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Determining Cab Address on NCE Cab-05R

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Determining Cab Address on NCE Cab-05R
Posted by RicZ on Saturday, June 09, 2018 2:40 PM

I cannot find information about how to determine the address on my NCE CAB-05R. Since there is no LED readout, is there a way to find out what the cab is set at?  Can anyone help?

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Posted by gregc on Saturday, June 09, 2018 4:20 PM

it is what you set it too.   So if your not sure, set it to zero: Select-Loco 0 Enter

then try setting it again: Select-Loco # Enter.   

Make sure you enter the correct number of digits.   Even if the loco # is only two digits, you may need to prefix the number with zeros to enter four digits

i believe the LED will come on when you press Select Loco and finally go off when you press Enter

there may be a way of querying the command station to determine what loco a particular cab is set to, but I don't know how to.

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Posted by RicZ on Saturday, June 09, 2018 4:55 PM

Thanks, Greg, but what I am trying to determine is the cab address for the CAB05R.  I have two of these; one was purchased used, and I don’t know how to determine the address since it does not have an LED panel.

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Posted by gregc on Saturday, June 09, 2018 5:21 PM

sorry.   but the answer is much the same.    Follow the directions for setting the cab address which are similar to setting the loco address except that you hold the Select Loco button down when plugging in the cab  (see pg 5 of the cab05.pdf at the following page) and pressing "1"

       https://ncedcc.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/202168295-Cab-Manuals

of course it might be wise to write the cab address down on a label attached to the cab.   If you already have a cab, you may need to program both to make sure they are unique.   You may need to check which addresses the command station or PowerCab supports.

 

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Posted by RicZ on Sunday, June 10, 2018 11:11 AM

That is kinda what I was beginning to figure out.  It was worth a try though, thanks again.

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Posted by gregc on Sunday, June 10, 2018 12:23 PM

I built an NCE compatible Arduino cab.  Similar to the cab 5, no knob and only an LED.

i used a USB/rs-485 adaptor and wrote some code on my laptop to monitor the cab bus to verify it was responding to my cab at the address I programmed.

something like this would be the next step.    I'm guessing JMRI probably has such a capability.

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Posted by richhotrain on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 5:43 AM

Here is what the manual has to say about setting up the cab address or resetting the cab address.

 

SETTING UP YOUR CAB 05

Just as every locomotive has a separate number (address in DCC terms) each cab needs a separate address so the command station can distinguish one cab from another.

Each CAB05 is shipped from the factory with the addresses of 5 and 6. When the address toggle switch is in the left position the cab address is 5. In the right position the factory default address is 6.

If you already have cabs, macro panels or AIUs using these addresses you will have to change one or both CAB05 addresses before use.

To change the cab address:

1) Turn on the DCC system.

2) Unplug your CAB05 from the cab bus.

3) Position the toggle switch to the left or right depending on the address you wish to change

4) Plug the cab back in while holding down the SELECT LOCO button.

5) Release the SELECT LOCO button. The cab will now enter its internal setup program indicated by a flashing LED.

6) Press “1” to enter cab address setup mode. The LED flash rate slows to indicate the cab is ready for you to enter a new cab address.

7) Type in the desired cab address followed by the ENTER key.

8) If you enter cab address 00 the entire cab will reset to its factory settings. If you enter address 01 the entire cab will revert to its original factory settings except for any shifted keys you have already programmed into the cab (the OPTION key will be set to act as DIRECTION). Valid cab addresses are 2 to 63. If you enter a number outside this range the LED will flash rapidly indicating an error. Press SELECT LOCO to clear the error and go back to step 2. This finishes setting the cab address.

9) Repeat the process with the address toggle in the opposite position for the “other” cab

Rich

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