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DCC-EX 2023 Roadmap

Q1 2023

  • Documentation enhancements:

    • Continuing to make information easier to find especially for new users

    • Add an EX‑RAIL Cookbook, with Recipes as building blocks

  • Release EX‑CommandStation v5.0.0 including:

    • Track Manager/DC districts

    • Support for newer generation microcontrollers

    • Fast clock support

    • Additional automation and animation features with EX‑RAIL

    • See Features under development

  • Add additional connection methods to EX‑IOExpander beyond I2C

Looking ahead

  • Add I2C multiplexer support to the HAL

  • Expand wireless connectivity between EX‑CommandStation and accessories beyond just throttles

  • Design an all-in-one EX‑CommandStation hardware platform that can be purchased through resellers, or assembled at home

  • Develop a new installer that can maintain pace with the development of the EX‑CommandStation software

  • Release a new EX-WebThrottle version supporting accessories, routes, etc.

  • Complete the Big Picture fictional layout with components and EX‑RAIL scripts


List of outstanding documentation issues

This is our “to do” list of outstanding documentation issues.

If you have content that can help cover these off, then please feel free to add it to the linked GitHub issues so we can incorporate it into the website.

Todo

LOW - Stage 1 - wiThrottle - Multiple Trains

(The original entry is located in /home/runner/work/dcc-ex.github.io/dcc-ex.github.io/docs/big-picture/stage1.rst, line 314.)

Todo

LOW - Hardware - IR Sensor board details and options

(The original entry is located in /home/runner/work/dcc-ex.github.io/dcc-ex.github.io/docs/ex-commandstation/accessories/sensors/ir-sensor.rst, line 9.)

Todo

LOW - VL53L0X - validate VL53L0X works with EX-RAIL’s analogue sensor commands ATGTE, ATLT, IFGTE, IFLT

(The original entry is located in /home/runner/work/dcc-ex.github.io/dcc-ex.github.io/docs/ex-commandstation/accessories/sensors/vl53l0x-tof-sensor.rst, line 208.)

Todo

MEDIUM - Add CDU info

(The original entry is located in /home/runner/work/dcc-ex.github.io/dcc-ex.github.io/docs/ex-commandstation/accessories/turnouts/solenoid-turnouts.rst, line 124.)

Todo

MEDIUM - Add CDU info

(The original entry is located in /home/runner/work/dcc-ex.github.io/dcc-ex.github.io/docs/ex-commandstation/accessories/turnouts/solenoid-turnouts.rst, line 129.)

Todo

LOW - Controllers - diagram needed for the connection via USB Cable

(The original entry is located in /home/runner/work/dcc-ex.github.io/dcc-ex.github.io/docs/ex-commandstation/advanced-setup/controllers.rst, line 178.)

Todo

LOW - Controllers - diagram needed for Connecting via VNC

(The original entry is located in /home/runner/work/dcc-ex.github.io/dcc-ex.github.io/docs/ex-commandstation/advanced-setup/controllers.rst, line 185.)

Todo

LOW - Controllers - diagram needed for USB Wireless Bridge

(The original entry is located in /home/runner/work/dcc-ex.github.io/dcc-ex.github.io/docs/ex-commandstation/advanced-setup/controllers.rst, line 197.)

(The original entry is located in /home/runner/work/dcc-ex.github.io/dcc-ex.github.io/docs/ex-commandstation/get-started/installer.rst, line 182.)

Todo

LOW - Adding the Hardware - Pin Turnouts/Points

(The original entry is located in /home/runner/work/dcc-ex.github.io/dcc-ex.github.io/docs/ex-rail/creating-elements.rst, line 144.)

Todo

HIGH - Link here to recommended pin/vpin allocations etc.

(The original entry is located in /home/runner/work/dcc-ex.github.io/dcc-ex.github.io/docs/ex-rail/creating-elements.rst, line 350.)

(The original entry is located in /home/runner/work/dcc-ex.github.io/dcc-ex.github.io/docs/ex-rail/examples.rst, line 315.)

(The original entry is located in /home/runner/work/dcc-ex.github.io/dcc-ex.github.io/docs/ex-turntable/test-and-tune.rst, line 166.)

Todo

LOW - Hardware - Finish this page - Decoder Notes

(The original entry is located in /home/runner/work/dcc-ex.github.io/dcc-ex.github.io/docs/reference/hardware/decoder-notes.rst, line 31.)

Todo

LOW - Hardware - Finish the above and the below sections

(The original entry is located in /home/runner/work/dcc-ex.github.io/dcc-ex.github.io/docs/reference/hardware/microcontrollers/nano.rst, line 82.)

Todo

LOW - Hardware - Show VCC power wiring option

(The original entry is located in /home/runner/work/dcc-ex.github.io/dcc-ex.github.io/docs/reference/hardware/microcontrollers/nano.rst, line 84.)

Todo

LOW - Hardware - Show all the other Nano sized terminal boards and the ethernet board

(The original entry is located in /home/runner/work/dcc-ex.github.io/dcc-ex.github.io/docs/reference/hardware/microcontrollers/nano.rst, line 86.)

