This page tries to show how the server and client of Rocrail can communicate with each other and how the software can establish a connection to a command station, which in turn is connected to the actual railroad. These connections enables the user to have a layout that can be controlled and operated by a computer.
#1 Use a Crossover cable when connecting a PC directly to a command station.
#2 Some Command Stations use a RS232 or USB connection to the server. There are USB to RS232 connectors available, if needed: usb rs232
#3 Use regular Ethernet cables when connecting a PC through a router.
#4 No wireless connection needed, if server and viewer are on the same machine.
#5 If the viewer and the server are on separate machines, then you need to add the IP-address of the server to the viewer software.
#6 Some command stations have an internal booster, others only generate a digital signal that needs to be connected to external booster.
#7 For a comprehensive list of command stations supported by Rocrail, check here: Rocrail Command Stations
There is a virtual command station included with the Rocrail software, this allows the user to put Rocrail through its paces, without a command station or an actual railroad.
This virtual command station works just like an actual one and most features of Rocrail are supported: Rocrail Virtual Command Station