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Lenz LZV200 Version 4 Firmware


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  • RMweb Gold
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Lenz have just announced this and it's described here on their web-site. It's in German but Google translate does a pretty good job job. Briefly what I can see are

 

- up to 69 loco functions suported. Requires LH101 firmware 2.1 for the additoinal functions.

- built-in decoder programmer, allowing decoder firmware updating on the programming track

- installed via USB stick for €75, orderable direct from Lenz (€10 postage)

 

Will try and find out more details to see whether it's worth the money!

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  • RMweb Gold
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Been in touch with A&H Models. They are expecting to receive update sticks so that you can order from them directly, rather than via Lenz in Germany. Chris says he will advertise when he has them and I will post on here when I know.

 

There's a new CV Editor version 2.0.5 now available that replaces the current 1.0.5. However the link to download it on the Lenz site is wrong and only downloads the code and not the data files. The correct link is in the German documentaion file and is this - https://www.lenz-elektronik.de/digital-plus/cv-editor.php

 

The first file is the basic code. You need to uninstall any previous version first. The second file is the data files. There's 5 pages of German operating instructions but it's really very simple. The download file is simpy a zip file, so all you need to do is unzip it whereupon you will find a directory called "Lenz". Use this to replace the "Lenz" directory in your "Documents" folder that the previous install put there. Seems not a very clever way of packaging the software, but I assume that in the future the data files will get updated from time to time. There are no new decoder firmware updates in these files, but there is the 2.1 update for the LH101 handset. 

 

EDIT: Lenz have now updated the bad URL in the download section of the web-site. .

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On 10/06/2021 at 08:41, RFS said:

- installed via USB stick for €75, orderable direct from Lenz (€10 postage)

 

How much??? For a firmware upgrade? What did the original product cost?

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29 minutes ago, Crosland said:

 

How much??? For a firmware upgrade? What did the original product cost?

 

Indeed. The LZV200 retails for about £250. I don't use sound and my most complicated loco is the Kernow 4TC with 5 functions so I have no use for 29, let alone 69. And I picked up a Lenz decoder/programmer off Ebay for a song a few years ago so I've got that covered too....

 

Think I'll be giving this one a miss unless there are other enhancements that haven't been revealed yet. 

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On 11/06/2021 at 17:55, Crosland said:

 

How much??? For a firmware upgrade? What did the original product cost?

 

Digikeijs does free firmware updates for its products, downloadable over the internet.

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5 minutes ago, jamespetts said:

 

Digikeijs does free firmware updates for its products, downloadable over the internet.

 

And so do other suppliers, and I've now switched to the Roco Z21. At least Lenz hardware does keep its value and all my Lenz kit sold for good prices on Ebay ...

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Hornby Elite firmware is a free update downloadable from their site.

Select has to be returned to works for a £15 update including postage one way. This is due to there being no USB connection to enable it to be done from a PC, a write protect jumper has to be broken on the motherboard and the update loaded from a PIC programmer via a motherboard header.

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