Todo

LOW - Hardware - Add pinouts and motor shield wiring diagrams

(The original entry is located in /home/runner/work/dcc-ex.github.io/dcc-ex.github.io/docs/reference/hardware/microcontrollers/teensy.rst, line 74.)

Todo

LOW - Hardware - Fritzing image of 2 ibt 2 boards here

(The original entry is located in /home/runner/work/dcc-ex.github.io/dcc-ex.github.io/docs/reference/hardware/motorboards/IBT_2-motor-board-setup.rst, line 198.)

Todo

LOW - Hardware - Add help or point to a section for external current sense boards

(The original entry is located in /home/runner/work/dcc-ex.github.io/dcc-ex.github.io/docs/reference/hardware/motorboards/IBT_2-motor-board-setup.rst, line 276.)

Todo

LOW - Hardware - organize the above and add pictures

(The original entry is located in /home/runner/work/dcc-ex.github.io/dcc-ex.github.io/docs/reference/hardware/motorboards/IRF3205-motor-board-setup.rst, line 282.)

Todo

LOW - Hardware - Finish this section

(The original entry is located in /home/runner/work/dcc-ex.github.io/dcc-ex.github.io/docs/reference/hardware/motorboards/IRF3205-motor-board-setup.rst, line 284.)

Todo

LOW - Hardware - finish this - Using Other External Current Sense Boards

(The original entry is located in /home/runner/work/dcc-ex.github.io/dcc-ex.github.io/docs/reference/hardware/motorboards/IRF3205-motor-board-setup.rst, line 301.)

Todo

LOW - Hardware - Add help or point to a section for external Command Station boards

(The original entry is located in /home/runner/work/dcc-ex.github.io/dcc-ex.github.io/docs/reference/hardware/motorboards/IRF3205-motor-board-setup.rst, line 305.)

Todo

LOW - Hardware - Finish this. Sense Current at the Tracks instead of the motor board input

(The original entry is located in /home/runner/work/dcc-ex.github.io/dcc-ex.github.io/docs/reference/hardware/motorboards/IRF3205-motor-board-setup.rst, line 310.)

Todo

MEDIUM - Hardware - this is wrong - IRF3205 15A Motor Board schematic

(The original entry is located in /home/runner/work/dcc-ex.github.io/dcc-ex.github.io/docs/reference/hardware/motorboards/IRF3205-motor-board-setup.rst, line 339.)

Todo

LOW - Hardware - Finish this section - Keeping Your tracks in Phase

(The original entry is located in /home/runner/work/dcc-ex.github.io/dcc-ex.github.io/docs/reference/hardware/motorboards/IRF3205-motor-board-setup.rst, line 351.)

Todo

LOW - Hardware - See the PDF file IRF3205_mega_ACS724 in trains folder to include here

(The original entry is located in /home/runner/work/dcc-ex.github.io/dcc-ex.github.io/docs/reference/hardware/motorboards/IRF3205-motor-board-setup.rst, line 379.)

Todo

LOW - Hardware - finish this page

(The original entry is located in /home/runner/work/dcc-ex.github.io/dcc-ex.github.io/docs/reference/hardware/motorboards/L298N-motor-board-setup.rst, line 238.)

Todo

LOW - Hardware - description needed for The Motor Board Config

(The original entry is located in /home/runner/work/dcc-ex.github.io/dcc-ex.github.io/docs/reference/hardware/motorboards/high-accuracy.rst, line 66.)

Todo

LOW - Hardware - Give a link to how to handle the jumper reconfig

(The original entry is located in /home/runner/work/dcc-ex.github.io/dcc-ex.github.io/docs/reference/hardware/motorboards/yfrobot-l298p.rst, line 32.)

Todo

LOW - Hardware - Update HC-12 wireless bridge page.

This page needs content, images, etc.

(The original entry is located in /home/runner/work/dcc-ex.github.io/dcc-ex.github.io/docs/reference/hardware/wifi-boards/hc12-bridge.rst, line 17.)

Todo

MEDIUM - Diagnosing - EX-CommandStation Software fails to load

(The original entry is located in /home/runner/work/dcc-ex.github.io/dcc-ex.github.io/docs/support/ex-cs-diagnose.rst, line 34.)

Todo

MEDIUM - Diagnosing - Using JMRI

(The original entry is located in /home/runner/work/dcc-ex.github.io/dcc-ex.github.io/docs/support/ex-cs-diagnose.rst, line 118.)

(The original entry is located in /home/runner/work/dcc-ex.github.io/dcc-ex.github.io/docs/support/ex-cs-faq.rst, line 29.)

(The original entry is located in /home/runner/work/dcc-ex.github.io/dcc-ex.github.io/docs/throttles/software/digitrainspro.rst, line 83.)

Todo

LOW - Software - Give some setup tutorial here. Need a video to match since ED is the top used software

(The original entry is located in /home/runner/work/dcc-ex.github.io/dcc-ex.github.io/docs/throttles/software/engine-driver.rst, line 108.)