5.0 BETA Release

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MESH: Signal Warrior

Intelligent signal-repeating technology to conquer the harshest signal battlefields.

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What is the software version?

Although COBRA is technically hardware, each COBRA product (18R, 18R2, 18M) has a small computer which contains software. As usability and feature enhancements are performed to each unit, COBRA releases new software versions. This is one of the benefits of COBRA as most systems never improve where COBRA does.

How can I tell what software version my system is running?

When you turn on any COBRA product (18R, 18R2, 18M), the first information displayed is the software version. For example, 1.4.7, 2.1.1, 3.0.3, etc... The higher the number, the more recent the software.

How can I upgrade my systems to the latest software?

COBRA provides two options for upgrading software.

Option 1: Ship your systems to COBRA headquarters. Once received, COBRA will perform the software upgrade for free. You are only required to pay for shipping both ways.

Option 2:

Purchase a wireless software re-programmer. Using this device, you can upgrade the software on your own. All you need is a PC, no disassembly of the units is required to perform the upgrade, everything is 100% wireless. For instructions on reprogramming your systems, see Using the Wireless Reprogrammer. For a demonstration of the reprogramming process for each device, please view Cobra Firing Systems: Firmware Updates and Wireless Reprogrammer, presented by Tim from Fireworks Show.

You are also required to download and install the Synapse Portal software.

What is the difference between hardware versions A and B?

As the COBRA systems evolve over time, we may introduce a new hardware version of a specific device. For example, in June of 2015, the 18M was changed from hardware version A to hardware version B. In some cases, older hardware versions may not support specific features. For example, in our 5.0 firmware release, the 18M does not support 1/100th of a second timing. Instead, the firmware rounds the event to the nearest 1/10th. Unfortunately it's not possible to easily upgrade older hardware versions to newer hardware versions. What hardware version am I operating?

Can I operate my system if some units are running version A and some units are running version B?

Yes! All systems are still universally compatible even though some are running A and some are running B. This is simply the hardware within the units and does not affect overall functionality.

5.0.2 BETA Release

The 5.0.2 release is our current BETA release for the new 5.0 firmware version. If you are currently operating the 5.0.0 BETA release, we recommend you upgrade to the 5.0.2 version as it addresses several issues detailed below.

The main resolutions include:

  • 18R2 slow to load the final few modules in ARM mode
  • 18M not waking up properly from sleep mode
  • 18M becoming stuck in a state of toggling between ARM and TEST mode (test and arm LED blinking back and forth)
  • 18M not properly receiving the downloaded script from the 18R2
  • 18R not firing channel 00 manually
  • 18R in some cases having continuity disappear and re-appear momentarily
  • Audio box incorrectly aligning when pressing the + and - buttons on the 18R2
  • Minor audio box distortion upon pausing and resuming script
  • 18R2 displaying incorrect -99 signal for modules

What hardware version am I operating?


5.0.0 BETA Release

COBRA is very excited to release the new BETA 5.0 version including several new features, minor improvement and the brand new COBRA Control Panel. For any issues / bugs found in the 5.0 BETA, please email jrobinson@cobrafiringsystems.com

For a detailed description of all new features, improvements, and fixes please download the 5.0.0 Release Notes.

The major new features include:

  • Manual and Scripted MESH
  • 1/100th Second Timing
  • 2nd Alternate Firing Button
  • Control Panel v2.0.1

Control Panel major updates include:

  • Improved Device List UI (filtering, sorting, graphing, continuity report, and more...)
  • Improved Show Controls UI (large show clock, larger buttons, added functions)
  • New Manual Firing UI (module and cue labeling, show history, show clock, manual firing during scripted shows)
  • Field Map (module and position control, one-click view into module exceptions, Google Earth satellite background images)
  • Offline Mode for Manual Firing and Field Map setup

What hardware version am I operating?


4.0.0 BETA Release

The COBRA 4.0.0 release includes a number of major and minor updates and introduces the COBRA Control Panel.

For a detailed description of all new features, improvements, and fixes please download the 4.0.0 Release Notes.

The major new features include:

  • COBRA Control Panel - The control panel is a downloadable Android app that provides a comprehensive, digital user interface to the 18R2. Learn about all the features in the release notes!
  • Alternate Event Firing - An alternate is a specific channel and cue combination you wish to fire to produce “filler” in a black sky situation.
  • Deadman Functionality - COBRA now has the ability to require a user to either press a defined 18R2 button (118), or hold a newly introduced physical deadman switch.
  • Disable Firing Functionality - You now have the ability to disable firing on all firing modules while the script is running.

What hardware version am I operating?


3.0.3 Stable Release

The following is the current stable COBRA 3.0.3 firmware release.

Synchronization process change:

  • The remote / module synchronization process has changed slightly in 3.0.3. To sync, press SYNC on both the remote and module at the same time. Before the units sync, "P" will display on the devices. Once synced, you need to re-start the 18R or 18R2. If you are syncing multiple 18M modules, you don't need to re-start the 18R or 18R2 each time you sync an 18M.

