Designed to do it all
At a Glance
Io (named for the Jovian moon) is the perfect tool for diving headfirst into the exciting world of NMRAnet. Io is designed to hook into your layout, connecting your existing layout accessories and control panels into the NMRAnet network.
Io features 8 dedicated input lines, 8 dedicated output lines, and for developers, an additional 32 lines that can be used for inputs or outputs. Designed for modelers and tinkerers who like to be on the cutting-edge, Io’s inputs and outputs are designed for maximum flexibility, and can be adapted to nearly any purpose.
- 8 high-current outputs
- 8 inputs
- Designed for maximum flexibility: Use it for a wide range of layout control applications
- Can be powered from an AC adapter, or receive power from the NMRAnet connection
- Can be used to provide power to other NMRAnet nodes over the NMRAnet connection
- Built-in configuration interface; no PC required
- Future firmware upgrades are free and easy
Like all Railstars products, Io includes a No-Questions-Asked 3-Year Warranty!
Retail Price $150.
A layout control bus is a common way for your layout control elements to talk to each other: hand-held cabs, turnout controllers, fascia panels, and so forth. NMRAnet is the future of layout networking technology.
What makes NMRAnet great is that it is open, fast, and future-proof.
Open means that anyone can look at, implement, or help to improve the standard without barriers of any kind, so that hardware from different manufacturers will work together seamlessly.
Fast means that NMRAnet can keep up with whatever is going on on your layout without bogging down under heavy loads.
Future-proof means that NMRAnet is not tied to any particular technology, and can easily expand and adapt to encompass whatever new technologies may come without leaving older technologies behind. It also means that NMRAnet isn’t tied to any current technology: You don’t have to be running DCC to take advantage of NMRAnet.
Do I need to be using DCC to take advantage of NMRAnet?
I already use DCC as an accessory bus. Why should I move to NMRAnet?
I already use LocoNet as an accessory bus. Why should I move to NMRAnet?
Io is usable out of the box. Without any programming, Io is ready run, offering 8 high current outputs to control fascia indicators, signal masts, or even your existing accessory decoders*, and 8 inputs to receive feedback from fascia panel buttons and toggles, or other devices on your layout that provide feedback.
But if you crave more, Io is infinitely flexible. Use the on-board interface or your PC** to configure advanced layout behaviors: Io puts Automated turnout control, ABS signalling, complex CTC panels all in your reach.
*Provided that said boards provide some kind of input mechanism.
**Requires NMRAnet-to-USB adapter, sold seperately.
As a hardware development board, Io provides 8 dedicated inputs, 8 dedicated high-current open-collector outputs, and breaks out an 32 additional GPIOs. Io also provides an ICSP header and an FTDI header for uploading firmware directly.
*Io ships with an NMRAnet-compatible bootloader; uploading firmware requires NMRAnet-to-USB adapter, sold seperately. Arduino IDE compatability requires burning an Arduino-compatible bootloader, available for free download on the downloads tab.