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FrSky Sim Adapter

Mad_Mechanic

Well-known member
#1
I'm pretty sure I've seen people ask this question in various places: How do I connect my FrSky Taranis X9/QX7 to a simulator?

Most solutions involve using the trainer port, but I found out that FrSky has a product to address this. It's called the XSR-SIM USB dongle.

https://www.frsky-rc.com/product/xsr-sim/

I bought mine from Aloft Hobbies for $20
https://alofthobbies.com/frsky-xsr-sim.html

The way this worked for me (for planes anyway) is that you create a basic 4-channel plane in your radio and don't do any other setup. Next, you bind the USB dongle to your radio the same way you would bind a receiver.

Next, boot up your preferred sim, in my case I tried this with RC Desk Pilot. RC Desk Pilot recognized the USB dongle immediately in settings. I had to change some of the channel designations and invert a couple channels but I did all of this INSIDE THE SIM.

After that, I was able to fly planes in the sim without issue using my QX7. Took me about 5 minutes to setup!.
 

ElectriSean

Eternal Student
Mentor
#2
What sim are you using? For velocidrone I just plug in the USB direct to the computer and it shows up as a USB joystick. I know for realflight I would have to get the interlink module to use with the USB - RF thing that realflight comes with, I got the version with the cheap radio so I just use that.
 

Mad_Mechanic

Well-known member
#5
RC Desk pilot might work directly via USB port and cable, but wasn't the purpose of my post. My goal was to bring attention of a product that might help others use their FrSky radios with a simulator.
 

ElectriSean

Eternal Student
Mentor
#6
RC Desk pilot might work directly via USB port and cable, but wasn't the purpose of my post. My goal was to bring attention of a product that might help others use their FrSky radios with a simulator.
Gotcha... I see now that it's wireless, which is awesome. I thought it was more like the dongles that Spektrum guys have to deal with.
 
#7
I got the XSR-Sim dongle today. Bound it to my Tx easily. Downloaded Phoenix and the updates to 6.0. However, Phoenix doesn't recognize it.

I also downloaded RC Desk Pilot 2.2, but it fails to open.
 

Mad_Mechanic

Well-known member
#8
I got the XSR-Sim dongle today. Bound it to my Tx easily. Downloaded Phoenix and the updates to 6.0. However, Phoenix doesn't recognize it.

I also downloaded RC Desk Pilot 2.2, but it fails to open.
Interesting, I'm trying to recall if I had any issues getting RC Desk Pilot to run.

I'm unfortunately not familiar with Phoenix so I can't help there.
 
#9
RC Desk Pilot would "load scenery, load planes", then go to a window that looked like the Sim, with a start button, but would flash a bunch of code and then the whole window disappeared. I see that RC Desk Pilot is no longer supported, so I'm giving up hope for it.

Phoenix flat out would not recognize the adapter.

I tried another free sim, Multiflight, a German one, that I was able to connect with. However, it took a while to get the controls configured right, and it wouldn't save the settings upon returning to the game.

Clearview, worked! I used up my 700 seconds of trial flight time, and I think I might cough up the coin for the full version.