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ezCAN Generation 2 hardware launch & software updates

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  1. thatHEXguy

    thatHEXguy Been here awhile

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    We launched the ezCAN Generation 2 hardware and it offers you more flexibility to configure the ezCAN, support for two sets of independently controlled auxiliary lights, and auxiliary light modulation.

    A brief history of ezCAN's....

    ezCAN Generation 1, 2-wire

    The original ezCAN device were two wire devices and supported the R1200LC and K1600 models.

    These have 2x 10A outputs and 2x 4A outputs with Amp Superseal connectors.

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    ezCAN Generation 1, 3-wire

    We added support for the F800 and R1200 (oilheads/camheads) on the 3-wire ezCANs and later supported both the R1200LC and K1600 on the 3-wire ezCANs. The 3rd wire is used for controlling dimming on 3-wire lights such as Denali Tri-optic and Clearwater lights.

    These have 2x 10A outputs and 2x 4A outputs with Amp Superseal connectors. There are two independent 3-wire control lines, one linked to the Red & Orange circuits and one linked to the Yellow & White circuits.

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    ezCAN Generation 2

    The first Gen2 device to launch was for Harley Davidson bikes, and now we have launched the Gen2 for BMW bikes.

    The Gen2 devices are slightly longer and have 4x 10A outputs with MT connectors (total system current is still limited to 25A). Each output circuit has an independent 3-wire control line. The wire colours for the output circuits are now Red, Blue, Yellow and White.

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    The MT connectors are directly compatible with Denali DataDim lights.

    The updates to the hardware allow you to configure the output circuits in any way without any limitations on the functions that are allocated to each circuit.

    Software features for Generation 2 devices

    We've changed the way output circuits can be configured and ditched the fixed configurations so that you can choose exactly what you want on each circuit.

    Each circuit and its allocated function is now shown at the top of the main configuration screen:

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    Click on a circuit's function to select the function you would like:

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    Each circuit on the Generation 2 hardware offers exactly the same function selections, so you can configure exactly the way you want to.

    Generation 2 devices support two sets of independent auxiliary lights! You can now run your Denali DM lights as a DRL and only turn on the Denali D7's when you switch to high beam.

    Fuse values for each circuit can be set by clicking on the fuse value:

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    New auxiliary light modulation feature

    Auxiliary lights can now be set to modulate during the day, i.e. vary the light intensity continuously so that you are more visible on the road.

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    The modulation is only active during the day (as detected by your BMW bike's ambient light sensor), and the change in intensity when modulating can be set. The modulation feature is based on the DOT guidelines for headlight modulators.

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    New configurations for your Generation 1 ezCAN

    Generation 1 devices are also now more configurable. They aren't quite as flexible due to there being 2x 10A and 2x 4A outputs with only two independent 3-wire control lines. Gen1 device get these option below, which offer some of the most requested features.

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    It is now possible to run the following options (as well as many others) on the Gen1 ezCAN devices:
    • Independent left/right lights with a brake and high power accessory horn (or high power switched accessory) output.
    • Independent left/right 3-wire lights. This requires using the Red circuit for Aux 1 left and the White circuit for Aux 1 right. The lights can then dim independently when turn signals are active.
    Further information about configuring the software and the latest links for downloading can be found here: https://www.hexezcan.com/software/

    Gen2 extension wire kit

    Wiring kits for the Generation 2 ezCAN's are now available to make the installation of your lights and accessories easier. The kit provide various extension wires that can be adjusted and customised for your lighting and accessory set up.

    Where to buy a Gen2 ezCAN

    You can purchase a Gen2 ezCAN through the Hex Innovate online shop, or your nearest reseller.
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  2. side-burn

    side-burn Long timer

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    Man, I don’t yet have any accessories but I’m going to get this thing just in case. Might power up one dedicated circuit for a 12V air pump as my first accessory and then get the BDCW fork light after that.

