June 10, 2015 at 11:46 am #38300
I got my OSP last year, I have never upgraded firmware and it currently is at 2.0.5.
Should I upgrade? It is in use at my home, very simple installation.
WJune 10, 2015 at 1:40 pm #38301
There are quite a few improvements and new features in the upgrades from 2.0.5 however the upgrade does require you to upgrade via the USB port and to make sure you backup your configuration.
If you don’t mind performing the tasks above, you can upgrade to gain some new features and stability.
If the steps above sound complicated and the controller is doing everything you need it to, there is no reason to have to update.June 10, 2015 at 4:47 pm #38308
Old-UI style firmware allowed an option with everything (not just js-files, but all images as well) to be kept locally on SD card. Does this option still exist with the recent firmware? I’m aware that weather adjustments are cloud-based, is there anything else that would prevent my OS to run locally?
Thank you!June 10, 2015 at 7:24 pm #38310
Starting with firmware 2.1.5, we no longer support hosting the UI files on the SD card. We really never recommended it but now we have removed the ability for the reasons outlined below:
First, the SD card is very slow for the Arduino (leading to browser timeouts) and was very noticeable to the end user so for this alone the SD card hosting the files was never acceptable (in my opinion).
Second, the SD card files access from the Arduino perspective was a fair amount of code so by removing it we were able to add other features (such as weather adjustment options which OS 2.1 would not have enough space for otherwise).
Third, the OpenSprinkler does not require the UI files to function, at all. So by hosting them on the SD card you are not protecting yourself in any measurable way. Really what you need is the OpenSprinkler app. Every copy of the app has the UI files integrated and will never require an Internet connection. This means if you are using the Google Chrome extension, Firefox extension, OS X app, iOS app, Android app, Windows Phone app, Amazon Fire app, BlackBerry 10 app, or even opening index.htm locally on your computer, you won’t require an Internet connection.
For a full list of OpenSprinkler activities that require an Internet connection please refer to my list here: https://opensprinkler.com/forums/topic/os-regular-connection-to-the-cloud/#post-38210. This also highlights how the device will operate in the absence of an Internet connection.June 12, 2015 at 3:58 pm #38381
You’ve mentioned a Firefox extension; is it a plug-in or add-on of some kind? I couldn’t find anything, could you please point me to some info?
Thank you!June 12, 2015 at 4:08 pm #38382
Yes, it is a FireFox Marketplace application which can be installed using FireFox and will show up as it’s own app on your computer once installed.
The link is here: https://marketplace.firefox.com/app/opensprinkler/
This also works on FirefoxOS devices/phones.
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