Tag: Comm Adapter

CAT Adapter 3 (317-7484) replaced!

CAT Communication Adapter 3 (III) has been upgraded! CAT Adapter 3 The tried and true CAT Adapter 3 (Also know as the CAT Comm III)  adapter that is manufactured by Caterpillar has been upgraded. The old part number, 317-7484, has now been replaced by part number 466-6258. We took this opportunity to try and find out what has changed with this new adapter. The first thing we did is buy one, and open up the box. The box itself appears to be the exact same, and there are no changes that can be noticed. Here is what the inside looks like: There are 4 components in the box: CAT Comm Adapter III CD for installing the drivers USB Cable (From device to your computer) 6 & 9 pin cable (from device to your truck) We then took a closer look at the adapter itself. It is labeled with part # 317-7485 as you can see in this picture: This is the exact same part # as found in the original kit, part # 317-7484. So what gives? CAT raises the price a couple hundred dollars, but the adapter is the same? Lets dig a little further. The kit also contains a CD, USB cable, and 6/9 pin connector. Upon inspection, everything in this kit is exactly the same except for the provided connector pin cable. Here is what the old kit and the new kit contained from CAT:...

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Nexiq USB Link and DPA5 differences explained

Nexiq USB Link vs DG Technologies DPA5 The two most common aftermarket communication adapters are the Nexiq USB Link and the DG Technologies DPA5. Customers quite often ask us: What’s the difference? Well, we’re here to break it down for you. The Nexiq USB Link is manufactured by Nexiq, which is owned by Snap On. This is by far the most common adapter, as they have a very large distribution network and brand name recognition. Below is our list of Pro’s and Con’s on this adapter: Pro’s Aftermarket cable ends are readily available all over the Internet around $30 each. You can buy them anywhere – Your Snap On Tool Truck, dealerships, Internet, etc… If repairs are needed after warranty has expired (12 months), Nexiq repairs them at reasonable pricing. Con’s Only has a 12-month warranty No diagnostic software included There are TONS of Chinese clones/knock offs so be careful where you buy from The most expensive aftermarket adapter available Item is manufactured out of plastic (Not as durable as others) The DPA5 adapter is manufactured by DG Technologies, which was previously called Dearborn Technologies. While a smaller company, they do a lot of business directly with manufacturers such as Case New Holland, Detroit, and more. Pro’s Priced competitively ($75 or so less than a Nexiq) Standard 2-year warranty and extended warranties available Made out of metal, so very...

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