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Using JMRI with NCE Power Cab, SB5 and PH-Power Pro

Posted by on Aug 19, 2015 in Tech Specs, Tips DCC Components, Tips DCC Systems, Tony's Tips |

JMRI works very well with NCE (Power Cab, SB3/5 and Power Pro). The NCE USB is the ONLY way to connect a Power Cab or SB3/5 to a computer.

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DO NOT USE AN NCE USB TO CONNECT TO A POWER PRO. It will not do what you want JMRI to do. Use a USB to Serial cable to connect your computer to the Power Pro Learn more here

 

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NCE USB Interface

                                                        USB to RS232 Serial Adapter Converter

Make sure you always use the latest version of JMRI.

Download and install SiLabs CP210x drivers for the NCE USB from <http://www.silabs.com/products/mcu/Pages/USBtoUARTBridgeVCPDrivers.aspx>

There has been some confusing documentation about jumper settings for a V7 NCE USB. The following are the CORRECT settings for JMRI with various NCE USB versions and NCE hardware combinations.

The correct settings for a Power Cab V1.65 or V1.28 (as shown when the Power Cab starts up) and an NCE USB V6 (or you are not sure of the USB version) are:

  • All USB Jumpers off (or at least 2, 3 & 4. Jumper 1 is ignored).
  • JMRI preferences are:
    • System manufacturer: NCE
    • System connection: NCE USB
    • Serial port: <whatever is appropriate for your system>
    • USB version: V6.x.x
    • System: Power Cab
    • Additional Connection Settings->Baud rate: 9600.
  • The JMRI console log should then report V6.3.0.

If it reports V7.3.0 and your Power Cab is V1.65, use the settings below instead.

The correct settings for a Power Cab V1.65 and an NCE USB V7 are:

  • All USB Jumpers on (or at least 2, 3 & 4. Jumper 1 is ignored).
  • JMRI preferences are:
    • System manufacturer: NCE
    • System connection: NCE USB
    • Serial port: <whatever is appropriate for your system>
    • USB version: V7.x.x
    • System: Power Cab
    • Additional Connection Settings->Baud rate: 19200.
  • The JMRI console log should then report V7.3.7.

The correct settings for an SB5 and an NCE USB V7 are:

  • USB Jumper 4 on. All others off (or at least 2 & 3. Jumper 1 is ignored).
  • JMRI preferences are:
    • System manufacturer: NCE
    • System connection: NCE USB
    • Serial port: <whatever is appropriate for your system>
    • USB version: V7.x.x
    • System: SB5
    • Additional Connection Settings->Baud rate: 19200.
  • The JMRI console log should then report V7.3.1.

If this does not work, either:

Thank you to The NCE-DCC list Yahoo Group and Dave Heap

For more information and to join, go to https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/NCE-DCC/info