How to Import/Export Your Spektrum Model setups

Manage model setups between Spektrum Radios.

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Spektrum makes managing model setups a breeze with the DX, iX, and NX radios.

From Kyle Roberts...

Are you the proud new owner of a Spektrum transmitter? Congratulations! However, if you landed on this webpage, odds are you researching how to transfer, import, or export models from your old radio to your new one. Or perhaps you are a proactive pilot who simply likes to back-up their models on occasion. Fear not, for the process is relatively easy and quite intuitive if you follow the steps below. We will be using the SD/Micro SD card process for this article but note there are additional methods should you chose to use them.

Important Notes: Be mindful that Spektrum radios import/export models in different file formats depending on the generation of radio.

  • DX radios can only read/write in the ".SPM" format file format
  • Updated iX radios can read/write ".iSPM" and ".SPM" format. They can also read-only .NSPM
  • NX radios can read/write .NSPM. They can read-only ".iSPM", ".SPM" format
  • Consequently, it is not possible to move a model that was created on an NX radio to a DX radio.

Some functionality and/or settings may not 100% transfer as desired between radios. Things like timer settings, alerts, and/or model photos are the most obvious. However, be mindful that items that were originally assigned to a two-position switch may need to be checked/corrected if they will now be operated with a three-position switch (an example would be dual-rate becoming triple-rates).

Most importantly, both your new AND old transmitter will require the latest software update to successfully perform any/all model import/export features. We recommend doing this FIRST before proceeding to the steps below.

DX RADIO FAMILY

How to Register and Update your Spektrum Radio (9 min 59 sec)

IX RADIO FAMILY

Spektrum iX12 Instructional Series - Updating Software (3 min 27 sec)

NX RADIO FAMILY

NX Instructional Series - How to setup WiFi, Register and Update Spektrum NX Transmitter (6 min 52 sec)

Are the process above not working? Is your radio giving you trouble? Want to talk to an actual person? Contact our U.S. based product support team! This group is trained and experienced in troubleshooting your issue via chat/phone/email and will be able to offer any suggestions specific to your situation. Start here: https://www.horizonhobby.com/product...t-landing.html

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Kyle began his adventure into the world of RC back in 2005, where he began his tenure in the surface segment. He is a TLR/Spektrum Team Driver and, since joining Horizon Hobby in 2017, has ventured into the world of flying both Helicopters and Planes. Kyle also earned a Bachelor of Science in Marketing degree from the University of South Florida and has been working in the RC and Motorsport industry ever since!

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Apr 27, 2021, 03:45 AM
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Apr 27, 2021, 07:52 AM
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DX radios can only read/write in the ".SPM" format file format
Updated iX radios can read/write ".iSPM" and ".SPM" format. They can also read-only .NSPM
NX radios can read/write .NSPM. They can read-only ".iSPM", ".SPM" format
Consequently, it is not possible to move a model that was created on an NX radio to a DX radio
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I was under the impression that an iX20 could not directly export a .SPM file for a DX radio but could do it using an iX12 as an intermediary.

Also I believe it is possible to move an .NSPM file to an iX12, and from there export an SPM file that a DX radio can read.
Apr 27, 2021, 08:48 AM
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Originally Posted by kallend
I was under the impression that an iX20 could not directly export a .SPM file for a DX radio but could do it using an iX12 as an intermediary.
It cannot at this time.

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Also I believe it is possible to move an .NSPM file to an iX12, and from there export an SPM file that a DX radio can read.
With MANY constraints, it can.

The problem is that the G3 channel processor (used in IX20 and all NX) has many capabilities that have no equivalent in the G2 CP (used in all DX radios). It is very possible, actually likely, that a customer will use a G3 feature and the IX12 will not be able to generate anything which will provide that functionality in a G2.

Our model memory footprint went from about 12K in the G2 radios to over 50K in G3. There's no way do a 4:1 compression of features and expect it to be always correct.

Simple models it can do. Anything even slightly complex will not work.

DO NOT RELY ON AN IX12 TO GENERATE PERFECT NX FILES!

Andy


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