How to prepare

Are you using AnalogDC locomotives? See Prepare for AnalogDC page.

Preparation to assemble

You need below hardwares to run Desktop Station.

You need below softwares to run Desktop Station. You can get these softwares free of charge.

Assemble Arduino board and CAN-BUS Shield.

Assemble Arduino board and CAN-BUS Shield physically.

Box images.

Open a box.

Assembled Arduino UNO and CAN-BUS Shield.

Check the wiring of Railuino and marklin hardwares.

Please check the wiring of Railuino and marklin hardwares. Power of Arduino board and CAN-BUS Shield is provided via USB cable, it's a bus. power. Not use DC jack on the arduino board.

Example before wiring.

Wiring example between 60113 and CAN-BUS Shield.*

Please note that CAN cable's D-Sub or RJ45 connector is used instead of CAN connector in this case. Typically, D-Sub 9 Pin uses as serial port. Also RJ45 uses as Ethernet. Do not misunderstand.

Wired example.

Assemble CAN cable

CAN cable is not in sale. You need to take parts of CAN cable and assemble it like below example. This example describes how to assemble CAN cable forSparkfun's. If you had watterott's shield, please check watterott's description. The difference of watterott's is the connector beside of CAN-BUS Shield. This page describes the connector as D-Sub 9pin.

To make CAN cable, you need these components.
miniDIN 10-pins socket and D-SUB 9-pins socket. Also need 4-pin conductor cable.

Table: Parts list example for a cable between 60113 and CAN-BUS Shield.
Parts namePriceNotes
miniDIN 10-pin (MP371/10)JPY330Hirose-technical B1F in Akihabara
D-Sub 9-pin female socketJPY50Akiduki-denshi in Akihabara
D-Sub 9-pin shellJPY50Akiduki-denshi in Akihabara
4-core conductor cable1m / JPY105Kyu-syu denki in Akihabara

Table: Assignment table of miniDIN pin and D-Sub pin.
miniDIN 10pinD-Sub 9PinRJ45
Notebeside 60113Seeedstudio,

Solder mini-DIN connector and conductor cable. If possible, you have to use a glue gun to connect strongly.

Attention! Do not forget to insert mini-DIN's shell at conductor cable. VERY-IMPORTANT!

Solder D-Sub 9-pin connector and conductor cable. Also assemble socket and shell.

Assemble metal shell and pins. Metal shell which you bought in Japan has to be cut like the above picture.
*Note: Japanese MP371-10 (mini DIN male connector) has opposite direction of pin assignment. If you live in out of Japan, you can get normal connector. Then you don't need to cut metal shell like this. Please check a mini DIN connector that you have.


Procedure to connect S88 decoder.

Desktop Station requires a S88 interface board to play with S88 function. If not use S88, not reuquired a S88 interface board.
S88 interface board is not on sale. You have to make S88 interface board. Connector of S88 decoder uses 1.27mm pitch 6 pins header which you can get easily in worldwide. Wiring specification of S88 interface is as below.

Hardware structure of using S88 function

Wiring S88 cable and Arduino for S88
Pin nameS88 cable pinArduino pinNotes
DATA1A0As using digital input.
VCC(+5V)65Vnot using 3.3VDC.

Assignment S88 cable and Arduino.

Wiring example.

S88 Interface shiled based on prototype shield.

S88 Interface shiled with S88 decoder.

Procedure to prepare softwares

  1. Download the latest Desktop Station.
    Also download Railuino.
  2. Download Arduino IDE 1.0.x. Unzip them to your computer.
  3. Plug USB connector of your Arduino board to USB port on your computer
  4. If you plug Arduino board first time, install serial driver software. Serial driver software is included Arduino IDE files. See also
  5. Unzip Railuino archive file and copy Railuino folder to Arduino IDE's library path.

  6. Copy "src" folder in Railuino folder file to Arudino IDE's library folder.
    Rename copied "src" folder to "Railuino".

  7. Install Desktop Station to your computer. Unzip a Desktop Station ZIP file.
  8. Compile and Write included Serial Gateway "Serial_RSx.ino" to Arduino board using Arduino IDE. SERIAL GATEWAY sketch named "Serial_RSx.ino" is included Desktop Station's archive zip file. Desktop Station works with this sketch. See also how to upload.

  9. Arduino IDE. Open Serial_RSx.ino and compile it.

  10. Upload compiled Serial_RSx.ino to your arduino.
  11. Connect 60113 and CAN-BUS shield and your PC.

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