Bobber OTA Update: Blockchain Sync Turned Off! - 7/15/2022
Bobber OTA Update: Blockchain Sync Turned Off!  - 7/15/2022

Bobber pushed the latest OTA update at 03:00 PST today.

The following updates occurred in this OTA:

Bobcat Firmware version updated to 

Helium Firmware version updated to 2022.07.14.0_GA 

Important changes by Helium Firmware: 2022.07.14.0_GA 

  1. Contains fixes to packet delivery to make it more reliable when Hotspots fall offline for a brief period of time
  2. Contains fixes that will allow Hotspots to transfer packets using the Light Hotspot firmware code (or gateway-rs)

Bobber has turned off chain sync as required. To hotspot owners this means:

  1. Your hotspot is always synced and doesn't need to load snapshots.
  2. There's no need for port-forwarding anymore.
  3. Even less power consumption now that hotspots no longer need to sync.

As a result, the Diagnoser and the Bobber App will see or expect these changes to take place:

  1. P2P status report/Peerbook removed from the app 
  2. Gap display removed from the app 
  3. Sync display removed from the app
  4. Network Status display removed from the app
  5. Resync, Fast Sync options removed from the Diagnoser

If it’s not obvious already, these are good changes as we’re finally embarking on the journey to the light hotspot era. Less headaches, more network stability. 


  • Dana

    Glad this is finally posted because I was worried about the “removed” items from the Diagnoser and miner.json. I actually opened a ticket after resetting my miner thinking something was very broken. Please post these update prior to pushing OTA.

  • Anwar

    Good News that the port forwarding is not required anymore – does this mean no more relay status??
    One more question do we still need to have a dedicated ip for the miner?
    Let’s Hope the new version increase the rewards!

  • Beli

    Was searching for issues on my site for hours.
    Got kicked from discord due “Account Suspicious”

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