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ASP4 Networked Installation Worthwhile?

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I've read that ASP4 doesn't use much PC resources. I also understand that ASP4 can be run on a networked PC so as to not take computer resources that could otherwise be used by P3D v4.

I have an i7-4790K @ 4.6 GHz, 16 GB RAM, RTX 2080 GPU. Is it worthwhile to put ASP4 on a networked PC? Am I likely to see any difference in P3Dv4 performance between PC configurations?

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Scott

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I understand that whatever you gain buy moving ASP4 to another system you will loss in the networking. I would say that the answer to your question is definitely not!

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There is one definite advantage: You can look up the AS moving map and make adjustments to the settings without the AS UI disturbing display on the main monitor.

Kind regards, Michael

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I found it to be a small but worthwhile advantage and if you have an extra PC that can be networked there are other advantages like networking Little NavMap and other associated ATC programs etc.. So I have setup ASP4 both ways and decided to keep it on my client PC. Now I have an extra powerful laptop PC I use for personal use sitting next to my flight sim PC so it was an easy decision for me, would I buy a second PC for this use probably not.

Joe

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Thanks, Dave, Michael, and Joe. 

I do have an admin laptop sitting the same room and on the LAN that I use to network the two dedicated P3D PCs.  I can't see the laptop screen while in my cockpit, but I don't know that that is a problem.  If I do whatever flight planning and then start ASP4 on the laptop, then start P3D in the cockpit, I don't know that I would need to look at the laptop monitor while actually flying. 

Scott

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I use it networked, with air hauler 2 and rex skyforce on my laptop. It’s a little more convenient than having to keep alt-tabbing to various apps. 

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djbully - Please tell me about how you use SkyForce in a networked environment.  I assume you're not using the SkyForce Weather Engine because you're using Active Sky.  Thanks.

 

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Hi, another thing to mention is that you should make sure you are on Ethernet rather than WiFi! 

As for Skyforce you have to turn off all the weather engine bits, but leave the cloud sync thing on. I forget exactly what it’s called, I’m on holiday and can’t check. 

A good guide is here 

hope that helps 😉

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Thanks, djbully.

Does anyone know precisely what the SkyForce "Is SkyForce part of a network?" does?  The manual doesn''t really explain its function...  Thanks.

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15 minutes ago, djbully said:

Hi, another thing to mention is that you should make sure you are on Ethernet rather than WiFi!

WiFi or wired shouldn't make any difference so long as your WiFi and wired setups are all on the same subnet.

Scott

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I use wired for everything... even if I don't necessarily need to. :)

 

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10 hours ago, ncngrr said:

I use wired for everything... even if I don't necessarily need to. 🙂

 

That is a good philosophy 👍

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11 hours ago, tttocs said:

WiFi or wired shouldn't make any difference so long as your WiFi and wired setups are all on the same subnet.

Scott

I’ve used WiFi several times over the years. I find that it will degrade over time. So it’s pretty solid for a year or so then it starts to get random disconnects and that is very frustrating. 

I think the radioactive parts of the receivers degrade over time and need to be replaced. I got fed up with it and just run a wire to wherever I need it. No more headaches 🤗

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13 hours ago, pmb said:

There is one definite advantage: You can look up the AS moving map and make adjustments to the settings without the AS UI disturbing display on the main monitor.

Kind regards, Michael

one more, if you happen to have 2 P3D V4 systems one for GA and second for TubeLiners or P3DV4.3 second P3DV4.4 no need for a second lic only change the adress in the simconnect file 

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3 hours ago, djbully said:

I’ve used WiFi several times over the years. I find that it will degrade over time. So it’s pretty solid for a year or so then it starts to get random disconnects and that is very frustrating. 

I think the radioactive parts of the receivers degrade over time and need to be replaced. I got fed up with it and just run a wire to wherever I need it. No more headaches 🤗

I generally prefer just running cable if practical as well, but it's not always practical.  I also want reliable wireless for our mobile devices, which (keeping this sim related) I also use for simming, particularly my iPad running first Foreflight and now FltPlan.  The biggest cause of degradation for most folks is actually your neighbors and their changing activities and wireless setups, not time.

That said, I moved to a mesh network several years ago (Orbi in my case) and my wireless access has been drop-dead reliable anywhere in my house ever since.  A bit spendy, but for us it has been well worth it.

Scott

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