FanaLab introduction

edited September 7 in FanaLab
Welcome to FanaLab!

FanaLab is our new PC software that allows fine-tuning of Fanatec hardware settings and features. Before jumping into the action right away, take a look at the Game Profile tab to enable support for each game via the green buttons.


Please note: The software is currently in beta, and will see significant improvements over the coming weeks and months. The known issues listed below are being worked on, and should already be resolved in the next version.


You need to be running driver version 340 or higher. These drivers can be found in the beta drivers section.


V1.08 BETA Known Issues:


- rFactor 2 telemetry not supported properly
- The Tuning Menu setting “[SHO] Vibration Strength” can’t be adjusted using FanaLab and has to be adjusted on the wheel if the sequential shifter is mapped to the paddles on the wheel in driver settings.
- When using the Universal Hub with APM the Tuning Menu setting “[AP] Advanced Paddle Module” might not visible in FanaLab -> Restart FanaLab.
- Re-scaling the size of the FanaLab window might make the game list look weird. Fixes itself when scrolling.



We encourage you to experiment with all of FanaLab's features and report any bugs in this thread.



We originally designed this software for the Podium Series wheel bases, but as the development scope has grown, it now also supports the ClubSport Wheel Base V2.5 and CSL Elite Wheel Base +, as well as improving display functionality on all Fanatec steering wheels, plus improved control over vibration motors in compatible wheels and pedals.


With this new software, you’ll have another means of adjusting Tuning Menu values on-the-fly, with a wider overview of the settings compared to the wheel displays. You can save as many profiles as you like, and create an unlimited number of Tuning Menu presets. These can be assigned to automatically load when you launch your favourite sim from FanaLab, and you can export and share your best profiles with your friends.


We’ve also enabled new dynamic FFB effects driven by car telemetry data. At this stage, we’re including a speed-sensitive damper and an additional damper for driving in reverse, with more dynamic features to come, for example front suspension effects, countersteer effect, and Dynamic Force Enhancement. The speed-sensitive damper is useful for taming high-speed oscillation without needing to add too much ‘natural’ damper or friction, meaning that you can have a very active wheel at low speeds, and a stable one at high speeds.


In addition, display functionality has improved on all wheels, as FanaLab allows you to select what available telemetry data is shown, and the order of priority. The activation point for all RevLEDs can also be changed, and the new RGB RevLEDs and FlagLEDs allow for custom colours.



Planned for future updates:


Game Support:
- Assetto Corsa Competizione
- KartKraft
- Fixing rFactor 2 Support


User Interface improvements:
- Option to auto-start with Windows
- Option to start minimised
- Select favourite games to be on top of the game list
- Favourite games can launch through right-click on tray icon (as with Steam)
- Highlighting text of selected option for a better overview between text and sliders


LED improvements:
- More FlagLED options (Only wheels with RGB LEDs)
- More colors to choose from (Only wheels with RGB LEDs)
- Adjustable LED brightness (Only wheels with RGB LEDs)
- Optimised UI for a better RevLED overview


Vibration
- Over-/Understeer vibration effects on pedals


Dynamic FFB
- Countersteer Effect
- Front Suspension Effect
- Dynamic Force Enhancement


We want to hear your feedback! Please tell us what you think of the existing features and add any requests or ideas for new functionality.
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  • edited September 6
    When I load up the software none of my Fanatec equipment, which is powered on, shows in active devices.
  • edited September 6
    Is it in Xbox mode? Make sure it is in PC mode. Try hitting the refresh button.
  • Is it in Xbox mode? Make sure it is in PC mode. Try hitting the refresh button.
    Definitely in PC mode and have tried to refresh numerous times.
  • Everyone: Make sure you are AT LEAST on beta driver 340 as every older driver is not compatible!

  • is there any benefit to using this if you only use your gear on a PS4?  e.g. for quick restoration of settings etc. after firmware upgrade?
  • edited September 6
    is there any benefit to using this if you only use your gear on a PS4?  e.g. for quick restoration of settings etc. after firmware upgrade?




    Gonna be strange saying something positive on here, but looks really neat and easy to navigate.
    However, Christopher a excellent question.

