Digitrax LNWI

 
  SAR523 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Chicago, IL
http://www.digitrax.com/products/wireless/lnwi/

I picked one of these up for a bit less than list price and am very happy with it.

Yes I spent > $50USD on something that JMRI can already do with my existing home wireless, but I'm the sort of person who writes my own signalling logic on an Arduino so that I can flick a switch and my layout is ready to run - it takes longer for my phone to switch routers than it takes for the layout to be ready to be used.

Worked out of the box, although I did enable WPA2 and changed the password just out of habit.  

Like all of the Wi-Fi throttle solutions, I think the Android based throttles are probably a little better as you can use the volume buttons for more tactile speed increments, but it works just fine on my iPhone with the screen slider.  

I find the phone much more convenient than the standard smaller (at least Digitrax) wireless throttles as I can flick through the screens to access all of the functions and send switch commands from the phone.

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  robertc Chief Train Controller

Given most people ( but not me) carry smartphones these days this does give a reasonably priced way to have more choices for throttles with a Digitrax system.
In fact the only real beef I have had with my Digitrax is lack of choice in throttles. NCE has the best range in that department.
While I prefer a knob and a switch, this will be useful for visitors, and the phones might prove easier to see as the eyesight fades  :>)
cheers
Bob
  dthead Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Given most people ( but not me) carry smartphones these days this does give a reasonably priced way to have more choices for throttles with a Digitrax system.
In fact the only real beef I have had with my Digitrax is lack of choice in throttles. NCE has the best range in that department.
While I prefer a knob and a switch, this will be useful for visitors, and the phones might prove easier to see as the eyesight fades  :>)
cheers
Bob
robertc
You can use cheap tablets as well, often $70 for a 7 inch one.  Or use a old phone with no simcard, ie wifi only.

Last night we had 4 out of 6 people running with their wifi device, two used the NCE throttles. Main conclusion was putting the device down to do train stuff - so the layout owner  trialled those lanyards that you put over your head, so can let it go if needed.

Regards,
David Head
  robertc Chief Train Controller

Yes David, I had considered getting an old used smartphone off feebay to try it when I get around to having the option on my layout.
This adaptor makes it simpler than the solution I originally had in mind.
The lanyard sounds like a good idea particularly if you can't lock the touch screen when putting the phone in a pocket.
cheers
Bob

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