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I have been waiting for the 4 lane option myself.  Although Dr. C is working on a 4-lane sensor project, I am not aware of anything available today.  I was told that it would require something more complicated than simply joining/wiring two s/f sensor straights together, so I am waiting to see what the finished product looks like.

I posted a picture of my 4 lane digital track on slotforum.  I can currently measure my two outside lanes, but not the 2 inside lanes using the arc app.

Chris

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 Dr. C-

My 4 lane digital layout is up and running (7.5' x 14' table).  Power taps installed, full borders, etc.  Absolutely happy with the layout.  We had tried to use the pit lane in, pit lane out approach so that the start finish lane was only 2 lanes wide.  That worked for race management purposes, but it was unpopular with racers for two reasons:  (1) high speed de-slotting when the lane compressed from 4 to 2 lanes and (2) missed lap counting when the controller's lane change button was occasiuonally depressed as the car passed over the start finish line.  So, the 4 lane to 2 lane to 4 lane corrected the race management problem, but created its own unique problems.

I noticed that the Carrera system can use 4 full digital lanes for race management.  I realize that it is a completely different system, but it looks like Carrera owners simply add additional track pieces with sensors for lanes #3 and #4.  I can be patient with my Scalextric ARC system until 4 lane is available, but -naturally- I am eager to host digital race nights again!  For now, it looks like 4-lane analoig is my only option with race management.

If you are looking for any "testers" on your new system, please let me know!  I have 2 working ARC Pro power bases. My soldering iron is ready!  Thanks.

            

Hammertime

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Dr C-

What about two adjacent Arc Pro tracks joined into a single power base?  Can the single power base handle input from 4 lanes?  I am running 4 lane digital and we love it.  I just need a race managemen program for 4 lane digital.  Arc Pro will be fine for us if I can get all 4 lane sensors working. 

I read the method how to join the old 7042 powerbases to run 4 lane, but I assume ARC Pro would require something different?

 

Thanks,

Chris

Hammertime

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Alex-

I too have kids and experienced the same problem you had using the ARC Pro with the standard two 15V 4A power supplies.  Between races and when the ARC Pro was off, the cars were just way too fast. 

I went ahead and ordered two 12V 4A laptop power supplies with 6.3mm x 3mm tips (the ends of the stock ARC Pro power supplies are also the same stock ends for Toshiba laptop chargers..apparently).  

Anyway, mission accomplished!  

It was just enough of a power drop to help the less experienced racers run magnet-free cars like the rest of us. 

The power supplies were less than $10 each.  Just be careful when shopping for them. Most 12V supplies are going to be only 1-2A.  I wanted to keep the amps at a minimum of 4 based on comments from other forums.

Finally, there are a number of laptop adapter tips to convert a laptop supply to 6.3mm x 3mm.  I ended up using tip connectors on the two units I bought.  The standard Toshiba power supplies were mostly 19V....just the opposite of what I was trying to do.   

Good luck!

Chris

Hammertime

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I read the forum notes from 2017 suggesting that power taps and curved lane changers were causing problems with the ARC Pro.  The same thread continued about solving problems with the curved lane changers (I do not have any) so I am not sure if the original problem was with power taps or if it was isolated to the curved lane changers?  I saw the modifications for the curved changers, but I didn't see any comments suggesting that power taps were okay?

I was planning to install my power taps this weekend (tomorrow or Sunday).  I had the regular Scalextric Booster cables on my old 7402 layout and they seemed to help.  I changed my layout when I bought the ARC Pro, so I need to re-drill my table.  

I run 4 lane digital (except when we compress to 2 lanes over the start finish line) on a 7' x 14' table.  I intend to connect 8 female spade connectors to another area of my track, similar to what I did on my 7402 digital layout.

Am I going about this the correct way or is there something different about the ARC Pro power that I need to consider?

Thanks.

Chris 

Hammertime

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Thanks Andy.  I appreciate your responses.I have a new question on power taps and will start a separate thread.

Chris  

Hammertime

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It has been about 9 months since the last comment on this thread, but is there an update on the original 4 lane digital question?  I too would like to run a full 4-lane ARC Pro Digital layout.  Right now, we are 98% 4 lane, but use the pit lane pieces to expand and then restrict our layout from 4 lanes back to 2 lanes so that ARC Pro can pickup the info from the cars on the Start-finish line for lap timing and counting.

I am open to any and all options if I can continue using the ARC Pro for my race management. I would simply like a full, 4-lane layout.  

Thanks.

Chris

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