Engine Driver

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Engine Driver (ED) is an Android App that uses the wiThrottle Protocol to either connect directly to the EX‑CommandStation or connect to the JMRI WiThrottle Server via WiFi.

If you wish to connect Engine Driver to JMRI, you need to start the wiThrottle Server and (optionally 1) the Web Server in JMRI on the computer running JMRI. The JMRI computer must be connected to the EX‑CommandStation using a USB cable.

If you wish to connect Engine Driver directly to EX‑CommandStation, you need to add a WiFi option to your EX‑CommandStation as explained here: WiFi Setup.

Platforms

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Get ‘Engine Driver Throttle’ from the Google Play Store

Visit the Engine Driver Website: https://enginedriver.mstevetodd.com/ for more information.

Extensive help is available at the Engine Driver Home site.

Standard Features (all wiThrottle servers)

  • Control one to six locomotives or consists

  • Speed and direction control

  • Up to 29 DCC functions

  • Create and edit consists (software-defined)

  • Control layout power, turnouts, routes, and access JMRI web panels and windows

  • ‘Discover Server’ Detect, Select & Connect to WiFi enabled Command Stations

  • ‘Roster Server’ download Engine ID’s & function keys from the Command Station

  • ‘Virtual Engine Sounds’ {Bell, Horn, Short Horn, Mute} for motor only decoders, on first two throttles

  • Able to use inexpensive Bluetooth gamepads for tactile control

  • Multiple theme, colours and throttle layout options

EX-CommandStation Specific or Advantageous Features

  • DCC-EX EXRAIL Automation {Handoff}, Route {Set} and EX-RAIL Command function buttons

  • Able to select local images for roster locos

  • New ‘Request Loco ID’ & ‘Drive Away’ feature from a Program track onto Mainline track with EX‑CommandStation

Using the “DriveAway(tm)” Feature

Screenshots

Engine Driver Main Screen Engine Driver 2 Engine Driver 3 Engine Driver 4

Operation

https://enginedriver.mstevetodd.com/operation

https://enginedriver.mstevetodd.com/videos

https://flash62au.github.io/EngineDriver_Home/operation/getting_started.html

Todo

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

Using a Bluetooth Controller

This is the one Steve Todd uses himself on a lanyard. It leaves both hands free for paperwork and uncoupling and is light enough to simply let go of when you need both hands. Here are his optimized settings. His prefered settings are listed in the note below. You can use these as a start and customize them for your own use:

Bluetooth Lanyard Controller

Wireless Bluetooth Gamepad/Joystick Controller


And here is another Bluetooth controller that provides extra function buttons and you can hold by placing your finger in the ring.

Ring Shape Hand Controller

Walmart

AliExpress

Note

From Steve: I set speedsteps to 10, change amount to 1, repeat delay to 9999, horizontal switching layout, throttle web view. I acquire loco/consist using my phone, then dim & lock and put phone in my holster. Then I can “bump” the joystick up and down 3,2,1,0,-1,-2,-3, easily keeping track of the current “notch”. 1 is coupling speed, 2 is switching/yard speed, 3 is mainline. If I’m at home, I put the Conductor view in the web and I have my work for each location.

Engine Driver Conductor View

Footnotes

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the Web server is required if you want to show the Loco images in Engine Deiver.