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Prodigy WiFi #1530 Does it allow to programm decoders?

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Prodigy WiFi #1530 Does it allow to programm decoders?
Posted by Arras88 on Tuesday, January 02, 2018 9:57 AM

Hello.
First of all - Happy New Year Smile

Second... I have a question about Prodigy WiFi #1530 module.

My friend and me have been using Prodigy DCC systems for last 10 years. We have 3 Prodigy Advance 2 handhelds. Surprisingly, all three handhelds have a broken LCD digital display. These displays just stopped working at some moments in the past. Definitely, there is something wrong with this part. 
Handhelds are still operatable and we use them for running trains. However, it became quite difficult to use them for programming. You can easily make a mess when you don't see what you programme. Wink

I found that MRC released WiFi module.
My idea is to buy this module and use smartphone or tablet instead of buying a new handheld. I see that recommended apps are WiFi Throttle and Engine Driver. I saw on Youtube movies how it works.
There is only one problem - all movies show how to run trains. There is no single word about programming decoders. 

So the question is.
Is it possible to programme decoders (on main or programming track) using these apps and Prodigy WiFi module?

PS
Maybe someone can recommend a replacement part of an LCD display? Part number and producer name would be helpful. 

 

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Posted by rrinker on Tuesday, January 02, 2018 10:23 AM

I do not think this allows for programming - WiThrottle and Engien Driver allow control of locos and accessory decoders, but not programming.

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Posted by RR_Mel on Tuesday, January 02, 2018 2:22 PM

I’d check with MRC, if they had a bad run on displays they might have some sort of replacement program at a lower cost than buying a new handheld.
 
 
 
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Posted by Stevert on Tuesday, January 02, 2018 4:03 PM

As others have noted, ED and/or WiThrottle basically allow controlling mobile and stationary decoders. 

The better solution would be to get the appropriate MRC to computer interface device (MRC 1516) and use JMRI for your programming needs.  Easy point-and-click programming, AND you'd be able to use all the other JMRI apps.

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Posted by RR_Mel on Tuesday, January 02, 2018 6:14 PM

I agree with Stevert, I went with the MRC USB adapter and the JMRI (free) software.  Programming your Prodigy with JMRI is far easier than using a working handheld.  Once you’ve mastered JMRI you will never look back!
 
 
 
Mel
 
Modeling the early to mid 1950s SP in HO scale since 1951
  
 
My Model Railroad   
 
Bakersfield, California
 
I'm beginning to realize that aging is not for wimps.
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Posted by Arras88 on Friday, January 05, 2018 2:49 AM

Thank you very much for all answers. 
I wrote to MRC with a question about LCD display availability.
I will check the option with USB adapter and JMRI.

Arek

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