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Hello everyone, I have read the instructions of the Viess Commander and it says that you only have to put a loco on the track and it will immediately be recognized as to which loco it is, does the ECoS do this, or do you have to enter the information in separately?
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I don't know as I haven't used an ECoS, but I guess if you have a Railcom enabled decoder inside it may do.

The Commander didn't recognise the locos yesterday when I was playing about with one, so you may need occupany dectection first, so that when you do put a loco on the rails in that section, it will see the loco and then maybe read back the information.

You need to play about alot more than a few hours to understand what the Commander can actually do!
As we only have the quick start instructions in English, which we didn't have when playing about maybe we missed something which would be very easy, there is so much to learn on the Commander.

Hopefully one of the ECoS owners will be along shortly and have the answers!
 

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IIRC RailCom was added late last year, possibly in the 1.1.0 release.

I don't quite know what Viessmann mean by recognising your loco. On the ECoS, you can put a loco on the programming track and have it read the entire decoder contents. If it's a decoder the ECoS recognises, then it will say so. Not surprisingly it works particularly well on ESU decoders as I found out the other night when I got it to read the LokSound decoder I had just fitted to my Deltic. An awful lot more CVs suddenly became available.

The principle benefit that I have found from RailCom so far is the ability to get confirmation of a CV change when programming on the main (POM) rather than on the programming track. This is useful for fine tuning.

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Dear All,

The Zimo MX31ZL has Global RailCom detection. What this means is that it will find any RailCom enabled decoders (Lenz Gold, ESU, Zimo etc) and build a list of active locos straight away. The Zimo implemented features of RailCom are the following (from the MX31ZL manual):-

'Selected speed and actual speed (may differ due to outside influence) are numerically displayed, just like the prototype does. Additionally, position dependent speed limits applied by the "signal controlled speed influence" are indicated - in plane view - using the light bar next to the display with solid and flashing red LED's. "Asymmetrical DCC signal" (Lenz ABC) is also supported. RailCom is also involved during operations mode programming (on the main), which makes these procedures virtually identical to "service mode" programming on the programming track, provided the decoder and command station are RailCom ready.
A particularly interesting feature of RailCom is the transmission of "location codes" and "routing codes", which are used by the ZIMO system for automated route activation (or for ARS, a reduced version of the same).'

There are plans for more features in the future, but a lot depends on more cooperation at the NMRA level, which is going very slowly.
 
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