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The typical way to connect the E-Series boards is via the ethernet cable to a Network Switch. The Network Switch needs to be connected to a Router with “DHCP enabled” to provide an IP Address to the module. Follow the instructions provided for the device purchased on our product pages.
The board connects using Fast Ethernet (10/100 Mbps).
No, they do not need to have a static IP address, however you can configure one via the web configuration interface. Send your request to the Tech Support Email and we will provide a manual for this.
The implementation of ethernet products allow for longer cable runs; more devices; faster communications. This allows for you to have more devices, in the simulator and having Rack Mounted computers position further away from the simulator. This is an advantage in Research Labs, Motion based Simulators and tighter spaces when creating your Simulator area. USB devices have always had cable length constraint and requiring USB Powered hubs. This eliminates these issues.
No, the E-Series cards have their own power adapters or connectors that supply 12VDC to the module. No POE network Switch required.
Work has started on the SYS Boards utilizing Ethernet. This includes a new 256 input/256 output and 128/128 board. Twice the original Inputs than before! We are looking at a precision analog input board as well.
"At this time (Nov 2020):
We have designed a “break-out board” that will replace the older SYS1 and SYS4 (SYS3). Keeps the original 10 pin connectors and if you replace the plugs exactly as they are on the original SYSBoard the assignments won’t change. Making for an easy transition from the USB SYSBoards to the E-Series. Additional “Extension boards” (64 Inputs) are available as well, allowing you to connect any extra Inputs (Switches).
Sim-Avionics - B737NG, B737MAX, B777 and B787
ProSim - B737NG, B737MAX and A320
Aerowinx PSX - B747-400
PMDG - B737NGX, B737NGXu, B747 QOTS and B777x
JeeHell - A320
Zibo Mod - B737NG (X-Plane)
API is available for most interface products and integration may be possible for other Avionics vendors. Contact us for information"
At this time FDS Products work with the following Avionics Suites: Sim-Avionics, ProSim, PSX, Jeehell A320 and some PMDG aircraft. Support ranges from minimal to much higher levels depending on the software. Installation manuals are available.
At this time the supplied SDK from Microsoft does not allow our products the full features required to interface with FS2020. As the software develops the functionality will be added. We plan to have these features available as quickly as possible. Watch for updates on our webpage or Facebook page.
There are drivers available for Radios and the Transponder that will work directly with LM P3D. Using Avionics Suites designed for P3D will work (Sim-Avionics, ProSim, PSX, Jeehell and some PMDG aircraft). P3D versions from 3-5 including earlier versions but 4.5 and 5.x are the latest updated versions.
At this time the only X-Plane functionality is with the B737 Zibo Mod. They have created an interface for our products. Support can be found in the XP Forums under Zibo Mod TEKWorx as your search. This plugin is for X-Plane 11 only.
Drivers are only available from Zibo Mod for their B737. Beta versions are available.
The FDS CDU (USB and E-Series), MCP and EFIS (USB Only at this time). There is a CDU Interface from TEKWorx that allows the CDU to work with PMDG B737 NGX and NGXu, B777x and B747 QOTS. MCP (USB Only at this time) works with the B777x and B737 NGX only. SYSBoards that are using TEKWorx InterfaceIT will work. You will need use the PMDG Offsets list from FSUIPC and do some manual assigning. No support provided for this interfacing. http://www.tekworx.ca/downloads.php
B737 NGX and B737 NGXu, B777x and the B747 QOTS.