Decoder Question

Discussion in 'DCC & Electronics' started by iis612, Jan 19, 2007.

  1. iis612

    iis612 Member

    Joined:
    Dec 26, 2006
    Messages:
    532
    Likes Received:
    0
    Are DCC systems proprietary, meaning will any DCC system communicate with any decoder?
  2. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2002
    Messages:
    5,718
    Likes Received:
    0
    DCC systems are proprietary. For example, you cannot expand a Digitrax set with Lenz components.

    HOWEVER, decoders that meet the NMRA standards (which is virtually all of them) can be used on any DCC system. In fact, some decoder makers do not make DCC systems at all (e.g. TCS. Soundtraxx). They should also be "interoperable" - i.e. even if programmed by one system, they should function on another.

    Andrew
  3. NYNH&H

    NYNH&H Member

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2006
    Messages:
    173
    Likes Received:
    0
    Boosters and decoders are interchangeable (boosters need custom made adapter cables), but the throttles and command station must be of the same brand. Lenz and Atlas share Xpressnet (which is not a true peer to peer network BTW), and CVP radio throttles can use a base for NCE, Lenz or EasyDCC, but those are the exceptions to the rule.
  4. iis612

    iis612 Member

    Joined:
    Dec 26, 2006
    Messages:
    532
    Likes Received:
    0
    Thanks:)
    I figured out last night that I have a ways to go before I am ready for DCC.