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Lenz Li-USB-Ethernet

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1 3066 Thu August 30, 2012

 

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100% of reviewers $175.00 5.0

 

Description:
The new Digital plus Li-USB-Ethernet Interface not only offers a USB interface, but also an Ethernet interface which facilitates the connection of the device to a PC and/or router. This opens up interesting new possibilities for model railway control, now wireless control using an iPod Touch or iPhone is a reality!
Connect the Li-USB-Ethernet interface via XpressNet to the command station and via Ethernet to a router. Now you can control your model railway wirelessly with your iPhone or iPod Touch. Third party software like "TouchCab" (www.touchcab.com) is available for your iPod Touch or iPhone giving you a moble app capable of controlling your intire layout wirelessly from the palm of your hand.
Keywords: WiPhone, DCC, USB, Touchcab, Lenz, wireless throttle
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Author
Joe Daddy

C & SF, my obsession

Registered: October 2006
Location: Colorado
Posts: 466
Review Date: Thu August 30, 2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $175.00 | Rating: 5 
Pros: Compact, feature rich, easy to use
Cons: Expensive, fragile, easy to burn out.
Simply put, with this product, you can have a fully wireless throttle on your iPhone without running JMRI or any other computer program. Simply plug this unit into a wireless router or your home network and the Touchcab app will log directly into your Lenz system!



This product does everything it says it can and is easy to set up if you understand networking. Setting up a fixed IP address on a different subnet than your PC is not trivial for the average Joe.


My computer control software uses standard telephone 4 wire cables which are wired reverse from Lenz and NCE cables. Use the wrong cable on this device or the LI-USB or LF101 and you fry the unit. Lenz could have used a protection diode to prevent damage to these products but they did not. I have had my unit at Lenz for repair for over a month. Self inflicted pain, I know, but good engineering could have prevented the problem for me and Lenz.


The USB drivers for this device have problems and have caused me to spend a tremendous amount of time trying to get it to work and I cannot get it to work on my CTI software so I have had to move to Digitrax to get the functionality I require. Perhaps someday Lenz will get a new drive that is more reliable and less problematic. Joe

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