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Re: DCS WIFI interface dealer observation

MartyE ·
Interesting RRMAN. My LHS sells a lot of them. I've personally upgraded several TIUs for the version 5 when folks buy the wifi unit. Also get to do some demos. He hasn't sold any Lionel wifi. I pretty much write that off to MTH doing a great job at advertising their wifi app and system and Lionel not do any. I don't see any harm done in discussing it. Certainly is interesting 2 different dealers have 2 different experience on the sales.
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Re: DCS WIFI interface dealer observation

BobbyD ·
Does either system have a full blown App yet that is as full featured or better than their respective remotes? One of the MTH drawbacks is needing 1 Wi-Fi unit for each TIU. Though as a friend said, still not as expensive as needing 16 Lionel sensor tracks for a 2 mainline layout with 4 grade crossings...
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Re: DCS WIFI interface dealer observation

rrman ·
I have read about them and read the MTH catalog. Until today I had not seen one in the flesh, so therefore asked the dealer about it and his comments are as originally stated. He sells alot of MTH stuff including DCS systems and bought in the WIFI box to see how it would sell, which has sat on the shelf, so thus I am sure why he commented as he did. And he is quite technology savy and "with it", but maybe low keyed selling rather than high pressure. No thin skin Barry, but thought others...
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Re: DCS WIFI interface dealer observation

EscapeRocks ·
Barry, That was my first thought as well. That dealer is an absolute detriment to the hobby. It's one thing for him to discuss how his sales of a certain product are going. It's entirely another for him to insult those, in a passive-aggressive manner, who do buy a certain product. I've got one of those near me, and he is always complaining about his business, yet he can't see his own over-the-top grumpiness drives people away.
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DCS WIFI interface dealer observation

rrman ·
At the train show I spotted a dealer with an unopened DCS WIFI module on the table. Asked how sales of these are going, he is still waiting for someone to buy this first and only one. He was not sure what advantage people were getting over the included DCS handheld other than using a smartphone to impress someone, plus having to pay for app upgrades. Your mileage may vary. "I have no dog in the fight"
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Re: DCS WIFI interface dealer observation

rrman ·
Barry, Well EXCUUUUSE me for writing......
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Re: DCS WIFI interface dealer observation

Barry Broskowitz ·
Not worth a comment...
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Re: DCS WIFI interface dealer observation

Barry Broskowitz ·
Well EXCUUUUSE me for writing..... If you're talking my post personally you must have a really thin skin or are looking for a fight, which was not my intention. If you want a comment, how about this: "There's no end to grumpy dealers who still live in the 1950's and don't understand technology. Fortunately, they're offset by the really good ones who "get it" and sponsor this forum!"
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Re: DCS WIFI interface dealer observation

Pat Marinari ·
I do repairs and upgrades for my local dealer. We upgrade all TIU's & WiFi units before sale. I have upgraded more than 50 WiFi units before sale and ~50 on WiFi day earlier this year. Obviously, my dealer has sold more than 100 WiFi units. RRman, I would avoid that dealer like a plague and totally discount anything he says. I find it very sad that there are still too many poorly informed or just nasty dealers out there. Additionally, I find that the single biggest advantage (so far) to...
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Re: DCS WIFI interface dealer observation

docsavage ·
Howdy Guys! Personally I'm always very skeptical of new gadgets but I also LOVE them. For me there are two distinct advantages with the new wi-fi system: #1. The screen is easy to see and in color, plus I can run it from a 10 inch tablet and my phone. #2. The younger generation loves this stuff. Since we need to get more people involved in our hobby to keep it alive ... this is a no brainer. Lets always encourage each other for the sake of TRAINS.
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Re: DCS WIFI interface dealer observation

Boilermaker1 ·
Until MTH releases the $25 app that can do everything the remote can do, its only real advantage in my mind is that it gets the system out of 900 Mhz land, which is a big deal if you're operating at train shows, etc... The dedicated wifi link is significantly more reliable and the range is fantastic. I wouldnt see a need to put MTH wifi on my home layout until it does more. Lionel iCab is kind of the same thing. I have it, it runs a train. The real advantage to the wifi systems is the...
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WiFI MODEM FOR DCS

John E. Wilson ·
I have a couple of wifi modems laying around. My question is can they be used if I choose to use my iPhone to interface MTH,s TIU, or do I have to invest in the DCS wifi interface unit.
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Re: WiFI MODEM FOR DCS

Barry Broskowitz ·
John, MTH item #50-1001 includes a TIU and a remote. In order to use the DCS App, you need the TIU and a WIU. At preset, the DCS Remote is a lot more capable than is the DCS App. However, that will most likely change with the release of the Pro version of the DCS App later this year.
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Re: WiFI MODEM FOR DCS

