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Dante Firmware
Update Manager
User Guide
for Windows and Mac OS X
For Dante Firmware Update Manager software version: 1.4.5 and up
Document version: 1.10
th
December 13 , 2013
Document name: AUD-MAN-Firmware_Update_Manager-v1.10
Dante Firmware Update Manager User Guide
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Contacts
Audinate Pty Ltd
Level 1, 458 Wattle Street
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AUSTRALIA
Tel. +61 2 8090 1000
Postal address
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info@audinate.com
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Contents
1.
Introduction ............................................................................................................................................. 5
1.1.
1.2.
2.
3.
About Audinate .................................................................................................................................... 5
About Dante ........................................................................................................................................ 5
Terminology ............................................................................................................................................ 6
About the Firmware Update Manager ................................................................................................... 6
3.1.
4.
About version 1.4.5 ............................................................................................................................. 6
Installing the Dante Firmware Update Manager ................................................................................... 7
4.1.
4.2.
System Requirements ......................................................................................................................... 7
What is included .................................................................................................................................. 7
The Dante Firmware Update Manager contains: ................................................................................. 7
4.3.
Windows Installation ............................................................................................................................ 7
4.3.1. To install ................................................................................................................................ 7
To install the Dante Firmware Update Manager: ................................................................................. 7
4.3.2. To uninstall ............................................................................................................................ 8
To uninstall the Dante Firmware Update Manager, either uninstall the program via the Control Panel
(Start > Control Panel > Programs and Features), or: ......................................................................... 8
4.4.
Mac OS X Installation .......................................................................................................................... 8
4.4.1. To install ................................................................................................................................ 8
To install the Dante Firmware Update Manager on Mac OS X: ........................................................... 8
4.4.2. To uninstall ............................................................................................................................ 8
5.
Using the Firmware Update Manager .................................................................................................... 9
5.1.
5.2.
5.3.
5.4.
5.5.
6.
Prerequisites ....................................................................................................................................... 9
Starting ................................................................................................................................................ 9
Quitting or exiting ................................................................................................................................ 9
Selecting an interface ........................................................................................................................ 10
Selecting a mode............................................................................................................................... 10
About Dante Firmware.......................................................................................................................... 11
6.1.
6.2.
6.3.
6.4.
7.
What is Dante Firmware? .................................................................................................................. 11
What does a Firmware Update file look like? .................................................................................... 11
When should I update my Dante Firmware? ..................................................................................... 11
How do I know whether a particular Dante device needs updating? ................................................. 12
Updating firmware ................................................................................................................................ 13
7.1.
7.2.
8.
Prerequisites ..................................................................................................................................... 13
Basic Steps ....................................................................................................................................... 13
About Failsafe ....................................................................................................................................... 15
8.1.
8.2.
8.3.
9.
What is failsafe mode? ...................................................................................................................... 15
How do I tell if a device is in failsafe mode? ...................................................................................... 15
How do I recover from failsafe mode? ............................................................................................... 16
Using Failsafe Recovery ...................................................................................................................... 16
9.1.
10.
Basic Steps ....................................................................................................................................... 16
Troubleshooting ................................................................................................................................... 19
10.1. Failed to initiate/start TFTP process/server ....................................................................................... 19
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1. Introduction
1.1. About Audinate
Audinate Pty Ltd is a leading developer of media networking technology whose products and solutions are
transforming the way the world interconnects multimedia systems. Audinate’s rapidly growing customer base
spans the broader international AV industry and includes many key industry brands.
Audinate’s hardware and software products and solutions are founded on patented technologies invented by
its world-class networking experts. They enable manufacturers and AV system solution providers to produce
sophisticated, easy to use, pro-audio quality AV solutions over standard IP networks.
Audinate is based in the United States and in Sydney, Australia.
Digital Media Networking Perfected
1.2. About Dante
Audinate’s Dante technology provides high performance digital media networking that meets the quality and
performance requirements of professional live sound, AV installations and broadcast and recording systems.
Designed to fully exploit the capabilities of today and tomorrow’s networking equipment, Dante provides
media transport mechanisms that eliminate many traditional audio network design restrictions. Dante makes it
easy to set up robust, flexible digital audio networks with virtually unrestricted performance. A Dante network
can be designed with mixed Gigabit and 100Mbps network speeds, simultaneously support audio with
different sample rates and bit depths, and even allow the design of network zones with different latencies.
Dante is built on Internet Protocols — not just Ethernet. Because it uses standard IP over Ethernet, Dante is
capable of running on inexpensive off-the-shelf computer networking hardware, and with the use of standard
QoS can share installed networks with other data and computing traffic.
Dante provides sample-accurate synchronization and can deliver the very low latency required by
professional audio. Dante’s network-centric, audio-independent approach to synchronization allows perfectly
synchronized playout across different audio channels, devices and networks, even over multiple switch hops.
Dante makes networking a true plug-and-play process, allowing automatic device discovery and system
configuration. Dante-enabled devices will automatically setup their network configuration and advertise
themselves and their channels on the network, reducing complicated, error-prone set-up procedures. Instead
of “magic numbers”, networked devices and their input and output signals can be named to make sense to
the user.
Dante is not restricted to allowing configuration and transmission of audio channels. Dante also provides
mechanisms to send or receive control and monitoring information across the Dante IP network, including
equipment-specific messages and control specified and developed by a particular manufacturer.
With its strong foundations and links to current and evolving network standards, Dante is able to deliver a
level of future proofing otherwise unavailable in other types of digital audio transportation. Dante was
designed for Gigabit networks from its inception, and Dante as it exists today already incorporates aspects of
the emerging AVB networking standards. Continued evolution of its networking technology is an integral part
of the Dante roadmap.
Dante technology is available in ready-to-implement hardware and software products, reference designs and
development APIs.
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For more information, please visit the Audinate website at www.audinate.com.
2. Terminology
In this document, the term 'module' is used to refer to the Dante component of a host device - for example, a
Brooklyn II module installed in a mixing console.
The term 'device' is used to refer to the host equipment in which the Dante module is installed.
3. About the Firmware Update Manager
The Dante Firmware Update Manager is a software application that allows you to:

