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WideFS and Wideview - Clarification

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I have a problem with low frame rates on my sim.  I have been told that using a second computer will improve that.  The problem is that there is very little information out there dealing with the actual steps for setting this up.  Currently I use a hardware sim and one computer running everything.  I have six monitors for the MIP and three for the eternal views - it is the external views that are dire when it comes to frame rate. As I understand it - and please correct me - to use two computers I would need BOTH WideFS and Wideview.  Yes?  Also, I would need to have all the same software on both, to include P3D (which I use) and PMDG, and all the airport sceneries as well, I understand?  The real problem is getting info on how to make it all work.  I have written to Mr Napolitano but I get no reply to my enquiries.  I downloaded the manual but it is confusing as it appears to be written for FSX and not P3D.  So, can you clarify the situation for me please?  Do I need BOTH WideFS (wideserver) and Wideview and presumably Widetraffic as well?  And do I need to set up the second computer (dedicated to run the three external views) with identical software as installed on the main computer?  Furthermore, is it preferred to use the main computer (server) to run the MIP and six monitors and dedicate the second computer, the client, to running the three external views?  If you know of a video somewhere that explains all this, I would be really grateful, but in the meantime, getting the preceding clarified would be a big start as I need to find out up front what I'm getting myself into with both effort and cost.  Many thanks

Father Dane

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1 hour ago, FatherDane said:

As I understand it - and please correct me - to use two computers I would need BOTH WideFS and Wideview.  Yes?

No. WideFS is only to support FSUIPC applications on a PC not running a flight sim.

WidevieW is not supported here, it isn't our product, so for details about setting that up you'll need to find its Forum. Sorry.

Pete

 

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5 hours ago, FatherDane said:

I have a problem with low frame rates on my sim.  I have been told that using a second computer will improve that.

I would be cautious going down this rabbit hole unless you're comfortable with dealing with networking, firewalls and their associated troubleshooting. The add-ons you can relocate to a second compute typically take up two or three orders of magnitude less CPU time than FSX or P3D; I've never heard of anyone getting a meaningful lift in frame rates based on this.

I'd suggest examining your hardware specs and configuration first.

Cheers!
 

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Thank you for the advice.  As an old IFR pilot I am less concerned about outside views than a VFR pilot might be, but as I keep getting nagged about the low frame rate from others I thought I should at least explore it.  I have gone over all the CPU and GPU configurations several times and I have discovered that PMDG is the main culprit for resource hogging.  I'm not daunted by networking but as I couldn't find anything online that was clear about what would be needed to set up a multiple computer system, I was not about to embark on an expensive expansion project without knowing if the end would be worth it.

Thanks for the reply

Father Dane

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