Allegiant Software Updates

General:

The software updates listed below are for various products that make up the Allegiant series of matrix switcher/controllers. A basic understanding of the Allegiant product to be upgraded, familiarity with using a PC, and familiarity with using Windows operating systems is strongly recommended.

There are nine general sections. Click the header to jump directly to the selected section, or you can manually navigate down the page.

1) Allegiant CPU & Data Receiver Firmware – The latest firmware files for Allegiant CPU and Data Receiver modules can be found in this section.

2) Allegiant PC based software – This section contains all the latest Allegiant related PC based software, including those associated with the Allegiant LTC 8900 Controller PC.

3) Accessory Products – Firmware for various accessory products can be found in this section.

4) Utility programs – This section contains programs and software utilities typically used with Allegiant systems.

5) Software Patches – Software patches for older releases of Allegiant based PC software can be found in this section.

6) Miscellaneous – Information on serial interface cable pinouts, sample Allegiant Command Scripts, and other miscellaneous information can be found in this section.

7) Software Archive – This section contains all previous releases of Allegiant software, including very old DOS based Master Control Software files.

8) Helpful Information – This section contains general information that is related to using Allegiant series software updates.

9) Folder Directory – If you know exactly what you want, you can click this header to go directly to the web folders where all the Allegiant software files are found.

 

1) Allegiant CPU & Data Receiver Modules Firmware (latest versions):

1a) General Information:
If you need general information about the firmware update process, please CLICK HERE or manually navigate to the “General CPU Upgrade Information” found in the Helpful Information section below. If there is any doubt to the compatibility of your CPU to accept a software based firmware upgrade, please CLICK HERE or manually navigate to the “How To Determine If Your Allegiant CPU Can Be Upgraded” found in the Helpful Information section below.

NOTE: Upgrading CPU firmware causes loss of all user programmed data. If concerned, please CLICK HERE or manually navigate to the section “How To Save CPU User Configuration Data” found in the Helpful Information section below.

In general, old firmware is not compatible with the latest versions of MCS and GUI software, so you should verify that your PC based software is compatible with the upgraded CPU firmware. If there is any doubt, please CLICK HERE or manually navigate to the “How To Determine Your Allegiant CPU Firmware Version” found in the Helpful Information section below. If you find that you also need to upgrade your Allegiant PC software in order to be compatible with the new firmware. The latest versions of the MCS and GUI contain the firmware upgrade files for all models of Allegiant CPUs. If you prefer, you can first update your Allegiant PC software, then proceed to upgrading the CPU firmware using the files supplied with the PC software package. If applicable, CLICK HERE to jump down to the Allegiant PC based software section.

1b) CPU Firmware Links:

If you are unfamiliar with upgrading firmware in Allegiant CPU and Data Receiver modules, please click the links below or manually navigate to the “Allegiant CPU & Data Receiver Firmware Update Procedure” found in the Helpful Information section below.

 

Jump to Firmware Upgrade Instructions, except LTC 8900

 

Jump to Firmware Upgrade Instructions, LTC 8900 ONLY

 

The files found at the link below are the most current firmware update files available for the Allegiant CPU and Data Receiver models. Download the appropriate file(s) based on the model of Allegiant system and the type of CPU (or Data Receiver) module that is being updated:

Latest Allegiant Firmware

The files beginning with the number of an Allegiant model series (i.e., such as “8600”) are for CPUs & Data Receiver modules having ‘two 8-position Dip switches. The file beginning with “86-88-89” is the common firmware file used in the latest generation LTC 8600, LTC 8800 & LTC 8900 series CPU & Data Receiver modules having ‘three 8-position Dip switches’.

 

”3 Line Titles”:

Starting with firmware version 10.03, LTC 8600, LTC 8800 and LTC 8900 models now support the ability to display a 3rd line of on-screen text. This 3rd line is used to display up to 24 additional characters for system camera titles. Adding this additional character quantity to the standard 16 character limit provides a total of 40 characters for each system camera.

 

This capability is a standard feature in current large Allegiant models, but firmware is also available for legacy versions of LTC 8600 and LTC 8800 systems having “two 8-position dip switch CPUs”. Please refer to the link below:

 

LTC 8600/8800 “3-line titles” firmware, v8.75

 

3-line Title Instructions, v8.75

 

1c) Special CPU Firmware Releases:
General:

Occasionally, special versions of CPU firmware are released to address a specific operational problem or provide a custom version of software having unique functionality. Although fully tested, caution is recommended when using these special versions. The firmware is likely to be limited to certain models, may have some operational restrictions, and there is no guarantee that any special features will be supported in future releases.
Special releases of firmware can be found at the link below. The firmware update procedure would be the same as with standard firmware.

