We have a setup process which guides you through the steps needed. You can get started here: https://www.traintrackr.io/setup
The package contains:
Depending on the product we either include a power supply, or a USB power cable that you can plug into a computer or old mobile phone charger. Check the product description to see which which power option is supplied.
For these boards there are more trains in service than there are LEDs on the board, so the LEDs would mostly be on all the time, for this reason we only show trains when they are in the stations.
The traintrack board only communicates with 2.4Ghz WiFi networks (and not with 5Ghz networks). Most WiFi networks support 2.4Ghz but if you are having trouble connecting to your network, this could be why.
If a WiFi network requires you to sign in, like at a cafe, then you won't be able to use traintrackr there, as there is no way for the board to sign in to that network.
To reconnect your board to the internet you can go through our setup process again.
Yes you can, the main microprocessor is an ESP8266 (esp-12e) which can be programmed like an Arduino through the USB port (or FTDI connector pins on the first MBTA board). We use the Holtek HT16K33 chip to control the LEDs, there are libraries out there that will help get you started.
Check our troubleshooting section to see common issues and see what our LED codes mean.
You can contact us by email on firstname.lastname@example.org