Hardware Support: MRC/GaugeMaster Prodigy Advanced2
Please download the latest JMRI
release to get the most recent version of JMRI's MRC/GaugeMaster support. Support for MRC
Prodigy is available starting with JMRI version 3.9.1.
In the UK the MRC systems is rebranded, rebadged and sold by Gaugemaster. The two systems
are exactly the same in operation and components.
JMRI can connect to an MRC Prodigy Advanced2 command station via the USB
Computer interface (MRC:1516 or Gaugemaster:DCC55). This has been tested with the wired and
wireless versions of the interface.
JMRI should be able to support all of the MRC Prodigy range of systems, however it has
only been tested and developed with the Advanced2.
To configure the connection:
- Open the JMRI "Preferences" under the "Edit" menu,
- Select "MRC" as the System Manufacturer.
- Select "Serial" as the System Connection.
- Select the Serial Port associated with the system.
- Select the Cab Address that will be allocated to the interface.
Please note that this must be unique and not used by any other handset, if you are to use a
number above 8, then you must refer to Prodigy instructions to ensure that the system is
configured to address the cab correctly
- Click "Save".
Programming, Turnout, Throttle and Power support is available for a JMRI-connected Prodigy
JMRI provides full support for the reading/writing of decoders on the Programming along with
the ability to write changes to a decoder "On the Main".
Please note that the Prodigy Command Station will automatically determine the programming
mode (ie. Direct Byte/Direct Bit/Paged).
The JMRI interface supports both 28 & 128 speed steps and all 28 functions.
If another handset has control of the same Locomotive that a JMRI Throttle has, the changes
made by the second Throttle will be reflected on the JMRI Throttle.
Support for 14 speed steps has NOT been included.
Consisting is NOT currently supported
MRC-connected Turnouts have System Names like "MT123", where "M" is the name for MRC System,
"T" means Turnout, and "123" is the address.
Triggering of MRC system Routes is supported in JMRI. This is done by adding a Turnout with
the Route number + 1000, eg. for MRC Route 15, you would add a JMRI Turnout with an address
JMRI does not support editing/adding/removal of system Routes stored in the MRC.
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