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Piko 55017 SmartControl Light Basic set

Posted: Wed Jan 04, 2023 10:44 pm
by Schwann
I am new to the hobby and would appreciate hearing if the Piko 55017 SmartControl Light Basic set is a worthy start as a DCC system? Any thoughts would be appreciated.

Re: Piko 55017 SmartControl Light Basic set

Posted: Thu Jan 05, 2023 7:58 am
by dileTTante
I own the SmartControl Light hand controller but not the associated SmartBox. Instead of the SmartBox, the SmartController throttle is sold with the Digikeijs DR5000 command station as a package from Iron Planet Hobbies in the U.S. The SmartControl uses the Loconet connections. I have used the SmartController throttle with the DR5000 and with the Roco Z21. Both command stations can work with Loconet or Xpressnet throttles.

The SmartController works well but there are two features to note:

The throttle action is gradual and slow. The control knob needs a few turns to produce higher speeds. Roco controllers (Lokmaus, Wlan maus) have more abrupt response.

The other thing is that the SmartControl has a database for storing addresses of locomotives but it is impossible to delete unwanted locomotives from the database. I asked Iron Planet Hobbies about it but they were unable to help. I asked Piko USA about it but never received a reply. The database contains addresses and settings for some Piko locomotives, and settings can be changed but the entries can't be removed. Any locomotive which you put into the database can not be deleted. Possibly a firmware upgrade would fix this but a Piko command station is required, I think. I have seen no information about what a firmware upgrade will do.

Fortunately a locomotive can be selected by just entering the address. The database isn't needed if you can remember the addresses you want to use.

Generally, I like using the Piko SmartContoller Light.

-Terry C

Re: Piko 55017 SmartControl Light Basic set

Posted: Thu Jan 05, 2023 9:53 am
by Schwann
Many thanks Terry for your informative reply.