Sim cable so much better than thumb sticks

By | May 12, 2016

I’ve had much fun using FPV Freerider alas the only controller I had is a dual thumb stick type affair.  I have to say I was defiantly struggling trying to learn acro (rate) mode using these tiny thumb sticks!

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Thankfully there is a simulation cable available for my RC Transmitter (FLYSKY FS-i6) This transmitter is quite common and has been re-badged and used by a number of different companies.

 

I’ve noticed a number of different cables some of which plug into your sound cards microphone socket and need another piece of software to be running to emulate a joystick… What a faff!

[ 2126.972206] usb 1-2: new low-speed USB device number 8 using xhci_hcd
[ 2127.145105] input: Љ PPM as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:14.0/usb1/1-2/1-2:1.0/0003:0401:0401.0008/input/input21
[ 2127.145235] hid-generic 0003:0401:0401.0008: input,hidraw3: USB HID v1.00 Joystick [Љ PPM] on usb-0000:00:14.0-2/input0

On plugging the cable into my laptop I was delighted to see this in my logs (dmesg)  As you can see its basically recognised as a USB joystick (what joy!)

I found it easier if I first calibrated it with jstest-gtk first before running FPV Freerider, although the 3rd axis is the Z axis,  FPV Freeriders own calibration seemed to be able to handle the joystick interface and boy is there a noticeable difference!

Its no exaggeration to say that the difference between thumb sticks and a RC controller is like night and day.  Rather than struggling to not crash, I was almost immediately flying figure of eights above the gates (I’m still too much of a novice to tackle the gates just yet!)

All in all a very worth while combo, if you have an FS-i6 tx, I’d strongly recommend the FS-SM100 cable and FPV Freerider….

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