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DCS - Explorer Track Interface Unit (mini-TIU and Wifi in one unit)

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Main topic for current information on DCS - Explorer (mini-TIU and Wifi in one unit)

 

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Information on DCS Explorer:

  • This is a new product which is a a mini TIU and Wifi box built into one.
  • Should simplify battery conversions/installs of G scale engines equipped with MTH DCS Protosound 2 or 3
  • DCS Explorer uses the MTH Wifi phone/tablet application for Android/Apple OS.
  • DCS Explorer features via the MTH app will have a more limited set of available features when compared to using the full MTH TIU and WIU hardware combination.
  • When using the DCS Explorer, You can just use the free version of the Wifi App on your phone/tablet and that gives you all the features available.  (You do not get any additional features by upgrading the MTH Wifi app to either the Standard or Premium version of the app.)  
  • When using the MTH App with the DCS Explorer:
    • You will have features like:
      • Whistle/Horn
      • Bell
      • Speed control
      • Direction control
      • Max speed setting (to limit top speed)
      • Smoke on/off
      • Proto-coupler firing front/back
      • Overall volume sound control
      • Overall sound on/off
    • You will NOT have access to features like:
      • Whistle smoke
      • Playable/Quillable whistle 
      • The selection of sounds like Forward horn, Reverse horn, Crossing horn sequence etc
      • Control of individual sound volume levels for like (Horn/Whistle, Bell, Accent volume(human voices), Change engine name or ID number, etc.

 

 

 

 

 

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Overview from MTH Product page:

Imagine having control over your model railroad from any iOS or Android phone or tablet. How much more convenient would operating your model railroad be with the same device you use throughout your daily life? The large, bright full-color screens found on today's smart phones and tablets are perfect for accessing the DCS features found inside your Proto-Sound 2.0 and 3.0 locomotives. Better yet, the expanded range and speed of wifi ensures that your trains respond to DCS commands faster and more reliably than ever before.
when paired with M.T.H.'s DCS App and our new DCS Explorer Track Interface Unit, you no longer have to imagine controlling your model railroad with your phone, you can!
The DCS Explorer can be powered by any AC power supply (like the Z-1000 brick) and plugs right into a track lockon. Once connected, access the Explorer with your smartphone or tablet's wifi connection and using the DCS App (available from Google Play or Apple's App Store) control up to three Proto-Sound 2.0 or later locomotives. Setup is simple and quick and the module can be configured as a stand alone unit or easily combined into an existing wifi network.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The DCS Explorer based on the current photos appears to be the same/similar dimensions as the WIU wifi unit which is 25x35mm.  

 

On the original DCS Handheld Remote (https://mthtrains.com/50-1002 that works with the original TIU)  I'm not sure but my guess is that it won't work but I dont have specific information one way or the other. It is being designed to work with DCS App (Android/iOS) via Tablet/Smartphone.

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