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

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


The following updates occurred in this OTA:

Bobcat Firmware version updated to 1.0.3.1 

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)

Bobcat 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. 

47 comments

  • Cang

    With the new update, my miner keeps on rebooting! Like every 30 minutes.

  • JS

    Anwar port forward hasnt been a thing since May when they activated the light hotspot update

    https://blog.helium.com/light-hotspots-explained-everything-you-need-to-know-f86612f571c6

    You do not need to port forward 22/443/1680/44158

    Also no you dont need a dedicated ip address anymore

  • Tommy

    Still getting the “Onboarding key not found this time. Maybe Miner isn’t started” Any update on this???

  • Doir Alexander

    Been “inactive” for days now. When will it start working again?

  • Murad

    Since 07/14/2022, 10:00 AM my Bobcat 300 has stopped working. Note: “Onboarding key not found this time. Maybe Miner isn’t started”. Reset, reboot, router restart and all other measures without success. Minor (5S) red. OTA version 1.0.3.1.
    What can I do

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