FlightBox Update Tutorial

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FlightBox Update Tutorial

There’s An App For This

As of August 28, 2016 there are iOS and Android applications that automatically manage updates. If you are an iPhone, iPad, or Android user, the app is by far the easiest and most convenient way to update. It also provides useful diagnostic info on your FlightBox. You can download it from the Apple AppStore / Google Play store – search for “FlightBox Utility”. Find out more here.

Please note: the mobile apps are not for use with beta versions of the FlightBox firmware.

A Few Warnings…

USE A COMPUTER WITH Wifi – NOT A TABLET – TO PERFORM THE UPDATE. It is not possible to perform the update from iOS as it does not allow you to download and store files. It may be possible from Android but it is not supported.

WARNING: When installing the update, use a 2 amp or greater power supply to run the FlightBox. DO NOT attempt to power it from your computer or from an underrated power supply. Failure to use an appropriate power supply can corrupt your data card!

WARNING: If you download the update file make ABSOLUTELY SURE that there are NO spaces in the filename. If you download the same file more than once you often get a file that looks like:

update-stratux-flightbox-v0.8r2a-db130aab76 (1).sh

DO NOT UPLOAD A FILE WITH A SPACE IN THE NAME – it will brick your FlightBox. The space causes the update to fail in such a way as to leave your system unusable. To recover, you will need to either re-image the card or send it in for service.


Installation Video Tutorial

Installation Procedure

To install an update:

  1. Download the latest update file to your computer.
  2. Power up your FlightBox.
  3. Connect your computer to your FlightBox wifi network.
  4. Point your browser to: http://192.168.10.1
  5. Navigate to the “Settings” tab. (See image below.)
  6. Click on the box that says, “Click to select System Update file”
  7. Select the “update-stratux-flightbox-v1.0r1-945c8bf6bc.sh” file that you downloaded in step 1.
  8. Click the box that now say, “Install update-stratux-flightbox-v1.0r1-945c8bf6bc.sh”

settings-tab

The system will respond with a pop-up box indicating either “success” or “error”. Click “Ok” to close the box. After 60 seconds re-connect to the FlightBox wifi network and  refresh the page. You should see the new version:

v1.0r1-status

The version (highlighted in red above) should now read “Version: v1.0r1 (945c8bf6bc)”. If it still shows  “v0.8r2” the update did not complete. If the update does not appear to have “taken” you may need to do a hard refresh on the page to replace a cached copy of the page. To do a hard refresh on Windows, hold down the “Ctrl” key and press F5. On a Mac, use Command + Shift + R.

Please DO NOT use standard Stratux updates: they won’t work – standard Stratux updates are not configured to work with the read-only filesystem on FlightBox.