The major improvements include:

  • Audio accuracy - Audio now plays in perfect sync to COBRA firing modules. The 350ms manual alignment is no longer required.
  • 320k MP3 audio quality - Audio box now supports the highest quality 320k audio compression. The 128k audio compression is still supported.
  • Manually fire cues while script is running - You can now manually fire cues while a script is running.
  • Fire multiple scripts without disarming - You can now fire multple scripts without disarming and re-arming the 18R2.
  • Syncing process changed - When syncing, the 18R, 18R2 and 18M now display "P" before syncing. Once synced, you are required to re-start the 18R or 18R2. You can sync as many 18M modules to the remote while "P" is displayed on the remote.
  • Sleep mode no longer displays backlight - The 18M sleep mode will last about 25% longer in sleep mode.
  • Sleep mode efficiency improved 25% - The 18M sleep mode will last about 25% longer in sleep mode compared to version 2.1. When asleep, the TEST LED now double blinks vs. the 7-segment --- bars.
  • Manual AUTO-FIRE works past 12 seconds - For manual AUTO-FIRE fixed delay sequences, you can now fire sequences greater than 12 seconds.
  • Reinforced wireless security - General reinforcements in data encryption, data storage, and integrity of wireless communications.

What hardware version am I operating?


3.0.0 BETA Release

The COBRA 3.0.0 release includes a number of updates and introduces the COBRA Audio Box.

The major improvements include:

  • Unlimited channel firing - Fire unlimited channels at the same time, down to a 1/10th second resolution
  • Improved STEP scripting - Easily embed timed events into STEP scripts for manually fired scripts
  • Audio box integration - The brand new COBRA Audio Box, a stand-alone wireless audio playing device for playing music in perfect sync with your 18M firing modules. Simply plug the audio box into your sound system and start your script on the 18R2.

Known Issues:

  • Backlight stays on in sleep mode.
  • In some cases, testing continuity locally from the 18M will cause the 18M to re-start.

2.1.1 Stable Release

Improvements in 2.1.0 and 2.1.1 include:

  • Universal compatibility (2.1.0) - The 18R, 18R2 and 18M all function together and are now interoperable
  • 18M 1P low battery level warning (2.1.0) - The 18M will alert the 18R or 18R2 if the 1P operational battery is at a power level of 1P3 (30%) or lower. The 18R or 18R2 will display "Lo" followed by the unique module address (e.g. "Lo" followed by "A01").
  • Sleep mode wake fix (2.1.1) - Improved efficiencies / in some cases modules would not wake up from sleep mode and require manual re-boot

Note: The 2.1.1 release is for the 18M only. The 18R and 18R2 will remain as 2.1.0.

The COBRA Control Panel is a downloadable Android app that provides a comprehensive, digital user interface to the 18R2. The control panel is a platform for growth that will expand and improve with new features alongside our core product expansion.

To update your COBRA Control Panel, please visit the Google Play store and download the latest app. The most current app will function with all COBRA Firmware versions 4.0 and above.

Please find a listing of versions and improvements below:

2.0.3 BETA Release

The COBRA 2.0.3 BETA release is a minor patch release for the COBRA firmware version 5.0.0 and 5.0.2 including a variety of minor improvements and patch fixes.

View 2.0.3 Patch Release Notes


2.0.2 BETA Release

The COBRA 2.0.2 BETA release is a minor patch release for the COBRA firmware version 5.0.0 and 5.0.2 including a variety of minor improvements and patch fixes.

View 2.0.2 Patch Release Notes


2.0.1 BETA Release

The COBRA 2.0.1 BETA release is a minor patch release for the COBRA firmware version 5.0.0 including a variety of minor improvements and patch fixes.

View 2.0.1 Patch Release Notes


2.0.0 BETA Release

The COBRA 2.0.0 BETA release of the Control Panel for COBRA firmware version 5.0.0.

For a detailed description of all new features, improvements, and fixes please refer to the 4.0.0 Release Notes within the Firmware Versions tab.

The features in version 2.0.0 include:

  • Improved Device List UI (filtering, sorting, graphing, continuity report, and more...)
  • Improved Show Controls UI (large show clock, larger buttons, added functions)
  • New Manual Firing UI (module and cue labeling, show history, show clock, manual firing during scripted shows)
  • Field Map (module and position control, one-click view into module exceptions, Google Earth satellite background images)
  • Offline Mode for Manual Firing and Field Map setup


1.0.0 BETA Release

The COBRA 1.0.0 was the initial BETA release of the Control Panel for COBRA firmware version 4.0.0.

For a detailed description of all new features, improvements, and fixes please refer to the 4.0.0 Release Notes within the Firmware Versions tab.

The features in version 1.0.0 include:

  • COBRA Control Panel - The control panel is a downloadable Android app that provides a comprehensive, digital user interface to the 18R2. Learn about all the features in the release notes!
  • Alternate Event Firing - An alternate is a specific channel and cue combination you wish to fire to produce “filler” in a black sky situation.
  • Deadman Functionality - COBRA now has the ability to require a user to either press a defined 18R2 button (118), or hold a newly introduced physical deadman switch.
  • Disable Firing Functionality - You now have the ability to disable firing on all 18M firing modules while the script is running.