HOW TO PROGRAM A NEW SD CARD

How To Open The FinestraMiner And Remove The SD Card

What you need…

      • A micro SD card
      • A computer to program the SD card (A2 Preferred)
      • A micro SD card reader
      • A flat tool like a guitar pick to open the lid of the miner
      • Depending on your miner model, a Phillips or a torx-T9 screwdriver
      • An Anti-static Wrist Band (must be connected to the device or grounded.  Working on an anti static mat is suggested)
      • A clean surface to work from

NOTE: THIS DOCUMENT SUPPORTS ONLY THE US 915 Mhz DEVICES. IF YOUR DEVICE IS ANOTHER TYPE, OTHER TYPES OF DEVICES WILL BE SUPPORTED IN THE FUTURE.

Preparation

      • Power off and unplug the power cable from Finestra Hotspot. Then remove the antenna by rotating it counterclockwise.
      • Using an anti-static wrist wrap is recommended. Here is a document on how to use the wrist wrap. After grounding your body, connect the wrist wrap’s clip to the antenna port of the FinestraMiner.

Removing the SD Card

1. Place the FinestraMiner upside down on a flat surface.

2. Pop off the lid by using a thin object. Place the object as seen in the image, then flex it to the outer side. The lid will pop off.

3. Unscrew the screws shown in the image.

4. Pull the upper board carefully and unplug it from the sockets of the lower board.

5. Now you are ready to unplug the SD card from the board by simply pulling it out by hand.

6. Now that the SD card is removed from the Finestra Miner, a new SD card can be programmed with the official Finestra Image. See How To Flash The Finestra Image To The New SD Card section below. Once the programming is done, follow these steps to re-close the miner.

7. Simply insert the programmed SD card to the slot, and make sure you seat it all the way down.

8. To put the upper board back, gently push the pins to the lower board. It will seat the board connector header directly into the pins.

9. Replace the removed screws. And screw them clockwise.

10. To close the lid, pick up the lid and notice the hole on it. This is where the power plug will go.

11. Flip the Finestra Miner upside down on a flat surface, line up the hole with the power plug, then gently press the lid to seat it back into the case.

How To Open The FinestraMiner And Remove The SD Card

What you need…

  • A micro SD card
  • A computer to program the SD card
  • A micro SD card reader
  • A flat tool like a guitar pick to open the lid of the miner
  • Depending on your miner model, a Phillips or a torx-T9 screwdriver
  • An Anti-static Wrist Band (must be connected to the device or grounded.  Working on an anti static mat is suggested)
  • A clean surface to work from.

NOTE: THIS DOCUMENT SUPPORTS ONLY THE US 915 Mhz DEVICES. IF YOUR DEVICE IS ANOTHER TYPE, OTHER TYPES OF DEVICES WILL BE SUPPORTED IN THE FUTURE.

Preparing

  • Power off and unplug the power cable from Finestra Hotspot. Then remove the antenna by rotating it counterclockwise.
  • Using an anti-static wrist wrap is recommended. Here is a document on how to use the wrist wrap. After grounding your body, connect the wrist wrap’s clip to the antenna port of the FinestraMiner.

Removing the SD Card

1. Place the Finestra Miner upside down on a flat surface.

2. Pop off the lid by using a thin object. Place the object as seen in the image, then flex it to the outer side. The lid will pop off.

3. Unscrew the screws shown in the image.

4. Pull the upper board carefully and unplug it from the sockets of the lower board.

5. Now you are ready to unplug the SD card from the board by simply pulling it out by hand.

6. Now that the SD card is removed from the Finestra Miner, a new SD card can be programmed with the official Finestra Image. See How To Flash The Finestra Image To The New SD Card section below. Once the programming is done, follow these steps to re-close the miner.

7. Simply insert the programmed SD card to the slot, and make sure you seat it all the way down.

8. To put the upper board back, gently push the pins to the lower board. It will seat the board connector header directly into the pins.