Select a firmware update file for a particular Dante module type

Discover matching Dante-enabled audio devices on your network

Manage the firmware upgrade for these devices

Restore Dante-enabled modules in failsafe mode
Figure 1 - Start screen
3.1. About version 1.4.5
Version 1.4.5 of the Firmware Update Manager can be used to update the firmware for the following Dante
modules:

Brooklyn II

Ultimo

Dante PCIe Card
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Dante-MY16-AUD version 3.3.9 and up (for previous versions, see the Yamaha website)

DLM version 3.3.6 and up (for previous versions, upgrade using the module web interface)
The Firmware Update Manager applies Dante firmware update files (file extension .dnt) to connected
hardware devices. Update files may be provided by Audinate or by your device manufacturer.
4. Installing the Dante Firmware Update Manager
4.1. System Requirements
The Dante Firmware Update Manager can be installed on Windows PCs or Macs. Wherever practical, install
it on the same computer as the Dante Controller so you can use both tools as required.
Note: If running Dante Controller on the same computer, please ensure you have updated to the
latest version available from the Audinate website.
The Dante Firmware Update Manager can be installed on a computer running:

Windows XP (SP3), 7 or 8

Mac OS X 10.7.5, 10.8.5 or 10.9
4.2. What is included
The Dante Firmware Update Manager contains:

