|Laminated print out and 1/8" plywood backer|
|An ITouch with the WiThrottle App, controlling to locomotive in the background.|
HOW? I'll detail exactly how we set all this up - it should be fairly universal although there might be some difference with how your specific DCC interfaces with JMRI. In our case we pulled an old Dell desktop computer out of storage. It runs on Windows XP and was a pretty basic model when bought. It lacks a wireless card so all network connections must be over wires. We modified our benchwork to fit the bulky old monitor and computer into the edge of our layout. It is located about 6 feet or so from the NCE control box and they connect using a serial cable. These are hard to find, and expensive from radio shack, however, you can find them very cheap at All Electronics online. I had to buy two to connect together and to reach the computer without stretching. Back to the computer - I dumped the hard drive as they were totally virused up and just loaded the basics that I would need. Then I downloaded the latest version of JMRI. This is a free download. Since there was no wireless card in the computer I just stretched a 50' cat5 cable from the computer, upstairs to my router and plugged it in - only to download JMRI. You then follow the prompts to set up JMRI for your specific arrangement. From then on when you load JMRI it should recognize your DCC system, NCE in our case and say so on the title screen.
|The JMRI Screen showing one WiThrottle in use.|
In our case we wanted to have a separate wireless network for only the model railroad that we could leave unprotected so it would be easy for guests to access. This was as simple as purchasing a cheap older model wireless router - most routers are now N type, but I used an older G type as many of the N type needed a newer version of windows to set up. I just plugged the router in and ran a Cat 5 line from the computer to one of the hardline ports on the back of the router. So when someone turns on WiThrottle on their device, the network will come up as available. There is a window you open in JMRI to turn on WiThrottle and it will list all the devices being used. Fear not, if you have an Android phone there is an app available for your phone also.