(Also works on rFactor, rFactor2, Game Stock Car and SimBin Series)
This guide has been in the plan for sometimes , however since a video is a much more effective tool in the delivering the message, this video is recorded.
This is a quick guide for those that wants to set up mapping on each position of the Rotary Switch.
Rotary encoders are nice for volume controls, adjusting seat, in fact the old analogue radio tuner and Volume knob on your car that you pressed to turn it on and rotate to adjust volume are all rotary encoders.
However if you try to turn on the encoder’s knob , Say you assigned “NEXT Black box” and “Prev black box” on an encoder, each pulse when turning act as a press of a button, while its fantastic – it’s hard to stop at a certain point unless you focus your attention to the screen of what is displaying while you turn the encoder’s knob – and this, might not be very good while you drive.
Rotary Switches in other hand provide a stopping point and/or precise-exact location for a function/press , during race /practice, this is critical -,Every time the knob turns to a position, it acts as if a button is pressed , (like in the video Position 1 can be an F1 and position 3 can be F12 – it doesn’t’ have to go through 4-11 to get to 12, unlike encoders).
When the click/switch is sitting and stopped at a spot, it displays that requested information for that particular position every time, whether is F1 or F10. (i.e. 6 O’clock position is always F6 or 3 O’clock is always F3, if it’s mapped that way), try doing this with an encoders, and you’ll get different result every time even though the clock position is the same.
Think of it like this: An encoders acts like Sequential shifters , it can only reach 4th after going through 3rd or after coming back from 5th gear – While rotary switch disregard sequential rules – they act like H-Patern shifter (in a rotation manner) it can go to 3rd gear from 5th directly without ever going through 4th – as long as they are next to each other in the rotation position.
This is why , it is recommended to use 2 rotary switches with SLI-PRO to control the left and right displays – Encoders works also (assignable in controls mappings as Next and prev in SLIMAX manager) however it requires the user to look at the display and stop turning when the information requested is displayed.
In the video below I use iRacing as an example but once you finished watching this, you’ll understand that if you assign the same function key(s) in other sim such as rFactor (2) , Simbin, or Game Stock Car – they will work just like iniRacing.
The Rotary switch used in the picture above only have 3 points to solder instead of 12 + 1 ground- these are made by Leo Bodnar and you can purchase them at 5 GBP each at http://www.leobodnar.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=69&products_id=201
The Video bellows shows a step by step on how to map the rotary switch to iRacing Black Box