Manage your Pycom Helium hotspot remotely using Nebra and balenaCloud. For further information and features of this Firmware, please visit Balena OpenFleet Overview
In this guide, we will show you a step-by-step overview of how to download and flash the Nebra Firmware to your Pycom hotspot.
What you will need
- microSD card reader for laptop/computer
- OS image file specifically of your Pycom Hotspot (follow the steps)
- Computer or Laptop (Windows or MAC)
- Pycom Hotspot
Do not follow this guide if you have a different manufacturer of Hotspot.
Flashing your Helium Hotspot
Step 1 - First, you will need to remove the current microSD card inserted into your Pycom hotspot. You will need to follow the instructions from Pycom to see how to do this.
Step 2 - Insert the microSD card either into an SD adaptor or if your memory card reader takes microSD directly, then insert that and connect it to your computer or laptop.
Step 3 - On your computer, download and install Balena Etcher from - https://www.balena.io/etcher/
Once downloaded, open up the balenaEtcher program on your computer or laptop.
Step 4 - Before we move to the next step, you will need to download the latest OpenFleet software for your Hotspot, which you can find here -https://hub.balena.io/organizations/nebraltd/fleets/HELIUM-PYCOM
Click on the link, and you will be redirected to the balendaHub page for your hotspot. Click Get Started and select your preferred network connection (Ethernet required on first boot). If you have Balena Etcher already installed, you can select Flash. Otherwise, you can choose Download from the drop box by clicking the arrow.
Do not click on Fork this fleet
Step 5 - Click on the Flash from File button in balenaEtcher and navigate to where you save your downloaded Firmware file. Select it to be installed.
In the middle button of balenaEtcher, click select target to select your SD card to install the OS (It may be selected automatically).
Finally, click on the Flash! button to begin installing the Firmware to your microSD card (you may need to type your login password here).
Step 6 - Once it has finished, you can now remove the SD card from its adaptor and card reader and then insert it back into the Pycom hotspot.
Step 7 - Finally, connect your Ethernet cable to the hotspot and the power cable. The hotspot should now boot up with your new Firmware installed. It may take up to 30 minutes to do all the updates.