  • is there any benefit to using this if you only use your gear on a PS4?  e.g. for quick restoration of settings etc. after firmware upgrade?
    Certainly, while this type of software is not able to run on consoles, you can indeed use FanaLab to quickly restore Tuning Menu presets after a firmware update (using a PC).
  • edited September 6
    Do the driver settings and fanalabs work with each other? or do they interfering? And what kind of data does Fanalabs send to Fanatec? Telemtetry? 
  • You should definitely uninstall Fanaleds as it can (and most probably will) get in conflict with FanaLab when both programs want the telemetry data from the game at the same time. 
  • edited September 6
    Oh sorry. I meant Fanalabs, haha. I don't use Fanaleds. EkSimracing = superior. I am testing it now. Seems the wheelsettings in the driver + fanalabs work together. 

    The only thing I want to know is: Does Fanalabs sends data to Fanatec? 
  • haha I knew it wouldnt take long until someone mistaken FanaLab with Fanaleds :D
    Yes, Driver and FanaLab are working hand in hand together ;-) 
  • Are there any plans to add different LED settings for different gears? Like sometimes 1st gear optimum shift point is lets say 6800 while 5th is 6600 or stuff like that
  • No Support for the CSL Elite...  :(
  • edited September 6
    Small criticism, from a quick glance.
    The background images make it difficult to look at / hard on the eyes, especially screens like the "Vibration" tab.

    Ahh, you can change it... nice, much better :P
  • No Support for the CSL Elite...  :(
    unofficially there is support. Only the Tuning Menu is not working on CSL E, CSL E v1.1 and CSW v2. Everything else like Dynamic Damping, LEDs and Display as well as vibrations *should* work.
  • Small criticism, from a quick glance.
    The background images make it difficult to look at / hard on the eyes, especially screens like the "Vibration" tab.
    You can set your own background image to whatever picture you think is better :)
  • edited September 7
    Hmm after a few laps in AC. I think it won't this. I think FFB and such should come from the game itself. 

    The leds and such are much better at EKsimracing, imho. But I like the effort Fanatec puts in this kind of stuff.


  • Is there any plans of adding K/ERS% to the data display? This is one feature I liked from Fanaleds as it helped me in hybrid powered cars, and I think it's a bit more useful than Speed all the time. :)
  • Hmm after a few labs in AC. I think it won't this. I think FFB and such should come from the game itself. 

    The leds and such are much better at EKsimracing, imho. But I like the effort Fanatec puts in this kind of stuff.


    The FFB comes from the game. You can disable the dynamic damping stuff and then you feel exactly the same FFB as when not using FanaLab.
  • I can't get the LEDs and display to work on F1 2019, anyone else? DD2 and FV2
  • I can't get the LEDs and display to work on F1 2019, anyone else? DD2 and FV2
    Did you disabled Game Support / Enabled FanaLab Support and enabled Telemetry as well as enabled the Fanatec SDK in the game option? Are you on the latest driver and firmware? Should work without a problem.
  • Don't remember to see Fanatec sdk option in-game, but I found the problem... The settings you need in telemetry for fanalab to work are not the same that simhub needs, I'm not going to discard simhub over fanalab, so please see if it's possible to coexist with them...
  • edited September 6
    For visual matters it would be nice to see the APM implemented in the wheel for the people that have the APM... But this is just visual, nothing really important.
  • is there any benefit to using this if you only use your gear on a PS4?  e.g. for quick restoration of settings etc. after firmware upgrade?
    Certainly, while this type of software is not able to run on consoles, you can indeed use FanaLab to quickly restore Tuning Menu presets after a firmware update (using a PC).
    Nice, will have to remember that. Dom, saw u in the GamerMuscle chat stream. i said hello, but probably busy and all.
  • yeah will probably run it solely for the settings. That's real good stuff. 
  • I don't think I'm alone here when I ask for support for maybe the oldest Sim but the best Nascar Sim ever Nascar 2003 Season by Papyrus, please ^:)^
  • Did a quick look through the manual and did not find the clutch bite point setting for the APM or the McLaren.  Each car would have a different bite point as well as the other setting.  

