• Nmapsadmin

    Do you have any experience with the Digitrax PR3 unit as a stand-alone Loconet unit?

    • Hi, I don’t. 
      As far as I remember though, this PR3 is supposed to be used as a PC interface in combination with a Loconet control station. That means it probably doesn’t provide the termination or the power to the Loconet.I think you could use this PR3 for a standalone Loconet, but you’d still need to build a loconet termination and power supply. This would be the same setup as mine, as described in this post, just with a different PC interface device. The Locobuffer USB was described as the best choice when I did my research; I don’t remember if the PR3 had limitations or why I didn’t go for it, maybe simply because it was harder to find for me in Europe.

      • Jimmy

        Pierre, consider Raspberry Pi credit card sized PC as standalone control centre. Google Raspberry Pi

        • Thanks Jimmy. In fact, I already have 3 Raspberry Pis. 1 is for Home Automation, 1 is a Personal Cloud…I love them, I’m not just a train geek!

          But for train control in my case? Over my dead body 😉
          I spent €1000+ on the ESU Ecos II (one of the best command stations IMHO), and Train Controller Gold (one of the best train automation software IMHO).
          I don’t want to play for weeks with a Raspi, and obtain 10% of what I can achieve in an hour with what I already have!

          That said, this is a very good tip. I have seen people playing with Raspi and trains, I am sure it can be fun as well!

  • John George Bauer-Buis

    It probably wasn’t available when you wrote this, but ESU now has a LocoNet to ECoSlink converter, no. 50097

    http://www.esu.eu/en/products/digital-control/lnet-converter/

    • Thanks! In fact, I think I had already heard about the L.net converter back then (it has been announced for a long long time, and just arrived before summer).

      As expected though: no PC software is able to access the Loconet detection information through the ECOS. This might change soon though.

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