Spotter Firmware Updates

Whenever a newer firmware version is available for your Spotter, you will be notified on the Dashboard. The latest firmware updates for your Spotter are available on this page (see below).

First download the latest parsing script:

Latest Parsing script: | Version 1.6.0 (last updated: March 27, 2019)

Includes:

- Ability to parse 1.6.0 data

For Mac you will need to have OS X 10.5 (or newer) and python 2.7 (or newer) installed.
For Windows you will need to have Windows 7 (or newer) with the proper FTDI driver installed.
For Linux you will need to have python 2.7 (or newer) installed.

To install the parsing script follow these steps:

Download parsing script: parser_v1.6.0 onto the computer you will use to retrieve Spotter SD card data. No additional steps required.

Next, download the latest firmware:

Latest Firmware Update  |  Version 1.6.0 (last update: March 27, 2019)

Includes:

- Spotter now reports wind speed and direction
- Spotter is now able to do a self diagnosis of its GPS signal

Follow the instructions below to install the firmware for your appropriate Operation System.

Installing Firmware with Mac OS:

1. Download the installer package for Mac: spotter_v1-6-0

2. Connect your Spotter to the computer using a micro-USB cable

3. Turn on the Spotter

4. Double click the .zip file containing the firmware update

5. Double click into the unzipped folder containing the firmware update

6. Double click the flash-upload file (the terminal will show progress bars, process will take 1-2 mins)

7. If successful, the terminal should show “Upload succeeded” when upload is done

8. You can now disconnect the cable, your Spotter firmware is updated!

Installing Firmware with Windows OS:

1. Download the installer package for Windows: spotter-v1-6-0-uploader

2. Connect your Spotter to the computer using a micro-USB cable

3. Turn on the Spotter

4. Unzip the file containing the firmware update

5. Double click the .exe file and the upload will begin (the upload will take 1-2 mins)

6. If successful, the terminal should show “Upload succeeded” when upload is done

7. You can now disconnect the cable, your Spotter firmware is updated!

Installing Firmware with Linux OS:

1. Download the installer package for Linux: spotter-v1-6-0-uploader

2. Connect your Spotter to the computer using a micro-USB cable

3. Turn on the Spotter

4. Navigate to the downloaded zip file and extract/unzip it

5. Open a terminal in the newly created folder and run `./flash-upload` (the terminal will show progress bars, process will take 1-2 mins)

6. If successful, the terminal should show "Upload succeeded" when upload is done

7. You can now disconnect the cable, your Spotter firmware is updated!

If you experience any difficulties, please contact the Sofar team at support@sofarocean.com.

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