 

Special Allegiant firmware releases

 

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2) Allegiant PC based Software Applications:

2a) General Information:
The latest versions of Allegiant PC based software can be found at the links below. These files are made available so that existing customers are able to upgrade their software to the latest versions.

In addition to these programs, other utility type programs are available from the Allegiant Utility Software section. Discontinued/old software for various Allegiant family products is available from the Software Archive section.

 

2b) Allegiant Software Security Device Information:

Software licensing for many of the Allegiant related software packages is controlled by the use of a “dongle” type security device that must be attached to the PC before the software is 100% operational. If the dongle is not attached, the software is designed to operate in a “demo” mode. With the Master Control Software for example, configuration data can be entered and saved while operating in demo mode, but you will not be able to establish communication to an Allegiant CPU and transfer the data while in this mode.

 

There are 2 types of dongles. The older version attached to the PC’s 25 pin Parallel port were either white, black, or tan in color (i.e., tan and black are very old versions). The more recent version is USB based. It can be attached directly to a PC’s USB port or a USB Hub connected to the PC.

 

2c) Allegiant LTC 8059 Master Control Software Link:

The Allegiant Master Control Software is used for configuration programming of Allegiant systems. The latest version is compatible with all current Allegiant models. An appropriate “dongle” security device (see section above) is required before the software will be 100% operational. This software is supplied with firmware files for Allegiant CPUs and Data Receivers, but they would not necessarily be the most recent. The most recent versions are always available from the CPU firmware section of this page. If necessary, the latest Data Sheet and User Manual documents can be obtained from the standard product web pages. The older version should be ‘uninstalled’ from the PC first before installing the new version.

Latest LTC 8059 Master Control Software (MCS)

 

2d) Allegiant LTC 8859 Graphical User Interface (GUI) Software Link:

The Allegiant GUI software is used to operate an Allegiant system using a graphical based interface. The GUI software includes the Allegiant Master Control Software, so it is not necessary to download it separately. An appropriate “dongle” security device (see section above) is required before the software will be 100% operational. This software is supplied with firmware files for Allegiant CPUs and Data Receivers, but they would not necessarily be the most recent. The most recent versions are always available from the CPU firmware section of this page. If necessary, the latest Data Sheet and User Manual documents can be obtained from the standard product web pages. The older version should be ‘uninstalled’ from the PC first before installing the new version.

Latest LTC 8850 Graphical User Interface (GUI)

 

2e) Integration Server Software Link:

The Integration Server is a software program that is used to integrate multiple systems that are not ordinarily compatible. An appropriate “dongle” security device (see section above) is required before the software will be 100% operational. If necessary, the latest Data Sheet and User Manual documents can be obtained from the standard product web pages. The older version should be ‘uninstalled’ from the PC first before installing the new version.

Latest Integration Server (SFT-INTSRV)

 

2f) Virtual Allegiant Satellite Application (VASA) Software:

VASA is a software package that allows existing Allegiant customers to transition gradually to pure IP technologies rather than a total and instantaneous replacement.

For customers who already have VASA, it is recommended to update to the latest version found at the link below. The older version should be ‘uninstalled’ from the PC first before installing the new version.

 

Latest VASA Software

 

2g) Allegiant Satellite SDK Software Link:

The Allegiant Satellite SDK is a software development kit containing a set of libraries, documentation, and samples. The SKD software is used in conjunction with customer developed PC-based application software to integrate an Allegiant system with 3rd party matrix systems or other 3rd party video products. The latest software version along with associated documentation can be found using the folder link below. If applicable, more recent Data Sheet and User Manual document may be available from the standard product web pages.

 

Latest Allegiant Satellite SDK

 

2h) Allegiant LTC 8900 PC Software Link:

Various types of software are included with the System Controller PC supplied with redundant versions of LTC 8900 series systems. Various software items can be found in the following folder:

 

LTC 8943/93 Controller PC Software

 

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3) Allegiant Accessory Products:

3a) General Information:
Software based firmware files are available for certain accessory products. Make sure that you download the firmware, the instructions, and in most cases, the Downloader utility program that is used to transfer the accessory firmware.

