How does it work?
o The XPA is a small box with two RS11 ports.
o One port is used to connect the XPA to your XpressNet.
o The other port is used to connect the XPA to any device that uses standard tones such as a cordless phone.
o The XPA translates the standard tones produces by the phone into a series of XpressNet commands which allows you to have full control of your trains from a cordless phone.
o One XPA is needed for each wireless device desired.
o Up to 30 XPAs can be used on an XPressNet based system.
o Set-01 can support 30,.
o Set-02 can support 5.
o Compact/Commander can support 6.
o Please note that device (phone) used with the XPA is dedicated for this purpose and while plugged into the XPA, it can not be plugged into the phone system.
o The range of XPA is based on the capabilities of the specific cordless phone selected.
o It does not matter if the phone is an older phone or one of the latest models. There are several hundred choices available.
o Chose the one that is the easiest for you to use and has the range and battery life desired.
o The feel in your hand is the most important aspect and since all our hands are different one choice will not be best for all.
o Lenz have found that a the lowest cost 900MHz phone has more than enough range for most layouts.
o Lenz have used an extended 900MHZ on our outdoor layout and for ultimate range a 2.4 GHZ phone works great.
• Feature set.
o Ability to select any locomotive address (the address range is determined by the capabilities of your command station).
o Speed and direction control.
o F0-F8 (momentary if the command station supports the feature) (the number of functions available is determined by the capabilities of your command station).
o Turnout Control.
o Macros (if supported by the phone selected).
o Ability to customize several options.