Actually, I want to keep using the same computer that I'm already using, I just don't want to use my Zephyr Express anymore to interface with it (since I constantly have to unhook it from my layout and bring it over to the computer, which is a desktop). So just looking for something other than the Zephyr Express to hook up to the computer. Something that I will only program locos with, so it doesn't need to be a command station.My suggestion would be to go to a Goodwill Electronics store, if there is one near you. You might be able to get a small used laptop fairly cheaply there. A lot of businesses donate there used equipment there when it gets replaced, so a 4 or 5 year old laptop is fairly easy to find.
Except that he has ready has a Digitrax Zephyr, so what on earth would he want with ANOTHER DCC unit? Come on, Dude! Get real, and offer USEFUL suggestions. "Don't spend $95 on the PR4, spend more than twice as much for something that will duplicate 95% of the functions you already own." Please. At least have the wit to understand the issue before yiu go off on your slobbering fanboy sales pitch.Before I'd spend $95 (plus shipping, tax, etc.) on the PR4, which looks to be a "limited-use" device, I'd buy a Digikeijs DR5000, which is one of the most fully-featured dcc "boxes" out there. It even has built-in wifi so you can connect to it wirelessly.
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This will work with JMRI (of course).
You can also use it with the FREE Roco z21 app (runs in both Android and iOS from any phone or tablet).
There are some functions that the z21 makes VERY easy, such as setting engine numbers, etc.
So now you'll have TWO choices for programming and diagnostics -- either JMRI or the z21 app.
I was at a salvage place in Philadelphia picking up some wrought iron railing.My suggestion would be to go to a Goodwill Electronics store, if there is one near you. You might be able to get a small used laptop fairly cheaply there. A lot of businesses donate there used equipment there when it gets replaced, so a 4 or 5 year old laptop is fairly easy to find.