Dante Firmware Update Manager installer file, including failsafe recovery image(s)
Note: Dante firmware update files are not included - they must be downloaded prior to using the
Firmware Update Manager. See the Prerequisites section below for more information.
4.3. Windows Installation
4.3.1. To install
To install the Dante Firmware Update Manager:
1.
Ensure you are logged on to your PC as an Administrator.
2.
Double-click and extract the Windows installer file to a temporary location.
3.
Close any running Dante applications, including Dante Controller and Dante Virtual Soundcard.
4.
Temporarily disable any running antivirus software.
5.
Double-click the installer file.
6.
If prompted with a message:
“The publisher could not be verified. Are you sure you want to run this software?”
Select Yes.
You will be presented with the End User License Agreement.
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Read and select the “I agree” checkbox if you agree to the terms. If you do not accept, the install will
terminate.
8.
Click Install
Wait until the Firmware Update Manager is installed.
9.
If prompted with a message:
“Do you want to allow the following program from an unknown publisher to make changes to this
computer?”
Select Yes.
10. The installation should now complete.
4.3.2. To uninstall
To uninstall the Dante Firmware Update Manager, either uninstall the program via the Control Panel (Start >
Control Panel > Programs and Features), or:
1.
Click Start and navigate to:
All Programs > Audinate > Firmware Update Manager
2.
Select Uninstall
You will be given a chance to confirm. Select Yes to proceed.
The Dante Firmware Update Manager will be uninstalled.
Note: Uninstalling Firmware Update Manager will not affect Dante Controller or Dante Virtual
Soundcard.
4.4. Mac OS X Installation
4.4.1. To install
To install the Dante Firmware Update Manager on Mac OS X:
1.
Ensure you are logged on to your Mac as an admin user.
2.
Download the Mac OS X “dmg” file.
3.
Close any running Dante applications, including Dante Controller and Dante Virtual Soundcard.
4.
Double-click the “.dmg” file to open it.
5.
Double click on the installer “pkg” file to start the installer.
6.
Read the terms and select the “I accept” checkbox if you agree to the terms. If you do not accept, the
install will terminate.
7.
Click Install.
You will be prompted to enter your password.
8.
The installation will be completed when Firmware Update Manager is run for the first time.
4.4.2. To uninstall
Drag the application to the trash folder.
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5. Using the Firmware Update Manager
5.1. Prerequisites
Dante firmware update files are not included with the Firmware Update Manager - they are provided
separately by Audinate or your device manufacturer. Contact your device manufacturer if you are unsure
where to obtain the latest firmware update file for your device.
Firmware update files must be saved to a local drive on the machine on which you have installed Dante
Firmware Update Manager.
Note: Firmware Update Manager does not support multibyte characters in file paths to firmware
update files. If your computer contains any directory names that include multibyte characters, save
firmware update files to a location that contains only ASCII characters.
Warning: Applying the incorrect type of update file for your device will render the device unusable,
and it will have to be restored to its original firmware version (see Using Failsafe Recovery). Always
ensure the update file you apply is the correct file for your device.
5.2. Starting
To start the Dante Firmware Update Manager on Windows:

Click the Windows Start button and navigate to:
All Programs > Audinate > Dante Firmware Update Manager

Select Dante Firmware Update Manager
To start the Dante Firmware Update Manager on Mac OSX:

Open the Applications folder

Open the 'Dante Firmware Update Manager' folder

Double-click Dante Firmware Update Manager
Note: On Mac OS X, you will be required to enter an admin password to run Firmware Update
Manager.
5.3. Quitting or exiting
To quit the application:

Select Quit from the interface selection screen, or the mode selection screen

Select Back until you reach the mode selection screen, then select Quit

Select the standard Close Window icon in the corner of the window
Important: To avoid corrupting the firmware on your device, you should not quit the application if a
firmware update is already in progress.
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5.4. Selecting an interface
If you have multiple network interfaces enabled on your computer, when you first start Dante Firmware
Update Manager you will be prompted to choose a Dante network interface for the upgrade (as shown
below).
Select the interface used for the primary Dante network, then click Next.
If you have Dante Controller or Dante Virtual Soundcard installed, Firmware Update Manager will
automatically preselect the primary interface that was last used by either of those applications.
If Dante Virtual Soundcard is running, you will not be able to change the primary interface in Firmware
Update Manager, unless you first stop Dante Virtual Soundcard.
Note: If you do not have a secondary (redundant) network, the network interface will be
automatically selected. Just click Next to continue.
5.5. Selecting a mode
The Firmware Update Manager has two modes of operation:
1.
Update Dante Firmware
2.
Failsafe Recovery
In most cases, you will require 'Update Dante Firmware' mode. This is the mode to use to update Dante
modules with new firmware versions.
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Failsafe Recovery mode is only required if a module has been corrupted and has entered failsafe mode.
Failsafe mode and using failsafe recovery are described in separate sections later in this document.
6. About Dante Firmware
6.1. What is Dante Firmware?
All Dante hardware modules run Audinate firmware loaded onto the module.
From time to time Audinate makes firmware updates available on our website for different Dante modules.
These updates may:

