Re: Optimized Digitrax Loconet
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Jerry. Your basis assumptions are correct about common ground, but some units like PM42's I believe should also be connected into the common wire.
I and most all the people I run with use full six wire Loconet cables. Never had ground loop problems unless you make full complete circle in the Loconet cables. Always leave last unit plugged in to one end of the line to deadens the circuit. If you had a full circle layout or square just don't connect ends together where the come to meet.
Per standards I have learned from great Digitrax people at two National Train shows, you are correct in having a separate booster and power control Loconet "backbone" to controls all power related items.
Also having a separate network for throttles is important.
Have you thought of installing Loconet Repeaters (LNRP's) with each booster?
With our modular setups we have one LNRP with each booster. The power backbone connects all of them and the connect to boosters.
Also each power district has a matched Throttle district connected to the unprotected side of the LNRP.
This keeps problems isolated to specific districts as a bad throttle plug on one side won't short the whole layout.
Make stable system and trouble shooting easier
On Nov 23, 2016, at 11:40 PM, asychis@... [WiringForDCC] <WiringForDCC@...> wrote: