The LokProgrammer is recommended only for use with ESU decoders. Many manufacturers equip their locos with ESU-decoders at the factory, their locomotive specific programming can be modified using the LokProgrammer.
The LokProgrammer can also be used to upgrade decoder software or install new sound files.
The LokProgrammer is a small external box, connected between a computer and the programming track. To connect requires a serial interface, or the included USB Adapter cable and MS Windows. Includes a 500 mA power supply. A conventional power supply can be used if more power is needed.
ESU released Version 5.0.0 of the LokProgrammer software in January 2019, which supports the LokSound 5 decoders. See the note below regarding the .Net requirement.
- Change the sound safely on the decoder.
- Setting of all digital parameters of the Loksound decoder such as address of the loco, operation speed, maximum speed, braking deceleration, brightness of bulbs etc; you can set all options with your computer very easily - no cumbersome entering of CVs (configuration variables) with your command station.
- Edit sounds and transfer it to the LokSound decoder.
OEM Loksound Select decoders may omit the ability to select multiple prime mover and horn sound effects, compared to the retail version. To reprogram the sound set available, a Lokprogrammer is necessary.
The Select series may not allow individual changes, only complete sound programming may be done.
Loksound decoders allow for extensive remapping of the function buttons. If you have many locomotives equipped with Loksound decoders, a Lokprogrammer is a worthwhile investment, as it allows a lot of parameters to be altered quickly and easily, as well as sound projects. It is faster than JMRI for tasks such as this.
Microsoft Windows Only
The LokProgrammer software is only compatible with Microsoft Windows. The webpage states Windows XP. According to ESU their software requires XP, Service Pack 2 or better. It only works with the 32 bit version of XP. Since XP has not been supported since 2014, most installations will be on a higher version of Windows.
Other Windows Versions
ESU does state that LokProgammer is compatible with windows versions 7, 8 and 10. Current version is 4.7.2, (requires Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1, installed automatically if needed) available from their download page.
It is unknown if it is compatible with JMRI. The complexity of some ESU decoders is an issue for the programmers who create the parameter files for JMRI/DecoderPro.