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E60 (2004 - 2010)
BMW 5-Series (E60 chassis) was first seen in the Unites States in the fall of 2003 with a 2004 Model Year designation. The E60 is now available as a 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and a 535xi sports wagon! -- View the E60 Wiki

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Old 05-25-2013, 07:58 AM
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Connection problem with EngineLink iPhone app

I am trying to connect to my OBDII Wi-Fi adapter with the EngineLink iPhone app. I get the "On line" green dot and the adapter blinks continuously, but none of the gauges show any value. The adapter is ELM 327 and works flawlessly with another OBDII app.
Anybody using the EngineLink app with their E60?
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Old 05-25-2013, 04:43 PM
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I am trying to connect to my OBDII Wi-Fi adapter with the EngineLink iPhone app. I get the "On line" green dot and the adapter blinks continuously, but none of the gauges show any value. The adapter is ELM 327 and works flawlessly with another OBDII app.
Anybody using the EngineLink app with their E60?
It looks interesting. I didn't know about this app.
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Old 05-26-2013, 07:48 PM
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If I only could get it to work.
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Old 05-27-2013, 08:33 PM
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I have the app working on my iPad with the wi-Fi elm327 dongle. Make sure you follow the IP setup instructions closely. My adapter IP is set to 192.168.0.10 port 35000. The wi-Fi interface setup on the Idevice needs to be static as well.
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Old 05-27-2013, 08:45 PM
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My adapter IP is set up exactly as yours, and on the iPhone the static IP is 192.168.0.11. I do get the "online" green dot, but none of the following screens get active. I contacted customer service and hope they come up with a solution.
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Old 05-28-2013, 11:49 AM
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Tested mine again this morning just to confirm and it does work. The only other thing I can think of is to ensure your netmask on the static settings is correctly set to 255.255.255.0
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Old 05-28-2013, 12:25 PM
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Things to check:
How many WiFi networks exist where you're testing? Nearly all network devices default to 192.168.x.x with a 255.255.255.0 mask, it's pretty easy to have an IP conflict. Most users are too lazy or don't know enough to change the default settings.
I avoid the common private IPs like the plague, I never use 192.168.x.x or 10.x.x.x for that matter - every device defaults to one of those. Instead I use something in the range of 172.16.x.x to 172.31.x.x (usually with a subtnetted mask like 255.255.240.0). But then I also run WPA2 Enterprise on my wireless with RADIUS and MAC based Auth on my home network. There's a reason why my SSID is "GoodF******Luck"

Basically any WiFi in the area, on the same channel, with the same IP scheme can cause issues - I use "Rouge AP Mitigation", wonder if my neighbors know who's blocking their networks, LOL
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Old 05-28-2013, 01:04 PM
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I have 20+ networks visible with various strengths in my area and have no problems using this system. The IP you are using has little bearing on what the other networks are using, since at the wireless radio layer the connection is based on MAC, not IP. Radio interference from all these radios on the other hand can have a big impact on the efficacy of your network connection's performance.
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Old 05-28-2013, 01:12 PM
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I have 20+ networks visible with various strengths in my area and have no problems using this system. The IP you are using has little bearing on what the other networks are using, since at the wireless radio layer the connection is based on MAC, not IP. Radio interference from all these radios on the other hand can have a big impact on the efficacy of your network connection's performance.
Correct - to an extent. If you are auto-connecting to a network with the same IP scheme as the one you are using then you can have an IP conflict. Unless you are using IPV6 the MAC address has little bearing once a connection is established.
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Old 05-28-2013, 01:15 PM
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Possibly, but in this application the devices are not in infrastructure mode, but Ad Hoc mode and you need to specifically set up a point to point single user connection.
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Old 05-28-2013, 01:40 PM
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Possibly, but in this application the devices are not in infrastructure mode, but Ad Hoc mode and you need to specifically set up a point to point single user connection.
True, ad-hoc connections are completely different, they will not depend on IP but they do use an auth method, even if it's just designating he "peer". This is how Bluetoooth works, it's essentially an ad-hoc network, but you have to designate the peer through the "passcode" for it to connect.

Which reminds me, would this app work with a Bluetooth OBD2 adapter? It might be easier to connect, default passcodes being "0000"
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Old 06-03-2013, 07:50 AM
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Connection problem solved. The app's technical support was super helpful with suggesting fixes and workarounds, but still no success. On 6/2 they issued a new version of the app and supplied me with an "obdcmd.ini" file to be manually copied to the EngineLink itunes file sharing folder. This lets the adapter do a manual protocol search which most of the time is not required. But it helped in my case. I can also run the app on my iPdod Touch.
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