You Speak, We Listen

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:

Feature Tweaks

  • Move the UID Alpha Tag to be below the Channel Alpha (instead of replacing the channel alpha).
  • Add 1-, 3-, and 4-second delays.
  • Change ID Search mode to be disabled if either Department Hold or Channel Hold is active.
  • Improve UID detection on P25 and Motorola systems.

Bug Fixes

  • Fix Current Activity function displaying incorrect frequencies (Extreme, only)
  • Fix a condition that caused the unit to reboot after Conventional Discovery (Extreme, only)
  • Fix the situation where the currently held System would jump to another one when you held on a Department.

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.

Extreme Update and Upgrade Released

HomePatrol-1 Extreme Update / Upgrade Instructions

Everyone Do This!

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:

  1. Click HomePatrol Sentinel v2 to download the HomePatrol Sentinel 2.0 zip file.
  2. Unzip the files in the above link to a temporary directory on your PC.
  3. Run Setup.exe and follow the on-screen instructions 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.

If You Have Favorites Lists

Start HomePatrol Sentinel, then select "Read from HomePatrol." This will save your current Favorites Lists as they are in your HomePatrol-1.

Update your HomePatrol-1 Firmware 

  1. Connect your HomePatrol-1 to your PC using its USB cable.
  2. In HomePatrol Sentinel, select "Update Firmware."
  3. Download the new HomePatrol-1 Owner's Manual by clicking HomePatrol V2 Owner's Manual.

Follow the on-screen prompts to update your HomePatrol-1's firmware to version 2.00.

If You Purchased the Extreme Upgrade

  1. Be sure you've updated the HomePatrol-1's firmware following the above steps.
  2. On your HomePatrol-1 select MENU --> Advanced Menu --> Advanced Option --> Register Advanced.
  3. Enter the registration key provided when you purchased the Extreme Upgrade, including the hyphens.
  4. Download the latest HomePatrol-1 Extreme Owner's Manual by clicking HomePatrol-1 Extreme Owner's Manual.

Serial Drivers for HomePatrol-1 Extreme

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

Another YouTube and Some Answers

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: Register your HomePatrol-1 and you will be provided with a purchase link.

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