    Is this a planned addition?
  • the LED on my P1 is showing no value /data (regardless  what i set it in fanalabs , 1 or multiple setups) 
    Aand the vibration on throttle&brake dont work with a suspension vibration setting enabled.  got some 51 code in the display 1 time.

    the gear & speed indicator worked fine on the Rim prior driver & fanaleds update.
    i run DD2 and mclaren p1 rim + V3 pedals  (updated all except dd motor fw)  ill look more at it tomrrow. just curious if others have same issues
  • edited September 7
    Edit: Doesn't work in rFactor 2 because it won't install in 64bit folder and .dll isn't recognized ingame, etiher. Imma going to bed, lol. 
  • it would be good if you could change the UDP port for telemetry in Fanalab so that other hardware/software can be used at the same time, e.g. Motion, Slipro etc.
  • No Support for the CSL Elite...  :(
    unofficially there is support. Only the Tuning Menu is not working on CSL E, CSL E v1.1 and CSW v2. Everything else like Dynamic Damping, LEDs and Display as well as vibrations *should* work.
    Are there plans to support the named wheel bases fully (CSWv2 user here), or is this just impossible due to some technical or HW restrictions?
  • Will there be Support for ClubSport Wheel Base V2 in the Future? 

    No matter what wheel is plugged in I have no access to the Tuning Menu which makes the SW quite useless for me.

    Flag LED´s: Still not working for F1 2019. Of Course I can set them up in the Software but the Flag´s of the game are still not recognized...
  • Will there be Support for ClubSport Wheel Base V2 in the Future? 

    No matter what wheel is plugged in I have no access to the Tuning Menu which makes the SW quite useless for me.

    Flag LED´s: Still not working for F1 2019. Of Course I can set them up in the Software but the Flag´s of the game are still not recognized...
    No, the CSW v2 has old electronics and can't communicate with FanaLab properly. Therefore it's not possible to get the Tuning Menu working with that Base. But everything else like Dynamic Damping, Vibration and Led / Display can be adjusted. Regarding Flagleds of the game: please contact Codemasters as they use an old Fanatec SDK. To get Flagleds working on a CSW v2 they have to use the latest Fanatec SDK 3.9 which they obviously don't do. Nothing Fanatec can do here, it's a game issue.
  • it doesn't automatically switch profile when i change game, i had to save my profile again to make it active
  • it doesn't automatically switch profile when i change game, i had to save my profile again to make it active
    Make sure you have the profile set as Default profile so the default button is green, then it WILL load the profile when you start the game.
  • it doesn't automatically switch profile when i change game, i had to save my profile again to make it active
    Make sure you have the profile set as Default profile so the default button is green, then it WILL load the profile when you start the game.
    thanks, all good now
  • edited September 7
    That dynamic ffb is tricky stuff; speed threshold standard at 100km. Who is going to tell me that the 'power' of a BMW M8 GTE changes at 100km with an effect range & strength of both 50. So that has to be done from the game by the developers who have the data from it.

    EkSimracing does those leds much better and much more to set up. Fanatec / Endor is trying to invent something that has been around for years. I think you should work together with Zappadoc from EKsimracing or just bin the led thingy and work onto other stuff that's more innovative. 

    I get the idea of FanaLab. The only thing I consider are a good thing is able to save tune-settings and let the program load them on the fly when loading a game. or when doing a firmware update which resets all the stuff.  The vibration of the pedals and rim-rumble are also good. However, I've my doubt bout the dynamic FFB and bout the Leds which other developers do lot better. 

    Perhaps do something with telemetry for finetuning the best FFB per car/track or game. 


  • Can I change the mode from PC to Comp inside the Fanalab?
  • Can I change the mode from PC to Comp inside the Fanalab?
    no.
  • edited September 7
    Hello everyone. I´d love to get started with FanaLab. Beta Driver 345 is installed. I´m using a CSW-V2.5 with the V2. But it won´t work on F1 2019 for me. FanaLab is always telling that the telemetry is "uninitialized".
    I´ve used SimHub for testing dash-options (I´ve uninstalled it, FanaLed is uninstalled too..) - Perhaps I am using the wrong UDP-Port?
    Neither 20888 nor 20777 worked. And yes, Telemetry and Hardware Support is enabled in FanaLab.
    So some thoughts and help would be very nice. Thanks!

