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ASN doesn't use WideFS7 in FSX?


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After reaching the end of my tether with Plan-G and Simconnect, I have decided to purchase WideFS7 to go along with my favourite FSX add-on, FSUIPC. Just wished I'd bought the bundle for when I purchased FSUIPC, but of course, hindsight makes these things seem obvious. I was also hoping to justify the cost for when I get around to purchasing Active Sky Next, as I was under the impression that it used WideFS for network connections. However apparently that stopped with FS9. I was just wondering if it can still be made to work if you use the correct port numbers and protocols in the ASN.ini file or network settings? Or is it definitely a no-goer?

 

Hoping someone can confirm this for me one way or the other. Thanks.

 

Paul

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I was also hoping to justify the cost for when I get around to purchasing Active Sky Next, as I was under the impression that it used WideFS for network connections. However apparently that stopped with FS9.

 

Active Sky, in its earliest forms, used FSUIPC to control the weather, and could therefore interface via WideFS too. The later versions which used SimConnect on FSX were also FS9 compatible and automatically used FSUIPC on FS9 and SimConnect on FSX, but could use WideFS for FSX if told it was interfacing to FS9 even though the Server ran FSX.

 

The current version of ActiveSky, ASN, is all SimConnect AND direct control into FSX/P3D -- it puts its own hooks in. It is this which allows is such precise control over the weather and especially in cloud placement (which is also why its weather radar is so accurate, down to specific rain cloud areas).

 

Quite honestly, ASN runs best, and very well too, on the same PC as FSX, but it can be run on a SimConnect client. The instructions for doing this are quite clear I think. You still need also to install it on the Server so that it can use its direct hooks.

 

Pete

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Active Sky, in its earliest forms, used FSUIPC to control the weather, and could therefore interface via WideFS too. The later versions which used SimConnect on FSX were also FS9 compatible and automatically used FSUIPC on FS9 and SimConnect on FSX, but could use WideFS for FSX if told it was interfacing to FS9 even though the Server ran FSX.

 

The current version of ActiveSky, ASN, is all SimConnect AND direct control into FSX/P3D -- it puts its own hooks in. It is this which allows is such precise control over the weather and especially in cloud placement (which is also why its weather radar is so accurate, down to specific rain cloud areas).

 

Quite honestly, ASN runs best, and very well too, on the same PC as FSX, but it can be run on a SimConnect client. The instructions for doing this are quite clear I think. You still need also to install it on the Server so that it can use its direct hooks.

 

Pete

I was wondering about how it ran on the same machine as FSX, so it's a relief to hear that would be the ideal way to do it. Because Simconnect and Plan-G.......words fail me. I've shared and streamed files across my home network for years, so I've have to familiarise myself with what is going on under the hood to know where to begin troubleshooting. I got off to a great start with Plan-G, it built it's database on its first run- I thought this is going to be a breeze...never have I been so wrong. I tried every available configuration, rebuilt my tcp-ip stack, endlessly tried to get a working Simconnect.XML, used the simconnect config tool and all of this was with all firewalls turned off, and I don't run any anti-virus....but never the twain did meet!

My mate then showed me over Skype how to do it the smart way. As soon as he ticked 'the send WideFS data' box in FSUIPC it connected almost immediately with the already running wideclient.exe on his Plan-G laptop. And Plan-G immediately centred on his aircraft location. So, needless to say, WideFS7 is my next FSX related purchase. And I look forward to seeing what else I can do with it. Just out of interest Pete, what flight planning software do you use?

Anyway, thanks for the reply Pete,

Take care,

Paul

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