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Re: Wireless DC Model Railway Controllers
« Reply #15 on: March 07, 2017, 03:11:46 pm »
Before I decided to build a layout I was using Arduinos to build robotic projects. This is the wireless solution I settled on :http://www.dx.com/p/arduino-apc220-wireless-rf-modules-w-antennas-usb-converter-143011#.WL7JB3qnzMI
The same devices are available at much lower cost from many sources.
I used them in a simple Arduino to Arduino configuration and also in a PC to Arduino set up. I am aware that this is not for everyone as it requires some programming and a basic understanding of communications protocols.
I did have a problem to begin with as the setup involves the one time use of a program that can only be described as 'Chinglish'! I currently have 3 pairs of these and they work perfectly with no cross talk problems at all.
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Re: Wireless DC Model Railway Controllers
« Reply #16 on: March 11, 2017, 06:04:40 am »
Bump! This thread seems to have been hijacked by electronic types. Can I ask my original question again? Brian
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Re: Wireless DC Model Railway Controllers
« Reply #17 on: March 11, 2017, 06:16:55 am »
 ;D :laughabovepost:

Good on you, mate. I'd be interested to hear from anyone who has one too, as it looks good, particularly for folk with large walk around style layouts.
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Re: Wireless DC Model Railway Controllers
« Reply #18 on: March 11, 2017, 07:43:25 am »
I think you can probably infer that the answer is "no" ;)

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Re: Wireless DC Model Railway Controllers
« Reply #19 on: May 16, 2017, 12:01:49 am »
I'm quite tempted by this too. I think I'd start with the basic Model 522 Wireless Receiver (39.50) and use the Android app as a controller to start with. That at least would give an idea of how well (or not) the device actually controls the locos. If they run well, then add the Model 720 Wireless Controller (44.50) for the knobs. Still like to read a review though.

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Re: Wireless DC Model Railway Controllers
« Reply #20 on: June 02, 2017, 01:54:12 pm »
I've just ordered the 522/720 combo. I'll report back later, unless anyone has beaten me to it!

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Re: Wireless DC Model Railway Controllers
« Reply #21 on: June 02, 2017, 02:32:55 pm »
I've just ordered the 522/720 combo. I'll report back later, unless anyone has beaten me to it!
I've done the same and am awaiting delivery! Brian
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Re: Wireless DC Model Railway Controllers
« Reply #22 on: October 01, 2017, 05:31:49 am »
I've just ordered the 522/720 combo. I'll report back later, unless anyone has beaten me to it!
I've done the same and am awaiting delivery! Brian
Well it's here and I like it. I have  a simple two circuit layout but it's quite large in a 6m x 6m room. The wireless controller works perfectly and I have found no drawbacks (except that it's easy to lose so I hang it from a lanyard around my neck or attach one of those key detectors that beep ẃhen you whistle or clap; I feel rather stupid doing both together!)
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Re: Wireless DC Model Railway Controllers
« Reply #23 on: October 03, 2017, 04:39:13 pm »
Yes, I'm pleased with mine too, although not without some minor problems, mainly down to me!

I hadn't realised that although I had not used common return wiring (which the Model 522 doesn't support) I had made some modifications to my control panel which had in effect caused a common return. Whoops.

Blue Wireless kindly took my 522 back and I bought two 601 controllers instead. These still give link wirelessly to the 702 or to my tablet or phone.

The system works well, although I tend not to use the wireless function a lot! I really like the 601 PWM controllers, and I've used fairly long wires and use them as wired handheld controllers!

Two points to note.

I don't much like controlling my railway from a phone or tablet. I find it difficult, especially as the virtual knobs are rotary. It might be easier if the control replicated a straight lever. There looks to be a lot of interesting tweaking to be done in terms of setting parameters for the type of control required. I haven't had much of a play with that. Have you found it useful?

The other point is that I use two DC baseboard mounted steam chuffers, one diesel sound generator and one whistle simulator. One of the chuffers, and especially the whistle pick up interference from the controllers, even if not using the bluetooth facility. I need to investigate that further, meanwhile I've disabled the whistle as that was the worst affected. It maybe that the long cables to the handhelds are causing this problem.


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Re: Wireless DC Model Railway Controllers
« Reply #24 on: October 04, 2017, 05:57:41 pm »
Just found this downloadable review on the Blue Railways website http://bluerailways.co.uk/downloads/blueRailways_Sept2017.pdf

Interesting reading, and well explained.
« Last Edit: October 04, 2017, 05:58:49 pm by Geriatrix »

 

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