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well im pleased you made a decision...

 

can you tell us the reasoning for you deciding on the set up you have ... I'm just curious as I have made mine a long time ago and I suspect at the time it was a lot easier

 

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When I first bought NCE I was not thinking of computer control, just ease of use and the decent reviews it had for a newbie. I have been playing with DCC++ and JMRI and getting reasonable results but I know my programming skills are non-existent at best so still leaning towards Itrain. I will have a look at Rasberry Pi as Ian mentioned it was compatible with Itrain. What Z21 system is recommended?, do I need a big Z or a small z system?. Will have to do some digging into that and the Pi option. Many thanks for all the info and help guys. Unfortunately the budget has to be considered so I don't want to have to upgrade again in the near future. James Petts your layout looks amazing, good luck with that.  Cheers Mick

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A pi with the latest Java will work with iTrain and if you look at the iTrain website you should see a pricing option that meets a tight budget.

 

Regarding the z/Z21 for automation the  better choice is always going to be the Z21 as that offers the Loconet T interface which gives access to cheaper occupancy detectors and other accessories. However if a budget is the driving factor then the DR5000 may be an option as it is very full featured and similar in price to a z21, though I would advise you that the mantra of your get what you pay for’ applies to model railways also :)

 

perhaps start with the DR5000 with a Pi and move on later if you have issues?

 

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On 20/11/2019 at 06:33, WIMorrison said:

A pi with the latest Java will work with iTrain

 

Hi Ian, I have now got an arduino with DCC++ and a Pi 4 with JMRI running and working with WiThrottle. I have just applied for a Trial license for ITrain. What protocol or interface does the pi use to talk with Itrain?. Hoping this will work otherwise its a Z21 for an early xmas prezzie. Cheers 

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Mick

 

I don’t think that iTrain has an interface for DCC++ - I could well be wrong though (I often am!).

 

iain

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