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Getting Started with SimHub to Add Race Telemetry to your Sim Rig

There are hundreds of free dash templates available here at RaceDepartment, so here is a tutorial on getting started with SimHub.

SimHub is a free program for PC that allows you to enhance your sim racing experience in a variety of ways, including using a second screen or tablet or phone to display live race telemetry. You may have seen sim rigs using four-monitor setups and an upper monitor for displaying race information, or others using a small display above the wheelbase to show the car’s gear, speed, and a tachometer. Both of these functions can be achieved using SimHub.

Although race telemetry is only the tip of the iceberg as far as what can be accomplished using SimHub, it is a good way to get acquainted with the software and is easy to setup. To start, you can download SimHub for free and install it on your PC. There is an optional paid upgrade for as little as €6 that will unlock more functions, but to get started the free version should suffice.

Next, you’ll need a dash. A dash in this case is a telemetry screen that can be sent to a second monitor, phone, tablet, or anything else that can display a web page. A good place to find a dash is to browse through the Misc section of our Assetto Corsa downloads and find a dash you’re interested in. Most of the dashes shared on RD come with instructions but installing a dash can be as simple as double-clicking on the file you downloaded. From there, the dash is added to your SimHub install and can be activated in the software. You can then navigate to a local IP address which can be found in the software by going to Dash Studio > Dashboards > Open in phone or tablet.

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Which dash you use and what information is displayed is a personal preference. For some, a large tachometer helps to time shifts perfectly. For others, a full track map helps them time their pit stops. Or maybe a combination of the two plus relative timings is useful for some, helping them stay on top of all of the pertinent race information.

SimHub is a powerful tool, and again, this is only the most fundamental aspect of what it can do. Be sure to check out the dash builds shared by our incredibly talented modding community by browsing your favourite sim’s download section on the left. Adding telemetry to a second screen is a great way to add immersion and give yourself a few more tools to help win races.

If you have a favourite dash, be sure to let us know in the comments below.
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Mike Smith
I have been obsessed with sim racing and racing games since the 1980's. My first taste of live auto racing was in 1988, and I couldn't get enough ever since. Lead writer for RaceDepartment, and owner of SimRacing604 and its YouTube channel. Favourite sims include Assetto Corsa Competizione, Assetto Corsa, rFactor 2, Automobilista 2, DiRT Rally 2 - On Twitter as @simracing604

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Free version has a 10FPS limit on the screens, so it might make it a bit laggy.

The 6 euro license to unlock it all is well worth the money IMO.

I use an older android phone top of my wheel for the dash cluster and a tablet for all the additional info / lap times / leaderboard, etc...

Cost me very little, but performs and looks like I paid a ton of money for :D
 
I use the Simdashboard for this function. There's a paywall to unlock full all features for this app also or you can unlock them per game, which suited me better.
Worth every dime, despite some minor bugs.

Regards.

Ricardo V. Soares
 
I use the Simdashboard for this function. There's a paywall to unlock full all features for this app also or you can unlock them per game, which suited me better.
Worth every dime, despite some minor bugs.

Regards.

Ricardo V. Soares
Simhub is 1000x easier to create your own dashes. And you don't have to do it on your phone
 
Speaking of telemetry, not on-board data displaying, it would be great to have a way to send data to another pc over the internet. I wonder if that's possible in some way.
 
I love SimHub.

I've created many overlays to replace the quite frankly aged and hideous rF2 HUD.

It is easy to use, well written - pretty much bug-less and extremely stable.

I liked it soo much I bought a license from the outset, then a maybe a year later bought another license as I think the €6 was too little for the amount of use I've gotten out of it.

Definitely recommend ;D
 
Speaking of telemetry, not on-board data displaying, it would be great to have a way to send data to another pc over the internet. I wonder if that's possible in some way.
I'm pretty sure you can create a Web dash and then open the url in a browser on a different computer and see the data on the dash.

I'm sure i'e done this...
 
never try it too expensive outside euro zone, but i use sim dashboard i get on sale and work great so many fuctions not only a dash you can also add buttons use in many devices at once for as low the equivalent of 1 euro
 
Simhub is 1000x easier to create your own dashes. And you don't have to do it on your phone
Maybe I am thinking of a different SIM Dashboard. I tried SIM Dashboard and Simhub and thought SIM Dashboard was much easier than Simhub. Also, I am using a Galaxy Tab S6 Lite for the display with SIM Dashboard which I think is the perfect size for my rig.
 
I want to use it as 4th screen on a tablet. Did not find a decent telemetry app...
 
I love SimHub.

I've created many overlays to replace the quite frankly aged and hideous rF2 HUD.

It is easy to use, well written - pretty much bug-less and extremely stable.

I liked it soo much I bought a license from the outset, then a maybe a year later bought another license as I think the €6 was too little for the amount of use I've gotten out of it.

Definitely recommend ;D
I paid €20 for it. Twice. Because I s*** money. And because it's a unique piece of software that also runs my pedal vibrators, bass shakers, analogue tachometer, shift lights and much more. Comparable software costs tenfold as much and aren't half as good.
 
It's very hard not to love SimHub, i use it for my displays, simwind and shakeit (buttkickers)

There's a very large amount of dashboards available to download for free, which you can all edit to match your personal preferences.

But.. there's more. With all the extra properties available in SimHub and being able to insert properties yourself, the possibilities are endless.

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Display on the left : Intensity settings of SFX / Tactile / Wind, but the display is also used as a racelogic display

Display in the middle: An old Note3 converted to a race display f

Display on the right: Mainly used for a general system info like clock speeds, temps, % usage ect, but with a rotary i can also scroll through all available displays.
 
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The guy behind the development is a freaking genius and always open to help on his discord channel! Totally worth to pay more than once. I used it since the first versions and it hasn't stop surprising me with new developments. I use it for the shakers, wind, dashboards, telemetry, etc. with old telephones and a Vocore. Out of laziness I haven't yet installed the led system but really the possibilities are endless and it cost nothing!
 

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