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Public and Factory SW images can be updated from Embedded portal (HTTP, USB update methods) to factory SW image only.

To update STB to Public image (soft.infomir.com) it is necessary to use updating methods from System Recovery Utility menu (USB&Bootstrap, Multicast …).

To perform STB updating from embedded portal or MiddleWare (HTTP, USB) to custom/other SW image which is different from factory one it is necessary to use the following instructions:

STB software description

Software release MAG256

The latest release location: http://soft.infomir.com/mag256/release/

Update from embedded portal by HTTP

Public and Factory STB software images can be updated from Embedded portal to factory SW image only. There are two variants in Embedded portal how to update STB software from manufacrurer's Web server (by HTTP):

  • Update from Settings menu;
  • Update from System Settings menu.

When STB is running factory SW image, for updating from Embedded portal menus is offered the last stable version of factory image located on the STB manufacturer's server.


Update from Settings menu

  • Open Settings menu of the embedded portal;
  • Choose Software autoupdate;
  • In the opened window choose Update manually (F2 on RC).
  • In the opened window Software autoupdate choose the list of New versions by pressing OK - The latest available version is on top of the list;
  • Select necessary software version;
  • Choose Update (F1);
  • Wait untill STB will be updated. The status of the software update is displayed by progress bar and comments. STB will be rebooted automatically after update.

Update from System Settings menu

In factory image is used the folowing updating address: http://update.infomir.com/mag/256/imageupdate

  • Go to Settings System settings (or press Setup on the RC);
  • Click Sofware update item to open Software Update window:
  • Set Update method = HTTP.
  • Address of imageupdate file with last SW version located on Web server is displayed in option URL.
  • Push Verify (ОК) to analyze if update is required.
  • In opened window you can compare: Current version (running in STB) and New version (available on Web server);
  • Make your choice:
    • Click Cancel (Exit) - to refuse update. You will return to Software Update window.
    • Click Update (F1) - to begin the update. The status of software update is displayed by progress bar and comments. At the end of software download and update STB will automatically reboot.

Update with USB drive

STB software can be updated with USB-drive. The required software version should be pre-downloaded and written to the USB drive.

USB-drive requirements

  1. The USB drive must have a FAT32 file system format. If there are more than one partition on the USB drive use the first one.
  2. You can use any USB connector: both rear and front.
  3. Сreate mag256 directory in the root of the USB drive.

Update from System settings menu

Updating from the System Settings menu of embedded portal allows to update STB software to the factory image.

At the PC (preparation the USB-drive)

  1. Download imageupdate file from manufacture's server. To get address of imageupdate file with last factory STB SW:
    • Go to Settings System settings Sofware update
    • Set option Update method = HTTP.
    • Address of imageupdate file with last SW version located is displayed in option URL.
  2. Put imageupdate file in the USB-drive directory mag256.

At the STB

  1. Insert prepared USB drive in STB slot.
  2. Open System settingsSoftware update.
  3. In the Software update window set Update method = USB. You can see two new strings:
    1. Disk - name of USB-drive;
    2. Path - Path to update file on the USB-drive.
  4. Select Verify (OK) to make sure that the STB has detected the imageupdate file.
  5. If the file is detected and readable successfuly you'll see Software Update window.
  6. In the Software Update window are descriptions of the software versions: the Current version (operating in STB) and New version (available on USB drive).
  7. Determine the need for update comparing Current and New versions.
  8. To reject the update click Cancel in the Software Update window.
  9. To begin the update click Update (F1) in the Software Update window.
  10. Wait until the update process is complete. The status of the software update is displayed by progress bar and comments.
  11. When the software is updated the STB will automatically reboot.

Update from System Recovery Utility menu with USB-drive

System Recovery Utility menu is launched at the STB booting stage. This type of update allows to update STB sowtware to public or factory image.

At the PC (preparation the USB-drive)

  • If you need to upgrade STB to factory image:
    • Download imageupdate file from manufacture's server: http://update.infomir.com/mag/256/imageupdate
    • Put imageupdate file in the USB-drive directory mag256
  • If you need to upgrade STB to public image:

At the STB

  1. Connect prepared USB-drive to STB.
  2. Enter the System Recovery Utility menu;
  3. Select Upgrade Tools Upgrade Software Using USB Yes;
  4. Wait until the update process is complete. The info about software update status is displayed in the bottom of screen.
  5. When the software is updated the STB will automatically reboot.
  Video example. USB upgrade from Recovery menu. MAG256

Multicast update

STB software update using Multicast is similar to that described for STB MAG250/254/270. Before use this update method it is need to familiarize that description.

The update procedure includes the following steps:

1. Download to the PC the imagupdate file:

  • If you need to upgrade STB to factory image then download to PC imageupdate file from manufacture's server: http://update.infomir.com/mag/256/imageupdate
  • If you need to upgrade STB to public image then download to PC imageupdate file from http://soft.infomir.com/mag256/release/;

2. Download MCAST-V2.0. (zip),  unzip, and run Mcast_v2.0 utility:

  • in opened window QueryUserForNetworkInterface specify the interface from which to stream data;
  • in main application window Multicast file streamer specify parameters for only one stream (to send imageupdate file):
    • File name - file location on the PC;
    • IP-adress, port - IP-address and port to which streams data. Set the value: 224.50.0.131:9001
  • Start streaming by Start button.

3. Enter the System Recovery Utility menu;

4. Select - Upgrade Tools Upgrade SoftwareUsing multicast - confirm with Yes.

5. At the bottom of the TV screen you can see:

  • update process info;
  • progress bar moving informs about receiving the data.

6. After successfully file receiving the updated software will be launched.

STB software autoupdate

The procedure of automatic updating STB MAG256 software is the same as described for STB MAG250/ 254/270.

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