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MS100 RS232 Computer Interface

 

PR2 The PR2 lets SoundFX users download new Project sound files and even reflash the decoder's firmware for latest updates.

PR3 The PR3 lets SoundFX users download new Project sound files and even reflash the sound decoder's firmware for latest updates. The PR3 is different from the PR2 in that it offers a USB 2.0 interface, it offers selectable MS100 mode*, and the PR3 is priced lower.

* The PR3 also incorporates an MS100 emulation mode providing USB/LocoNet connectivity for third party software such as JMRI, Railroad and Co., and others.


MS100 RS232 Computer Interface


 

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  • The MS100 Computer Interface is designed to let a computer with an IBM compatible COM, or RS232 communications port, monitor Digitrax LocoNet. Application software running in the computer can then interpret the activity on the LocoNet and report back to the user via the computer screen. The MS100 is a signal level translator between LocoNet and a 25 pin DB25 style RS232 port.

  • For example, an application for a Railroad "CTC" type display panel would display a "schematic" layout of the railroad on the computer screen. The schematic can be set up to respond to software messages received via LocoNet to indicate block occupancy, signal state and other information received from detection devices attached to LocoNet.

  • Please refer to the documentation of the third-party software for full details of the features and capabilities of the optional software you have purchased.

  • For IBM compatibles with only a 9 pin male DB9 type COM port connector, you can use a DB9(female) to DB25(male) adapter commonly sold in computer stores to make this conversion to the regular DB25 style COM connector. Be sure you are connected to the correct COM port and that you have it set up as required to match the settings needed by your software package.

 

 
$45.00 msrp

Using MS100 with USB Application note for cable that works with Windows 98SE, ME & 2000.

Now Available: LocoBuffer II an alternative to the MS100 for connecting your computer to LocoNet (compatible with the original LocoBuffer by John Jabour)


 
LocoNet Compatible Software available from third party vendors:

Digitrax Worldwide


Digi-toys' WinLok 2.1 Complete DCC control software for Windows. Supports MS100
Digitrax Worldwide


 

Railroad & Co. Drivers for LocoNet for popular DCC control software for Windows. Supports MS100 and LocoBuffer.

Digitrax Worldwide


 

KAM Industries Engine Commander DCC control software for Windows

Digitrax Worldwide
John Kabat offers LocoNet Certified freeware for Windows and DOS.
 
Digitrax Worldwide


 

JMRI Freeware that requires JAVA and is available for Windows (32-bit), Linux, OS/2, Macintosh Classic and Mac OS X. This software requires a fast computer and supports MS100 and John Jabour’s 56KB LocoBuffer interface.



PR2 SoundFX Decoder Programmer  Return To Top


 

 

 

 

 

 

Using the PR2 Programmer and SoundLoader software:

  • You can substitute different .wav files into a sound project file (.spj) or you can start from scratch and build your own sound project.
  • You can download sound projects from the Digitrax Sound Depot web site www.digitrax.com/sounddepot.
  • You can upload sound projects you have created to share with others, too!
  • We encourage sound project file sharing among hobbyists.
  • You can download a sound project into your Digitrax SoundFX decoder equipped locomotive.
  • You can try out sound projects downloaded to your locomotives on the programming track without having to run it around the layout.

Using Digitrax PR2 Programmer and Digitrax SoundLoader TM software with your PC and programming track, you can create, manage, test, and download sound projects (.spj files) in your Digitrax SoundFX decoders. You can customize your Digitrax SoundFX decoders to your heart’s content!

Using the SoundTest TM feature you can even try out different SoundFX decoder sound projects. Just put the SoundFX equipped locomotive on the PR2 programming track and use the SoundTest feature to run the speed up or down and set any combination of functions to on or off while the locomotive remains stationary on the PR2 programming track.

Digitrax PR2 Programmer comes with:

  • PR2
  • SoundLoader Software
  • Installation CD and instructions
  • Cables needed to hook up to a 25 or 9 pin PC Serial port (USB adapters can also be used).

In addition, you’ll need:

  • A 12-15V DC Power Supply (Digitrax recommends the PS14)
  • A PC Computer running Windows XP with SoundLoader or equivalent program running
  • An isolated programming track section (You won't need a power booster” to increase programming track voltage.)

 

Size 120mm x 87.5mm x 35mm
(4.72" x 2.65" x 1.4")

 

 
$99.95 msrp

The latest version of Soundloader™ software for the PR2 (Windows XP OS/Vista) is now available.

  • Click here to download the Soundloader v1.23 installation program. Please note that the Soundloader program has been designed to work with both PR2 and PR3 programmers.

