Fanatec Podium Direct Drive Wheel Bases Thread

Discussion in 'Sim Racing Hardware' started by super_gt, Sep 14, 2017.

  1. Johnny Custom

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    OK - Thank you. I will try that method.
     
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  2. Johnny Custom

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    "Update"
    The method you suggested is working but not perfect.
    Most things are working as expected. The force feed back is functioning very heavy. I have to turn it down much more than what I use on PC games.
    The problem is with the gear shifting. For example while driving the Mercedes F1 car: When cruising along in 8th gear it will sometimes suddenly jump down to third gear. So I drove the F1 car on the "Special Stage Route X" - where I could just cruise along with no other inputs but the throttle. And it would still jump down to 3rd gear from 8th on occasion.
    While driving the F1 car on the Nordschleife when accelerating hard in 4th gear it would sometimes jump down to third gear.

    I switched from PS4 mode to Comp PS4 mode and the same problem was there.
    So it works but it would be a problem to do any competition racing with this set up.
     
  3. super_gt

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    May be @Podger will be able to help you.
     
  4. Johnny Custom

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    Everything is functioning correctly now. The problem was a loose connection.
     
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  5. Rob Brown

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    Any shifting issues like you were experiencing grab my attention. What ended up being loose?
     
  6. Johnny Custom

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    (I'm ashamed to say.) I had forgotten to tighten the big ring on the steering wheel quick release!
     
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  7. Rob Brown

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    Tuning Menu Accessibility w/Podium Hub

    Consider these 3 steering wheel setups used on DD1 (F1); 1.) Podium F1 wheel, 2.) Podium Endurance Module on Podium Hub, and 3.) Podium Hub with 2 button clusters. Usage is currently only PS4. The third equipment arrangement precludes access to the tuning menu on the fly (so without switching wheels or connecting USB to PC). To make the number 3 setup able to access the tuning menu, one would have to change out the podium hub for a clubsport hub. This seems short-sighted from a design standpoint since chronologically Podium came after Clubsport. Why does the clubsport hub have this ability and not the Podium Hub? What other alternative(s) do you recommend?
     
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  8. DomB_Fanatec

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    Hi Rob, you are correct, a Podium Hub on its own (or with just the Button Cluster Pack) does not incorporate Tuning Menu access on the wheel, because it is missing three elements: Tuning button, directional stick / FunkySwitch, and a display. The Podium Hub was designed as more of a simple, modular component compared to the ClubSport Universal Hub. The Podium Hub is not a direct equivalent, otherwise it would have been named the 'Podium Universal Hub'.

    The Podium Hub is not only the core of the modular "Podium Steering Wheel Porsche 911 GT3 R", but it also serves as the most elegant solution for attaching third-party USB steering wheels to a Fanatec wheel base (for PC use). This can be achieved with the ClubSport Universal Hub as well, but in not such an elegant way. This is something our PC audience was looking for. Tuning Menu access can be achieved on PC through the driver, or through the FanaLab software (on compatible wheel bases).

    The Podium Hub requires additional modular components to add direct Tuning Menu access. At the moment, the only way to do this is via the Podium Button Module Endurance, which adds the Tuning button, FunkySwitch, and display, along with a number of other features and inputs. To make it match the feature set of the ClubSport Universal Hub, you need to add shifters as well, and there are two options now: Podium Advanced Paddle Module and ClubSport Magnetic Paddle Module.

    The Podium Hub is a more premium component compared to the ClubSport Hub. It has a stronger core construction, newer electronics (firmware updatable, unlike the ClubSport Universal Hub), and a more compact, purposeful appearance. A fully assembled GT3 R wheel with a Podium Hub at its core is the more premium device compared to the version using the ClubSport hub.

    The Podium Hub and the associated Podium Steering Wheel R300 are the only options in our range that do not include hardware Tuning Menu access out of the box. All of our other steering wheels have it, and they are all compatible with the PlayStation 4 / 5 when using the DD1 from the Podium Racing Wheel F1, so there are many alternatives.
     
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  9. Rob Brown

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    Thanks for the insights and comments. One thing for sure that I was unaware; clubsport universal Hub not being firmware updatable. Seems from website info that it is compatible with Fanalab, so what are the ramifications of this Hub not being firmware updatable?
    (I’m wondering if I should drop $279.96 while they are twenty remaining to get Tuning Menu access for every wheel scenario).