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Trying to re-start the Kickstarter AxiomAir
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We have the original AxiomAir, and unfortunately the initial high kickstarter excitement ended up with the Air unable to update or maintain a connection, so spending many years gathering dust in the garage. But, our many other wonderful Axiom speakers remind us that there's still hope! With a recent Covid home reconfiguration, we have even more need for the AxiomAir, so got excited again about getting it to function correctly.

We decided to check in on updates, and found this very helpful thread about the new firmware: https://www.axiomaudio.com/boards/u...-v-1-097-unable-to-get-update#Post435717

With Ian's excellent detailed instructions, we were able to use etcher to reflash the sd-card to v2.12.3.

The Air is now streaming fine on ethernet, but drops off the WiFi soon after a restart. It sounds like we may need to replace the black Edimax USB wifi with the white one?

1. How can we obtain the white USB wifi device?

2. Ian mentioned a bluetooth module in that post. Is there a particular model that you can recommend please?

Thank you!

Cole

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ColeS #437964 09/01/20 11:47 AM
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Alternately, after doing some more reading, since the Raspberry PI 3 has onboard WiFi and Bluetooth, would it be better to simply swap out the RPI to the v3 board? More importantly, will the existing AxiomAir firmware work with the RPI 3, including WiFi and Bluetooth?

Thanks!

Cole

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ColeS #437989 09/02/20 08:12 AM
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Hi Cole,

If you can give me the serial number of your AxiomAir we can send you the appropriate dongles. You can also upgrade to v2.12.4 from the System page.


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Thank you for the quick response! The SN on the unit is 47108011603046.

From your reply, am I to assume that a Raspberry Pi 3 isn't compatible with the AxiomAir firmware?

Cole

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ColeS #438003 09/03/20 07:55 AM
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The Pi3 is not a problem. The serial number tells me which Pi you already have and it is a Pi2. This means you need a WiFi dongle. We do not use the Pi's Bluetooth in the Pi3 so you will need a dongle for that no matter which Pi version you have. But a Pi3 with version 2 code does not require the WiFi dongle. Did you want to replace the Pi or just use a stronger WiFi dongle? Our white WiFi dongle and the Pi3 built-in WiFi are the same strength.


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ColeS #438032 09/04/20 12:19 AM
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Thank you for the helpful details. Given those details, which means one fewer dongle (WiFi), I'll switch to the Pi3 with the Bluetooth dongle.

How best to send shipping / invoicing information? I'll send you an email with my address, and let me know how to handle invoicing.

Cole

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ColeS #438045 09/05/20 06:29 AM
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Sounds like a good plan. We will include an SD card with the latest code on it. Do you already have a Bluetooth dongle?


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I do not have a bluetooth dongle. Can you recommend one you've tested with?

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We will send you one of ours, seems easiest.


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ColeS #440988 02/01/21 02:20 PM
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Ian/Andrew,

My SD card seems to have died in the Pi from my original Kickstarter Air. Do you have a link to the latest image that I could flash to a new card? I've got plenty of cards - I just need the image.

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