    Edit: It seems, I´ve found the solution... (just turned the UDP-Transmission-Mode to OFF) Now everything works fine, including the Flag-LED.
    Thanks for this nice piece of software!
  • Hi i have installed fanalab fom csw 2.5 and F1 2019 rim

    Display responding very slow informations for example of the gear not working correct.
    rpm leds are not working!
    How can i reset back to Original telemetry 

    Thanks in advanced



  • software says the CSL Elite Mclaren GT3 is not supported under vibration setting is that correct ?
  • software says the CSL Elite Mclaren GT3 is not supported under vibration setting is that correct ?
    sure, the McLaren Wheel doesnt have vibration motors inside. ;) 
  • edited September 7
    CSL Elite+ (PS4) + BMW GT2 Rim
    Driver package installed v345
    Updated Servo Firmware & Motor Firmware from the new Driver Package
    Games tested: RaceRoom Racing Experience

    Software options are great, profile Import/Export is one of the most wished features for a long time now, so thanks for that!
    Vibration Motor effects adjustability works flawless, but:

    LED's on the base stopped working after Driver/Firmware update
    And please do something about the CPU usage of the Software
    Holy 18% CPU usage on 16 Cores! Seriously?

  • CSL Elite+ (PS4) + BMW GT2 Rim
    Driver package installed v345
    Updated Servo Firmware & Motor Firmware from the new Driver Package
    Games tested: RaceRoom Racing Experience

    Software options are great, profile Import/Export is one of the most wished features for a long time now, so thanks for that!
    Vibration Motor effects adjustability works flawless, but:

    LED's on the base stopped working after Driver/Firmware update
    And please do something about the CPU usage of the Software
    Holy 18% CPU usage on 16 Cores! Seriously?

    0,5-1,2 % CPU usage for me, i7 9700K. So no issue on my machine regarding CPU usage...
  • edited September 7
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    I have 0.1-0.3 when the Game is not running.
    Maybe you did not started the Game?

    Guess the polling rate of Telemetry Data is way too high
  • Nice software and a good point to start.
    But the dynamic FFB settings are having no effect for me (DD2 and driver 3.45), at least not in AC. I didn't test it in iRacing yet.

    And here just a few suggestions:
    • The profiles are saved within in the AppData Folder. Basically no problem, but you have to know where to find them. So maybe a shortcut within FanaLab to open the Windows-Explorer with the profile folder would be nice.
      And in my oppinion it would be better to save the profiles within the Documents folder. Would be easier to find / backup / share.
      I know, you can export a profile. But if I want to backup all profiles, it's easier just to copy the complete folder rather than to export every profile manually.
    • The profile folders are having strange names -> 0_0 / 0_1 / 5_0 etc. It would be nice if they would be named after the game they belong to.
    • Every profile contains only one tuning menu setting and not all five. I now make all my profiles within  tuning menu one so I don't get confused
      Because I had it yesterday that I saved my iRaving profile as SET 3 and AC as SET 2. Then I loaded the iRacing profile and after that AC. Then I switched to SET 3 inside the wheel base while driving in AC and the steering wheel nearly was ripped from my hands because the FFB strength setting I use in iRacing is way higher than in AC.
      I expected that every profile contains all five tuning menu settings. Maybe you guys can think about an option so the user can choose if only one setting should be saved within the profile (or loaded from) or if he want to have all five settings.
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    I have 0.1-0.3 when the Game is not running.
    Maybe you did not started the Game?

    Guess the polling rate of Telemetry Data is way too high
    oh, you aare right.. 33% and more here when running ACC.. :o 
  • Looks like rFactor 2 support is broken. I tried copying the plugin from the 32 to the 64 bit folder but it does not show up in plugins.
  • Looks like rFactor 2 support is broken. I tried copying the plugin from the 32 to the 64 bit folder but it does not show up in plugins.
    yes, see first post with known issues.
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