A list of hints relating to the NCE and Wangrow System One systems
- 1 NCE / Wangrow Serial Communication
- 2 Consisting
- 3 Operations
- 4 Programming Issues
- 5 Notes and References
NCE / Wangrow Serial Communication
The serial port works at 9600 bps. Setting it to a faster speed will not work, as the system lacks the handshaking capability to manage communications. JMRI doesn't allow speeds greater than 9600 for this reason.
NCE Serial and USB Interfaces
A number of commands present when using a serial cable are not available when using the NCE USB interface.
The NCE USB uses the SiLabs CP2102 chipset. Use the SiLabs CP210x drivers from SiLabs available here. There is a universal driver for Windows10. You also need to know if your OS version is 32 or 64 bit, and install the appropriate driver.
Clock unavailable. Turnout monitoring unavailable.
No mobile decoder programming.
Auxiliary Input Unit Support
- USB versions 7.x and above, Smartbooster with firmware version 1.65 and above support the AUI
- USB versions less than 7.x, no AIU support
This is important if you take your motive power to run on another layout which uses NCE equipment when you do not use an NCE system on your own layout.
- Always break up any consist you created with an NCE command station before removing your locomotives from the layout. Failure to do so will render the units immobile when placed on a layout which does not use an NCE DCC system.
If you forget to do that and find you can not get the locomotives to move, write a value of "0" (zero) to CV19
NCE Decoders and RailCom
When RailCom is enabled, older NCE decoders may operate erratically or with unexpected results. Disable RailCom to prevent these issues should they arise.
- Command stations made with RailCom on board cause the issue. Not all manufacturers1 support RailCom. Most older systems lack RailCom capability. See your manuals to learn if your system has RailCom, and how to disable it.
If you do not have a dedicated programming track, the load presented to the Power Cab may be too great, which will result in a failure to program and CV read back will not work. It is also likely that every decoder on the rails will also be reprogrammed.
Solution: Create a dedicated programming track.