TCS WiFi Command System

Some of the products displayed on this page are currently under development. The feature lists below may not complete, and images may not accurately represent the final product. For in-depth overviews of each product and the features they offer, please visit their respective product pages (as they become available).

Overview


Since our founding in 1999, TCS has been dedicated to continuous innovation in the DCC market. We brought several major features to the table with our sound decoders, many of which remain unrivaled to this day, and we aim to have the same success with our new WiFi command system. Our objective is to bring modern advancements in technology to the model train market, making your layout smarter, more convenient, and more connected than ever before! The new WiFi Command System from TCS is being built on the backbone of the robust and universally recognized WiFi communication standard. By not inventing our own proprietary communication method, we leave our products open to communication with many other manufacturers, and open up expansion possibilities beyond just what is available from us. For example, imagine hosting an operating session with modelers the world over, each of whom could control a real train on a real layout in real time regardless of where they are! Through WiFi and internet connectivity, plus advancements in video cameras and streaming services, the relative ease of this becoming a reality for anyone is drawing near!

In-The-Field Updates


Each product in TCS' WiFi Command System can be updated over WiFi through our new Graphical User Interface (GUI) - the TCS D.E.P.O.T. (Desktop Engineering Programming and Operations Tool). We plan to support software updates periodically for the years to come, meaning your throttle, command station, or other TCS WiFi Command System products never stagnate. It is also not a requirement to return your devices to us for critical software updates, guaranteeing that you never have any down-time waiting for long, complicated, and inconvenient return processes. Any new features, improvements, bug fixes, etc. will always become available to you through a quick update process with D.E.P.O.T. To learn more about the updating process with TCS D.E.P.O.T., Click Here.

Command Station

The TCS command station brings DCC to the modern era by leveraging recent technology and industry developments. Layout Command Control (LCC) and RailCom support enables consistent bi-directional communication between your locomotives and peripheral devices.

The TCS command station also includes out-of-the-box wired support for NCE, including wireless systems such as those offered by NCE, or third-parties such as WiFiTrax. Built-in mounting holes and compact design means the TCS command station can be inconspicuously attached to any layout or dispatchers board. The TCS command station is rated for 5 Amperes of continuous current, but can be throttled back via user configuration to suit your needs. Especially for smaller layouts and scales, the system an still supply all of your Z, TT, N, and HO locomotives without boiling their shells! For lager scale enthusiasts in G and O scales (narrow gauge variants included), add-on boosters will keep your workhorses steaming ahead no problem!

List of Features:

  • Separate outputs for Mainline and Programming tracks
  • User-configurable Short Circuit Detection
  • 5 Ampere Maximum Current Rating (add-on Boosters Available)
  • One RJ-11 bus for wired throttles or peripherals
  • Up to 62 Cab Bus (NCE, Ramtraxx, and SystemOne) Throttles and Accessories (via RJ-11)
  • Up to 31 XpressNET™ (Lenz, Roco, ZTC, etc...) Throttles and Accessories (via RJ-11)
  • One RailCom™ detector
  • One dual-RJ45 Header for LCC Communication
  • Support for Data and Power Transmission Over LCC
  • Smartphone, Tablet, or PC WiFi Configuration
  • Unlimited WiFi Throttle Connections Through Auxiliary LCC-enabled WiFi Base Station(s)
  • Up to 10 LCC WiFi Throttles when Using an External Wi-Fi Access Point (Router)
  • Up to 4 LCC WiFi Throttles via on-board WiFi when used in Access Point Mode
  • Up to 250 Locomotives and Consists
  • Intelligent Stack Management
  • DCC Programing on the Main (with CV read-back via RailCom®)
  • DCC Direct and Paged Mode Program Track Programming
  • Support for Märklin/Motorola Protocol Decoders

Command Station Prototype:
 

Command Station RevB Press Photo 2018


Standalone LCC-Enabled Booster:


Add-on boosters will be available for larger layouts, scales, and clubs that require additional power; however, the TCS command station may also be used with other manufacturers’ command stations and boosters through an LCC adapter.

The TCS booster will also be available with the same current-limiting user options as the command station.

Below is an example of a "layout" set up with the TCS WiFi Command System.

Connecting the TCS Booster

 

Universal WiFi Throttle UWT-100

You can leave the cords, dongles, and IR controls at home! The TCS UWT-100 operates completely over WiFi, keeping you mobile and focused on the job at hand. Designed with ergonomics in mind, the throttle is comfortable to use ambidextrously. The UWT-100 features a recessed rotary encoder thumbwheel, intuitive printed-on function keys for convenient heads-up operation, and a large backlit LCD screen. Our large display presents information in an easy-to-understand way. Full-text, human-readable menus and in-throttle “help” eliminate the need for confusing, long-winded technical manuals or the need to memorize complex button combinations. The User Interface of the UWT-100 was thoroughly scrutinized to ensure your user experience is enjoyable. Eight programmable buttons offer access to your functions easier than ever. Two AA batteries power the throttle for many hours of continuous use, and the calibrated battery level display guarantees you won’t be caught unprepared. When left idle, the throttle can be configured to automatically turn off, or can be powered down manually.

TCS UWT-100:

UWT-100 Face [1]


Universal WiFi Mini-Throttle UWT-50


A compact throttle is also in development as part of the TCS command system. The Mini Throttle UWT-50 does not compromise on the features offered in its larger counterpart, but comes with a streamlined package and a smaller price tag.

For users interested in the haptic feedback of a physical knob, and/or the familiarity with throttles from "the good ol' days," The UWT-50 will be available in analogue potentiometer and digital rotary encoder versions. This straightforward unit will be club-focused and perfect for operations.

The UWT-50 does not compromise on any of the features, either! Unlike many other "mini" throttles on the market today, which compromise on the feature set in order to fit into a smaller space, the UWT-50 still packs all of the features of the UWT-100 including:

  • Large LCD Display
  • Full-text Menus
  • Four Separate Programmable "Softkeys"

TCS Mini Throttle Prototype Rendering:
 

UWT-50 Rendering (11/21/20)

 

Check Out Our Interview with the WiFi Command System Development Team:

 



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