EX-CommandStation

Purchasing Parts

Conductor Hat

This page explains what you will need to acquire to build a EX‑CommandStation using the recommended parts for a Conductor.

Some of the parts (like track and some wire) you will likely already have on hand.

What you need to Acquire

Hardware

You will need to find or purchase:

  1. a supported Arduino board
    We recommend the Elegoo Mega 2560

  2. a supported Motor Driver
    We recommend the Deek-Robot Motor Shield

  3. a supported WiFi shield
    We recommend the Makerfabs ESP8266 WiFi Shield

  4. Two (2) Male to Female Jumpers leads

  5. a 9-14v DC power supply for the motor shield
    We recommend 12V 5Amp Power Supply for the Track

  6. a 2.5mm x 5.5mm Female DC Plug to Screw Terminal (optional, but recommended) to connect the motor shield power supply

  7. a 7-9v DC power supply
    for the Arduino (while it is connected to the PC, this is not needed)

  8. any computer running Windows, macOS, or Linux (only needed for the initial install of the software)

  9. a USB Cable from the computer to the Arduino

  10. a piece of track to run trains or program on

  11. some wire (18 to 16 AWG twisted pair recommended 1.)

  12. a ‘known’ working DCC-equipped locomotive

Note

You can also find more detailed hardware information in the Hardware section.

Software

Our EX‑Installer app is recommended for most users as it automatically downloads and installs the required software.

  1. See the Command Station download page to download a copy to your computer.

A Throttle (Controller)

  1. You’ll also need something to control your trains.
    There are several options. We will discuss these following the system setup, but the introductory configuration covered in the following pages lends itself to using a smart phone (Android or Apple iOS).

Next Steps

Click the “next” button to see how to assemble your EX‑CommandStation.


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Wire Gauge - The recommended Arduino Motor Driver can only provide about 1.5 Amps of power (despite being rated for 2A), so 18 AWG wire is ample. If you use a different Motor Driver and deliver more current to your track, you may need thicker wire (lower number gauge).