Toyota Mini VCI alternative reviews 2021

Where to buy the cable that works with Toyota TIS Techstream Software , and the newest techstream software? Toyota Mini VCI J2534 cable is discontinued, and which diagnostic tool is the alternative of Toyota Mini VCI cable?

1. Toyota Mini VCIJ2534 cable

Newest techstream software: 15.00.026

Status: Discontinued.

Any experience good or bad with Mini VCI cable:

Works great.

Many of us have been able to get TechStream working on modern laptops without issue. Yes there is some setup that needs to happen, depending on where you get the software you may need to do a registry hack to get the system to properly recognize the cable.

As for what it will work on, that is up to you, your budget and how tech savvy you are. That surface should work fine, I have mine running on a Lenovo Thinkpad Yoga 12 (S1) without issue. The “pre-assembled” is not necessarily that, it is simply a VM instance that is preconfigured with windows XP and the TIS v12.x.x on it already. You still have to install a VM software on whatever OS you are running (be it MacOS, Linux, or Windows10) and install the instance to the software VM.

I’m running a Dell equivalent to the Surface 3, and it is plenty as a dedicated Techstream box.

I’ve had no issues with the inexpensive (<$20) Chinese mini VCI cables.

If you’re assembling a dedicated Techstream box, You’d have better results running it directly on the tablet.

In my experience, it’s not quite plug and play, but it really wasn’t very difficult if you can follow simple instructions.


Install the cable driver.

Install techstream

Edit a text file.


And like magic, it works…


Techstream 15.00.026 Free download and Win7 setup:

Getting Techstream up and running can be a bit of a pain. Hopefully this helps someone get started quickly.

In the above link, you can download the Techstream software if you can’t use the included CD.


2. VXDIAG VCX Nano for TOYOTACompatible with SAE J2534


Newest techstream software: V15.00.026 

Status: Available with Vxdiag VCX NANO Toyota USB version and Vxdiag VCX NANO Toyota Wifi version 

Any good experience?

  1. VXDIAG VCX Nanois a good alternative of Mini VCI cable, it works pretty good it’s a little device that plugs into the obd portand then usb into laptop. It’s much easier than a mini vci programming wise. I have both. VXDIAG has full Techstream which means it will access all ecu’s and can help with “smart access” to program fobs.
  1. works great on Toyota 200-Series Cruisers 2018

I had a spare copy & license of Windows 7 laying around that I wasn’t using, so I installed it on a virtual machine (using Virtual Box). It all worked without a hiccup. Going through screens in Techstream is pretty quick, too, especially compared to what people describe in all the other threads that use the older non-Nano cables.

Moreover, The VXDIAG VCX Nano is the one you want and the only clone that writes TPMS data. I tried all the clear plastic clones and they didnt do what I needed. VCX Nano is a lot faster and actually writes data properly to the TPMS.

After I got it all set up, I noticed that VXDIAG also offers a VMWare Player image, but I haven’t tried it out.

VMWare Player image, and VX Manager download (the driver that allows the USB device to be identified and work):

VX Manager Current Version: V1.8.1 Build 0922
UPDATE: 2020-09-22

VX Manager V1.8.1 Build 0922 free download

Free Download VMware Player for VXDIAG tools

Free Download VXDIAG VCX Plus Firmware Reset File

Free download and setup VXDIAG VCX Nano Toyota Techstream 15.00.026

3 . Foxwell NT530 / NT510 Elite handheld Toyota TechStream scanner


Image 3: Foxwell NT530 scanner.

Status: Available

Software: Free with one Toyota Software.


Any good experience?

My Foxwell NT510 Elite/ NT530 Toyota software does a lot of active test and sensor readings for Toyo. Including AHC pressures, that keeps me from having to bust out a laptop. You can pick it up for <$200 and add up to 5 makes software for $60 each.

Alright, engineer remind of the user: VXDIAG VCX Nano with techstream

softwareV15.00.026 is the most stable and ideal.