Digitrax DCS100 as Slave Unit

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I wanted to know if it is possible to use a DCS100 as a booster unit to another DCS100? I have read of this being done, despite the fact that the Digitrax literature advises against it. Is there a way to do this without causing any conflicts? Thanks for any help.

-- Cliff Powers (powers91@bellsouth.net), August 26, 2004


Can you point me to the Digitrax information that recommends against it? Many years ago, Digitrax told me how to use a second DCS100 as a booster! But maybe they have since decided there is a problem. Please point me to the Digitrax information. Maybe I should stop suggesting that people do this.

If their reason is because people are doing something wrong, and contains no risk of equipment damage, I will post how to use a second DCS100 as a booster.

-- Allan Gartner (wire4dcc_admin@comcast.net), August 26, 2004.


I found the reference to not using the DCS100 as a booster in the Super Chief Manual. Here is the passage pasted from the Digitrax online Super Chief Manual:

"4.5 Adding a DB150 Booster Your DCS100 is a command station and booster in one unit. The DCS100 is not intended to be used as a booster only. When you are ready to expand your Super Chief Set, we recommend that you add a DB150 Booster."

However, I found this contridiction in the same manual:

"To set up power districts and sub-districts on your layout: ��Connect a DCS100 or other Digitrax booster and power supply to each district. Use a PM4 with your DCS100s to set up sub-districts. ��Connect the DCS100 or other Digitrax boosters to the command station via LocoNet."

Even though I thoroughly enjoy the system, I find the Digitrax literature to be completely user-UNfriendly and very poorly organized. "I know I saw that SOMEWHERE" is a phrase I mutter to myself on a regular basis.

Based on your response, I will assume the addition of a slave DCS100 is possible and safe. Please let me know how it is done. Thanks!!!

-- Cliff Powers (powers91@bellsouth.net), August 26, 2004.

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