Hardware Support: EasyDCC
- EDCSK - EasyDCC Kit Command Station
- EDCSA - EasyDCC Assembled Command Station
- EDCSB - EasyDCC "board alone" Command Station
Some older EasyDCC systems may need an update to their program. This is done by replacing the "PROM" chips in the command station with a newer version. Version 207 is known to work well, but version 022 is known to have some problems communicating with a computer. Most recent EasyDCC command stations will be OK.
- To connect your computer to an EasyDCC system, you need
to connect the Command Station to the computer's serial
port using a special cable. Unfortunately, this is not an
item that computer stores generally stock, due to the
special RJ11 connector needed at the command station end of
the cable. You'll probably have to make this cable
yourself, or have another CVP user make it for you.
For more information on how the cable is wired, see page 134 of the EasyDCC V4 command station manual or page 143 of the V6 manual (a version in PDF is available on the web).
One easy way to connect the system to your computer is to buy a 9-pin serial cable and a phone cable, then cut them and splice them together.
A more modern alternative is to use a USB-to-Serial adapter.
- Next, go to the Preferences panel of a JMRI-based program. This opens automatically the first time a program is run, or you can select it from the "Edit" menu.
- In the Connections tab, select "Easy DCC" from the System Manufacturer selection box.
- Select "EasyDCC via Serial" as the System Connection. You can then select the proper serial port from the drop-down list under Settings.
- Under Additional Connection Settings, the baud rate box will be fixed at 9,600 baud.
- Select "EasyDCC via Network" as the System Connection.
- Under Settings, enter the IP Address (optional for zeroConfig/mDNS) and Port number.
- Click "Save". You'll be asked if it's OK for the program to quit; click "Yes".
- Restart JMRI. You should now be up and running.
Please refer to the CVP EasyDCC Manuals.