Getting started with beta testing
Requirements for beta testing
Please update to the latest firmware version before installing the beta firmware.
Installing Beta Firmware
- Open the ML:2 Control Panel in your web browser
- Navigate to the Firmware Updates page
- Look for the light grey text “Beta Code”. Click on this text to reveal the Beta Code section.
- Enter the beta code provided to you and press the Check For Beta button
- A firmware update button should appear above the Beta Code section. Click this to start the firmware installation. Your ML:2 will restart once the firmware is installed.
Reverting Back to the Main Public Firmware
- Go to the Beta Code section of the Firmware Update page.
- Click the Clear Code button
- A firmware update button should appear that will revert your system back to the latest official firmware version.
Available Beta Releases
Beta Code: wifi
This beta adds some new features to the WiFi service.
- Access Point Mode will now scan for a clear WiFi channel. This will be a channel with the least (hopefully zero) stations occupying it. This will happen automatically and there are no new settings.
- A new mode: ML:2 will host an Access Point whilst also being connected to a WiFi station. This setting can be selected in the Access Point Settings page.
Steps to Test Station + Access Point
- Go to Access Point Settings and select “Connect to a network and create an access point.”
- Click Save Settings and ML:2 should reboot.
- Connect some of your Link devices to the ML:2’s WiFi access point and other devices to your home/studio network.
- Does everything sync up? Does the sync ever drift or does Link get dropped? Does ML:2 reboot unexpectedly? Can you load the web Control Panel or does it produce a blank page or error?
Note: Link information doesn’t seem to jump between ML:2’s access point and your home network. ML:2 bridges everything, but the Link number will not be correct. If you have 1 device on the home network and two connected to the ML:2 access point, the 1 device on the home network will report “1 Link.” While the devices on ML:2’s AP will report “2 links.” ML:2 is in the middle of it all, so it keeps the two Link networks sync’d up from what I’ve experienced.
Steps to Test Access Point Channel
- Boot in Access Point Mode by either removing any stored WiFi credentials on ML:2 or by forcing ML:2 in to AP Mode via the AP Settings page of the web control panel (screen shot above).
- Open the web control panel and scroll to the footer. The AP’s WiFi channel should be listed (It only prints if you are in AP Mode)
- Open the “Add WiFi” page. The WiFi stations will list their primary and secondary channels in the far-right columns. Your ML:2’s WiFi channel should most likely not be one of these channels… it is possible that a station is not found when scanning for channels, but then when you scan with the web page, it does find a station with the same station as ML:2’s channel… this means the station is probably very weak and far away… not a threat to interfering with your ML:2’s AP.
Questions to Answer
- Are you still seeing WiFi disruption? e.g. Link getting dropped, ML:2’s web control panel inaccessible.
- No known issues