For those who do not bother reading the other thread from the link and since you asked comments and feedback I would just comment that I would never recommend this type of a tool for a forum member.
Can you please explain why you wouldn't recommend it: because of complexity, better alternatives, low quality?
I hope it works well for you but a good tool is not even much more expensive. Actually I'm not sure what you paid for the multiplexer and how much for the computer, the web site says $555 for the mux including shipping. Excluding possible local tax and customs duties, you should be able to buy a high quality tool at less than that.
Well ignoring the laptop (which is an extra $300), yes the cost is about $600. However, I cost it at $900 since that laptop is 100% dedicated to car diagnostics, including working with an Innova 3150 (for my wife's Chrysler van) hand-held scanner via the serial port for updates. The vendor indicated a customs value of $100, and I paid $15 in Canada.
The high-end Innova 3150 hand-helds cost over $400 retail, or about $175+ in ebay, and they are very limited machines.
What other systems would your recommend? I've read about Carsoft being out there, but no details - any reviews on it?
In comparison to hand-held scanners, the computer based DAS system has EVERYTHING in one place and locally on the computer. To date, my experience with domestic car scanning
stuff for simple DIY, is:
1) only descriptions for general codes
2) having to go online to search for manufacturer code definitions, which then have vague descriptions, no diagrams, "decision-tree" test procedures, etc,
3) limited scanning ability, at most 12 systems.
I am coming from a DIY with a hand-held scanner, and the DAS system (not just the mux) on the computer is great documentation for a DIY. This is a whole different world. One of the reasons for getting the DAS system was the need to diagnose the SRS system on my S500 - and its all there.