Mercedes Benz Star C3C4C5 Buying Guide

Mercedes benz star scanner is a very popular auto scanner in the market. However,Many customer are confused to choose when they want to buy one, because there is four version of mb star:Mercedes Benz Star diagnosis C3, benz star c4, MB star Compact C4 and super Mercedes BENZ C5.

So now,i will summarize their similarity and difference,hope it will helpful for customers to choose.

Similarity:

1.Benz star C3/C4 and MB star sd connect c4,Super MB Star c5 use same software.

2.For the hardware, Benz star C3/C4/C5 is same function in diagnosing.

Difference:

1.For the functions, MB star c3 and c4 are almost the same,C4 can do all the works what C3 does and it is the replacement of Compact C3.
Just benz star c4 size is small and weight is light,much convience and the anti‐interrupting ability is better.
One more thing, as customer feedback, the advantage of c3 is can do trucks best.

2.MB starC3, C4 just can support Mercedes Benz cars manufactured after year 2000. Super MB star c5,Benz SD Connect C4 can support all current and new coming MB vehicles.

3.Benz star c3,c4,SD connect C4 update by Harddisk.That means when customer want to update,they need to send back harddisk to supplier,after finish update,then send back to them again or just buy a new HDD.For the long international distance,it may need about 2 weeks can complete one time update,so it is very trouble and inconvience.

Under this suitation,Super mb benz star c5 is release, it is can update through super mb star official web directly, which will be much convience and time saving.

In addition,Super mb star C5 work with W204, W207, W212, 405, 451, 452 and 454. Besides the software c3 and c4 own,it added three more software: SD Media, Xentry and Smart TAN Code.

SD Media: Video and PDF lessons;
Xentry:New software released by Benz Company after 04/2009 by diagnosis new cars. Xentry software for diagnosing W 204,W207 and W212 which C3 and C4 does not support;
Smart TAN Code: Opened special function in DAS program with Smart cars 405/ 451/452/ 454.Besides, it also opened more special functions, such as engineer mode, remove limitations,etc, which Star C3 and Star C4 do not have.

4.Now we turn to MB star SD connect C4 again.MB Star SD connect C4 not only support KL diagnosis and three lines CAN BUS diagnosis, but also support UDS diagnose protocol, Because it have UDS chips. Star C3,C4,c5 don’t have this chip, so they can not support UDS.

The most advantage of SD connect c4 is: It can connect to PC by wireless or Lan cable.So it will be much more convience than Benz star C3/C4/c5.

Besides, Professional Diagnostic Tools Mercedes Diagnostic Tool star SD connect C4 interface components used the military quickly inserted techniques that can support one million times plug, more stably;And all of the its core components adopt new original packaged chip, plus 24 hours fatigue test, to ensure its stable release.

So in all,each version have its advantage,just see which one is most suitable and interested you.

All Benz diagnostic and programming Benz Ecom VS SD C4

New Arrival: Benz Ecom diagnostic and programming tool for newest Benz models. It comes with Dongle and software in the hard disk, activation via remote assistance. Works with newest Benz models instead of old models like MB SD C4.

1.Ecom
Support diagnostic software Xentry, engineering software Vediamo and super DTS Monaco,  it has a than higher access right than SDC4.

Ecom supports the CAN/DoIP protocol, which can be used to diagnose and programming (brushing & writing) for the new car audio and video entertainment systems.

The Mercedes-Benz engineering database of diagnosis / coding / retrofit /flashings is using the Xentry database, so the Mercedes-Benz engineering version depends on the version of Xentry, as long as the database is new, the V4.00 version can be used on new models. compact3 can be used.
SDC4 does not support ODX documents. The latest V5.00 uses eCom to support ODX files. It is recommended to use Ecom, with DoIP function, the speed is faster and more stable.

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2.SD C4
Support the diagnostic software Xentry, DAS software diagnostics, engineering Vediamo,  super DTS Monaco, Xentry and DAS Developer mode etc.

Common Name: Developing Data Engineering Edition After 2010
Version, added a lot of functional restrictions. So everyone will encounter the problem that the vehicle version is too new to enter
the control unit, or entering the control unit and cannot make any special modifications. For example: W204 /212 2012
The instrument is needed to modify the regional language configuration or open other convenient functions. With the increasing number of new car with DoIP protocol, the mb star SDC4 has slowly failed to meet market demand.

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Normal Star Diagnosis vs Developer Mode

Look here: Where exactly the differences between the normal Star Diagnosis and the Developer Version lie?

Since these differences depend on the DVD version, you will get this nowhere reliable information. The Dev version contains features that are not always released for service and are therefore not available on the “normal” versions of SD. Without another license key there is nothing.
Also, some of the HW and software version of the built-in controller depends. Here are the web many halbgare information to read.

