Bobcat Miner OTA Update - 09/15/2021
Bobcat Miner OTA Update - 09/15/2021

Sep 15, 2021 - Bobcat pushed the latest OTA update at 03:00 PDT today.

The following updates occurred in this OTA:

  • Helium Hotspot Firmware updated to 2021.09.14.0

  • Bobcat Miner Firmware updated to

This required Helium release contains many important changes, the snapshot updates in particular are expected to resolve syncing issues.

Snapshot Updates

This release fixes some issues with snapshot loading, specifically with a Net Emissions related variable that was causing snapshot loading to fail and download cleanup issue that was leaving large partial downloads on disk.

Networking Improvements

This release also includes two networking improvements that should help Hotspots report the correct IP address to other blockchain participants.

We recommend Hotspot owners read the Helium Engineering Blog post as there were a lot of changes in this Helium miner update.

This OTA push makes no changes to the Bobcat Miner Firmware other than the version number. Going forward we will separate Helium and Bobcat firmware updates to better isolate and address issues.

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.

  5. We STRONGLY ADVISE you to use Ethernet when syncing for the first time, or resyncing/resetting any time. You can use Wifi once syncing has completed.

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