PR3 SoundFX Decoder Programmer  Return To Top


 

 

 

 

 

 

Using the PR3 Programmer and SoundLoader software:

  • You can substitute different .wav files into a sound project file (.spj) or you can start from scratch and build your own sound project.
  • You can download sound projects from the Digitrax Sound Depot web site www.digitrax.com/sounddepot.
  • You can upload sound projects you have created to share with others, too!
  • We encourage sound project file sharing among hobbyists.
  • You can download a sound project into your Digitrax SoundFX decoder equipped locomotive.
  • You can try out sound projects downloaded to your locomotives on the programming track without having to run it around the layout.

PR3 Features

  • Multifunction USB 2.0 PC connectivity for your railroad (Yay!)
  • Digitrax “SoundLoader” compatible. Programs Digitrax sound projects to SFX decoders
  • Programs CV’s for most DCC decoders
  • LocoNet MS100 mode with Fully Buffered Input and Output data
  • Runs on Windows XP, Vista and 2000.
  • Runs on Mac OS 10.4/10.5 with JMRI.
  • No external power needed for MS100 mode.
  • Automatic configuration. No jumpers or switches required. Configurations can be set by software or manually.
  • Selectable LocoNet termination. For standalone operation without needing a Command Station.
  • LED state indicator lights.
  • Small, convenient package
  • Firmware updates available from Digitrax Web site.
  • Meets FCC Class B requirements.


The PR3 is a dual-purpose USB 2.0 device - In Programmer Mode, along with SoundLoaderTM software on a PC or Mac computer, the Digitrax PR3 Programmer lets users create, manage, test, and download Digitrax sound projects to SoundFX decoders.

In MS100 Mode, the PR3 interfaces from a Windows-compatible or Mac personal computer to the Digitrax LocoNet system for use by 3rd party software such as Decoder Pro, Railroad and Co*., etc.

Using Digitrax PR3 Programmer and Digitrax SoundLoader TM software with your PC and programming track, you can create, manage, test, and download sound projects (.spj files) in your Digitrax SoundFX decoders. You can customize your Digitrax SoundFX decoders to your heart’s content!

Using the SoundTest TM feature you can even try out different SoundFX decoder sound projects. Just put the SoundFX equipped locomotive on the PR3 programming track and use the SoundTest feature to run the speed up or down and set any combination of functions to on or off while the locomotive remains stationary on the programming track.

Digitrax PR3 Programmer comes with:

  • PR3
  • SoundLoader Software
  • Installation CD and instructions
  • USB Cable needed to hook up your PC's USB port.

In addition, you’ll need:

  • A 12-15V DC Power Supply - Digitrax recommends the PS14 (Power supply not needed for MS100 operation)
  • A Computer running Windows/MAC OS with SoundLoader or equivalent program running
  • An isolated programming track section (You won't need a power booster” to increase programming track voltage.)
Size 120mm x 87.5mm x 35mm
(4.72" x 2.65" x 1.4")
 
$84.95 msrp



Click here for the PR3 installation manual.

The latest version of Soundloader™ software for the PR2/PR3 (Windows XP/Vista/98se OS) is now available.

PR3hookup

 

PR3Connect


Note: Programming track and PS14 power supply not included

* Version 5.8 of the Railroad & Co. software does not officially support the PR3. The new version 7.0 of Railroad & Co. has explicit support for the PR3.

 

From the "JMRI Hardware Guide: Connecting to a Digitrax PR3"


"Support for the Digitrax PR3 was first available in JMRI 2.1.6, released May 31, 2008.

The Digitrax PR3 can be used as either a standalone decoder programmer much like the PR2, or as an interface between your computer and a LocoNet, much like an MS100. It can only do one or the other of these at a given time. You select the mode of operation in the JMRI preferences during setup.

When the PR3 is acting as a programmer, it can be used to set CVs in all decoders that DecoderPro supports. It can also be used to download sound information into Digitrax sound decoders and, within its limited current capability, run one locomotive to test it. When used with Digitrax SFX decoders, "neutral mode" allows you to vary the speed without the motor moving the deocder, so you can hear how the locomotive sound reacts to varying speeds. (Note that Digitrax only guarantees programming for Digitrax SFX decoders with properly installed loads, etc, but our testing has found that the PR3 will work with many common decoders)

When acting as an interface, the PR3 allows JMRI full control of the LocoNet and the devices attached to it. That includes programming decoders on a programming track attached to a LocoNet command station, or on the main track. The PR3 can also serve as the "LocoNet terminator", which allows it to drive a LocoNet without an attached command station, e.g. if you want to have a LocoNet dedicated to signaling."

The above JMRI citation can be found here.

 


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