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One thing to stress!  If you are looking for DCS components, they are listed IN THIS new Atlas  CATALOG!!!!!!

I have been wanting to get DCS, but TIU's were about impossible to find.  One of Atlas's new offerings is the WI-FI enabled TIU!  It lists a tether to connect to the DCS handheld remote.  Since I am not yet a DCS guy, I don't know how easy it will be to integrate the old handheld into the new wireless TIU.  So some dealer will get my order for one of the new wireless TIU's, and possibly the new AIU, also listed in the catalog.  Other goodies are there as well.

Don - Happy Railroading

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I wouldn't hold your breath for the new TIU.  With the parts shortages and delays in manufacturing, it will likely be some time before we see this unit.

Hey John, but at least Atlas made it explicitly clear that when it does arrive, you can tether a remote to it. In fact, they noted it twice -



WTIU WIFI TRACK INTERFACE UNIT FEATURES
All-In-One Command Control Transmitter
Built-In WiFi
4-Channel Output With Fixed and Variable
Voltage Ports

4-Channel AC or DC Power Input Ports
Auxiliary Power Input Port
USB Input Port
RS-232 Serial Port
Ethernet Input Port
LED Activation Lights
DCS Handheld Remote Tether Input
AIU Accessory Interface Unit Input
(2) Fixed AC and DC Voltage Output For Com-
mand Control Tracks

(2) Variable AC and DC Voltage Outputs For
Conventional and Command Control Tracks

Wireless WiFi Control (iOS or Android) Using
DCS App

Tethered Layout Control Using DCS Handheld
Remote



http://download.atlasrr.com/11...OV2021OMSRPOnly1.pdf

Which is a pointless feature, at least to me.  Having my "remote" wired to the TIU means it's really not a "remote" at all!

Maybe for you, but not for me and others with smaller layouts. More importantly, we can take a little more comfort in the fact that the remote connection has not been abandoned like you've surmised on prior posts -  https://ogrforum.ogaugerr.com/...4#157688390938246754

I'm with John on this one!  I bought a wireless DCS remote at York from Stockyard Express.  If I can't have the same freedom as I do with Legacy, I see this as a major detraction.  I mentioned I will be new to DCS.  I have read of many troubles folks have had with implementation of DCS.  Having to cut your layout tracks to employ a star wiring system isn't really a star wiring system.  I believe the best way is to follow the instruction manual!

Regardless, I am happy for those who would like to purchase Proto II and up engines, and will be able to remote control them, with a valid source for the necessary components.  I still think it is hard to beat the one wire connection Legacy/TMCC gives one to remote control their layout.

Maybe for you, but not for me and others with smaller layouts. More importantly, we can take a little more comfort in the fact that the remote connection has not been abandoned like you've surmised on prior posts -  https://ogrforum.ogaugerr.com/...4#157688390938246754

I don't take comfort in that at all.  It's not the size of the layout, it's having that cord getting tangled up in visitors legs, etc.  Also, if your TIU is not ready accessible, and mine certainly isn't, having the cord running from the back of the layout to the operating position is a PITA.  I realize that some people will be perfectly happy with the tethered remote, but try to remember a couple of items...

  • This is a giant step backwards from having a true wireless remote.
  • You can only have ONE remote connected, with the existing TIU I routinely have three or four connected.

I don't take comfort in that at all.  It's not the size of the layout, it's having that cord getting tangled up in visitors legs, etc.  Also, if your TIU is not ready accessible, and mine certainly isn't, having the cord running from the back of the layout to the operating position is a PITA.  I realize that some people will be perfectly happy with the tethered remote, but try to remember a couple of items...

  • This is a giant step backwards from having a true wireless remote.
  • You can only have ONE remote connected, with the existing TIU I routinely have three or four connected.

To each his own, John.  I sit in one place in front of my control panel and operate everything.  No problem for me operating a remote with a 10 foot phone cord tethered to it.  In fact, I’m looking forward to having the ability to use my smart phone along with a tethered remote on the new tiu I have on order.  I get you and others, particularly those with larger layouts,  may feel otherwise, but at least now we know they will include the option to tether that you were previously not optimistic about.  Very comforting to me to know that this speculation was incorrect because I would have cancelled my WTIU if true..

I hope at some point they create a box that can be connected to this new tiu that can receive the signal from the remotes. I am still miffed / upset that they eliminated the ability of the tiu to receive signals from the remote.

Fortunately, I have a small stockpile of old t.i.u.s. and remotes. And yes I'm with those who are saying it's totally worthless: it does most of us no good if you have to be physically wired to the tiu. My layout surrounds a basement with multiple operators. 

@donhradio posted:

One thing to stress!  If you are looking for DCS components, they are listed IN THIS new Atlas  CATALOG!!!!!!

I have been wanting to get DCS, but TIU's were about impossible to find.  One of Atlas's new offerings is the WI-FI enabled TIU!  It lists a tether to connect to the DCS handheld remote.  Since I am not yet a DCS guy, I don't know how easy it will be to integrate the old handheld into the new wireless TIU.  So some dealer will get my order for one of the new wireless TIU's, and possibly the new AIU, also listed in the catalog.  Other goodies are there as well.

Don - Happy Railroading

Another perspective:  since we bought the WIU (now integrated into the TIU from what I understand) and installed the DCS app on an Amazon Kindle Fire, the DCS remote remains largely unused.  The app on a phone (even a big phone like my iPhone pro) is not as nice but on a nice tablet in high def it is really nice.

I am glad to have the remote as a back up when the kids won’t let me use the tablet because they are using it to run the trains!

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