No no no. No need for the Hornby Elite as the Arnold/Ma CU + computer
interface does it all.
It's cheap as no-one wants the Arnold units any more.
Ma and Arnold CUs work the same way for accessory outputs but the Ma CU
muddles the loco control speed and direction output.
I already have a decoder programmer in addition to the Arnold CU and Ma
computer interface and an MRC DCC controller.
I don't even know what a SPROG II and Panel Pro are - although I'm sure
I don't own either - I'd know, wouldn't I(?)
Can see need to re-phrase the question, expecting anyone to combine the info
from the subject line with that in the post is just too much. OK everyone,
now stop chewing, walk 3 feet, stop walking and start chewing....
Anyone else managed to control a DCC point from a pc via a Hornby Elite ?
Can use the Elite with Panel Pro - well sort of - but that wasnt the answer
None-Elite users need not reply - except Greg of course - he cant help it.
Not you, the original OP. The problem here is that simon was referring to
getting points controlled by DCC via a PC connected to a Hornby Elite.
However, his original post didn't mention the Elite in the body of the post,
only in the subject line. Those of us who replied (myself included) read the
body of the post without remembering the subject line, and turned the thread
into one relating to general DCC to PC connections, rather than those
specific to the Elite.
Still far too general a question unless you want a simple yes/no
Are you just asking for re-assurance that it's possible?
Are youo asking for help as you've tried and it doesn't work?
Are you trying to write your own software? If not, which software are
Can you change the points using the Elite itself?
What is the issue with that solution?
Is it as simple as a mismatch in the accessory numbering. I believe
some systems assume they start at 0, some assume 1.
What brand of accessory decoder are you using?
Systems vary in the exact command sequence they use for controlling
points. I seem to recall there were issues with the MERG accessory
system when used with a Lenz DCC system. There may be an issue between
the Elite and the accessory decoder you are using.
What kind of point motor (solenoid v. slow motion)?
In that case I probably can't help much. Have Hornby published the
software interface for the USB port? Can you assume it's the same as
the Lenz USB interface and look at the JMRI code used for that?
I've never heard of anythign *so* far out, but does PanelPro address 8
correspond to Elite address 4 or 6? I vaguely recall something about
the hornby accessory addressing being backwards in each block of 4,
but may have dreamt it.
It is the same as one of the Lenz systems - the one whose id ends in F.
No knowledge of java but the config files are interesting.
Yes PP address 8 = Elite 4.
Think its to do with the group - ie block of 4 number. Hornby have the
first block as address 1 whereas Lenz at address 0 - hence add 4 for each
address using PanelPro.
Having tried to understand the lenz specification I'm suprised anyone gets
any of it correct. Not so much the definition but the explanation. A few
hundred examples might help.
SPROG - small box of electronics which goes between the computer and railway
tracks. With the addition of JMRI (below), can be used to setup the
parameters in a DCC loco chip, to run a small layout (subject to current
drawn) or to drive the turnouts alone. Can be bought from Andrew Crosland,
URL above (the designer/maker).
Panel Pro - part of the JMRI toolkit, which is an open-source DCC computer
software set (ie. its free). The most commonly used part is Decoder Pro,
which is used to setup the characteristics of a DCC chip (having used it,
you wonder why anyone would key in CV values via a normal DCC system
keypad). Panel Pro is another part of JMRI, and its purpose is to produce
layout control panels on your computer to switch turnouts, observe output of
train detection, etc..
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