Cloning the 2nd Generation Philips Crypto with Kaba Ilco RW4 Plus or Ilco EZ®-Clone Plus

We cloned the Philips Crypto transponder (“V” chip) equipped Honda remote head key from a 2007 Honda Accord using an RW4 Plus.


Cloning automotive transponder-equipped keys requires specialized equipment in order to replicate the electronic signature onto the clonable key blank. A cloned electronic key features a code functionally identical to the original key, which is already programmed to the vehicle. When you clone an...


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Cloning automotive transponder-equipped keys requires specialized equipment in order to replicate the electronic signature onto the clonable key blank. A cloned electronic key features a code functionally identical to the original key, which is already programmed to the vehicle. When you clone an automotive transponder key, there is no limit to the number of keys that can be cloned to a vehicle.

With the development of cloning the Philips 2nd Generation Crypto transponder chip, more than 150 additional vehicle models can have cloned keys without requiring a programming device. These include vehicles that are operated using the Chrysler “beige” key, the Honda “V” chip and the General Motors (C+) chip, which are all Philips 2nd Generation Crypto transponder chip. The Philips Crypto 2nd generation transponder chip is also known as the 46 chip or the Philips Crypto.

According to Ilco, “the cloning capabilities of the Philips Crypto enabled RW4 or Ilco EZ®-Clone cloning devices increase the number of vehicle models that can be cloned to more than 20 makes covering more than 400 models. This increased capability brings the percentage of clonable vehicles on the road to approximately 90-95 percent.”

Cloning the Philips Crypto transponder chip requires access to the vehicle. Part of the authentication information is retained in the key and part of the authentication information is found in the vehicle’s on-board computer. This mutual authentication is required in order to obtain all of the necessary information required to create a functioning clone.

To obtain the necessary information from the vehicle’s on-board computer, Silca has developed the “Snoop” component. The Snoop is attached to the Philips Crypto transponder-equipped key bow to be cloned in order to communicate with the vehicle’s on-board computer. The Snoop’s antenna is secured around the body of the key head using an elastic strap. The Snoop collects the vehicle’s on-board computer authentication information and facilitates its transfer to the cloning machine by way of the vehicle’s antenna coil. The cloning machine then compiles this with the Philips Crypto transponder chip’s authentication information and transfers it to the Ilco Electronic Key equipped with the EH3P Electronic Head.

To clone a Philips Crypto transponder chip equipped key, an RW4 Plus, Ilco EZ®-Clone PLUS or an RW4 or EZ®-Clone (with a PLUS-box) and a Snoop are the necessary hardware in order to communicate with the vehicle’s on-board computer and key. Connecting the PLUS-box to the RW4 or the Ilco EZ®-Clone gives the ability to perform all programming function of the RW4 Plus and Ilco EZ®-Clone Plus.

The RW4 Plus has a 24-button keypad that contains numbers 1-10, letters A-F, up/left and down/right, Read, Write, Escape and Enter keys. There are a two-line, 20-character LCD display, 12-18 VDC power port, USB port, RS232 connector and an On/Off switch. The RW4 Plus includes a 110 VAC power supply and a cigarette lighter/power outlet power supply cable.

Note: This cable can make the job easier since the vehicle must also be read in order to clone a key. However, some vehicles do not permit the cigarette lighter/power port to be powered when there is no key in the ignition lock. Check to be certain power is available with no key in the ignition before cloning the key.

To clone a Philips Crypto transponder chip, the Ilco cloning devices do not require connection to the Internet or a personal computer. In addition, the Ilco TD3AII Transponder Detector can be used to detect the EH3P Electronic Head as Philips Encrypted.

These cloning devices have been designed to clone onto the Ilco Electronic Head key blanks using the EH3P electronic key head. This installable/removable head is designed to operate with 13 blades designed for vehicles operated with the Philips Crypto chip.

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