AndyN
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SF bay area Blink service?

Sat Mar 31, 2012 9:51 am

I got an email and a call from a local electrical contractor stating that they are doing maintenance and software updates on Blink units for ecoTality. Anyone else get this? What kind of maintenance is needed for these things and I thought all firmware was pushed via wifi?
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Re: SF bay area Blink service?

Sat Mar 31, 2012 10:08 am

AndyN wrote:I got an email and a call from a local electrical contractor stating that they are doing maintenance and software updates on Blink units for ecoTality. Anyone else get this? What kind of maintenance is needed for these things and I thought all firmware was pushed via wifi?


I believe they are updating all the old SD cards. They are doing it in groups...I'm in group 6 and have been waiting since late last year. My Blink failed to charge my car on Thursday and called them again...sounds like they are finally getting to my group and will be scheduling the update soon. Hope it works!

oakwcj
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Re: SF bay area Blink service?

Sat Mar 31, 2012 11:03 am

I have an appointment scheduled for Tuesday. They apparently need a new SD card to update to 2.0. While they're at it, they will perform some sort of "service." When I asked what that might entail, the only thing they came up with was cleaning the display screen.
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Re: SF bay area Blink service?

Sat Mar 31, 2012 1:06 pm

oakwcj wrote:I have an appointment scheduled for Tuesday. They apparently need a new SD card to update to 2.0. While they're at it, they will perform some sort of "service." When I asked what that might entail, the only thing they came up with was cleaning the display screen.


Yep! We got our SD card swapped out this morning and Tom did an awesome job cleaning the display screen! Blink 2.0 is now up and running, whatever that means.

arnolddeleon
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Re: SF bay area Blink service?

Sun Apr 01, 2012 7:33 am

Interesting, I haven't heard from them yet. My unit has been in need of service for months!

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Re: SF bay area Blink service?

Mon Apr 02, 2012 2:00 pm

arnolddeleon wrote:Interesting, I haven't heard from them yet. My unit has been in need of service for months!

arnold


have not heard anything either, but it would be great, since my blink just started boot-looping the other day. it still charges but it keeps crashing.

just tried to log in to blinknetwork.com and the web server is down. oh looky, it's back. i cant believe these jokers.

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Re: SF bay area Blink service?

Tue Apr 03, 2012 3:59 pm

astrorob wrote:
arnolddeleon wrote:Interesting, I haven't heard from them yet. My unit has been in need of service for months!

arnold


have not heard anything either, but it would be great, since my blink just started boot-looping the other day. it still charges but it keeps crashing.

just tried to log in to blinknetwork.com and the web server is down. oh looky, it's back. i cant believe these jokers.


called blink yesterday, and due to some freak alignment of the planets and/or divine intervention, someone showed up at my house this morning to replace the SD card (which contained version 2.0 of the software.) the contractor also trimmed up the 5V rail on one of the computers a little bit.

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Re: SF bay area Blink service?

Thu Apr 05, 2012 6:27 pm

Well, had the Blink "service" done on a mostly working fine unit and now have a screwy unit that won't connect to our wifi. No problems before but it won't connect now. See's the network but..... Anyways, wonderful service person hooks up to ugly powerline LAN extension units and half asses the connection with a cable too short where our router is so everything is pulled out of place. Dude has enough cable to run more than 10 feet from plug in garage to the POS Blink unit but gives us a cable too short to run the cable inside the house. I guess we get what we pay for.

***EDIT
Messed around with some IP addresses and copied some things off my iPhone settings (I really don't understand all this stuff) and got it to connect via wifi. BUT something is screwy with the Blinks wireless. It'll connect. Then when I test it again connection will go from excellent strength to not connected. Keep hitting retest enough and I got lucky and got all green. I'm officially "upgraded". yay.... :roll: Oh and the service broke the wheels off a storage unit we had in the computer room (granted its a $20 rolling unit but it was fine for 10 years until today). Didn't even tell us. Just balanced the thing and left it.
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Re: SF bay area Blink service?

Thu Apr 05, 2012 7:11 pm

I also had trouble getting the network connected after the "service," which consisted of putting in a new SD card and cleaning the plastic display cover. I had assigned a static IP to the Blink. I ended up removing the assignment in my router. It still took 2-3 more tries before it finally connected. The electrician told me that this was typical and that it often takes going through the network setup numerous times before it mysteriously decides to establish the connection. So you might want to give it another try. Or two. Or three.
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Re: SF bay area Blink service?

Sun Apr 08, 2012 12:55 pm

oakwcj wrote:I also had trouble getting the network connected after the "service," which consisted of putting in a new SD card and cleaning the plastic display cover. I had assigned a static IP to the Blink. I ended up removing the assignment in my router. It still took 2-3 more tries before it finally connected. The electrician told me that this was typical and that it often takes going through the network setup numerous times before it mysteriously decides to establish the connection. So you might want to give it another try. Or two. Or three.


yeah... my access point is almost directly above the blink unit and regardless it took the blink a couple of tries to get an IP address. then it decided it did not have a DNS server. but on the 3rd time "testing" the network connection, it found the DNS server and was able to talk to the mothership.

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