Bobcat Miner OTA Update - 11/21/2021

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Bobcat Miner OTA Update - 11/21/2021

Nov 21, 2021 - Bobcat pushed 2 separate OTA updates. The first was on 11/20 at 22:50 PST and the second on 11/21 at 7:35 PST.

Bobcat Miner Firmware updated from 1.0.2.49 to 1.0.2.50

Helium Hotspot Firmware updated from 2021.11.21.1 to 2021.11.21.2

These releases include highly recommended fixes to improve network-wide block sync and snapshot ingestion on Hotspots with less memory. Additionally, they include the following fixes:

  • Rescue blocks were not considered “plausible” by newer gossip code, and were not getting distributed except via fastforward.

  • The snapshot loading code has been rewritten to take much less memory, allowing lower-memory Hotspots to load snapshots and follow the chain more easily.

Read the Helium Engineering Blog here for more details.

IMPORTANT:

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 'miner@127.0.0.1' 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.

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