Add new features

Improve performance

Provide bug fixes
6.2. What does a Firmware Update file look like?
A firmware update file for a Dante module is a binary file containing a new firmware image for the module.
The filename is sometimes formatted as:
FWUpdate_<deviceName>_<version>.dnt
For example, the version 3.5.2.0 firmware update file for Brooklyn II modules is called:
FWUpdate_BrooklynII_3-5-2-0.dnt
6.3. When should I update my Dante Firmware?
It is good practice to update your firmware when a new release becomes available to take advantage of the
latest improvements and bug fixes.
Firmware updates for your device will be distributed by the device manufacturer.
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6.4. How do I know whether a particular Dante device needs
updating?
By checking whether its product version is an earlier version than the available update.
You can use the Dante Controller Device View > Status tab to view the product version of Dante-enabled
devices on your network.
To open the Status tab for a device, double-click the device in the Network view, then select the Status tab.
The product version is shown in the Device Information pane, as shown below.
Figure 2 - Dante firmware information as shown in Dante Controller
The Firmware Update Manager also displays product version information for any discovered devices with a
device type, manufacturer ID and model ID that match the update file you have selected.
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7. Updating firmware
7.1. Prerequisites
Before starting the update process, ensure that:
1.
All Dante devices that you wish to update are connected to the primary Dante network.
2.
The computer on which you are running Firmware Update Manager is also connected to the primary
Dante network, and Wi-Fi is disabled (for the duration of the updating process).
3.
You have saved the appropriate firmware update file/s to a local drive.
Note: Only run one instance of Firmware Update Manager at a time. Running multiple instances on
a single machine is not supported.
7.2. Basic Steps
To update the firmware of a Dante module:
1.
Open the Dante Firmware Update Manager.
2.
If you see the interface selection screen (shown in section 5.4 - Selecting an interface), select the
primary Dante network.
3.
Select Update Dante Firmware.
4.
Click Browse.
5.
Browse to the directory in which you saved your firmware update files.
6.
Select the required Dante firmware update file.
Note: Do not select 'Override Device Matching'. This option should only be used if you have
accidentally updated a module with the wrong firmware, or if you have been specifically instructed to
do so by your device manufacturer (see the Troubleshooting section for more information).
The Firmware Update Manager will now scan for devices on the network that match the firmware update
file, based on the module type, manufacturer and model.
7.
View the discovered Dante devices, and select those you wish to update, by clicking the associated
checkboxes, as shown below:
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Figure 3 - Matching devices
If you are not sure where a particular device is located, you can use the Identify function in Dante
Controller to help find it. Not all Dante-enabled devices have this function.
Information about the update file, including the file name and manufacturer and model information
(where applicable) is displayed in the top pane for reference.
Click a column header to re-sort the device list.
The Firmware Update Manager may also display devices that are of the correct module type, but are
configured with incomplete or missing manufacturer and model information. In this case, the
Firmware Update Manager will warn you that updating the module may result in functionality
problems. Proceed only if you are completely sure that you want to apply the selected update file.
Note: If the status field for a device indicates that the device must first be upgraded to an
intermediate version, and the device is not selectable, it is because the device does not support a
direct upgrade to the loaded firmware update file. Click Back and upgrade the device to the
indicated version before continuing.
8.
Select Start.
The Firmware Update Manager will start updating all selected devices.
Note: If Windows Firewall opens a new window asking you to confirm you allow the application to
pass through the firewall, accept.
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Each device will be updated in turn, taking 2-4 minutes per device

As each device is updated, the device Status column will change to 'Updating (n/m)'

When all sections are updated for a device, the device will show 'Done'

