New to DCS

Decided to jump into DCS, and purchased a new "Rev L" TIU/Handheld.

I'm tempted to make connections ant try things out, but I have some reading to do first...

I should I upgrade the software before setting it and my engines up?

Thanks.

Jim

 

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If it's new it might not need an upgrade? I would set it up and get things going with the remote first and then do any upgrades, add wifi, etc. if needed.

Of course, the reading should still be first on the list before setting things up. If you don't have Barry's book(s) (DCS Companion and/or Wifi Companion) I would get that/those as well.

If the TIU and remote were purchased new from a hobby shop, they should be equipped with either DCS version 5.0 (Basic wifi app capable) or version 6.0 (premium app capable). If you purchased your DCS equipment used or mint, power up your DCS handheld and check what version of software is installed when the remote initializes. In my experience, as long as you don't wish to control engines from your smartphone, any version of DCS 4.0 and up generally works fine. However, if you plan to run TMCC/Legacy engines without purchasing the app, make sure your TIU and remote are operating DCS 5.0 or below, because DCS 6.0 will not let you run Legacy engines without purchasing the Premium app. 

Definitely read through the quick-start section of the DCS manual, and the system requirements. MTH does a pretty good job explaining how to get things up and running. If you run into any problems, however, consult Barry's book or post your problem here. 

Jim,

any version of DCS 4.0 and up generally works fine.

Not necessarily.

There were several ugly bugs that were present in releases prior to DCS 4.30 that were corrected in DCS 4.30 and newer releases of DCS.

However, if you plan to run TMCC/Legacy engines without purchasing the app, make sure your TIU and remote are operating DCS 5.0 or below, because DCS 6.0 will not let you run Legacy engines without purchasing the Premium app. 

That's not quite correct.

In order to operate legacy engines in TMCC mode, any version of DCS since 4.0 will work. In order to operas Legacy engines in full Legacy mode, the DCS App and DCS 6.0 are required, along with additional Legacy hardware. The free addendum to The DCS WiFi Companion 1st Edition, available here, contains everything that you need to know about using Legacy with the DCS App.


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Barry

 

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Up and running.  Very cool.  Almost too many features!

The next question is a little advanced from where I am now...

Is there a downside to using transformers with different wattage ratings, i.e. Postwar ZW and KW for different power districts, with the consideration that trains will be crossing from one to the other? (other than the peak load should not exceed the capacity of the lesser of the two).

Thanks. 

One item to watch.  Make sure all the transformers are phased and the voltages are all set very close to each other.  As you cross power districts, the adjacent transformers will be paralleled, if the voltages are materially different, you can get fireworks.

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