The difference is just the license key.
Other key: More rights and possibilities. For example, there are pure car licenses (Smart, MB …) but also full licenses, with which you can read and work on all Daimler products. In the service, the computers are online, that is, it is not possible to operate a computer easily with a different license

So really a developer tool is not it but that’s why … No one works with us, because we use something completely different. Not so pretty, but much more powerful and flexible than the MB Star C4. But also much error-prone, which one must avoid in the service by all means.

Also, Developermode is available in Xentry. There are a few more things you can do.

But from BR 204/212 etc Sense anyway with big what to do, because everything online. But also gives information on the Internet.

Offline SCN coding mW also with tricks normal but in practice gabs still no success, especially since no need is pending.

This Vediamo should but according to opinions of other specs probably be a good software …

Update:

Quoted:

“This Vediamo should but according to opinions of other specs probably be a good software … let’s see if something can be found.”

This is a pure development tool. The “normal” skilled worker or master in the branch can do almost nothing with it.
Without knowing which “commands” to execute in a particular order, garnix happens.
Did it “coincidentally” but managed to adjust ANYWHERE, ….. yes, and then ??? How do you get that back when things are not going as expected?
So without the expertise of the ECU supervisor, you have no chance.
And even the stupidest …. the necessary description files are there are not

many here in the forum are not even clear with the serial diagnosis, and that is in comparison to children’s stuff.

SD Connect C4 change Mercedes time and date in cluster

Here is the instruction on how to change MB time/date with 2018.05 SD Connect C4 DAS/Xentry software.

Equipment:

I have bought Star Diagnose multiplexer with DAS/Xentry software on www.obd2tool.com

I think it’s cheaper than other places.

Follow the steps:
1. Install and activate the software. Software is pre-installed and activated if you get the MB SD Connect C4 multiplexer and Dell D630 laptopbundle package.
2. Connect MB SD C4 system with vehicle via OBD port
3. Run DAS software
4. Come to the main Control units group menu->F3
5. Select Information and communication option->F3
6. Select IC Instrument Cluster->F3
7. Select Diagnosis to plant specifications->F3

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8.Select Control unit adaptations->F3

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9.Select Control unit adaptations (Variant coding)->F3

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10.Select Variantkodierung ->F3

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11.Select Datumsanzeige Grundbildebene and turn date on “ein”

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12.Select Menu 24 option and activate key dependency to “aktivieren” to active the status.
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13.Reboot the cluster. The whole procedure is complete.

Just follow the steps above,you will have a wonderful experience with MB SD Connect Compact 4.

SD Connect C4 DCDI_eErrorCode=204 (204)

To solve MB SD Connect C4 Error Code 204, just put fresh 6 battery and do a csd firmware update. This is a common problem with cheap SD C4.

In detail…

The error message: DCDI_eErrorCode=204 (204)

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Solved … was the 6 x AA battery into the SD connect

This is the how-to’s of…

Please prepare the following tools:

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①— SD connect C4 multiplexer which need to input the batteries.

②— 6 units Ni-MH Rechargeable batteries, Size: AA, Voltage: 1.2V, Capacity: above 1700mA.

③— 1 unit 108M WIFI Card.

④— Plum screwdriver, Specification: T-20

Take out the rubber:

2.1 Use the T20 Plum screwdriver to take out the screws as below.

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2.2 Take out the rubber as below.

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①— Batteries Space.

②— WIFI Card Space.

③— SD Card Space.

Insert the Rechargeable batteries.

3.1 Use the T20 Plum screwdriver to take out the screws of Batteries Space fixation as below.

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3.2 Take out the fixation of Batteries Space. Pay attention to the Battery polarity marked in the Batteries Space.

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3.3 Insert the batteries. Note the Battery polarity.
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3.4 Button on the Fixation of Batteries Space after inputting the Rechargeable batteries.
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3.5 Use the T20 Plum screwdriver to fix the screws of Batteries Space fixation as below. Inserting the batteries is finished.

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Installing WIFI Card.

4.1 Inserting the WIFI Card into the WIFI Card Space. Please make the correct direction.

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4.2 Push it to make it totally connected.

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4.3 Cover the rubber and fix the screws to finish all the work.

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Note 1:

Go to the info section within DAS Xentry— search SDconnect and you will find what all the SDconnect symbols defined!!

Note 2:

pls check these picture,  you can choose self-diagnosis your Mercedes Star Diagnostic SD connect c4

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DTS-Monaco and Vediamo, which better

DTS-monaco and Vediamo are added to MB Star C4 software since 12-2017.
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but what is DTS-monaco and what is Vediamo? And what\s the difference?

Look here:

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What is DTS-monaco:

DTS Monaco is universal Engineering Tester for Diagnostic and Control Functions of Vehicle

ECUs. The name Monaco is derived from Modular Analyzer for Vehicle Communication.