When all devices have been updated, the following message will be shown:
Figure 4 - Upgrade complete notification
9.
Power cycle the Dante-enabled devices that have been upgraded, to finish applying the firmware update
and restore your configuration. If the device is not power cycled or rebooted, the update will not be
applied.
8. About Failsafe
8.1. What is failsafe mode?
All Dante hardware modules use software loaded from Flash memory as part of their operation.
As with any storage device, it is possible to corrupt the data on the Flash part, potentially rendering it
unusable, if there are interruptions while writing to the Flash device.
By far the most common way for this to occur as with other Flash devices is by losing power to the Danteenabled device in the middle of a firmware upgrade.
To provide recovery from this event, Dante hardware modules have a special protected part of the Flash
memory that will run in the event the main part is corrupted.
When this is run, the module is in “failsafe mode”, and will wait for a recovery image to be provided by the
Firmware Update Manager.
8.2. How do I tell if a device is in failsafe mode?
By viewing the device in the Dante Controller.
A Dante device that is in failsafe mode will appear with its default device name in red in the default network
grid view of Dante Controller (versions 3.1.x and above).
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Figure 5 - Dante Controller showing device in failsafe mode
Also, for devices with LEDs, all status LEDs on the device will be red.
8.3. How do I recover from failsafe mode?
To restore a device that has entered failsafe mode, use the Dante Firmware Update Manager 'Failsafe
Recovery' option.
9. Using Failsafe Recovery
9.1. Basic Steps
To recover Dante devices in safe mode:
1.
Disable all but one of the network interfaces on your computer.
2.
Start Dante Firmware Update Manager.
3.
If you see the interface selection screen (shown in section 5.4 - Selecting an interface), click Next to
confirm the primary Dante network.
4.
Select Failsafe Recovery.
Firmware Update Manager will browse the network to find safe mode devices.
5.
After a few seconds, one of four screens will be displayed:
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Incompatible Safe Mode Devices
This screen indicates that you have two types of
devices (for example, Brooklyn II devices and
Ultimo devices) in safe mode on your network. Only
one type of device can be recovered at a time.
Click Back, disconnect either the Type 1 devices or
Type 2 devices (it doesn't matter which at this
point), and click Failsafe Recovery again. You will
then see one of the two screens shown
immediately below.
When you have restored one type of devices,
repeat the process for the other type.
Finding devices for safe recovery...
This screen indicates that Firmware Update
Manager has detected Type 1 devices in safe
mode, and is scanning the network for the full list. It
should take less than a minute to find all applicable
devices.
When you are sure that all your safe mode devices
have been found, click Stop Scan, and go to step 3
below.
Some older Dante-MY16-AUD and DLM devices
may not appear in the failsafe recovery device list.
If you have either of these devices in failsafe and
they are not appearing in the failsafe device list,
see the note regarding 'Expanded Search' below.
Matching Devices Found
This screen means that Firmware Update Manager
has detected Type 2 devices in safe mode.
Type 2 devices can be restored using the standard
firmware update procedure, as described in Section
7.2 - Basic Steps (step 7 onwards).
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No safe mode devices found
This popup indicates that Firmware Update
Manager has not detected any devices in safe
mode on the network.
Check to ensure that your safe mode device/s are
connected to the same network as Firmware
Update Manager.
If you are sure that a device is in safe mode, but
Firmware Update Manager cannot find it, contact
your device manufacturer.
6.
Select the devices that you wish to recover, and click Start.
A pop-up is displayed confirming that you wish to proceed.
7.
Click OK to start the recovery.
Firmware Update Manager will display 'Processing Safe Recovery', and then 'Safe recovery Done' when
the device/s are recovered.
The Dante module will reboot automatically.
Note: You will need to power cycle the host device (e.g. the mixing console containing the Dante
module) after the Dante module automatically reboots.
8.
Apply the appropriate firmware update from your device manufacturer, to bring the module firmware
back up to the latest version.
Expanded Search
Older Dante-MY16-AUD and DLM devices may not appear in the failsafe device list. To see these
devices, click the 'Expanded Search' checkbox. The Expanded Search option may also display
devices that are not actually in failsafe. Dante-MY16-AUD devices have MAC addresses beginning
00:1d:c1:03. DLM devices have MAC addresses beginning 00:1d:c1:01. When the relevant device/s
appear in the list, follow the above procedure from step 6.
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10. Troubleshooting
10.1. Failed to initiate/start TFTP process/server
The Firmware Update Manager starts a TFTP server prior to updating a device's firmware.
If you see the following error message when using Firmware Update Manager:
'Failed to initiate TFTP process' (Mac OS X) or 'Failed to start TFTP server' (Windows)
This is because a TFTP server is already running, which must be stopped before the device update can
progress.
10.2. Updating a device that is running the wrong firmware
If your Dante device is running the wrong firmware (for instance, if it has been updated with firmware for a
different manufacturer) it is possible to 'force' an update file onto the device, using the 'Override Device
Matching' option on the 'Select Firmware Update File' screen (shown below).
Figure 6 - Override Device Matching option
With this option selected, Firmware Update Manager will apply the selected update file to the device, even if
the device manufacturer and model IDs in the update file do not match the manufacturer and model IDs on
the device. This can be used to 'reset' your device with the correct manufacturer's firmware.
Firmware Update Manager will display a warning when this option is selected.
If the update file can be used to update multiple device models, you will be prompted to select which model
type to update.
Warning: Only use this option if you have been instructed to do so by your equipment manufacturer
or by Audinate Technical Support. Applying firmware for the wrong manufacturer or model to your
device can lead to functionality problems.
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