How to: Upload RF Explorer firmware from MacOS X computer

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RF Explorer device firmware can be upgraded under MacOS X.

The how-to instructions below are tested in MacOS 10.11 El Capitan and 10.14 Mojave and is expected to work in any version between them. This software is not compatible with macOS Catalina.

Installing required drivers

Prerequisite: Please follow indications of this article MacOS drivers before using the Firmware Uploader tool. This includes Mono and USB drivers installation.

Download the Firmware Uploader tool

IMPORTANT: Please make sure you use the right firmware and options for your device:

You should NOT upload Signal Generator firmware into a Spectrum Analyzer device!

You should NOT upload Spectrum Analyzer firmware into a Signal Generator device!

 

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Latest Firmware for RF Explorer Spectrum Analyzer standard

Version 1.28

RF Explorer Spectrum Analyzer firmware for standard models (not PLUS models).

For Vantage users, please contact www.RFVenue.com to confirm the specific firmware upgrade version is supported.

Only for Handheld Spectrum Analyzer - DO NOT INSTALL THIS IN SIGNAL GENERATOR

Firmware Upgrade Instructions included in the downloaded package

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Legacy Firmware for RF Explorer Spectrum Analyzer standard

Version 1.18

RF Explorer Spectrum Analyzer firmware for standard models (not PLUS models).

Version recommended for Vantage users. Please contact www.RFVenue.com to confirm the specific firmware upgrade version is supported.

Only for Handheld Spectrum Analyzer - DO NOT INSTALL THIS IN SIGNAL GENERATOR

Firmware Upgrade Instructions included in the downloaded package

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Latest Firmware for RF Explorer Spectrum Analyzer PLUS

Version 3.12

RF Explorer Spectrum Analyzer WSUB1G PLUS and ISM COMBO PLUS firmware.

Only for Handheld Spectrum Analyzer - DO NOT INSTALL THIS IN SIGNAL GENERATOR

Firmware Upgrade Instructions included in the downloaded package

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Latest Firmware for RF Explorer Signal Generator

Version 1.31

RF Explorer Signal Generator firmware.

Only for Handheld Signal Generator - DO NOT INSTALL THIS IN SPECTRUM ANALYZER models

Firmware Upgrade Instructions included in the downloaded package

Running the Firmware Uploader tool

Download the firmware file and uploader from above links and open the dmg contents.

  • Before connecting the RF Explorer device to your Mac computer, make sure the baudrate in the device is set to 500kbps in the RF Explorer internal CONFIG MENU. 
  • Make sure you do not have any RF Explorer device connected to your Mac computer
  • Follow instructions described in this video below to install the Firmware Uploader tool.
  • Note: Make sure to drag the application to the desktop or to the dock before using it, otherwise it will appear to be hung, depending on permissions.
  • Note: You may need to authorize the application explicitly in your system, reported by MacOS Sierra users. To do so, go to Security & Privacy panel in System Preferences, then hit the ALLOW button after completing installation.

Important troubleshooting comments contributed by users:

  • If the application does not work as expected, hung and force-quit, drag the app to the desktop and relaunch it from there.
  • For Sierra users, you may need to authorize it by going to Security & Privacy panel in System Preferences, then hit the ALLOW button after completing installation. This may be required for Mono, USB drivers and the Uploader tool. If the software is not running correctly, please visit Security & Privacy panel in System Preferences and make sure to ALLOW everything that may be pending.