Note* - FAQ - The LEDs on both ends of the interface do not stay on all the time, only when data is being transferred.
In most cases with Windows 7 or 10 manually installing drivers is NOT needed. The USB board is plug and play right out of the package. As long as your PC is connected to the internet, Windows will instal the driver automagically.
JMRI is free software in the public domain and not related to NCE in any way, shape, or form. We do what we can for our customers that own the USB board. However, JMRI is only one of many pieces of software used with our USB interface. We provide a link to the drivers for the Silicon Labs chipset used on board, the software used with the USB board is up the end user. Any other information by NCE regarding JMRI is provided as a courtesy only. Questions regarding JMRI should be directed to the JMRI user group
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USB drivers for the NCE Power Cab USB board can be found here: https://www.silabs.com/products/mcu/Pages/USBtoUARTBridgeVCPDrivers.aspx
JMRI and the USB interface work best on Windows 7 or 10. NCE customers using Windows XP and Windows 8.1 report problems with installation and use.
Screenshots for Windows XP, 7, and 10 are attached to this article.
Do not attempt to install or run JMRI or any other software until AFTER the driver is installed and configured correctly. If this has already been done prior to driver installation remove JMRI and all folders that were created during the installation.
This would be a good time to run a drive cleaner to clean up the pc before installation of the usb driver and JMRI. I use CCleaner by Piriform. https://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/download Use this at your own risk, but I find it an invaluable tool for cleaning PC's.
Turn off your PC, plug in ONLY the USB / PC side of the interface. Do not plug in the NCE cab bus cable side. Windows will attempt to install a driver.
To check to see if the driver installed correctly go to:
Start\Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Device Manager
Look for the Ports section, click on the arrow, it should look like this
Windows 7 screenshot
If the driver did not install automatically when you plugged in the usb interface, or if nothing is shown under ports, look for something with a question mark or yellow exclamation point. It might be in a section labelled as "other" or "unknown"
If this is the case, follow the manual install directions below.
Go here to get the driver:
Select - Download for Windows XP/Server 2003/Vista/7/8/8.1/10
After the download is complete it will be located here: C:\Users\YourName\Downloads - on your PC.
The filename is: CP210x_VCP_Windows.zip
This is a ZIP file that needs to be “opened” before you can install the drivers.
Right click on CP210x_VCP_Windows.zip and Select “Extract All”
Go back to your download folder C:\Users\YourName\Downloads --- on your PC.
You will now see a new folder with the same name.
The new one should look a little different (no zipper) and the name should not end with .zip. Now double click and open that folder. You will see CP210xVCPInstaller_x64.exe and CP210xVCPInstaller_x86.exe
Double click and run the one for your operating system. 32 bit (x86) or 64 bit (x64). If you don’t know if your PC is 32 bit or 64 bit, you can try both with no harm done. Open the Device Manager from the Windows Control Panel.
Expand the section for “ports” using the arrow. You should see an item listed for Silicon Labs CP210x USB to UART Bridge. If it does not have a yellow exclamation point, everything installed ok. If something didn’t go right, keep reading.
If you have a USB Hub, try removing the USB hub and plug the usb interface cable directly to your pc.
Hubs can sometimes confuse matters when installing drivers.
Make sure you are plugging directly into the PC.
The ONLY valid cab Id's for the USB interface when used with the Powercab are 3,4, and 5.
Most installations will use Cab ID 3 for the USB board
The Powercab MUST be set to the default cab ID of 2.
FAQ - The LEDs on both ends of the interface do not stay on all the time, only when data is being transferred.
Important fyi ***************
You MUST reboot your PC AND the Powercab after making ANY change on the board, JMRI, or in Windows!
The settings are only read at startup.
JMRI is free software in the public domain and not related to NCE in any way, shape, or form. We do what we can for our customers that own the USB board. However, JMRI is only one of many pieces of software used with our USB interface. We provide a link to the drivers for the Silicon Labs chipset used on board, the software used with the USB board is up the end user. Any other information by NCE regarding JMRI is provided as a courtesy only.
Questions regarding JMRI should be directed to the JMRI user group
Post Message: email@example.com