…well it is NOT a server, but just a remote pc that serves as a hub to which other pilots can join a 24/7 available FS-session. There we go!
First of all you need a (preferable) static IP-address. If you have a fs-community that can bear the costs…rent (as we did) a simple monthly low cost VPS @ Strato. Otherwise, someone in the community is willing to have a dedicated pc up and running on required hours of service.
For simplicity sake we have called our remote machine: OUR-HUB.
How to install, configure and run OUR-HUB.
- Connect to the external pc or server (may be using remote desktop):
- Create in the root of C:\ a folder –> C:\JoinFS
- Install SimConnect 10.0.62615.0 as copied from this location:
- Download JoinFS.msi (latest stable version only !)
- After downloading into the default download location: C:\…\Downloads\ –> DO NOT MOVE THE FILE.
- Then install JoinFS.msi from C:\…Downloads\ into C:\JoinFS
- A shortcut is made on your desktop;
- Right mouse click the shortcut properties and check the box: Run this program as administrator on the Compatibility tab
- Run JoinFS.exe as administrator and wait for the Firewall popup shows up and agree!
- Check the Firewall incoming connections to be open on the remote machine for JoinFS.exe when you don’t see the firewall popup.
- If the remote machine is behind a NAT Router, check that router for UPnP to be enabled and port 6112 to be forwarded to the remote machine IP-address where JoinFS.exe is running
- Press the network button to show green.
Server: Configuration of OUR-HUB (see the User Interface)
- Press Create and a session will be created with the IP-address as in My IP
- The Network indicator turns from red into green
Since there is no sim running on the remote machine, the Simulator indicator is red and stays red. There is no need to run any simulator.
- Select File and Settings
- Section General: UI always on top: checked
- Section Simulator: create your hub nickname (e.g OUR-HUB) and check the box.
- Section Network: choose 6112 for a general public connection.
- Section Hub Mode (Public): now pay attention!
— when you check Enable Hub Mode your hub is listed in the View-Hubs selection as OUR-HUB.
— if you don’t check the box, you need to tell your fellow pilots to which IP address they should connect.
— when you check Enable Hub Mode AND you change the local port to [any] port number, you need to tell your fellow pilots which port number is in use.
- Section Hub Mode (Public): when you want a private session, do not Enable Hub Mode. The JoinFS Network is created with the IP address as in My IP with the generic port 6112. You need to tell your fellow pilots where and how to connect.
- You are now up and running.
Client: How to connect to a private session
- You know the My IP address (from OUR-HUB) and the port number in use
- On you local machine (your flight-sim-pc) you have already installed JoinFS
- You have checked the incoming Firewall protocols for JoinFS
- You have checked your router for the UPnp function to be enabled AND
- You have checked your router and forwarded the port number (as given in 25) to your flight-sim-pc IP-address.
- On your flight-sim-pc, start JoinFS and open the menu View-Bookmarks
- Add a bookmark, using the known IP-address and port number from the hub and give it a recognizable name.
- Press Join and the line in the bookmark list will show Online.
- If the Network indicator stays red….either you have a typo in the address/port or OUR-HUB is offline.
- When the Network indicator is green..Fire up your simulator. The indicator becomes green.
Have fun… Any questions? Write us.