When I open nefmoto to connect to my 01 jetta it transfers to kwp2000 session automatically and I'm using an ftdi based dongle (FT232RL) works great with vag-com VCDS Lite: full registered version as well.
Were you having troubles getting a cable to work for just diagnostics? I would imagine you were likely just either using the USB setting in your diagnostic program and you didn't have the right driver for your chip, and if you were using com port you likely didn't have your com port confgiured properly in device manager.
Regardless glad you got your interface working!!