The basic "what do I need" in the order to get your Power Cab connected to a computer.
3. Standard USB printer cable - not included.
4. Any NCE cab bus cable Example: 5240213. A 7 Foot, 6 wire flat cable cab bus, 2 RJ12 connectors
For smartphone control add these:
A: MAC or PC with USB running a JMRI WiFi Throttle Server - http://www.jmri.org/
B: A wireless home network
C: A smart phone / tablet running the JMRI Engine Driver app
For computer programming and/or operation of Power Cab equipped layouts. Requires USB cable, computer and railroad computer program. One end of the board is the NCE cab bus - a 6 pin / 6 wire RJ12 jack. This connects to any NCE panel including the PCP - Powercab panel. The other end is a USB (B) end jack like on a USB printer. The jack looks like this:
The cable you will need is a USB printer cable and looks like this on one end:
The USB side of the board will draw 50mA from the host computer.
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
JMRI user group - https://groups.io/g/jmriusers/
USB drivers can be found here: https://www.silabs.com/products/mcu/Pages/USBtoUARTBridgeVCPDrivers.aspx