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Question about the Digitrax LNWI Wifi Interface

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Question about the Digitrax LNWI Wifi Interface
Posted by trainmasterg on Sunday, February 04, 2018 7:00 PM

Hi folks,

I sent a question to digitrax helpdesk, and haven't heard back, so I'll post it here:

Hello,

Our Model Railroad club has been using your Superchief for many years, a DCS200.
 
We are considering the LNWI Loconet WiFi interface.
 
I’ve looked through a lot of the documentation, and also went out of your site to youtube and other places, but cannot find the answer to this question:
 
With just adding your LNWI to our system, will we be able to control turnouts on our layout with supported apps like the WiThrottle on iPhone?
We are currently using NCE Switch-it devices to control turnouts on the layout using our DT402 throttles successfully.
I have seen videos of turnouts being controlled with the WiThrottle app on competitive systems like the Prodigy Advance, but haven’t been able to find such for your system.
 
One additional question;
When we take our modular layout on the road to an event this coming April, we won’t have internet access and the benefits of a home WiFi network like we do where our layout is currently set up; will we still be able to use all of the features of the system at the show?
 
Thank you,
 
Greg Tobin
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Western New York Train Masters HO Scale Model Railroad Club
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Posted by ba&prr on Sunday, February 04, 2018 9:09 PM

If the show has WiFi available, you can use that connection. You can controll turnouts if you have the version you have to buy. See below links.   Joe

http://www.withrottle.com/html/manual.html

http://www.digitrax.com/tsd/KB1056/lnwi-security-considerations-enabling-and-customiz/

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Posted by rrinker on Monday, February 05, 2018 7:10 AM

 The LNWI does not connect via your home WiFi network in any case. It is it's own access point and as such will have its own SSID to connect to. You connect your phones to it rather than your home internet wifi. 

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Posted by Gaucho on Monday, February 05, 2018 8:04 AM

LNWI is avery straight forward and simple device that has its ownn access point and does not use any existing wifi network, as mentioned by Randy. The smart phone/tablet applications work as a wireless throttle with the exception that it can not be used for programming. Digitrax will not respond to questions associated with Engine Driver or WiThrottle is becouse they has nothing to do with those products. There is a lot inforformation on the web site for the applications that will answer all questions. One more note, any smart phone or tablet will work and it does not have to have an active phone connection. This means that if you have an old android or iphone , they can be used as a wireless throttle. By using a spare or old phone you do not have to give up your wifi connection on your active phone to run trains.

 

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Posted by rrinker on Monday, February 05, 2018 12:53 PM

 Plus if you use your old one that no longer has a phone plan on it, you won't get interrupted by a phone call when running trains.

 This of course ahs always been the case, even the 'old way' of using WiThrottle with JMRI - the phone/tablet does not need a phone or data plan from the phone company to do this, old phones can function fully on wifi only even though they may only be able to make 911 calls. Browsers, email, etc. all work without paying the phone company as long as there is a wifi connection available. Pulled out my ancient iPhone 3G not too long ago - charged it up, and it still worked!

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Posted by trainmasterg on Wednesday, February 07, 2018 8:05 AM
Thank you everyone for the quick responses. We're going to get one of these and try it out. I've got one active I-phone 7, another one that's currently not in use, 5s, (saving as a backup) and an i-pad as well. There are club members who use smart phones also, so this will really help us have more wireless throttle choices while we're operating. Really looking forward to it. Has anyone on here had any extensive use with the system yet? Any good experiences to share? Troubles with system to look out for (interference, dropouts, run away trains, etc.?) Thanks again, Greg
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Posted by da1 on Thursday, February 08, 2018 3:12 PM
From recent experience I offer one last note to consider. Throttle screen customization for specific locomotives within Engine Driver is not possible using the LNWI. Those customizations are only possible when Engine Driver is connected to a JMRI roster via Wi-Fi. If you want the Engine Driver screens to look like those in the advertising you will need to use a JMRI access point, not an LNWI.
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Posted by mfm37 on Thursday, February 08, 2018 7:50 PM

Greg,

 My NTRAK club has been using two LNWI's for about 4 months now. So far there have been no glitches other than the 4 throttle limit of the LNWI. With two we can connect up to 8 devices.

The glitch is that once a device is connected, it will connect to the LNWI any time it is within range. I have gotten into the habit of turning WIFI off on my Iphone and Android tablet when they are not being used to run trains. This allows other members to connect. They have to do the same when done running trains.

Other then this the LNWI is simply plug and play. Performance has been flawless. We also have a wireless router connected to JMRI. LNWI is much easier to set up.

Martin Myers

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