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    Default Is there a way to use a digitrax throttle on the esu cab control system?

    I have an old wireless DT400 digitrax throttle. I'd like to use this in addition to the esu wireless controller so I have another controller to use at the same time. Anyone accomplish this? Thank you!

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    Esu L.net converter part# ESU 50097. Kind of pricy though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveSteven View Post
    Esu L.net converter part# ESU 50097. Kind of pricy though.
    Ok, I did see this thing. Is it as easy as plug it in and start using or is additional configuration needed? Thanks again!

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    I do not have any experience with it. I looked at it when I was considering switching to ESU. I decided to stick with digitrax.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveSteven View Post
    I do not have any experience with it. I looked at it when I was considering switching to ESU. I decided to stick with digitrax.
    I'm seeing on another forum where Digitrax is being criticized for old technology.

    I'm not a big fan of their manuals (need a tech writer who writes for readers), but as for Digitrax as a DCC system? Are they really that archaic? I don't think that's quite the case. ...I need to get mine installed and ditch my Prodigy system.

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    Well...

    DCC itself is the same everywhere (or lets say Digitrax is up with the best, regarding 128 speed steps, number of functions, programming decoders...).

    Digitrax has transponding, which is above standard.

    Digitrax has Loconet, which by itself isn't new, but it's still a great cab/layout control bus, and simple and cheap at that as well. Plus part of the specs are open and free for personal use.

    Digitrax has the DCS52 and DCS240 with integrated USB connector, it offers USB connectivity through PR3/PR4 (or LocoBuffer) on Loconet for older command stations.

    Digitrax has a nice UT throttle that can do everything I'd expect from a simple throttle: Select a loco and run trains.

    Digitrax has radio and infrared options for cordless operations.

    There are two things Digitrax lacks, IMHO, when compared to other DCC systems:

    1) A proper WiFi connection (the LNWI is too limited for my taste) and WiFi throttles
    2) A "simple" or "intuitive" User Interface on their command stations for small programming tasks. I'm not talking speed matching through speed tables or function mapping, but setting a loco address and maybe disabling DC mode or setting startup voltage. That said, I haven't operated the DCS52 yet, that one may be much better in this regard than the DCS51 and older.

    It depends on your expectations if you're going to call them archaic because they do not have a multi-color animated touchscreen or integrated WiFi plus proprietary apps like some of their competitors do - I sure won't.

    Heiko

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    Good analysis, @Heiko. And I'm not the one calling them archaic. 'Nother forum. But a lot of people here use Digitrax or own a system.

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