If you do not have any Cab06 cabs, no need to update your System EPROM to the 2021 version. 2007C and older will work just fine if you do not have a Cab06. None of these updates will improve your wireless operation unless you have a Cab06. The updates are to improve the functionality of the Cab06 only.
To find the version number: From the regular loco screen on the cab: Press prog / esc 5 times to get to "Set Cmd Station". Press enter. The first thing you see is the command station version.
No need upgrade unless you are trying to solve an issue.
Effective date: 22 March 2021
If you do not have any Cab06 cabs, no need to update your System EPROM. None of these updates will improve your wireless operation unless you have a Cab06. Thw updates are to improve the functionality of the Cab06 only. ====================================================================
The most recent version for the PH-Pro / Power Pro / Powerhouse / CS02 5 amp system boxes. Self install. Note*** This will not work with older Wangrow command stations or the NCE Master Series.
1. Support for new DCC time packet for simplified automation
2. Optional ‘purging’ of unused cabs to speed up system response
3. Setting of all 1024 CVs in any programming mode
4. Improved startup for Cab06 cabs
5. Ability to disable Momentum button on cabs
New features in the version:
1 - When using a long address and programming a new long address in OPs mode a second program packet group is sent to program CV18. This solves a problem with newer Blueline locomotives.
2 - A new setup parameter in SET CMD STA has been added to disable issuing of speed and function packets when a new loco has been selected.
3 - In the SET CMD STA menu there is now a setting to disable the Momentum button.
4 - A new cab bus command has been added primarily for Cab06 cabs. If the cab sends 0x6e for the first byte of the reponse the command station will expect 5 more bytes in the type'c' format. This will greatly speed up Cab06 SELECT LOCO and SELECT ACCY process. You will need Cab06 version 2.1 or higher to use this feature
5 - A cab ‘purge’ timer has now been implemented. If a cab is unplugged or the radio turned for a period of time between 1 and 9 minutes it will be removed from the normal polling rotation. If the cab is later turned back on or plugged in will be placed back into regular service. The default for this feature is off. This will reduce cab bus latency due to radio cabs that have automatically powered down or operators that have stopped operating (taking a break or gone home?). A setup menu is added for the cab purge time in the SET_CMD_STA menu settings. Valid entries are from 1 to 9 minutes with 0 to disable the feature.
6 - The DCC time packet has been added. A DCC packet containing the current time (hours, minutes and clock ratio) and day of the week is sent out on the track every 1 minute of fast clock time and when the clock is stopped. This allows simple automation to be performed by decoders that respond to this packet. The feature cab enable or disabled via a setup parameter the SET CMD STA menu. There is an additional item in the SET CLOCK menu for setting the day of the week Valid entries are from 1 to 6 minutes with 0=Monday, 2=Tuesday etc.
Fixed bugs in older versions of system software:
1 - It was possible for two cabs to simultaneously setup an advanced consist with the same consist address. This has been fixed. In advanced consist setup when you accept the suggested consist address (or any other consist address that you enter) that address is temporarily marked as in use. This will cause another cab accessing the consist setup menu to get the next lower available consist address. If you cancel the setup process before a LEAD or REAR loco is entered the consist address is released.
2 - System, Macro and Consist backup would hang the system.
3 - 28 speed mode commands from type C cabs (mini panel, etc) were only sent to the TEMP Queue. This resulted in the speed commands being sent only 4 times. If a loco derailed or otherwise lost power it would not know what speed to go when power was restored.
4 - When using Program on the Main if a loco with a long address below 128 was selected the asterisk was not placed in front of the address on the LCD display.
5 - The Cab bus 0xDB command only returned loco addresses 0-4095 correctly. Addresses in the range 4096-8191 were reported too low by 4096 and addresses in the range 8192-9999 were reported too low by 8192. The speed mode was always reported as 28 and there was no differentiation between long and short addresses. This affected how the Cab06 and Cab07 reported the selected loco address. (this fix is also in the 3/21/2007B version).
6 - If Recalls were set to 1 a Cab06 would not react properly.
7 - When using the program track the system wouldn't program CVs above 256.
8 - The type C 'select loco' command (OP Code 0x00, data 0x00) inadvertently set loco speed to 0 and turned off all functions. This could cause problems with WifiTrax’ WFD30 WiFi interface and JMRI.
9 - If 0 was entered for the fast clock ratio the system would hang.
10- At system power up the fast clock was always set to AM. AM/PM is now preserved.