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Jun 20, 2016, 05:17 AM
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How to use a usb dongle to connect transmitter to flight simulator with Mac OS x

Hi, this is my first post on RC Groups, I had a lot of trouble trying to get my transmitter to control quad flight sims on my mac using OSX and without using a VM (virtual [Windows] machine) because my mac doesn’t have any VM software installed or set up.
The only answer I could find was using a VM but after about a week I got it to work.
I hope this thread will help others to use their controller with their mac and flight simulators without expensive or difficult to use additional software.

1. Buy a dongle

I quickly realized it was necessary to buy a cheap USB dongle to act as an interface or USB “controller” to translate the PPM signal from my transmitter into something that Mac OSX could understand. I bought this one from Bangood, I think they all work the same though: (search banggood for "22 in 1 RC Flight Simulator Cable for Realflight G7 G6 G5 G4")

2. Connect
For this dongle at least, there is a white LED inside. When you connect it to your USB it will flash rapidly for a few seconds. Then it will either:
  • stay on constantly if it hasn’t found your transmitter,
  • blink slowly if you’ve connected your transmitter to it with the cable and it has detected it without any problem.

That’s the easy bit.

3. Software
The software linked by Banggood are windows drivers and are useless for Mac. I couldn’t find any mac drivers despite lots of searching so I haven’t used any dongle specific drivers.
Firstly I tried to use the controller with the Freerider simulator, but it didn’t work at this point. I later got it to work but not sure why it didn’t work at first, it was perhaps because I had the switch on my dongle in the wrong position (Phoenix RC mode doesn’t work).

I tried it with the HELI-X6 simulator and it didn’t work either. So after some research I downloaded some shareware called ‘USB Overdrive’ which is “a device driver for Mac OS X that handles any USB or Bluetooth mouse, keyboard, trackball, joystick, gamepad or gaming device from any manufacturer.” This software is interesting as you can open it and will be able to see if your mac is recognizing inputs from your transmitter – and then map them if you wish to keystrokes or mouse movements (which for this purpose is completely useless). It did allow me to see that with the dongle switch in position ‘3: G5 G6 G7’ it recognised more inputs or channels than in any other switch position.
With the dongle set up as such I started Heli-x6 simulator and it worked!!

I tried it with Freerider but still no luck. I uninstalled USB Overdrive and then found that my controller now worked with Freerider! It ight have been some software peculiarity with some plist or other thing being changed, but more likely it was that I had previously had the dongle switch in position 1 for phoenix RC, which doesn’t work.

I have created instructions for using your controller with each of these 2 SIMs below.

How to Use:
Set up dongle before opening game app.

A. Freerider

1) Connect controller to dongle.
2) Dongle set to position (2. AeroFly) or (3. G5 G6 G7) or (4. XTR)
[1. PhoenixRC does not work]

Does not work with USB driver utility such as USB Overdrive.

3) Connect dongle to USB. Start Freerider App.
4) Calibrate

1) Install “USB Overdrive” and restart Mac.
2) Connect controller to dongle.
3) Dongle set to position (3. G5 G6 G7) [others not tested, suspect do not work]
4) Connect dongle to USB. Start HELI-X6.
5) Calibrate

I haven’t tried this with the LiftOff simulator yet as there is no demo, but I would love to buy LiftOff if I knew it will work using OSX and my dongle and controller.
I’d be really grateful if anyone could let me know please?

Here is details of my system set up.
Mac mini late 2012
OSX Mavericks
Transmitter: FlySky FS-TH9X using stock firmware and settings.

Dongle: Known as any/all of these names. FeiYing F08072 “Gold Warrior RC Simulator Cable Newest All in one Multifunction G 7 PX XTR AeroFly FMS”

USB game controller software: USB Overdrive
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Jun 21, 2016, 03:32 PM
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Has anyone managed to connect their transmitter to Liftoff through a USB dongle and Mac OSX?
Jun 27, 2016, 04:48 AM
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Troubleshooting steps

NOt working? Try these trouble shooting steps.

These are written with a mac running OS X in mind!

Important - Ensure that your TX Module is NOT connected to your transmitter! Thats the module with your aerial on it.

1) Check for drivers on the CD. THey are probably only for Windows, but if you are very lucky there might be drivers for Mac OS, in which case you need to install those and it would work.

2) Try starting the simulator with the USB controller dongle in different switch positions. This must be done before starting the simulator. (So if you want to try a different position, exit the sim first). I found mode 'G5 G6 G7' to work the best.

3) Have you checked the dongle is detected by your computer? See what I wrote about the flashing light on the dongle. If this is fine click the apple logo (top left) and then click: "About this Mac" > "More Info..." System profiler opens. Click "System Report". Go down to USB in the list, click it and look for your controller here.

4) If your controller is detected but not working, try downloading USB Overdrive. Try it without configuring any controller inputs first.

Good luck!
Last edited by marioman_1982; Jun 28, 2016 at 05:22 PM.

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