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We all know and appreciate the old standards in the hobby - DCC, and throttles were groundbreaking in their own time but haven't evolved much in the following years. This stagnation leaves much to be desired for the adventurous and curious model railroader who finds this hobby a bit "behind the times." Model railroaders, like other hobbyists, should be on the cutting edge of technology and have the access to tools that unlock the potential of their layout. Our throttles should be adaptive - able to incorporate years of user feedback and receive updates when feature requests and new tools become available. That throttle is finally here: the Universal WiFi Throttle.
TCS is raising the bar in throttle design. Every detail of this handheld has been rigorously researched, scrutinized, and thoroughly tested. Soft, smooth buttons are laid out in an intuitive way to promote heads-up, eyes-free locomotive operation. Buttons also operate smoothly, silently, and with tactile feedback all while showcase easily-recognizable printed symbols. Eight buttons are programmable and can be assigned any function. The large transflective LCD screen with adjustable backlight displays menu options with full words at a large font size for easy reading and a simple user experience. No longer is it necessary to memorize abbreviations or consult manuals for navigation.
The following tech innovations can be found in the Universal WiFi Throttle:
Do you have one DCC system at home and a different system at the club? This throttle is built to address that situation and balances different protocols with ease. Seamlessly switch back and forth between systems in a matter of seconds with simple connection modes. Use the LCC protocol, WiThrottle protocol, or WiFi interfaces for popular DCC systems - even communicate directly with JMRI!
WiFi is everywhere, and it has a wide variety of advantages for model railroaders. Use of WiFi signals gives users the freedom to depart from line-of-sight or corded control methods, and use their throttles in ever-changing situations and environments. Connecting your layout to the net opens up wild new opportunities like remote operation of layouts across the globe.
Every throttle comes with access to a new suite of desktop programming tools that interface with many current and upcoming TCS products. With this simple-to-use software program, you can update your throttle with new revisions and improvements as they become available. Feature upgrades and software updates keep your throttle functioning like new for years to come.
All of this information amounts to one simple fact: the TCS Universal WiFi Throttle is simply the last, and only throttle you'll ever need to buy.
TCS is offering three different options for those that choose to pre-order the Universal WiFi Throttle. There are options for every budget and each comes with a stellar discount off MSRP that you won't see again after pre-orders close. Learn more about the deals below:
Pre-ordering in Tier 1 will cost you $50 up front. In return, you'll secure one brand new TCS Universal WiFi Throttle that will be shipped directly to you at release. Because you pre-ordered, you're guaranteed a throttle as soon as they're available! Further, you receive a $30 discount off the throttle price of $299.95. Because you split up the cost by pre-ordering, you only pay $219.95 at time of shipment. You will also receive a commemorative pre-order gift, as a thank-you for your support.
Tier 2 pre-orders cost $150.00 and include a $45 discount off the throttle price (Now $254.95). In addition to the throttle discount, Tier 2 pre-orders include a commemorative pre-order gift AND a handcrafted TCS Logo stoneware mug - made right here in the USA. These are honestly the finest quality mugs we've come across and everyone in the shop is already using one! Brew up your favorite hot beverage on the way to your layout and rest easy knowing that your enjoyment of model railroading is going to "notch up" permanently.
TIER 3 - LIMITED QUANTITY AVAILABLE
Pre-ordering in Tier 3 gives you the best value for your buck, no question. Not only do you receive a whopping $60 discount off the throttle price (now $239.95), but you will also receive both gifts from the previous tiers and an exclusive special-edition pre-order item: a collectible coin featuring the TCS Universal WiFi Throttle with your throttle serial number engraved right onto it. This heirloom-quality piece awards you exclusive bragging rights, and a tangible reminder that you were the first to enter into the future of model railroading! The earlier you pre-order, the lower your number will be!
Remember: There are only roughly 100 spots available in Tier 3. Don't miss your chance at scoring a substantial discount like this!
Please note: Pre-order gift items will not be shipped right away upon placement of pre-order. Gifts will be sent along with throttles at release - expected October 2019.
WHAT WILL IT LOOK LIKE?
We've gone through many case design changes, color swaps, and button adjustments over the past three years, so you may be wondering what the final design looks like. We are still working through the injection molding process, so we don't have any photos of the release version throttle as of yet. Design, style, and colors have all been finalized for the case, buttons, and screen - take a look at the info below for details!
Don't miss your chance to be at the front of the line!
Note: Pre-Order sales are final. No cancellations or refunds are available.
Customers outside of US/Canada: Please note that pre-orders may take longer to ship due to CE compliance testing requirements. We'll keep you updated on the details!