Originally Posted by MichaelE
I am seriously considering adding the Smart Booster to my system too. Three sound equipped locomotives and a fourth without seems to be taxing my Powercab.
After sitting Br.120 on the rails and plugging in the power supply, Br.187 started stuttering on the rails, lost it's programming, and so did the other three.
Removing any sound locomotive from the rails alleviates the problem.
I'll be adding DCC turnout control within a day, and the signalling will also be drawing DCC power, as little as that is.
Does the Powercab now get plugged into the Smart Booster instead of the facia panel?
NCE seems to be lacking in clear documentation on a lot of their product ad copy.
You know, I was in the same boat with my considering and how many locos I keep parked with sound and lights, etc.. Well, not saying anything bad about the powercab at all, but at least it runs better on mine,with the booster. That is extremely evident (was pretty much instantly). My S2 runs at much lower speeds stably.
And the way it goes, and I don't think I went into detail even on my thread. But, the powercab power supply isn't used at all (neither is the bus jack that plugs into the back of the powercab panel, as there is a new one that comes with the SB5). You take your bus to the main layout, plug that into the front of the SB5, then, take the flat cable, and that goes between the powercab panel and one of the two bus jacks in the front(right hand side) of the SB5. Then, the coiled cable connected to the powercab (now, with the booster functions as a procab) goes into either of the two front backs on the powercab panel (pcp). You can, like me, run it this way, until you can pick up an UTP panel. There is a schematic under "reusing a pcp".
But once you get the UTP, you simply plug the flat cable into the jack on the back of the UTP that is labeled cab bus. Then, once again plug your cab with the coiled cable into the front of the UTP. You can then, use the other jack on the back of the UTP for daisy chaining UTP's and other cab bus items. You will need extra cables for the additional items, so you can purchase them, or make your own cables. I'm going to try and do the latter.
To get the cab back up and running, your going to need (this, if course is after you have the UTP) another 6 pin/6 wire cable (another flat cable basically) and you them re set up the powercab panel with the power supply and the flat cable, swapping the cab use, as you can disconnect the cab from the booster/main system, and things will continue running, so you can do your programming on the programming /test track (the powercab setup). Basically, in the end, you have 2 systems...
Hopefully this makes sense as like you said, some of their documentation is lacking imho... Lol
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