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I'm hoping someone can answer this.. 

I am wanting to buy the MTH DCS Remote Control Set [50-1001].  I was looking online and there are a few older/used ones, but the state they're the "OLDER" non-USB version.  They have a 9-pin serial plug instead.  I know what both of those things are.

My question is - Besides the non-USB, does the Older (pre-2010) version of DCS 50-1001 have any performance or capability differences than the "Current" version of DCS?

Thanks!! 

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Besides the non-USB, does the Older (pre-2010) version of DCS 50-1001 have any performance or capability differences than the "Current" version of DCS?

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UP SD70,

   Good information given here by both Guns and Barry, I will just add this to it, although I am not willing to purchase used DCS or Legacy equipment off E-Bay, I would purchase either of the units from an OGR member, right here on the Forum.  Before ever purchasing from E-Bay, I would ask any of the OGR members, if they might have one they are will to sell, at a reasonable rate.   I have never been jilted by an OGR member as of this date, we have great people here.

PCRR/Dave

Thanks for the clarification.  I now know I was looking at an older DCS system to purchase.  It was never used, so it has to be updated.  Do you think it is worth investing in?  I would only use it on small layout that I temporarily use for 2 months out of the year.  I know a lot of people said they have had trouble with the earlier version. 

The short answer is no, I would not buy an older unit. 

To draw it out. I have your layout. A 2 month Christmas layout. My reason for buying new was I didn’t want one more thing to troubleshoot. I also didn’t want to risk buying it and then spending full price on the new one anyway. I’m glad I did. There is enough to troubleshoot when DCS is working properly.  You’re saving the price of a few boxcars... IMO, it’s not worth the risk.

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