This external instrument software for X-Plane was initially made for our Baron-58 Home Cockpit simulator.
SimVim Cockpit Simulator is an easy-to-use program providing a set of realistic, fully-functional aircraft instruments to be displayed on a computer that is connected by network to the main computer with X-Plane and ArdSim(X) plugin.
The program doesn't require any configuration on the user's part. Once you download our ArdSim(X) plugin for X-Plane and run the program on another computer in the local network, they will connect automatically.
The project is ongoing, and in time we will be making panels for more types of aircraft.
System requirements: The program doesn't require a powerful system - any old PC with processor frequency of about 1000 Mhz can be used. For our Baron-58 one very old PC is used for full panel, a Celeron 1000 with an old Nvidia 5500 card.
A convenient way is to use an old laptop with additional LCD monitor connected to it. Here is an example of the "basic six" running very smoothly on Asus EEE PC 900 screen (see the first video below). Almost every old laptop has a VGA output, allowing the connection of a larger display, making for a rather cheap (and quiet) system. You can even connect it with wi-fi instead of a cable.
If you can get an old computer, sometimes it can be even cheaper than using a Raspberry Pi, which is also an option.
Combined with ArdSimX Interface (Arduino + ArdSimX):