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Ethernet products

What do I need to do to connect FDS Ethernet Series (E-Series) products?

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.

Are there other ways to connect the E-Series Boards?
  • Connect to a network that has DHCP or Static IP addressing.
  • Connect (a single board) directly to the computer using static IP’s"
What network speed do the boards run at?

The board connects using Fast Ethernet (10/100 Mbps).

Do FDS Ethernet products need a Static IP Address?

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.

What are the advantages to using the FDS Ethernet (E-Series) products?

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.

Do the FDS Ethernet (E-Series) products need Power Over Ethernet (POE)?

No, the E-Series cards have their own power adapters or connectors that supply 12VDC to the module. No POE network Switch required.

What future Ethernet products are going to be available?

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.

Does every Avionics vendor support FDS Ethernet products.

"At this time (Nov 2020):

  • Sim-Avionics has all Ethernet modules interfaced.
  • ProSim has the B737 CDU and MCP/EFIS. Further development is underway for the SYSBoards. B737MAX and A320 will be interfaced shortly.
  • JeeHell - Under Development
  • PMDG - Available for the CDU
  • AeroWinx PSX - Available for the CDU
  • Project Magenta - Not Available
  • AST - Not Available"
Can I retro fit my older USB SYSBoards to Ethernet (E-Series) SYSBoards?

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).