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How to Update IoT Devices: Key Methods & Best Practices

January 12, 2024
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Kostiantyn Oliynyk

Kostiantyn Oliynyk

Head of IoT at Webbylab

Kostiantyn started his career in IT at Webbylab, where he quickly grew from the position of a tester to the role of a manager and business analyst. When the company’s management decided to develop the IoT direction, Kostia became one of its key figures.

FAQ
How do I know when an IoT device needs a software update?

IoT devices typically have built-in software that can detect when a new version of the software is available. This can be done either automatically or manually, depending on the device. Some devices may also send notifications to the user when a new update is available.

How do I initiate a software update on an IoT device?

To initiate a software update on an IoT device, you should first check the user manual or the manufacturer’s website for instructions. The process will typically involve connecting the device to a computer or mobile device and downloading the new software. Once the software is downloaded, you will need to install it on the device according to the instructions provided.
If your device is configured to receive updates over the air automatically, you do not need to initiate this process.

What are the future trends for updating software in IoT devices?

Future trends for updating software in IoT devices include over-the-air (OTA) updates, which allow devices to update their software without the need for a physical connection to a computer. This is expected to become more common as IoT devices become more sophisticated and are used in more advanced applications.
A promising technology is using blockchain in modular device updates using a gateway. Thanks to this solution, the blockchain ledger and smart contracts become resistant to network failures and cyberattacks.

Can an IoT software update cause compatibility issues with other devices or systems?

Yes, an IoT software update can cause compatibility issues with other devices or systems. It is important to test the updated software before deploying it in a production environment to ensure that it works as expected and does not cause any compatibility issues.

How to choose a contractor to update IoT devices and software?

When choosing a contractor to update IoT devices and software, it is important to look for a company with experience in IoT development and software updates. You should also consider the contractor’s reputation, references, and certifications. Additionally, you should ask about the contractor’s approach to testing and quality assurance to ensure that the updates are reliable and do not cause compatibility issues.

How often should you update the firmware of an IoT device?

The frequency of your IoT device firmware updates depends on various factors. Those include the device type, functionality, potential security risks, user expectations, and manufacturer recommendations. For example, a smart thermostat, a complex solution, requires more frequent updates than a simple smart light bulb. Generally, you should stay informed of the available updates and install them promptly.

How should firmware be updated?

To update your IoT device’s firmware, follow the manufacturer’s provided instructions. Choose the update type, e.g., manual or automatic OTA, and install the necessary upgrades. Finally, test the changes properly before deploying your device.

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