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7808 
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Posted: December 08, 2015 at 8:22 PM / IP Logged Link to Post Post Reply Quote 7808
i was just googling this and came across this thread lol i was looking at the idatalink flash cables for $40-50 thinking dammit.. im sure thats just a usb-serial cable which i already have sevral of from other misc projects
i think its not about being cheap, as much as hating getting overcharged for somthing thats seriously $2 on ebay or anywhere, and you may already have
http://www./itm/USB-2-0-to-TTL-UART-Module-5pin-Serial-Converter-CP2102-STC-Replace-FT232-/161282081867?hash=item258d29444b:g:mu0AAMXQ74JTVPuJ
pyro6314 
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Posted: December 09, 2015 at 4:43 PM / IP Logged Link to Post Post Reply Quote pyro6314
Hey 7808, got your PM and thought I would follow up (Although a year late for the last guy).
I never attempted to recreate the circuit or software handshaking. I do have a serial data log of the ActiveX Module talking to the COM port with various hardware configs which may be useful if someone wants to attempt reverse engineering this thing. Additionally, I might be able to dig up those pictures of the board. I really think the key is using a serial device that supports the CDC driver (like the Atmel programmed to act like an FTDI232) and having the device power switched by the DTR line on a Hexfet. The power switching must be the key to making the ActiveX program happy with respect to timing.
Let me know if I can be of help. I'd like to see someone successfully program one of these things.
rs specialist 
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Posted: December 09, 2015 at 5:21 PM / IP Logged Link to Post Post Reply Quote rs specialist
Even if you are able to make this work, you still need approval from ADS to flash their firmware. Why not buy the product and support the company.
roger555 
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Posted: January 24, 2016 at 7:31 AM / IP Logged Link to Post Post Reply Quote roger555
FYI just ordered mine from amazon for 28.99 shipped
http://www.amazon.com/Autopage-ADSUSB-Cable-Driver-Update/dp/B0035F0KZC/ref=pd_cp_422_3?ie=UTF8&refRID=08SEFXV28S8A6PD37624
northern 
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Posted: February 05, 2016 at 5:03 PM / IP Logged Link to Post Post Reply Quote northern
My only advice is to price shop your distributors. I think I paid $29 for mine, probably 4 or 5 years ago. But other distributors had them for $45+.
Good luck and post results if you can get a knock off made. Nice to have a backup incase you run over the original or another installer "accidentally" brings it home for the weekend.
brownsfan1 
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Posted: February 05, 2016 at 8:55 PM / IP Logged Link to Post Post Reply Quote brownsfan1
You still need a log in. You need to be approved by ADS before they will give you one. Their products are not marketed or engineered for the DIY market. Not saying there are not DIY guys capable of installing their products that's just not their intentions. I got my cable from Audiovox(Flashlogic) free when I bought a bunch of modules. Actually sent me 2. The only one I paid for was the phone/tablet version. That thing is a life saver for buys like me who do the bulk of installs on site at dealers or fleets
dosoft 
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Posted: February 07, 2016 at 10:48 PM / IP Logged Link to Post Post Reply Quote dosoft
I have never owned Idatalink flash module, but still keep my Fortin and my Xpresskit modules. The Fortin's one is very complicated. It has a microcontroller and am guessing uses custom protocol to comunicate with the bypass modules. The Xpresskit however, contain exactly what you're saying - USB to FTDA chip and 5v to 12V boost up converter, to supply power to the bypass while flashing it. So no surprise if Idatalink is the same from inside, but I can't be sure in that. Yo can buy one of these from the link below with CP2102 and experiment. You need a dealer account with Idatalink in order to flash their modules. I'm not sure why you bother with them at all.
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https://www.google.com/search?q=cp2102&client=ms-android-metropcs-us&prmd=sivn&source=lnms&tbm=shop&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwie46rFoOfKAhXEqR4KHbHWBtQQ_AUIBygB[/IMG]
dosoft 
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Posted: February 07, 2016 at 11:26 PM / IP Logged Link to Post Post Reply Quote dosoft
The link won't work, of course! Just Google CP2101.
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