Ublox modem firmware update

Hi, Does anyone know how to update the ublox modem Firmware of a Boron LTE?
Cheers

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Usually Particle would supply an NCP update binary to be flashed via CLI.
This way Particle can make sure the ublox firmware is compatible with the device OS.

Can this be circumvented by the AT commands?
Cellular.command(10000, “AT+UFWUPD=3\r\n”);
Followed by
Cellular.command(10000, “AT+UFWINSTALL\r\n”);
and run the risk it will work withe the OS?

I’d defer to @rickkas7 for that :blush:

It’s theoretically possible to use AT+UFWUPD to do FOAT (firmware update over AT). You’d need a custom system firmware build that’s able to do Xmodem and lock out all other modem activities for the duration of the upload. The files are large, many megabytes, and I’m not sure you can download those images from the public u-blox web site. Since the update files are so large, you’ll probably want to store them on a SD card or similar.

Also AT+UFWINSTALL takes around 20 minutes to execute, so you’ll need a custom build that locks out all other activities so that doesn’t get interrupted.

In practice, we’ve never gotten FOAT to work, so I wouldn’t really recommend trying it. Doing updates over the u-blox USB interface usually works. That is easy if you’ve wired it up on the E series, much harder on the Boron. There are test pads on the bottom for it.

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Sounds like the u-blox USB interface is the go then. Do you mean test pads on the Boron board itself? I had a look at the pin outs and there is no mention what is what. Any chance of pointing me in the right direction to find them. I have 40 Borons that may need the modem updated… :frowning:

@rickkas7 @ScruffR it appears Particle is about 2 versions behind on the SARA-R410M-02B firmware version=L0.0.00.00.05.06 [Feb 03 2018 13:00:41] modem firmware. If I am unable to update the firmware myself, when do you think this firmware update will be process and updated by particle?. Here is the link to the u-blox document outlining the firmware and its long list of fixes - https://www.u-blox.com/sites/default/files/SARA-R410M-02B-01_PCN_(UBX-19024506).pdf

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Straight from ublox - https://www.u-blox.com/sites/default/files/SARA-R410M-02B-01_PCN_(UBX-19024506).pdf

@picsil Here is the second version of the Ublox modem firmware flasher (only for Boron LTE). You will need to mill the PCB.
Parts list as follows.
1 x 1 x 40 Pin 11mm Stackable Header Socket (or similar) LINK
1 x Pogo Pins Needle Head (10 pack) - P75-B1 LINK
1 x USB lead (4 wire)
You can download the PCB DXF file here - LINK (https://www.dropbox.com/s/2elbtvgxqn7ab34/Ublox%20Jig.v2_IN.dxf?dl=0)
It is very simple. Solder the header pins in place. Solder the Pogo pins in place. You may need to adjust the pogo pins to they are touching the pads correctly and then solder them.
You will need to have the Ublox Easyflash software and the latest SARA-R410M-02B-01 Firmware which is L0.0.00.00.05.08

I have not actually tested this version but it is based off my first version that worked well. This is just an easier one to make.

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Hi everyone,
The latest firmware version (L0.0.00.00.05.08 / App version 02.04 [Mai 20 2019]) contains many improvements, such as new MNO profiles and many more. I wanted to try out the new features and therefore created my own firmware programmer for the Boron ublox SARA-R410M-02B modem.

The programmer can be built with either USB jack or USB cable, depending on which fits best your needs.

You can find the details of the build and programming process here https://github.com/ericbieri/particle-boron-ublox-fw-programmer

I’m also sharing the design on OSH-Park Boron-ublox-FW-Programmer

Feedback is always welcome!

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That looks great! I’m going to try this out. I just ordered a few boards from OSHPark and will grab some of the USB connectors on my next Mouser order. The one you used looks pretty good and I need to find a replacement for the ones I currently used.

off topic: Anyone want to buy a nearly full reel of crappy SMT micro USB connectors that slip and slide all over the place during reflow? I’ll make you a great deal on them. :slight_smile:

Design looks familiar…:smile: