NMRA 2010 Demos

The OpenLCB group did a day's worth of demonstrations of OpenLCB at the NMRA 2010 convention in Milwaukee.

There are some YouTube videos available:

There were two demo setups for different uses. One had five nodes on a single CAN bus, shown above.
The other had two short CAN segments, each with one producer/consumer node, connected via two OpenLCB
Ethernet bridges.

(The two modules on the left in the right picture are CBUS hardware)

In addition to producer/consumer modules doing all the usual things over CAN and Ethernet, we also showed:

Prototype code for these is available.

Demos Setups

Show that initialization of multiple nodes doesn't require anything. Add the 3rd node “out of box”, show that it starts up and can be easily configured.

Illustration 1: Two shields demonstrating Blue/Gold programming.

2) Computer Interface

Add a computer via USB connection and show that everything still works. Demonstrate computer responding to hardware events, and hardware responding to computer events. Plan to do this demonstration second, as the first example doesn't need a computer in any way.

3) Ethernet Connectivity

Demo Ethernet connection by adding a computer via ethernet-CAN adapter; show that's also plug-and-play.

Diagram shows two computers because the Ethernet connection is added to Demo 3 without reconfiguring anything.

4) Ethernet Bridging for Larger Layouts

Two CAN segment communicating over Ethernet without a PC doing any intervention, e.g. for a modular layout setup. Want to script the demo to make it clear that we're combining independent systems, which can still interoperate. That might need two nodes on each CAN segment, to show they don't have to be reprogrammed.

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