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QUOTE (80class @ 17 Apr 2008, 05:11) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Possibly the best bargain I've ever come across. I'm going to enjoy "talking" to my trains with it!!!

Now to get it working....

I wish to connect it to my ECoS. From reading the web it seems I remove the top board as shown below and insert it into my ECoS after using my lokprogrammer to change the software.



Is this my only option or can it be connected straight to the sniffer port?

I have noticed a lot of chat around which is better, the new or the old software but can't find too much info in English about the differences.

Also, when I power it on all I get is "netzsuche" which I gather means searching for network or something similar. I guess I have to connect it up before I can go any further.

Thanks,

Rob

Congratulations Rob, I paid a lot more than that for mine.

You can put it through the ECoSniffer without the software update I believe.

You can change the language on it but you have to get it communicating with your ECoS first. It will stay in "searching" for eternity until it communicates with your ECoS. Be aware the batteries are running down while this happens.

The circuit board on top does seem to look the same as the one that comes with the Mobile control for ECoS.



Does it have a series of pins in single line underneath?

It's a great extension to the ECoS and I have found that I use it a lot. I did a review of it here which may contain some helpful information. I had to translate the manual from German as there is not an English one available for the Mobile Control for ECoS.

What software update are you on Rob as you need at least 1.1.0 I think to have the software for the Mobile Control for ECoS to operate.
 

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Have fun Rob, it makes a big difference being able o walk around your layout with radio control.

Fitting the plastic compartment cover back after installing the circuit board is an issue. So be warned you may have to trim it up a bit to get it to go back in place. The Mobile Control for ECoS gives you a spare but it still needs trimmed up a bit too. This may not apply to all circuit boards though it could have been just mine but it seems to me that they must be giving you a spare cover for a reason.
 

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QUOTE (Richard Johnson @ 17 Apr 2008, 12:38) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Hi Rob

No, No, NO - do not try to connect more than one control system to the sniffer port.
There is NO circumstance where multiple DCC systems can be connected together at the outputs. When two DCC systems are connected at the output the one guarantee is that one of them will die. The added possibility is that your ECOS may also be harmed.

Re Mobile Control: A little knowledge is dangerous....

The English manual is available on the website. If U cannot find it I have it here.

(1) The mobile control can NOT be connected directly to the sniffer port. It must be connected to a lenz or similar base station which is in turn connected to the sniffer port.

(2) The mobile control you have must first have its software changed to be able to talk directly to the ECOS. To do this it has to be live and that means connecting to a sutiable base station to power it up.

Once the software change is done it can be plugged into the ECOS. Be aware that the upgrade is one way - once changed, it can't be connected via the sniffer ports.

Hopefully Ian will log on ad see this thread - he has done this conversion and fiddled about far more than I with the mobile control change from Lenz+ sniffer port to direct ECOS interface

Richard
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The manual that is available in english is for the version that Rob has, the one for use with systems other than ECoS. The manual for the Mobile Station for ECoS is not available in english and that is why I had to translate it. While it will have the same operating information as the manual for other systems, the set up information for use with ECoS will be missing. There is scope to screw up when connecting the circuit board to the ECoSlot underneath which is why I mentioned this.

e.g.

The installation of the receiver module is essential while the
ECoS is unpowered. Take the batteries from the battery compartment!
 
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