The Shimano PC Linkage Device SM-PCE1 can be used to update firmware and customize your Di2 settings. It can also help troubleshoot problems and restore a non-responsive Di2 system.
The device has one green LED, one USB port and one E-tube port. It is about twice the price of the Shimano SM-BCR2 battery charger, which also doubles as a PC-interface. The SM-PCE1 is therefore mainly found at bike shops.
Regarding the troubleshooting and diagnostics functionality this device does a fair bit more than the regular charger. It has the ability to connect to a single component, instead of only connecting to your entire bike. It also lets you recover crashed components and restore their firmware. However, it does not charge your bike.
Note that the SM-PCE1 should be connected directly to a PC - Shimano recommend you do not use a USB hub.
In order to use the SM-PCE1 with a PC you have to install the Shimano e-Tube project software.
Details & specifications
|Shimano model code||SM-PCE1|
|Shimano model name||PC Linkage Device|
|Series||Ultegra 6770, Ultegra 6780, Ultegra R8000, DURA-ACE 9070, DURA-ACE R9150|
PC Linkage Device manual
e-Tube single unit connection manual
e-Tube project manual
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SM-PCE1 vs SM-PCE02 - what is the difference?
The SM-PCE02 and SM-PCE1 are very similar. Shimano's newer SM-PCE02 is a lot smaller, operates more efficiently (faster) and adds the battery-check functionality. This can be used to check whether there is anything wrong with the battery consumption of the connected bike/unit/component.