Recently added FSWidgets iGMapHD for iPad to my system.
It is far from being a perfect product and has the problems of:
- slow reflesh rate of maps and tracks
- incomplete airport and terrain data
However, it adds a lot of fun to my flightsim experience without a real multi-monitor system. It is very easy to setup. And it doesn’t like Air Display, it won’t impact FSX performance at all.
I also tried the same product on Mac platform. It is more responsive than the iPad version due to hardware and wired network connection.
It is slightly better than the iPad version but its price is US$30 more expensive, is not justified. (Edit: The last line was edited out because the comment posted by Fermin of FSWidgets regarding the development of the product is well justified. Truly appreciate the endeavours and efforts FSWidget team puts onto this product. As I said, I got great fun from it. That’s no doubt about it.)
=== Update ===
A week ago, I replaced my four-years old Linksys WRT-350N router with ZyXEL NBG-460N. The NBG-460N was claimed to be one of the fastest routers in its category many months ago.
Indeed, its performance was good compared to the WRT-350N. However, the router acted strangely in many ways, such as updating my DDNS in every 30 mins.
Worse still, the connection between the FSX and iGMapHD was almost certain breaking up in any flight session running for about 5 to 10 mins. With the help from Fermin of FSWidgets, it was no doubt that the NBG-460N was the culprit. I had no choice but to buy a new one.
I am now using the Linksys E4200. Many reviews report that it is one of the fastest wireless router available so far. It truly is.
I am confident to say that the loading of maps and tracks on iGMapHD is at least two to three times faster on my iPad now. Performance is way above WRT-350N and NBG-460N can offer.
Fermin of FSWidgets was glad to hear my result and said, “I hope that also fixes the lag issue you mention” in this post.
Surely it does but the E4200 is very expensive. I was struggling for two days whether to buy it. The scenario of my current iGMapHD connection is more like packing a jet engine into a Cessna 172.