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reoccurring issues, but no support from simPlugins

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In July of 2017 I purchased analog Panel Builder & EFIS Panel Builder.  These addons were going to finalize my home built FSX cockpit.  I read the installation and setup portions for a 2 pc setup long before performing them.  It didn't look like anything that difficult.  Multicast, ports already setup, basically just install and start flying.  Boy, was I wrong.  I got a lot of help to iron out my problems.  Most were good to help me in the right direction and eventually everything worked.  But soon after it would take a dump.  So I'd call back and the process became quite regimental.  I would get info to help me into the direction and I'd find it and it would work.  But again, not for long.

Now, I profess, I am not really well versed in IT things, so networking 2 pc's using an Ethernet cable between both pc can't be that difficult, right?  Boy, was I wrong, again.  The non usage of Panel Builder within my nearly $8000.00 simulator has got to me and all because of Panel Builders daily un-reliability. 

So, here I am today after asking several very simple questions regarding how the Multicast Group address interacts? do I need to share files? if so what files do I share?  within a simple HARDWIRED Ethernet network of 2 computers utilizing ONBOARD RJ-45 connections and I don't get a peep from simPlugins for nearly 1 month of email requests.

Will I purchase any more simPlugins products?  I'd love to especially, when they work their AWESOME, when they don't?  Well, then you are sitting on an island!

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I have seen strange problems when connecting 2 PC's together using just a network cable (RJ-45), especially if it is not a "crossover" cable. I would recommend using a network switch and plug each PC into the switch and assign each PC (network card) a fixed IP address such as 192.168.100.XXX, where the last three numbers are slightly different. That is how I have my 2 PC's connected and Panel Builder works fine. Also, I recommend using FSX Interface connected to FSX by Simconnect instead of FSUIPC. 

 

Hope this helps.

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