DTS Monaco comprehensively covers all tasks in the areas of engineering, testing and

preparation of manufacturing tests:

*   diagnostics
*   analysis
*   OBD
*   flash programming
*   measuring
*   parameterizing
*   residual bus simulation
*   OTX

MB SD C4 DTS Monaco is based on standards such as ODX, OTX and UDS

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What is Vediamo:

Vediamo Software is used by the plant engineers to develop diagnosis and engineering software, which is now used by Xentry and DAS, is based on the Mercedes Benz super engineering version developed and delivered to the general customer service dealers’ use.

The use of MB super engineering version has no limitation in diagnosis / modification / programming function are open which cannot be through the VEDOC (the original application code changes with flow) can be free to increase or decrease the SA code, modify the objective, for example: the increase of vehicles equipped with SA500 electric folding mirrors, commonly known as the Xentry and DAS development mode: open data project version in 2010 after the release, increase the number of functional limitations. So we will meet the vehicle version is too new to be into the control unit in use, or are unable to do any special modifications to the control unit.

For example: W204/2122012 instrument to modify the area family configuration, or open other resource advantage function. Diagnosis / Mercedes super engineering version of the code with code / modification / programming database using the Xentry database, so the Mercedes Benz super engineering version is determined with the Xentry version, as long as the database is new and can be used in new models.

What’s the difference of DTS-monaco and Vediamo:

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Vediamo M Mode Variant Coding W212 7G

Some important tips of Mercedes Benz W212 7G M Mode Variant Coding using Vediamo.

Purpose:

W212 7G M Mode Variant Coding

You need:

Vediamo running with Sd connect C4

SCN coding database

Variant code:

Y2KY

BetaMar

I want to have M-mode in W212 E500 4matic 2010 model 212.090 SA801 – YOM 10/1, at the moment my variant code is Y2KX, does anyone help me to know the right code for M-mode ?

StarRacer

That’s interesting. I’ve got nearly the same car (W212 from 2009) and I’m also looking for the manual mode. My variant code is Y2KY.

Someone recommended to try three codings before and after the current one but I’m a bit hesitant with this.
The coding contains several properties of the car including 4Matic or RWD. In contrast to the RWD ones, the MB Star have a torque limitation to protect the gearbox etc. when starting with full throttle. Therefore, a genuine 4Matic variant code would be preferable.

I think in the 7G coding collection there was no W212 E500 with M-mode. The next “match” could be an S500 4Matic (221.086). From the thread mentioned its variant code is YE25. Not sure if this one has M-mode, though.

BetaMar

I want to confirm that in 212.090 with MY2010 SA801 M-mode work very well

with Y2KZ ?? Imidietly after coding there was error showed in KI display “presafe function is unavaiable” but after ignition off/on everything works!

For 212.090 MY2009 SA800 correct coding is Y2AR

StarRacer

SUCCESS! Now with working M-mode! Y2KZ also works for me. Same error as above after first start which went away with the 2nd start.

Test drive was successful. One drawback, however: The gear switching times in M are not better than in C or S. Some years ago, I read from an S211 (E500 M273 with 7g) which was given M-mode and the owner claimed significantly faster gear switching. He did it the official way: Changing VeDoc and MB Star C4 online SCN coding. Maybe there’s more to it than just the VGS variant coding.

Good luck
Related posts:

2018. 03 MB SD Connect C4 C5 Xentry Start Key Activation

Here is the steps to teach you how to activate XENTRY:

Step 1: Double Check the icon name “starkey Center ” which on the computer desktop.
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Record the computer’s Hardware ID
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Step2: Double Check the folder”TOOLS” which on the computer desktop.
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Run xentry developer V1.10

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Step3:
As shown below: Enter the computer’s Hardware ID, Stat Date, Expiration Date. Calculate the license string.
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Step4:Copy licenseto Start keys and save

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Step5: Run xentry, as follows
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We can supply Laptop + Software all ready for you.
We can supply FULL package C4 C5 SD + Laptop + Software for you.
We can carry out some C4 C5 SD repairs.
Remote installations available (if you supply the correct HDD size and install the correct Windows OS).
Teamviewer remote support available.

If you are interesting in buy MB Star Diagnostic Tools , Please contact our sales via sales@obd2tool.com

2017.12 MB SD Connect C4 C5 Xentry Start Key Activation

2017.12 MB SD Connect C4 C5 Xentry Start Key Activation

Here is the steps to teach you how to activate 2017.12 XENTRY:

Step 1: Double Check the icon name ” ConfigAssist” which on the computer desktop.

Step2: Select ” SDconnect”
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Step3: Select ” Configure”.
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Step 4: Select the icon as picture.
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Step5:
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Step 6 and 7 :
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Step 8 , 9 and 10.

