Stagehand Firmware

We update it for a reason

Every Stagehand Controller has a Stagehand Card inside. This card listens to Spikemark, telling the amplifier how to move the motor and monitoring encoders, limits interlocks and load cells.

These cards require firmware to function the way we expect and every now and then, we update the firmware with new features and bug fixes. Firmware updates are distributed and installed through Spikemark. You can see what hardware and firmware version your Stagehand is running from the Hardware pane in Spikemark. This is also where you can see if there's an update available and where to install the update.

Pro Tip

If the Most Recent Firmware shows "Unknown" you will need to close Spikemark and reopen it from the Start Menu before opening your show file.

Current Firmware

To find out which Firmware you have, either connect to Spikemark and look at the version in the Hardware Pane of the Stagehand Properties Panel. Or upon powering up your Stagehand, watch the display: It will display something like: STAGEHAND 50. This means that Stagehand Card is running Version 50 Firmware.

With the release of Spikemark 5, we changed the Stagehand firmware versioning:

  • Classic = STAGEHAND1- REV101-199

    • Stagehand AC (Classic) (Retired)

    • Stagehand Mini (Classic) (Retired)

    • Stagehand OEM 1.7 (Retired)

    • Stagehand OEM 1.5 (Retired)

  • Pro Bipolar = STAGEHAND2- REV201-299

    • Stagehand Pro 2 (Retired)

    • Stagehand Mini ^2 (Retired)

    • Stagehand Hydraulic

  • Unipolar (v3 and v4) = STAGEHAND3- REV301-499

    • Stagehand Pro 3 (Retired)

    • Stagehand Apprentice

    • Stagehand Apprentice DC

    • Pushstick Mini

    • Spotline Mini

    • Spotline Practical

  • Unipolar v5 = STAGEHAND5- REV501-599

    • Stagehand Pro 4

  • Unipolar v6 = STAGEHAND6- REV601-699

    • Stagehand Pro 5

    • Stagehand Apprentice 2 (earliest models may have Unipolar v5)

Do you want to see all of the firmware in a fancy table?

Updating Firmware

There are two ways to update firmware: Through Spikemark or manually through the Update Firmware Utility Tool. If the update button is not available, or if you are rocking REV10 (or earlier) firmware or you are updating a Stagehand FX, you will need to complete the update manually with the Stagehand Updater in the second tab below.

Before updating firmware you must confirm the Spikemark IP Address is set to the proper IP Address. Click on the FILE menu, then SPIKEMARK OPTIONS. Use the drop down menu to select the IP Address used to connect to the Stagehands.

We work diligently to ensure that there are very few legacy products that no longer function with Spikemark, but to maintain this backwards compatibility, it is critical that your Stagehand firmware is up to date and that you are running the most recent version of Spikemark.

If you don’t use this window, you can always come back to the Hardware Pane to perform this update.

Select the motor your wish to update

Navigate to the Hardware tab of the Stagehand Properties Panel and click Update Motor Firmware. This will begin the automatic update process. You may see a couple windows open as data is transferred, and then the Stagehand will automatically restart. The whole process usually only takes between 30 and 60 seconds.

Once the Stagehand has restarted, connect it to Spikemark following the steps above and check that the Firmware Installed matches Most Recent Firmware.

After updating the firmware and confirming the latest and greatest firmware is installed you must power cycle your Stagehand controller.

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