Digitrax Command Station Configuration

Configuring Digitrax Command Station Operation Switch (OpSw) Settings

Digitrax command stations include a variety of "Operation Switch" (OpSw) settings which influence the command station's behavior. While each command station model implements its own set of OpSw settings, the mechanisms which may be used to configure those OpSw settings is common across Digitrax command stations.

The Digitrax manual for yhour command station will generally describe a mechanism where command station OpSw settings are manipulated using "Switch" control operations issued from a throttle, while the command station is in a mode where OpSw settings may be changed. For many OpSw settings, once the settings have been changed, the command station may be returned to its normal operating mode, and the OpSw settings will take immediate effect. For some OpSw settings, it may be necessary to change the command station to a different mode before it is returned to its normal operating mode.

For DCS50 and DCS51 (Zephyr and Zephyr Xtra) command stations, OpSw configuration operations can be performed from the integrated keypad. The DCS50/DCS51 will automatically perform any necessary mode-change before returning to normal operating mode.

Alternately, JMRI, when configured to communicate with LocoNet, can make command station OpSw changes. For many years, JMRI has provided a specific tool, under the "LocoNet" menu item: the "Configure Command Station" tool. Recent JMRI versions allow Command Station OpSw configuration via a "Roster" entry, as if the command station were simply a mobile decoder. Both of these methods are described below.


Command Station Configuration Using a Roster Entry

First, it is necessary to create a new Roster Entry which specifies the correct "decoder" type for the command station. Here are some step-by-step instructions:

Once you have a saved Roster Entry for your command station, you may open it at a later time and restore those settings to the command station or modify them and then update the OpSw settings in your command station.

Command Station Configuration Using the "Configure Command Station" Tool

The previous JMRI method for configuring Command Station Operation Switches (OpSws) is described at the Configure Command Station tool page.



For JMRI-specific questions, including questions about how JMRI and Digitrax hardware interact, the JMRI users Yahoo group is very helpful. Many knowledgeable Digitrax users contribute to the group and answer questions on JMRI issues.

For Digitrax-specific questions, the Digitrax users Yahoo group provides great support from other Digitrax users. If you have a problem with Digitrax equipment, this is a good place to pose your Digitrax-specific problems. This user's group is run by and for Digitrax users. It is not directly supported by Digitrax.

Support for Digitrax hardware products is available through Digitrax, Inc. Digitrax product manuals may be found here. Note that Digitrax does not provide support for JMRI software.

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