DCC help, again!!

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Hello, i was wondering, if i buy a MRC Prodigy Express, and digitrax UT4 throttles, would i be able to use the digitrax throttles on the prodigy express system? like would they fit into the little plug in things?

thanks
 

NZRMac

In Training Down Under.
Nope!! all the manufactures hardware is different, the only thing thats the same is the DCC track signal.

Ken.
 

pcarrell

Just a guy
Well, to some extent the signal is the same. Digitrax uses a propriatory signal that they call "Loconet".

See if this doesn't help. Scroll to the bottom of the page and look to the left.
 

Joe Daddy

C & SF, my obsession
Nope!! all the manufactures hardware is different, the only thing thats the same is the DCC track signal.

Ken.
The Lenz system runs on Xpressnet, which is an open shared architecture. There are at least 3 or 4 different manufacturer's throttles, both hand held and wireless that function perfectly on the Lenz. The Lenz system uses the Atlas, Roco Multimaus, and CVP to name three.

Joe
 

Joe Daddy

C & SF, my obsession
Ken

"Nope", was indeed the correct answer to the question posed, Prodigy and Digitrax throttles are not compatible with each other.

It was your further comments I was referring to:
"all the manufactures hardware is different, the only thing thats the same is the DCC track signal."

One of the superior characteristics of the Lenz system is the sharing of their open architecture, namely the XPressNet used to control the throttles. Also, many DCC systems have Serial/USB interconnections that allow standard inputs to the computer.

A clip from the JMRI website:

XPressNet is the Command Bus used by Atlas, Lenz, ZTC Controls, and Roco. It was developed by Lenz. The XPressNet specification (available from the Lenz website) specifies the electrical communications standards and command set needed for devices to communicate with the command station. While the command stations support the same commands over the XPressNet connection, they do not all use the same connectors. It may be necessary to build an adapter to plug a device into a command station from another manufacturer.

Warm regards to down under! :)

Joe
 




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