As we released the v2.00 firmware, we also cranked up the volume on our own "Community Scanner," listening intently to what you had to say about it...the good and the bad. Based on that early input, we've put together an update that addresses a few big requests (and exterminates a couple of bugs along the way).
Next time you start Sentinel and attempt to update the database, you will be prompted to download and install a new version. After you do that, run Sentinel and click Update --> Update Firmware... to install the new firmware on your HomePatrol-1.
Here's the scoop on what is changed in this update:
We are still listening (we really never stop). Keep us up-to-date on how you are using your HomePatrol-1 in our Community Forums.
Before upgrading the firmware in your HomePatrol-1 to the latest Version 2.00, you need to install the latest version of HomePatrol Sentinel, the PC software that supports the new features in the firmware. To install HomePatrol Sentinel:
Note: If you have an earlier version of HomePatrol Sentinel, you do not need to remove it before installing the new version.
Start HomePatrol Sentinel, then select "Read from HomePatrol." This will save your current Favorites Lists as they are in your HomePatrol-1.
Follow the on-screen prompts to update your HomePatrol-1's firmware to version 2.00.
To use the serial mode features of the HomePatrol-1 Extreme Upgrade, you must install the proper drivers. See the detailed instructions in the HomePatrol-1 Extreme Owner's Manual. You can download the drivers by clicking HomePatrol_Serial_Drivers.zip.
I've just finished putting the finishing touches on a video explaining the new features that will be in the HomePatrol Sentinel Update. Check it out on my YouTube page:
A couple of recurring questions have come up in the various forums, so I thought I'd take a minute to answer them here.
Q: How much does the update cost?
A: The part of the release we are calling the Updates is absolutely free. For a refresher on what those features are, see my previous blog entry. The Extreme Upgrade costs $49.99 until Mid-August, when we expect to release the new versions. After that time, the price will go to it normal price of $99.99
Q: Will the Extreme Upgrade be free once it starts being loaded at the factory?
A: No. You will need to purchase a key to unlock the Extreme Upgrade features, even after the factory starts preloading the update.
Q: When will the update/upgrade be released?
A: We are targetting mid-August. However, if we need to take an extra week to be sure everything is working to our expectations, we'll take the week.
Q: Where do I go to purchase the Upgrade Key?
A: http://my.uniden.com. Register your HomePatrol-1 and you will be provided with a purchase link.