Benz eCOM DoIP vs. MB SD Connect C4 Diagnostic Scanner

Look here: What’s the difference between Benz eCOM DoIP diagnostic tool and MB Star diagnostic SD connect c4 multiplexer?


In summary,

New car: eCom DoIP
eCom – laboratory\development tool. Most cheap and light. Can’t be used with DAS\HHT vehicles. Need luck with kline communication. Need to be specially setup on any diag sw installation.

Normal: Clone MB SD Connect C4
SDConnect – workshop\robust tool. Most universal in use. The only limitation is kline communication in Vediamo from ver5* Easy to setup. In most cases work as is.

Good to know:

Actia eCOM DoIP Box Multiplexer Kit supports DoIP for the latest E and S series, and it’s perfect for Mercedes COMAND NTG5, NTG5s1, NTG5s2, NTG5.5

ECOM is the diagnostic and swipe communication interface used by daimler-benz’s production and r&d department. It supports the after sales diagnostic software Xentry, Vediamo, and the Monaco DTS, the exclusive development software, with higher access rights than SDconnect (C4).

ECom supports the CAN/DoIP network, which CAN be used for the diagnosis and brushing of new car audio and video entertainment systems. Vediamo for Mercedes engineers is an engineering software used by Mercedes engineers to develop diagnostic software, that is, Xentry and DAS now in use is developed based on Vediamo and delivered to general after-sales dealers. For this reason, using the Mercedes super engineering version is open to all diagnosis /coding/retrofit/flashing programming features. It is possible to add or reduce SA codes freely without going through VEDOC(the process of the original factory applying for modifying the equipment code), so as to achieve the purpose of modifying the vehicle equipment, such as adding SA500 electric rearview mirror.

Xentry and DAS Developer mode, commonly known as: exploit data engineering version after 2010, has added many restrictions on functions. Therefore, people may encounter that the vehicle version is too new to enter the control unit, or they cannot make any special modifications after entering the control unit. For example, the w204/212 2012 meter may need to be configured in the regional language, or turn on other convenience functions.

The database of diagnosis /coding/retrofit/flashing for the Mercedes engineer version USES the Xentry database, so the Mercedes engineer version is dependent on the Xentry version. As long as the database is new, the Mercedes engineer version can use the V4.00 version on the new model, and compact3 & SDconnect does not support the ODX document. The latest V5.00 supports ODX files with eCom. It is recommended to use eCom with DoIP function, which is faster and more stable.

eCom Compare with SD Connect C4

Here is some feature about eCom, MB Star C4 and Xentry Connect . Hope can help you choose right tool.

eCom – laboratory\development tool. Most cheap and light. Can’t be used with DAS\HHT vehicles. Does not support kline communication. Need to be specially setup on any diag sw installation.

SDConnect C4– workshop\robust tool. Most universal in use. The only limitation is kline communication in Vediamo from ver5* Easy to setup. In most cases work as is. As for China clones, SDconnect has the best PCB design, the winner.

Stardiagnos Connect – workshop\robust tool. Very big and heavy. Most expensive. Similar to SDConnect because it is like PC+multiplexer in one housing .Has very specific setup as update blue ray disk has not installer but full HDD image with OS + user application. Complicated in installing additional software as you do not have direct assess to operating system.

Which mb sdconnect c4 worth the money?

Mention MB SD Connect C4, it seems that there’s a lot of different manufacturers and quality levels of multiplexer clones. Here’s the one I went with, however I didn’t bother with the HDD/software they included or a dell D630 laptop. I have a background in computers, so I set myself up a vmware virtual machine and installed all the software with the (occasionally somewhat difficult to follow) information on mhhauto. I have heard of people having problems using VMware, but I didn’t experience any myself.


As for the hardware itself, mine is of decent quality. I have no real complaints with it other than it losing it’s WiFi configuration once drained of battery (which happens quickly, but it’s not really an issue since it draws power from OBD when connected), but I prefer using a cable connection anyway.

P.S I will warn you that if you’re not very familiar with computers/configuring software/some basic computer networking (IP address assignments, etc), you might have a hard time getting everything to work. Definitely look into the details of getting everything set up before buying. I wish there were a complete and total guide to setting up everything (go to last part for details). Getting everything working properly took quite a lot of reading and searching, and a couple of days of tinkering. Patience is a plus.. if I had to compare MB Star C4 to something else in terms of difficulty (computer-wise), I’d say it’s similar to setting up a microsoft exchange server without errors.

V2017.7 MB SD Connect Compact C4 C5 DELL D630 Software HDD Support WIN7 System

Latest V2017.7 MB SD Connect C4/C5 Dell D630 Software HDD come with Xentry, DAS, WIS and EPC system, ect. MB SD C4 software provide full system diagnosis for Mercedes Benz Car, Bus, Truck, Sprint, Smart till now. It can work with both MB SD Connect C4 and MB SD Connect Compact 5 diagnostic tool

V2017.7 MB SD C4 Software HDD highlights:
1. Software languages: English, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish & Turkish, Chinese

2. Latest Version: V2017.7, Support Mercedes Benz cars and trucks till year 2017

3. WINDOWS system available: WINDOWS 7

4. Dell D630 format hdd can be work on Dell D630/Lenovo T410/Panasonic CF19,CF52/EVG7 Laptop

5. This software can work on both MB SD Connect 4 and MB SD Connect 5 on our website

Please Note:
1. WIN7/WIN 10 does not support HHT-WIN! Post-2015.12 software cannot support HHT-WIN! If you need HHT-WIN, please choose V2015.12 MB SD C4 Software HDD
2. So far, Mercedes bus diagnosis & programming can be done via DAS only, NOT Xentry.
3. If you need MB SD C4 V2017.7 Software SSD, you can choose V2017.7 MB SD C4 Dell D630 SSD
4. If you need offline programming, you can buy old V2012.11 MB SD C4 Software HDD with Offline Programming Function

2017.07 software works with MB Star Diagnosis MB SD Connect Compact 4 for the latest Mercedes Benz cars and trucks. The new generation Star Diagnosis compact 4 is the latest Mercedes Benz diagnostic equipment on market for all MB vehicles, new and old.

V2017.7 MB SD C4 Software FUNCTIONS
1.1989~up to now Car, Bus, Truck, Sprint, Smart ;
2.All electric system Diagnostic;(Do not include flash code)
3.reading trouble code
4.erasing trouble code
7.component testing
9.information consultation
10.component location diagram
11.wiring diagram

Testable system:

Product software includes: (Version: 2017 )
1. D-A-S / Xentry 2017.07: the automatically Diagnosis Assistance System
Concise interface and straightforward operation with IB M high-quality computer can realize the quick and accurate code reading and the whole car system testing
2. W-I-S net 2017.01: Workshop Information System
Supply the whole view of the wiring diagram in a car,component location diagram and maintenance method. What you do is to enter the chassis number, and then you will get the manufacture data, engine configuration and the car model -all in detail.
3. 2017.01: Electronic Parts Catalog
4. ST Finder: Part Location Finder options: 2008 and 2016
5. STARUTILITIES : the movement management system and self-test
6. SDMEDIA 2014
7. PL71: 2016 Mercedes software with PL70

Packing including:
1pc x Newest 2017.7 MB STAR SD C4 Software HDD