“Cloning” is one of those buzzwords that have crept into our daily language in this new age of technology. More often than not, you hear the term used interchangeably with duplication, but in reality, a clone is much more than a simple duplicate. In the biological world, clones are identical...
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There are many cloning devices on the market today, and more are appearing all the time. Naturally you want a machine that will clone the largest variety of transponder keys possible. You also want to make sure that whatever machine you buy has the capability to be updated, since transponder technology is changing so rapidly. You also want to choose a manufacturer that has a good reputation and track record.
Avoid machines made by companies you’ve never heard of, or companies that have no distribution network in the United States. A transponder cloning machine is only as good as the supply of keys that it will work with. Most conventional clonable keys will work with a variety of machines. Many of the electronic / modular clonable keys can only be used with specific machines, however.
Another option to consider is whether you plan on doing motorcycle work. In recent years, Harley Davidson, Honda, Kawasaki, Yamaha and others have begun offering transponder-based anti-theft systems. Many of these systems are now clonable, so if you service motorcycles, you need to factor that into your planning.
In the early days of home computers, most experts advised people to decide on the software that they wanted to use first and then choose a computer that would run that software. A similar situation now exists with cloning devices. I would recommend that you first determine what keys you want to be able to clone, and then choose a cloning device based on your needs. We all know our own individual markets and the types of vehicles that we will likely be working on. Make a list of the vehicles that you see on a regular basis and then choose a machine that will serve your needs.
Below is a list of some of the more popular cloning devices, listed alphabetically by manufacturer.
Advanced Diagnostics 900 Pro Transponder Duplicating System (AD900 Pro). Located in the UK with branches all over the world, Advanced Diagnostics (AD) has been producing transponder service equipment from the very beginning. While they do not manufacture key blanks, they do work closely with the major manufacturers. The AD900 Pro is designed to support the professional locksmith and support clonable keys. Software programs to clone transponder and electronic keys from a number of key blank manufacturers are offered.
Designed to be a standalone machine, the AD900 Pro can be used easily in the field without an Internet connection. Featuring a full keyboard as well as dedicated read and write controls, the AD900 Pro can be used for simple cloning, but also supports manual data input for “pre-cloning” operations. With the proper software, it can clone all fixed code systems as well as many encrypted systems such as the Crypto 42 transponder and the Texas Instruments 4C and 4D transponders.
Software for the AD900 Pro is sold separately so you can buy only the software that you need. New software is constantly being introduced, and one of the most recent additions allow the user to clone some of the keys used on Volvo CAN vehicles. Some of the more advanced encrypted systems do require an Internet connection, however. The Internet connection allows the AD900 Pro to connect to a computer system with much greater power, which allows you to clone these encrypted keys much more efficiently than a stand-alone unit could.
The AD900 Pro also offers a complete listing of the applications for the AD900 Pro that can be downloaded from the Advanced Diagnostics website.
More Info: http://www.adusa.us/AD900.php.
Keyline USA 884 Decryptor Ultegra. This standalone cloning device is designed to clone Philips Crypto (Second Generation) keys, Texas Instruments fixed code and encrypted keys, TK24, TK40, TK50, TK60 and TK100 electronic heads, and also works with the T2, T5, and TK1 single piece clonable keys from various manufacturers. The full-feature keyboard supports manual code entry when needed as well as simple read / write cloning.
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