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Hardware Support: Connecting an MS100 to LocoNet®

The MS100 from Digitrax allows you to connect many types of computers to a LocoNet®.

Unfortunately, the MS100 is a somewhat old design, and doesn't provide a reliable connection to the LocoNet.

We strongly recommend that new setups not use the MS100, and existing users plan on converting to a better solution before it becomes unavoidable.

The LocoBuffer USB and the Digitrax PR3 are currently the most reliable ways to connect a computer to a LocoNet. The LocoBuffer-USB is produced by Dick Bronson's RR-CirKits company, based in part on the original LocoBuffer design.

In MS100 mode, the program attempts to open the port at 16600 baud, the LocoNet rate. If this fails, it attempts to open the port at 16457 baud, which is a standard rate that's close enough to work. If this also fails, the won't be able to talk to the LocoNet through the MS100.

Because neither of these rates are available, the MS100 can't be used with Mac OS X, Windows 7 or most Windows Vista machines.

Because we can't be sure your computer will be able to talk to a MS100 without trying it, you should test this before spending money on the MS100. To do that:

If you get a dialog box saying "Could not set baud rate...", then you won't be able to use your computer with a MS100. You should use a LocoBuffer.

Linux hack to set the baud rate

Some users have reported success using Linux commands to directly set the baud rate while the program is running. To do this: This has been reported to work with both RH9 and FC3.

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