PRODIGY ADVANCE² consists of three elements. The POWER PACK transforms the power from your mains socket ready for the Base Unit. The BASE UNIT is the brains behind the operation. It contains all the technology you need to send DCC commands to your trains and accessories. However, short of turning the power on and off, you'll find your closest companion is the Walkaround controller which plugs straight into the Base Unit.
The WALKAROUND is a hand-held controller that you use to send your commands to the Base Unit, which then sends them on to the relevant decoder on your layout. You control the speed and direction of your trains from here. One of the key features of DCC operation is that each of your locomotives has a numeric address which you select as and when you want to run that locomotive.
DCC allows you to run it anywhere on your railway at the same time as other trains are moving as well. You can operate points (individually or route set) and signals from the Walkaround. You can use it to programme your decoders to replicate the running characteristics of your locomotives, or even introduce a speed clock that allows you to run a 24 hour timetable within one operating session.
The possibilities are almost endless with DCC and with locomotives becoming available with factory-fitted decoders as standard, we are entering an exciting new era. Of course, you can also retro-fit your older locomotives with decoders if you wish.
The handset in this pack is fitted with a clear and bright blue backlit display, ideal for users operating a railway in less than ideal lighting conditions.
We have decided to add a further element to this package to enhance your model railway experience.
The Prodigy WiFi receiver gives Android and iOS users the option to operate their Prodigy system with a smartphone or tablet. This means you have greater flexibility to control your layout, both alone and with multiple controllers.
The Prodigy WiFi is compatible with the JMRI Engine Driver (Android) and WiThrottle (iOS) apps. Versions of both apps are free to download, so you can download the relevant app before-hand to take a look at how it works.
The Apps are for operating the layout and accessories but do not allow reading or programming, so keep your original handset safe. You can also use your handset and WiFi devices together, simply remember to set the Cab number higher than your last handset number.
|DCC Track Voltage||15v AC|
|Address Capability||2 and 4 Digit|
|Speed Steps||14 - 28 - 128|
|Accessory Functions||1 - 255|
|Mains Cable Length||1m|
|Flat Cable Length||1m|
This module can be used on both IOS and Android systems, to help you get started please read the following two articles written by members of staff.