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Hotspot Firmware Release: Operational Fixes for RAK/MNTD and Helium Hotspots

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Note: This release is only relevant to RAK/MNTD and Original Helium Hotspots.

The 2022.02.04.1 release continues the work that the Helium team is doing to enable RAK/MNTD and Original Helium Hotspots to use miner containers rather than custom firmware builds. At a high level, this release includes several fixes to how the miner container operates on the firmware. This release also fixes an issue with Diagnostic Reports, where users were unable to retrieve some details. Finally, this release contains a fix where miner containers were unable to start for Hotspots that have not been powered on for over a year.

Although this isn't directly Hotspot owner facing, it allows easier iteration of new miner releases and reduces restarts and downtime of Hotspots. Separately, the work also enables the RAK team to take over managing the firmware for RAK/MNTD Hotspots. Original Helium Hotspots will continue to be managed by the Helium team.

This release does not update the miner container (which will be a separate release that will go into testing as well). A separate announcement will follow regarding this release.

For those Hotspot owners flashing new SD Cards for RAK/MNTD and original Helium Hotspots, please use this base image going forward. No action is required otherwise and all RAK/MNTD and original Hotspots will receive this update automatically over the air as long as your Hotspot is plugged in and connected to the internet.


We have been beta testing 2022.02.04.1 since February 4, 2022 12:00 PM PST. Current ETA for GA is 14:30 PM PT, February 4, 2022.