- 11 Feb 2010
Just heard about these vaguely so can anyone please tell me what they are and hopefully a source for a cheap one to run some lighting,
JohnAccessory decoder, each output has a separate address, call up the address on the Navigator, activate the address with the Left or Right arrow key.
Function decoder, one (Loco) address for multiple outputs, call up the (Loco) address on the Navigator, activate the outputs with the configured or preset Function Key.
Just to complicate matters, your Massoth Switch Decoder is primarily an Accessory Decoder, four outputs, four addresses, although as discovered it can also be a Function Decoder, one address but the outputs can be activated by selecting the appropriate Function Key.
Generalisation, on the Rails use Function, track side use Accessory.
But: if intending to use the Automatic inbuilt routines with the Firmware of both the PIKO and Massoth systems, whist the Firmware can access (Loco) Decoders with Functions indirectly, it was primarily designed to access and work directly with Accessory decoder addresses.
Coach lighting, what is actually required, is a DCC Decoder needed, and how do you wish to operate them?
Something like this perhaps?....John
It is to control lights so your advice points to an accessory decoder.