Bobcat Miner OTA Update - 09/02/2021 + Diagnoser Sync Status
Bobcat Miner OTA Update - 09/02/2021 + Diagnoser Sync Status

Sep 02, 2021 - Bobcat pushed the latest OTA update at 12:00 pm PDT today.

The following updates occurred in this OTA:

  • Helium Hotspot Firmware updated to 2021.08.31.1

  • Bobcat Miner Firmware updated to

  • New Diagnoser feature: Sync Status

The updated Helium firmware contains major blockchain and libp2p stability and performance updates. Please note that this release does not contain a snapshot update. The network is still waiting for enough Validators to update to v1.2.2 and come to consensus on chain blessed snapshots. The last snapshot that was blessed by the Consensus Group is from block 983521. Read the Helium engineering blog for all the details here.

Issues Resolved with this OTA

  1. Properly load the diagnoser page

  2. Further revive miners with a constant red or yellow LED light

New Diagnoser Features

Sync Status

  1. Green = Synced. Gap is smaller than 10 blocks

  2. Yellow = Syncing. Gap is between 10 - 10,000 blocks

  3. Red = Syncing. More than 10,000 blocks behind

  4. This reflects the miner's real-time syncing status and will therefore not always match what you see on the helium app, as the latter is often delayed.

  5. Selecting this menu item allows you to see the miner's height and blockchain height. A fully synced miner will have a miner height that is larger than the blockchain height.

Important Reminders

  1. Users can check both Helium and Bobcat firmwares by running the Diagnoser.

  2. Firmware update is scheduled to push in batches. All Bobcat fleet should receive the latest update within 24 hours.

  3. Hotspots connected to Ethernet/Wifi will receive these updates automatically. No manual intervention is needed. You do not need to open any ports.

  4. If your hotspot happens to be offline at the time of the update, it will still receive the OTA when it reconnects to the internet.

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