9. Replace the removed screws. And screw them clockwise.

10. To close the lid, pick up the lid and notice the hole on it. This is where the power plug will go.

11. Flip the Finestra Miner upside down on a flat surface, line up the hole with the power plug, then gently press the lid to seat it back into the case.

How To Flash The Finestra Image To The New SD Card

Get your config.json File

You can get your config.json and Finestra Image (ISO) file from this URL: https://config.finestradev.com/

Fill the fields with your helium animal name as words separated by dashes, and your Device QR Code. You can find the Device QR Code on the back of your miner.

Then click the “Create Config File” button. The config.json should automatically download.

As the download starts, you will see a Download Finestra Image (ISO) button underneath the Create Config File button. 

Click it to download the official image file for your device. We will use that file in the next steps.

NOTE: Your browser may ask for permission if you have not downloaded from a domain before. Be sure to allow permission. 

The Download Finestra Image (ISO) is supported for US 915 Mhz DEVICES ONLY. We will update this page with the EU ISO file in the near future.

Burn the Finestra ISO to Your SD Card

1. Plug the new micro SD card into a card reader. And connect the reader to your PC.

2. Flash the official Finestra Miner image to the new micro SD card.

Download: Balena Etcher Tool. Make sure you choose the right platform option from the dropdown menu.

How To Flash The Finestra Image To The New SD Card

Get your config.json File

You can get your config.json and Finestra Image (ISO) file from this URL: https://config.finestradev.com/

Fill the fields with your helium animal name as words separated by dashes, and your Device QR Code. You can find the Device QR Code on the back of your miner.

Then click the “Create Config File” button. The config.json should automatically download.

As the download starts, you will see a Download Finestra Image (ISO) button underneath the Create Config File button.

Click it to download the official image file for your device. We will use that file in the next steps.

NOTE: Your browser may ask for permission if you have not downloaded from a domain before. Be sure to allow permission.

The Download Finestra Image (ISO) is supported for US 915 Mhz DEVICES ONLY. We will update this page with the EU ISO file in the near future.

Burn the Finestra ISO to Your SD Card

1. Plug the new micro SD card into a card reader. And connect the reader to your PC.

2. Flash the official Finestra Miner image to the new micro SD card.

Download: Balena Etcher Tool. Make sure you choose the right platform option from the dropdown menu

1. Open Balena Etcher Tool

2. Drag and drop the downloaded file to the plus button in the Balena Etcher.

3. Click on Select Target and choose your SD card.

4. Then click on the Flash button. And wait until Balena Etcher Tool flashes to the SD card.

5. Now that you have flashed the Finestra Image to the new Micro SD Card, now change the config.json file with the one that you obtained in the steps above. From your computer to the”resin-boot” partition.

Note: You may need to remove and re-plug the SD card reader for the partition to be visible.

1. Open Balena Etcher Tool

2. Drag and drop the downloaded file to the plus button in the Balena Etcher

3. Click on Select Target and choose your SD card.

4. Then click on the Flash button. And wait until Balena Etcher Tool flashes to the SD card.

5. Now that you have flashed the Finestra Image to the new Micro SD Card, now change the config.json file with the one that you obtained in the steps above. From your computer to the”resin-boot” partition.

Note: You may need to remove and re-plug the SD card reader for the partition to be visible.

Changing config.json on MAC

1. Locate the partition from the Locations section in your Finder.

2. Drag and drop the config file that you downloaded and stored to the folder. Then click on replace on the warning.

Changing config.json on MAC

1. Locate the partition from the Locations section in your Finder.

2. Drag and drop the config file that you downloaded and stored to the folder. Then click on replace on the warning.

Changing config.json on Windows

1. Locate the partition from the left pane in your File Explorer.

2. Drag and drop the config file that you downloaded and stored to the folder. Then click on replace on the warning.

Changing config.json on Windows

1. Locate the partition from the left pane in your File Explorer.

2. Drag and drop the config file that you downloaded and stored to the folder. Then click on replace on the warning.