This is a valid question. In 2020 we introduced the 2nd version of the
CTT SensorStation, and simultaneously released new versions of the
CTT Node and
CTT LifeTag. For the latter two products we made some significant advances in the way they communicate with our SensorStation radios, and they way they confirm their digital ID. Technology moves at lightning speed, and while we made these changes with every intention of full backwards compatibility, we soon learned that the radios would need to be manually updated once before they could join the V2 SensorStations in receiving over-the-air radio programming.
So should you update? If you plan to add
Version 2 CTT Nodes to your study, then the answer is absolutely yes. If your station is
listening for V2 LifeTags, it will still pick up the tag ID like it always has, but will not be able to use the tag ID confirmation code to absolutely validate the ID. So if you want the highest degree of confirmation for LifeTags, then the answer is also yes.
If you’re doing a localized study using PowerTags and not using any of the newer Nodes, then you don’t need to update the radios at all…but of course you still can! To find out how, read on…
USBtinyISPsee Troubleshooting for special instructions before proceeding.
Arduino IDE 1.6.9or earlier. You can do so here). Again, see Appendix I for full instructions for using that programmer.
Preferencespage you’ll see a window for
Additional Boards Manager URLs. Past the following in that window:
Now go to
Board “xxx” >
Install the latest version of
Adafruit AVR Boards
Now the Adafruit boards will appear un the
Adafruit Feather 32u4
At this point you are almost ready to connect the adapter on the USBtinyISP to the header on the SensorStation radios and burn the new bootloader on each radio, but first we have a little prep work to do…
Connect the USBtinyISP device to your compute using a USB cable.
Programmer and select
OFF, and the power has been disconnected.