A prevailing question in the RC community is if you can bind any transmitter to any receiver. You might also ask the same question if you end up buying an incompatible transmitter.
So, can you bind any transmitter to any receiver?
It is possible to bind a different model of transmitter with any receiver. But we do not recommend it as it’s really hard and tricky to pull off. It is best to use the specific transmitter with its recommended receiver for optimal performance and safe usage.
This is basically the summary of our entire discussion. However, we’ve covered the topic in more detail below. Why not check it out? We don’t want you to miss it!
How Does Binding Work?
Let’s at first be familiar with the binding process and how it actually works.
To create a connection, the receiver needs to be bound to the transmitter. The transmitters have their uniquely assigned individual ID codes. The receivers need to be linked with the ID code in order to finish the binding process. It is similarly important to connect the ESC to the receiver.
The unique transmitter ID code is saved in the receiver memory once the binding process is completed. The receiver will replace the ID code with another ID code for new connections.
New RC users can find it a bit tricky to bind a receiver to a transmitter. It requires you to follow a set of instructions to establish a connection with the transmitter. These instructions will vary based on the brand and model of the receiver. Most new RC cars come with pre-bonded receivers nowadays, saving you the trouble of binding yourself.
You won’t be able to control your RC car if the receiver is not bound.
A good RC receiver always demands high signal receiving capability. We have gathered a list of quality RC receivers that are currently dominating the market-
Can Any Transmitter Bind With Any Receiver?
This answer to this question is a very tricky one and needs some detailed explanation.
In short, yes, you can technically bind any transmitter with any receiver. Although we do not recommend binding just any transmitter to a separate receiver.
Binding a transmitter with a separate receiver has a bit of a catch. When transmitting, you need to find out a way of changing the antenna. Antenna relays can help you in such cases to make those changes automatically for you.
As easy as it might sound, this process is tedious and highly likely to hit dead-ends. The possibility of your receiver being quickly worn-out by the power of the transmitter is immense. Also, both the transmitter and the receiver have to be on the same exact frequency to work.
So, binding incompatible transmitters and receivers are very risky as well as tricky.
Why Should You Avoid Binding Any Transmitter And Receiver?
To put it simply, you won’t have the easiest of times when binding a different transmitter. Most of the branded RC transmitters come pre-binded with the receiver.
However, binding a different brand of transmitter will be impossible for an average person. Each receiver comes with its unique bind process that can only be established with specific transmitters. Following the same procedure with a different transmitter will not work. So, your only option will be to manually reprogram your transmitter to respond to the receiver protocol.
Trying out a totally different transmitter is also an impossible task. Finding the right frequency for the receiver can be really hard and require advanced electronics skills. Also, different receivers demand model-specific protocols and programs. That means that you need to manually program the transmitter yourself.
The issues don’t stop there. Even after you manage to successfully bind with the receiver, you will face several technical difficulties.
There is a high chance of your transmitter damaging your receiver if the frequency is immense. You might also face a lot of restrictions when using the transmitter channels.
What Can You Do Then?
Rather than looking for different alternatives, you should stick with the specific brand for transmitters.
Most manufacturers, like Futaba, build their RC transmitters for specific receivers. But brands like Spektrum make good receivers that are cross-compatible with JR.
Every manufacturer develops its own protocols and programs for its software. Futaba exclusively uses FAAST( Futaba Advanced Spread Spectrum Technology), whereas, the Spektrum receiver uses DSM2 protocol. The FHSS protocol is used exclusively by Airtronics products and Hitec uses AFHSS.
So it is evident that specific receivers will only respond to their recommended brand of transmitters.
A new brand of third-party remote controllers has been introduced to the market for RC drones. Developed by a Chinese manufacturer, DJI Goggles review can connect most flight controllers with remote controllers. A 2.4GHz universal transmitter is claiming success with most RC cars regardless of the brand.
At the end of the day, these new third-party transmitters are still in their developmental stages. So it is wise to use brand-specific transmitters with the receivers for optimal performance.
Question: What is the range of a 2.4GHz RC transmitter?
Answer: A 2.4GHZ transmitter usually transmits within a range of 225 meters or 750 feet. This range can vary for different transmitters and depend a lot on the antennas used.
Question: Will any servo work with any receiver?
Answer: Yes, almost any servo sold on the market today will work with any receiver. We suggest using a digital servo for receivers using a Sbus decoder.
Question: Can you use any 2.4GHz receivers with one 2.4GHz transmitter?
Answer: You can only use 2.4 receivers with 2.4 transmitters if they belong to the same brand. If the transmitter and receiver do not belong to the same brand, it won’t operate.
Hopefully, that answered your question on can you bind any transmitter to any receiver.
We advise you to buy the recommended brand of transmitter and receiver to replace the old ones. A few extra bucks can save you a lot of time and spare trouble.
Hope you have a great time binding your receiver with the new transmitter. Enjoy your RC adventures!