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Step 11: Successful to Activation MB SD Connect C4 C5 MB Star Diagnostic Tools
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If you are interesting in buy MB Star Diagnostic Tools , Please contact our sales via sales@obd2tool.com

Why should you buy a Mercedes diagnostic tool with a laptop

Here list reasons why you should buy a Mercedes diagnostic tool ( MB SD Connect C4/C5, Mb Star C3) with a laptop together:

—With the Dell D630’s dedicated serial port, there was no issue for me…. it was plug and play… I just loaded the HDD from the Seller into my Dell and all I needed to do was activate WIS/EPC and XENTRY/DAS with “activation keys”… I only use the Dell for mb star sd c4 purposes…

—Bought an older Dell D630 laptop with a serial port and plan on buying MB SD Star C4 directly installed in a Dell D630 hard drive. No Virtual Machine issues.

—Mercedes Benz Star diagnosis C3 / C4 actually specifies the computer or tablet used in the SDS environment… The T30 is rather slow but will get the job done.

—If your ever in the market for a faster SDS laptop, the Dell 630 with at least 2Ghz and the speed improvement especially when using Xentry is like night and day.

—the HDD that is pre-loaded with the software for SDConnect 4 by the Seller, is inserted into the DELL D630… The DELL D630 is the fastest laptop with the RS232 feature.

—Need to connect directly into a RS232 port without using an interface – this is why I went for the complete system with laptop.

—The software Xentry/ DAS is a bit slow on an old IBM so that it is worth paying a bit extra and getting a Dell D630.

—There is a very specific set of COM ports you must use for it to work. For example you need DAS to be looking at COMx within the VM session, then VMware needs to redirect that to COMx which is a ‘physical’ serial port on your machine.

—It’s probably because it has a real com port. Most laptops these days have just a USB port and things don’t always work right if you’re using a USB to RS-232 converter. You wouldn’t want to brick a component during an update if you’re using USB. The other option would be to get a C4 system, but then they cost more. I think there are a couple other systems out there like IBM that also have real com ports.

—The PART D mux(C3) is a serial ported mux—that’s the reason for the Dell and IBM older laptops.

—The PART W mux(MB SD Connect C4) is and Ethernet/wifi connected system and that is the reason for use on other laptops—the issue is the operating system currently DAS Xentry only runs on XP.

—Plug and play!! It is more convenient for users because the software for C3/SD C4 diagnostic tool will be pre-installed before delivery.

Here are MB STAR diagnostic kits (tool+laptop) for sale:

http://www.obd2tool.com/category-163-b0-MB+Star+Diagnostic+Tools.html

Here are advantages of MB Star diagnostic multiplexer:

MB Star C3 Advantages:
MB Star C3 is called the best-quality Star diagnostic multiplexer.
—the most reputable/ well-received in the market;
—has a better performance and usually it will not happen to be poor connected or work stably during operation. Because of that, an increasing number of customers select MB Star C3 be their professional diagnostic equipment for Mercedes Benz cars.
—its technology and quality is developed after lots of experiments and improvement. The new version MB Star C4 need time to perfect its reliability and operation.

MB Star C4 Advantages:
The great performance of MB Star C3 is accepted by the market, while MB Star Compact-4, as a new-born and updated tool of C3, it also own its comparative advantages.
—is much different in the shape from Compact3;
—smaller in size, lighter in weight than Compact3;
—C4 2008 can do all the works what Compact3 does and it is the replacement of Compact3-Star.

SDconnect Compact 4 Advantages:
MB SD C4 overcomes the shortage of C3, C4.
—covers a wide range of vehicles including trucks and some cars that C3 and C4 do not support;
—supports wireless diagnose;
—not only support K line diagnose and CAN BUS, but also UDS diagnose protocol. Because old MB STAR C4 main board do not have UDS chip, so old MB STAR C4 can not support it;
—now use Lan cable to connect, can fit all computers (not only IBM T30);
—adopts Military quick swap technology, and supports 10,000 times pull plug, more stable;

Cloned BENZ SD C5 Connect Advantages:
—covers all new Mercedes Benz models, Mercedes W222, W221, W212, W203, 211,W 204,W207, W212, GL166, B 246, CLS 218, SLK172 and Smart405, 451, 452, 454
—efficient diagnostic program and complete vehicle database;
—advanced upgraded VCI+ communication interface;
—support Wired/ wireless connection.
—Besides the software c3 and c4 own,it added three more software: SD Media, Xentry and Smart TAN Code.
SD Media: Video and PDF lessons;
Xentry: New software released Xentry software for diagnosing W 204,W207 and W212 which C3 and C4 does not support;
Smart TAN Code: Opened special function in DAS program with Smart cars 405/ 451/452/ 454.Besides, it also opened more special functions, such as engineer mode, remove limitations,etc, which MB Star Diagnosis Star C3 and Star C4 do not have.

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