John E. Wilson ·
Thank you Barry. If anyone would be a reliable source, it would be you. I think I may be better served now and in the future with the 50-1001 system. I plan on using MTH DCS on future expansion and this system is upgradable also. Thanks again, John
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Re: WiFI MODEM FOR DCS

John E. Wilson ·
I understand there my be a subscription charge for the DCS app. (This is for the advanced version). With a free version. With the handheld, Can I have advanced features without a monthly fee.
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Re: WiFI MODEM FOR DCS

Barry Broskowitz ·
John, You absolutely need a WIU for each TIU that you want to use with the DCS App. No other WiFi hardware will work.
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Re: WiFI MODEM FOR DCS

Barry Broskowitz ·
That's correct. Alternately, it's a $19.95 upgrade from the Standard app.
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Re: WiFI MODEM FOR DCS

Barry Broskowitz ·
John, As RJR points out, there is no subscription charge for the app. The app as initially downloaded is free of charge. However, it has limited capability and many of its features aren't accessible until after an in-app purchase of the Standard ($4.95) version. The Standard version unlocks all of the engine features and functions of the free app and removes the limit on how many engines the app allows. The Standard app does not include much else besides (individual) engine functions and...
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Re: WiFI MODEM FOR DCS

John E. Wilson ·
So the premium or pro version is a 24.95 one time fee.
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RJR ·
There is no subscription charge. Other than the basic free app, it's a one-time charge. Even with wifi, having the basic remote is very handy.
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MTH DCS WiFi Interface Unit How-To

ericstrains.com ·
Here's a new video demonstrating basic usage of the MTH DCS WiFi Interface Unit. I hope you find it helpful. Thanks, Eric Siegel
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ChiTown Steve ·
Eric, That was very helpful. Thanks so much for doing that. I thought this would more time consuming than it is. Off to order a WIFI unit from my fantasy football winnings.
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Re: MTH DCS WiFi Interface Unit How-To

PSAP2010 ·
Howdy Eric, I noticed in your video that you didn’t mention that the TIU needs an update prior to connecting the WIU in order for the Wi-Fi app to work. I purchased the WIU a couple of years ago but haven’t used it because of my TIU which has the 9 pin port has not had the update. Is the TIU update not required anymore with with a newer WIU? Larry
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Re: MTH DCS WiFi Interface Unit How-To

yamawho ·
The one that does not require a TIU is the DCS Explorer ...
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Re: MTH DCS WiFi Interface Unit How-To

Barry Broskowitz ·
Is the TIU update not required anymore with with a newer WIU? It's absolutely essential that the software all be in sync: TIU - DCS 6.1 WIU - 1.1 DCS App - 3.2.1
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Re: MTH DCS WiFi Interface Unit How-To

Barry Broskowitz ·
Larry, If you want to get the most out of your DCS WiFi experience, I suggest that you do a little bit of reading... Everything that you need to know about DCS WiFi is all in MTH’s “The DCS WiFi Companion 2nd Edition!" This book is available from many fine OGR advertisers and forum sponsors, as an eBook or a printed book at MTH's web store!
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Re: MTH DCS WiFi Interface Unit How-To

PSAP2010 ·
I discovered the USB port on my TIU the other day and found a spare USB cord which I didn't need since one came with the WIU. I also ordered a 1/8" plug to 1/8" stereo cord from Amazon which I didn't need since I already had one for iPod use in the wife's rig. Must have been a "senior moment." I found a 4 wire phone handset cord on one of my old wired phones which I had stored in my garage. Now I had all the necessary items to do the updates for the TIU. I down loaded the Loader program,...
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Re: MTH DCS WiFi Interface Unit How-To

Robert Cushman ·
Where does the Lionel Legacy 990 go into the TIU or does it go to WIU? Also what power supply is sufficient for the TIU for a basic 2 loop like I have here running 2 engines at once. Could I run a Mth train and Lionel Legacy at the same time with the DCS App? Currently have a 80 watt Lionel with legacy 990. I have 1 mth genesis I want to run all features on and kind of want to control the Lionel on the app but not sure if it’s worth the extra $ probably just grab the DcS Commander instead.
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Re: MTH DCS WiFi Interface Unit How-To

