Basic functionality

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BEASTX flybarless system

Connecting to device

If not already done start StudioX now. When the USB2SYS is connected to the computer, make sure the corresponding port is selected in the selection box in the middle of the screen. If you have connected it after starting the software, click the RESCAN button above to refresh the port list, usually the correct port will be selected automatically then. If you don't know which port is the right one, also you can disconnect the USB2SYS once again, click RESCAN to clear the port list, connect the USB2SYS, wait a few seconds and click RESCAN once more. Now the port should be selected.

With the BLE2SYS in combination with a smartphone/tablet the BLE2SYS device should appear automatically when starting the app after powering up your flybarless device with BLE2SYS. If this is not the case, click the selection box and choose "BLE2SYS". If nothing's there, click the RESCAN button above to search for new devices. This can take from a few seconds up to a few minutes. If the scan process finishes immediately and the box stays empty it is very likely the bluetooth function is switched off on your phone or the app has no rights to access the bluetooth connection! So check your phone settings in this case.

Then connect the USB2SYS interface to the [SYS] port of your BEASTX device and power everything up. Click CONNECT to load the data from your device and to enter configuration menus. In case you are asked for the BLE2SYS pin code, this is 1111 by default.

When connection fails, on the computer once again check driver installation and port configuration as shown in the beginning. When your BLE2SYS is not found by the smartphone/tablet, check if the BLE2SYS it is operating properly: The blue LED must flash in short intervals. Note that by default the interface will switch off automatically after 30 seconds. So if you need too long time to initiate connection it may have been disabled. Disconnect it or cylce power and try again. Sometimes it can be helpful to close the app completely, disconnect and reconnect the BLE2SYS and start over again!

Also note that the device name can be different! By default it's "BLE2SYS", but as it's possible to change the bluetooth id, it maybe different.

Overview screen

When connection to your BEASTX device is established, wait until the data is loaded from the device and initialization sequence is finished. At first the system will calibrate to the radio system, Menu LEDs H to N will cycle up and down at the device (MICROBEAST PLUS/AR7210BX) and you can read Radio init in the opening overview screen. During this time do not move the sticks on your radio as the system is learning the stick mid positions! In the second step the device checks if the sensors are working correctly and learns the sensor rest positions. Here Menu LEDs A to G will cycle up and down (MICROBEAST PLUS/AR7210BX) and you can read Sensor init in the opening overview screen. During this time do not move the helicopter! When initialization is completed, the Status LED will change to blue or purple color indicating the current gyro mode and you can read the gyro gain and mode in the app.

To be able to access all settings wait until your device has passed initialization sequence. If it doesn't, probably receiver setting is wrong. So start with the CONTROL SETUP.

If you can't get through the initialization sequence either because LEDs A-G or LEDs H-N don't stop cycling, please read the FAQ and do the CONTROL SETUP first (see manual of your device for further instructions).

Flight log book

StudioX includes a flight log book that allows to keep record of your flights and battery usage. To synchronize your log book with different devices, you can change the storage location from the Options menu. If you like, you can choose a cloud drive folder there. The log data is stored in a single .xml file. Also you can copy this file between devices or backup this file if needed.

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When you open the Flight log for the first time, you have to add a location (your flying field), a model and at least one battery. (If you don't want to add flight log and only want to keep track of your battery usage, you can solely add batteries as well.) Click the Options button on the upper left corner and choose Add, then add the items one after another.

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Choose options and add items Add a location ... and a model
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Also we need a battery Then choose Edit... ...and assign battery to the model Now you can see your model and its batteries

Now by clicking the battery, you can "Charge" it (you can do this at home when you've charged your batteries in reality). Then after flying with the battery click here again to discharge the battery. Then the flight log will open and you can add additional informations.

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Battery charged.. ..and discharged again

Go to Logs to review your flights. Also you can display some graph about your battery usage.

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If you feel adding additional flight data is to laborius, you can switch into Quick mode. Here adding log data is not required when "discharging" a battery.

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BLE2SYS Configuration

When using an iOS or Android smartphone/tablet you can configure the BLE2SYS device by tapping the BLE2SYS button on top of the main window. This will open a configuration screen (or you will be asked to enter the pin code for the bluetooth device first).

Device Name

You can set a custom device name (maximum length 11 digits) by changing the name in the line on top of the screen, i. e. by entering the name of your helicopter. Then this name will be the bluetooth identifier. Please note when chaging the name you may have to restart the StudioX app as well as the BLE2SYS device in order to see the new name in the main window.

Automatic deactivation

Never ever fly your helicopter when the bluetooth device is active! The bluetooth signal is sent on the 2.4GHz band and may interfer with your radio signal. For your convenience you can set an automatic deactivation timeout here, so the device will power off automatically after the given amount of time when no connection is requested. So you can leave the module plugged into your BEASTX device when flying the helicopter and when not using the app. When you set the timeout to 0 the device will be active all time.

Warning.png Warning: When you deactivate the timeout, never leave your BLE2SYS connected when flying your helicopter! This can lead to radio signal loss and cause severe injury or damage!

Change pin code

If necessary you can change the pin code for connecting to the BLE2SYS. We highly recommend to do this as the default pin "1111" is known to everyone, so it may be very likely that some moron tries to fool you and connects to your device when on the flying field or even when you intend to fly!

Firmware update

When you are using a computer (PC/mac) to configure your BLE2SYS, you will additionaly see a "Firmware Update" button. So obviously when you click that button you will be able to upload latest firmware updates to your BLE2YS interface (if necessary). The update procedure is not different to any other BEASTX device and is described in the section Firmware Update.