondes, vous verrez le LED WLAN ne clignote pas ou clignote lentement.

Comme ca, wifi usb est bien communiqué avec icomA2  wifi

6. Vous pouvez maintenant pointer le logiciel de diagnostic ou de la programmationCliquer ok, cette page ne peut pas fermer, seulement minimisée.

BMW ICOM A2 Plus EVG7 Tablet with Latest Version 2016.07

 

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BMW Icom a2 bc software version has updated recently. It’s with the latest version 2016.07.
ISTA-D 3.55.31
ISTA-P 3.59.0.600
VIN: 2016.06
This latest software is installed in a brand new EVG7 tablet. You can get it work directly after you receive it. The price is much better to purchase this bmw icom a2 plus the tablet. FOB price is only 948USD. It can run faster and more stable than the other laptop.

BMW ICOM A2+B+C Function:
* Interface A2 – OBD diagnostic supporting MOST, D-CAN and K-CAN protocols.
* Interface B – diagnostic via MOST bus, and have connection to A-interface via USB connection.
* Interface C – 20-pin cable for old models.

BMW ICOM A2+B+C Special Features Compared with ICOM :
* The modified ICOM A2 for vehicles with OBD access receives a significantly more powerful processor and more storage capacity.Robust aluminium case will help to avoid damage when using in harsh environments.
* To protect the MOST connector, the ICOM B for vehicles with optical MOST access will be equipped with a soft cover made of rubber instead of the former plastic cap.
* The ICOM C for old series with a diagnostics socket will be additionally equipped with an approx. 20 cm long cable, which facilitates the connection of the ICOM A2 and makes storage in the engine compartment easier.

For this bmw icom a2 plus evg7 tablet, you’d better use this tablet only for bmw icom but don’t install any other softwares in it. Otherwise the software will be easily damaged. You can get technique support for lift time from cnautotoo

BMW ICOM A2 Wifi solution comes with Dell E6420 laptop

BMW ICOM with Expert Mode/ Developer Mode enables BMW users and technician much more coding and programming possibilities, like self-leveling suspension, side airbags for rear passengers, automatic operation of tailgate, remote closing windows etc functions. The ICOM Rheingold software is compatible BMW ICOM A1, ICOM A2 and BMW ICOM A3.
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BMW ICOM A2 Wifi solution comes with Dell E6420 laptop, software preinstalled ready to work, software version will be 09/2014. ISTA/P Expert mode for single module programming is added in this order for Free. I have installed BMW Rheingold to my computer and I am trying to do a diagnosis through ista – d. I have connected Icom A2 and managed to see the module as long as it’s IP through IToolRadar. When i am at the step of connection the status of the header says firmware and i cannot connect with the vehicle.

Use Network cable to connect Super version BMW ICOM A2 with computer, charge Super version BMW ICOM A2 with 12V power adapter or connect Super versionICOM A2 with the BMW vehicle. When it pops up “The SYSTEM IMAGE update was successfully”, click “Update Firmware”.

BMW ICOM A2 USB WiFi Setup manual

One of the WIFI BWM ICOM A2+ B+C diagnostic system with 2015.6 ICOM Rheingold ISTA-D ISTA-P users reported that after he update the ICOM firmware to V1.38, but he fail to use the WIFI wireless connection and Expert Mode.

The WiFi setting for old and new version BMW ICOM A2 is different. Please kindly read this BMW ICOM A2 USB WiFi Setup manual before you use WiFi function
1.Plug USB-WiFi adapter to the USB connector of your laptop
2.Disconnect your laptop from network, turn off all WiFi on your laptop, also do not connect the device to laptop currently.
3. Carefully check you have finish all the prepare working. Press”start” button to boot the laptop
4.Booting laptop, once confirm whether you turn off all internet or disconnect all lan cable.The DWA-131 is our USB-WiFi,no need turn off.”X” is normally, do not worry
5.Boot BMW ICOM A2 software, click WiFi for ICOM
6.You can connect the ICOM A2 interfaceto your car right now, wait about 20-30 mintues, the Wlan light on device will not flash or flash slow. That means the communication between USB WiFi and ICOM WiFi is ok
7.It’s time to click diagnosis or programming software. Click”ok”

What is BMW ICOM A2+B+C?

Do you have Clone BMW ICOM A2 version with WiFi card? and do you know how to Config WiFi card Make Model? Here, Vipprogrammer.com will share some experience and user manual from others customers.

What is BMW ICOM A2 ?The modified ICOM A2 for vehicles with OBD access receives a significantly more powerful processor and more storage capacity.Robust aluminium case will help to avoid damage when using in harsh environments.

What is BMW ICOM B ?To protect the MOST connector, the BMW ICOM B for vehicles with optical MOST access will be equipped with a soft cover made of rubber instead of the former plastic cap.

What is BMW ICOM C ?The BMW ICOM C for old series with a diagnostics socket will be additionally equipped with an approx. 20 cm long cable, which facilitates the connection of the BMW ICOM A2 and makes storage in the engine compartment easier.

bmw icom A2 is the new update version of old version BMW ICOM

The modified BMW ICOM A2 for vehicles with OBD access receives a significantly more powerful processor and more storage capacity. Robust aluminium case will help to avoid damage when using in harsh environments.bmw icom A2 is the new update version of old version BMW ICOM. BMW ICOM A2 is second generation diagnostic interface for BMW ISTA system. BMW ICOM A2+B+C support BMW cars till 2013 year. Support BMW & MINI full system diagnose and offline programming.

To protect the most connector, the BMW ICOM B for vehicles with optical most access will be equipped with a soft cover made of rubber instead of the former plastic cap.The BMW ICOM C for old series with a diagnostics socket will be additionally equipped with an approx. 20 cm long cable, which facilitates the connection of the BMW ICOM A2 and makes storage in the engine compartment easier.

bmw icom A2 is the new update version of old version BMW ICOM. ICOM A2+B+C is second generation diagnostic interface for BMW ISTA system. BMW ICOM A2+B+C support BMW cars till 2013 year. Support BMW & MINI full system diagnose and offline programming.For more infomation about BMW diagnostic tools BMW ICOM A2+B+C,check out cnautotool.com

Some Tips for using BMW ICOM A2+B+C software

Can you tell their similarities and differences in quality, workable car models and years, function, features, advantages and even price range? Besides, can you tell their setup steps? Can you tell how to diagnose and program your beloved BMW car models?

I have seen that the most difference between an original BMW ICOM A2 and a clone is that the original has wifi capability, whereas the clone does not.Today the cnautotool customer services tell me that their BMW ICOM A2+b+c diagnostic & programming tool now has wifi capability. And I saw a lot of people comment ICOM A2 clones with wifi capability that work reliably.

Some Tips for using BMW ICOM A2 software
1. Make sure the BIOS time of your laptop is correct.
2. Password BMW
3. If you want use ISID ISTA/P to program cars, please make sure your laptop has 4GB ram.