Barry Broskowitz ·
Robert, Yes, that would work very well to power a TIU channel.
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Barry Broskowitz ·
Robert, Where does the Lionel Legacy 990 go into the TIU or does it go to WIU? Use MTH cable #50-1032 to connect the TIU's serial port to a Lionel SER2, and then on to the Lionel Legacy command base if you want to operate Legacy engines in Legacy mode. If you merely desire to operate Legacy engines in TMCC mode from the Premium version of the DCS App, just connect the cable directly to the Legacy command base. The need for the SER2 is because a Legacy command base cannot accept Legacy...
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Re: MTH DCS WiFi Interface Unit How-To

Robert Cushman ·
Barry give me a quick rundown of exactly what I need besides the app, 1. MTH O 50-1017 TIU/Barrel Jack Power Adapter 2. MTH Trains TIU/TMCC 6'Connector Cable MTH501032 3. TIU 4. WIU 5. Power Supply 180 Lionel Pretend I'm even slower than you probably have me pegged out to be at train stuff lol. Also would that power supply work with my Lionel legacy 990 more efficiently than the 80 watt one I use.
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Re: MTH DCS WiFi Interface Unit How-To

Barry Broskowitz ·
Robert, Since the WIU will come with a USB cable to connect A Rev. L TIU to the WIU, everything else that you listed is just what you need, with one exception. The Lionel PH 180 has a Molex connector, not a barrel jack. You have three choices as to how to connect it to the TIU: Cut the Molex connector off the PH180 and connect the two wires directly to the TIU's Fixed #1 Input channel terminals. Purchase an adapter cable from Lionel (don't know the part number or the price) that will convert...
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Re: MTH DCS WiFi Interface Unit How-To

Robert Cushman ·
ok DCS it is but for the power supply. What will be good enough for that layout for me? Would this work Barry. https://www.modeltrainstuff.co...ply/#product-reviews
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Re: MTH DCS WiFi Interface Unit How-To

PSAP2010 ·
I use the Lionel 180, more available wattage if you are running more than one engine/train.
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Re: MTH DCS WiFi Interface Unit How-To

Barry Broskowitz ·
Robert, Which is better for the TiU z1000 or the Lionel 180 with more confusing wiring. My choice would be the PH180. While the Z1000 is a bit less expensive and is "plug and play" with a TIU Channel, the PH180 is the much better choice for its more power (10 amps vs. 5.5 amps at 18 volts) and its better circuit breaker. I don't see how the wiring is any more complicated, at all.
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Robert Cushman ·
Barry, ordered tiu. Which is better for the TiU z1000 or the Lionel 180 with more confusing wiring.
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Robert Cushman ·
Ok I’ll go with the Lionel. It’s not that much more. 1.so cut molex off 2. Splice 3. Insert here in the photo 4. Buy molex adapters for resale value right?
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Robert Cushman ·
Barry this is option 3 correct or what I want to make minus the. Banana plus correct? Would I need to buy the crimper?
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Barry Broskowitz ·
Robert, If you're going to buy Molex adapters, just do that and don't cut off the Molex connectors on the PH180.
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Barry Broskowitz ·
Robert, That cable is all you need to connect the PH180 to a TIU Channel. It has a Molex on one end and Banana plugs on the other. This would be the preferred way to go. You would not need the crimping tool.
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Re: MTH DCS WiFi Interface Unit How-To

Robert Cushman ·
Barry http://www.lionel.com/products...apter-cable-6-12893/ this or https://www.ebay.com/itm/LIONE...ble-15-/323456920162
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Barry Broskowitz ·
Robert, The second one.
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Best Choice MTH Explorer DCS or Full DCS System? my video summary is up

bucca ·
With much help here from members, I've finally learned enought to understand & choose between a MTH explorer dcs unit or a full mth dcs system using a TIU, WIU, & AIU (track interface unit, wifi interface unit, & accesories interface unit). We did a video on youtube since that seems a good way to share my experiences & knowledge. New to mth dcs, I found very little on youtube to help us choose what is best for each of us. So guys, your help to understand & get a little up...
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Re: Best Choice MTH Explorer DCS or Full DCS System? my video summary is up

Mark Boyce ·
Nice job! Very organized video, with good explanation of the graphics. I think a lot of us were thinking maybe the Explorer would handle more power than it does. Since I already own a TIU, WIU, and remote, I might as well stick with them. I'll only run 3 trains at a time, but I know with my passenger car lights, I would go over the Explorer amperage. I have LED lights and drivers, but haven't installed them yet. However, I still may go over the Explorer amperage. Short story is, you won't...
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Re: Best Choice MTH Explorer DCS or Full DCS System? my video summary is up

bucca ·
Thanks, a lot of people & videos helped me understand dcs. Starting out, I needed a video summary of choices with dcs and decided to briefly share what I learned in a short video file1man
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