    As an Electrical Engineer myself, I can appreciate the beauty in this design. Well done.
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  3. side-burn

    side-burn Long timer

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    Just called BeemerShop and they don't have the GEN2s yet, so I'll have to wait until the do. The dual aux light control is something I've been holding out for and this will be perfect for the BDCW light bar and side lights.
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  4. Englishmatt

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    hmmmm.... a little gutted that I just got my now apparently N-1 EZCan 6 weeks ago...and here we are with a new Gen2 option. I especially like running my Rigid DSS yellow lights as DRL and then hit the Rigid light bar when Hi Beam gets activated.

    Not sure i'm gonna spend the $$$ just for that use case, but seems like a good update.
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  5. Aoitsukinosuke

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    I have a quickie.
    The modulation feature uses the ambient sensor to determine day/night but the auxiliary lights need a manual time setting.
    Why can't the aux use the same method and save us from readjustments every couple of months?
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  6. Noslenam_Dakar

    Noslenam_Dakar Adventurer

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    OK frustrating question for you. I purchased the Hex Ezcan Gen 2 which is installed on my R1200GSA if I plug the lights in to test them directly they work perfectly. I purchased the extension list for the lights a is figured it would be faster and a much cleaner way to go rather than me trying to wire them. Guess what when I enter the extension cable in-between the unit and light nothing happens. Wasn't this sold as a quick way to get these working? So I know have a set of extension cables that don't work. Any quick suggestions for a frustrated customer?
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  7. thatHEXguy

    thatHEXguy Been here awhile

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    That is quite surprising and certainly frustrating. There are four extension cables in the kit, 2x 1.5m MT to MT connector, 1x 0.5m MT to MT, and 1x 1.5m MT to tab terminals extensions.

    Do any of the 3x MT-to-MT extension cables work?

    The wire colour and position should be like this (the clip is shown at the top)

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    Red is the power wire, black the return/ground and yellow the 3rd wire for brightness control on certain lights. That will align with the solid colour wire on the ezCAN (to Red), black and the dual colour wire (to yellow).

    Which lights are you using? It might be worth trying to set the intensity to 100% and putting the light into 2-wire mode as a starting point for testing.
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  8. Noslenam_Dakar

    Noslenam_Dakar Adventurer

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    Thank you for the response. I’ve been on the road for work so I haven’t had a chance to follow up. I did notice that the short brake light cable worked and the longer extension cables didn’t. I did realize that the Aux light cables are wired wrong.
    The red and yellow wires were in the wrong positions. I have followed up with Thebeemershop to get it taken care of. I don’t have the tools and time to switch the wiring and that was the main reason for buying the cables versus extending them myself. mom using them with the Denali D4 amd Hex Ezcan gen2.
    thanks again for the follow up.

    Here is an image of the cables I received plugged into themselves. The short brake cable worked the other two not so well

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  9. thatHEXguy

    thatHEXguy Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the feedback! I will send this to the production manager so that it can be addressed.
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  10. Mdh01

    Mdh01 Been here awhile Supporter

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    Having trouble with the Ezcan (gen 1) not consistently controlling the auxiliary light dimming. Sometimes it will properly dim when on low beam and correctly go to full brightness with the high beam, but most of the time the aux lights are staying at full brightness when on low beam ( supposed to be at 40% day time). All other functions are fine, such as the aux light turning off with the turn signal and hazard flashing. I have not installed the latest firmware, so will try that tonight.

    I’m using Clearwater Darlas and at full brightness they are blinding, so really hope to figure this out.
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  11. thatHEXguy

    thatHEXguy Been here awhile

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    Can you please open a ticket with support? Then we can track the case and help you to figure out if this is a hardware, software, wiring issue or light issue. You can complete the contact form for a tech query here, https://www.hexezcan.com/contact-us/

    The latest software has some useful diagnostic tools for checking the circuits. An intermittent issue like this could be due to a faulty connection or wiring - if the 3rd wire brightness control isn't getting through to the light it will be on full brightness. A temporary work around would be to set the lights to two wire control (we have tested two wire control extensively with the Clearwater lights and have not seen any issues).
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