Honeywell has released a new version of the Spyder Re-Flash Tool with a new easier to use user interface. The new Flashing Tool also includes new firmware images that significantly improve both Lon and BACnet communications.
- Re-flash Process Enhancements
The discovery information window has been simplified to show more meaningful information to the user and the destination firmware descriptions are more clearly described and we’ve eliminated the need to browse to a folder to find the firmware images.
- All Spyder Models Enhanced
The communication enhancements have been incorporated into all the new firmware images. Whether a Spyder is flashed forward or backward with the new firmware images, the communication enhancements will be present. The new firmware will start shipping in all Spyders from the factory on June 3, 2013 date code 1323
- Re-flash Only When Needed
Honeywell recommends re-flashing any Spyders that may be experiencing communication issues as the new firmware release significantly improves communications. However there is no requirement for re-flashing Spyders that are not experiencing any communications issues. Otherwise the same rules apply for re-flashing Spyders as before.
- Use Existing 5.X Tool without Re-flashing
Spyder Tool compatibility is NOT affected by the new firmware enhancements. Users who are currently using any version of Spyder Tool 5.x can continue to use the same version they’re currently using without the need to re-flash. Customers who are using Spyder Tool version 4.x or earlier will still be required to flash Spyders shipping from our factory backward to maintain compatibility.
Although the factory will start shipping Spyders with the newer firmware in June, there will be a transition period in which Honeywell’s and its distribution partners’ stock of Spyders will consist of both the current and the new version of firmware as we work to update our inventory. Honeywell will not have the ability to ship a particular version of firmware during the transition, so we cannot guarantee which version of firmware will be shipped from our warehouse during that time.
Please take the time to review the “Re-Flash Tool 2.0 How To” presentation packaged with the tool. The new tool can be found on theHoneywell Buildings Forum.
If you have any questions regarding this quality alert, please contact your local Honeywell sales representative.
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