Bobcat Miner OTA Update - 11/17/2021
Nov 17, 2021 - Bobcat pushed 2 separate OTA updates today respectively at 13:00 PST at 19:30 PST.
Bobcat Miner Firmware has been updated to 18.104.22.168
Helium Hotspot Firmware has been updated to 2021.11.17.2
The Bobcat firmware OTA was to help those hotspots that were not producing new blocks to automatically resync, so that they could be unstuck and catch up with the blockchain.
The Helium miner OTA was a mandatory release. It includes 'CRITICAL fixes to ensure that Hotspots continue to follow the chain after the 24 hr+ chain halt we've all experienced earlier this week.'
'An additional note from the team. We're definitely aware of ongoing activity issues, syncing issues, and gossip issues on all Hotspot manufacturers. We're hoping this change and the upcoming Validator release will help us get back on track'. Follow the announcements channel in Helium discord to learn more.
You might temporarily see these displays or errors during an OTA update, which are normal and do not require intervention:
1. The LED light turns yellow
2. The Diagnoser cannot be accessed
3. The Miner (5s) pages show the error ‘RPC to 'firstname.lastname@example.org' failed’
4. The hotspot blockchain height shows ‘unknown’
5. The miner status is 'down'
6. The gap is '-'
All of these are temporary and you DO NOT need to do anything. The hotspot will go back to normal on its own once the OTA is complete.