How to Connect Your DJI FPV Controller to Your Computer

How to Connect Your DJI FPV Controller to Your Computer

There’s one superb cause that you’d need to join your DJI FPV Controller to your laptop, and that’s to make use of an FPV Simulator. If you’ve gotten the brand new DJI FPV drone, or have already got a earlier mannequin DJI FPV Controller, and need to take your expertise up a notch earlier than attempting some fancy flying in the actual world, you need to use your controller to get the follow you want with an FPV flight simulator.

The means of connecting your DJI FPV controller to your laptop will differ barely on the simulator you might be utilizing and on the working system of your laptop. But listed here are the essential steps outlined for you. 

The first most necessary step of utilizing the DJI FPV controller with a flight simulator is to truly choose and obtain the FPV simulator you wish to use. One of the most well-liked ones is Liftoff, out there for about $20. Other fashionable choices embody the DRL racing simulator, Velocidrone, Freeflight, or the DJI Virtual Flight Simulator. 

Just a notice on the DJI flight simulator nonetheless, many customers agree that it isn’t as responsive and real-life-like as among the different applications. If you’re able to spend a couple of dollars on an FPV simulator, I like to recommend Liftoff or Velocidrone. Or you probably have critical desires of constructing it large within the drone racing circuit, prime performers within the DRL simulator might get picked up with a contract, so which may be the place to place in your follow hours. 

Before choosing a flight simulator, do some checking to see in case your laptop {hardware} goes to be as much as spec. It’s tremendous disappointing to attempt to do some quick flying when the graphics are having a tough time maintaining attributable to an aged laptop system. 

If you don’t have one but, buy your DJI FPV Controller. There are two selections at the moment. You can purchase the unique model of the DJI FPV controller as a separate merchandise, or you may get the DJI FPV Controller 2 as a part of a package deal with the brand new DJI FPV drone. You also can preorder the DJI FPV Controller 2 as a standalone merchandise. 

It’s necessary to make use of the controller that you just truly plan to fly with as you might be training on the simulator. The means the controls really feel and reply are going to turn out to be second nature with time, so that you need that to translate to actual world flight along with your drone, and never must relearn the texture of issues once you’re truly flying a drone that may crash. 

One factor to pay attention to is that both of the DJI FPV Controllers (as bought individually) don’t include charging cables included, so you will want to make use of one which you have already got, or purchase one individually. 

This is the place issues get a little bit difficult, as a result of the precise cable that you could join your controller to your laptop depends upon a) the controller, and b) the pc. If you’ve acquired the DJI FPV Controller 2, the drone plus goggles plus controller package deal comes with a USB-C information cable, and a USB-C OTG connector, which ought to theoretically be ample to get you up and operating when plugged into most computer systems.

On a Mac

To join the primary era DJI FPV controller to a Mac, you will want a USB-C to USB-C information cable. This will plug right into a port on the underside of the controller, and straight into your Mac. If you have got an older model of a Mac that doesn’t have a USB-C port, it’s possible you’ll want a further connector.

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On a PC

To join the unique DJI FPV controller to your PC, you will want to make use of both a USB-C information cable, or a 3.5mm audio interface cable/simulator ppm port. This will even plug in to the underside of the radio controller after which to the pc.

If you have got the primary era DJI FPV cable, you have got in all probability observed that it doesn’t come included with any information cables, or perhaps a charging cable. Strangely sufficient, they’re not even out there as an up-sell, so that you both want to make use of one thing you have already got, or order a knowledge cable (to connect with a pc) and/or a charging cable from one other supply. 

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Once you’ve plugged the controller into the pc, hopefully your laptop will acknowledge the system. The subsequent step is to configure the controller for the simulator of your selection. This will differ barely by program, however must be pretty intuitive to determine within the settings menu.

If you’re utilizing Liftoff, the method will appear to be this:

  • Click on choices
  • Click on controls
  • Select controller (Your controller ought to present up on the record right here as out there. If your controller doesn’t present up within the record, there’s a communication drawback, and you’ll more than likely must strive a unique kind of connection cable.)

After you’ve chosen your controller within the simulator settings, you continue to must calibrate the controller to work correctly within the simulator program. It ought to lead you thru the method with directions on display screen within the controls part. A pair issues it’s possible you’ll must look out for embody probably setting a zero level to your throttle, or inverting the yaw axis, if issues don’t appear to be responding as anticipated. 

You might also select to assign buttons to carry out sure features in your controller, as you may do in your drone’s settings. This may also be discovered within the controller settings panel in your simulator program. Here you’ll be able to set buttons on the controller to reset, as an example, which might mean you can instantly return to the place to begin after a crash, or at any level within the flight. 

With your controller linked and calibrated, the one factor left to do is begin some digital flying! On just about all the FPV simulators, you’ll be able to choose the quad that you just need to “fly” with, after which get to it! If your aim is to get some expertise underneath your belt earlier than (or along with) real-world flying, it’s a good suggestion to decide on a digital drone that’s fairly much like the one you have got, to grasp the texture and responsiveness of the drone within the simulator. 

Or should you’re nonetheless attempting to resolve which drone you need to purchase, you’ll be able to check drive quite a few differing kinds within the simulator that will help you select the one you want finest. 

The DJI FPV controller is clearly not the one one on the market. If you have already got an FPV controller, it’s nearly a positive factor which you can join it to your laptop to be used with an FPV simulator program. 

The kind of connection cable that you just want will depend upon the radio controller, however likelihood is fairly good that you just’ll want both a USB-C cable or else a 3.5mm audio interface, related to what’s described above for the DJI FPV controller.

One of the good advantages of utilizing an FPV simulator is that you just get a fairly near real-life FPV flight expertise, and also you get to fly and “crash” with out doing any harm to your drone, and having to fret about repairs, both to your drone or to different property. Honing your expertise in a simulator could be a big value financial savings, to not point out it’s only a ton of enjoyable!

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