To be sure, I’m a sales and marketing guy.

So when I was tasked with updating my Sensordrone to Firmware 2.0, I read over the instructions, and fumbled my way through it.  The instructions are fine.  They’re accurate. And they’re boring.  And maybe make a few presumptions.

So here’s the marketing Version of the Firmware Update Instructions.

Finding the Firmware File

Simple enough.  It’s on the downloads page at developer.sensordrone.com.  And as you would expect, the 2.0 file is in a download package called… wait for it… SDFirmwareUpdate-1.4 .

I guess that’s just the developer way to do things. Your mileage may vary. And there’s nothing wrong with it.  It is the 1.4 version of the package overall, and it DOES contain more than one version of the firmware, but more on that later.

Second, in order to have our Updater communicate with your Sensordrone, you’ll NEED to have this driver installed: Silabs.  It’s a very simple download and install.  Don’t ask me what it does.

What’s in the Updater?

The download you just completed (to your desktop, by the way, not your iOS or Android) contains a Java program and Readme files.  The readme files have a good walk through, but this blog post has pictures, and for some, that’s a big help.

If you have Java installed on your machine, double clicking on the .JAR file will launch the firmware updater application.

Now What Do I do?

Here’s what you should see:

Sensordrone Firmware 2.0 - Step by Step Instructions 2014-02-26 13-36-43

Step One: Make sure your Sensordrone is plugged in through USB. It should show Orange LEDs for Charging, or Green for Charging Complete.

Step Two: Click on the Top Left where it says “Serial Port”. A drop down appears that may list more than one port, as well as the ability to refresh the list.  Select one.

Step Three: Click “Sensordrone Port Test”. If you don’t find your Sensordrone, try another port.  Rinse/Repeat.  If you can’t find your Drone at all, leave a comment below and we’ll figure something out.

Step Four:  Select the DESIRED firmware version you wish to install from the Top Left drop down called “Firmware”. Most likely, unless you are heading backwards, you’ll want 2.0.

Step Five: Press “Upload Firmware”.  Then don’t touch anything.  Don’t unplug your Sensordrone til you see:

Sensordrone Firmware Software

and

Programming Complete

The upload process should take about 2 minutes maybe, and during that time you may hear alerts for you Sensordrone connecting and disconnecting from your PC.

If you have any questions, please feel free to post them below. And happy data logging!

4 Thoughts on “Updating To Sensordrone Firmware 2.0 (For Marketers)

  1. Martin Nation on March 8, 2014 at 2:23 am said:

    when I go to the sensordrone firmware updater it shows com 1 and com 3. it can’t find it on com 1 and it says com3 is busy. And yes I refreshed and refreshed and refreshed the port list. And refreshed it. I tried plugging it in various ports. For one thing it doesn’t show up in Devices and printers. When I try to add a device, it wants to add it as a bluetooth which I take it is not how to update the firmware.

    I would really appreciate some help. And I refreshed it. Kidding.

    Marty

  2. Ted Kidd on July 4, 2014 at 4:43 am said:

    “Second, in order to have our Updater communicate with your Sensordrone, you’ll NEED to have this driver installed: Silabs. It’s a very simple download and install.”

    Not so much.
    Download Software

    “The CP210x Manufacturing DLL and Runtime DLL have been updated and must be used with v6.0 and later of the CP210x Windows VCP Driver. Application Note Software downloads affected are AN144SW.zip, AN205SW.zip and AN223SW.zip. If you are using a 5.x driver and need support you can download archived Application Note Software.”

    Be nice to have those steps spelled out too. Not clear at all.

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