 

3b) Software Links:

IntuiKey Series Digital Keyboard

 

Latest LTC 8016/90 Allegiant Bilinx Data Interface Unit Firmware

 

Latest LTC 2605 Series Video Manager Firmware

 

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4) Allegiant Utility Programs:

4a) General Information:
Links to various utility type programs are found below.

 

4b) Allegiant Firmware Downloader Utility:
Allegiant firmware files are transferred from a PC to Allegiant CPUs and Data Receiver modules using a PC based GUI type utility program. Note that this file in included in the latest versions of Allegiant LTC 8059 Master Control Software or Allegiant LTC 8850 GUI software.

Download the file from the link below, and save it in a temporary location. Run the program to install it on your PC.

Allegiant Firmware Downloader Utility program

 

4c) Allegiant Time/Date Sync Utility:

The Allegiant Time/Date Sync Utility is a software program that can be loaded on a PC that has a dedicated communication connection to an Allegiant series matrix. The Utility is then programmed to periodically set the time/date of the matrix based on the PC’s time/date. The Allegiant Master Control Software must be installed on the host PC, and it is assumed that the PC’s time/date is kept accurate using one of the common industry standard methods.

Time/Date utility application

Instruction Link – Allegiant Time Sync

 

4d) Allegiant LTC 8900 CPU Status Update Utility:
The Allegiant LTC 8900 CPU Status Update utility is a PC software program. It is used for updating various real time status conditions between operating LTC 8900 CPUs that are not normally compatible due to firmware or hardware version differences. This program is intended as a supplement to the configuration programming normally done using the Allegiant LTC 8059 Master Control Software program. It is typically used to minimize system/operator disruption when the real time status of an older generation CPU must be copied over to a newer generation CPU obtained as a replacement or upgrade.

Status settings that can be copied include Camera-to-monitor status, Keyboard-to-monitor status, Keyboard log-in status, and Time/Date.

The program is compatible with all LTC 8900 version CPUs. General instructions for use can be found in the ReadMe file once the software has been installed on the PC. More detailed instructions can be found in the latest version of the “LTC 8900 Upgrade” instructions. (See Section 8 below)

Download the file from the link below and copy it to a convenient location on the LTC 8900 PC. Run the program to install it on the PC.

Allegiant LTC 8900 CPU Status Update Utility

 

4e) USB Dongle Driver Update:

If an Allegiant USB Security Dongle will be connected to a PC running an older version of the Allegiant LTC 8059 Master Control Software or Allegiant LTC 8850 GUI software, a USB driver must first be installed on the PC. Download the file from the link below, and save it in a temporary location. Use PKZIP utility (not supplied) to uncompress the file into its original components. Run “Setup.exe” to install the drivers.

USB Dongle Driver for GUI/MCS

 

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5) Allegiant Software Patches:

5a) General Information:
Occasionally, software patches are made available to address problems that may occur after a software product is formally released. If the described symptom(s) have not been encountered, it is recommended to NOT install the patch. In addition, the patch should only be applied to the version of software noted in the applicable section.

 

5b) Software Patch for LTC 8059 Master control Software v2.91:

This patch updates v2.91 of the Master Control Software to add support for communication to with LTC 8944/93, LTC 8945/93, & LTC 8946/93 LAN Switches released in mid 2010:

Patch file

Instruction Link – MCS Patch for v2.80

 

5c) Software Patch for LTC 8059 Master control Software v2.80:

This patch increases the timeout values related to communication timing between the Master Control Software and an Allegiant CPU. It may resolve communication dropout issues that could be experienced when connecting to an Allegiant system across a congested IP network.

Patch file

Instruction Link – MCS Patch for v2.91

 

5d) Small Allegiant “Title bounce” Firmware Update:

Under certain conditions relating to the vertical phasing of the system cameras, a vertical bounce of the on-screen title may occur as video is sequencing on the system monitors.

This firmware applies only to LTC 8100, LTC 8200, & LTC 8300 models manufactured in the Spring and early Summer of 2006.

Solution options: Unit can be sent in to Bosch Service Center for update, or firmware can be updated by customer using file at link below:

LTC 8100/8200/8300 “title bounce” firmware

 

 

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6) Miscellaneous:

6a) Allegiant CONSOLE Interface Cable:
In order to do a firmware upgrade on an Allegiant series main CPU or Data Receiver module found in Allegiant Camera/Monitor Expansion bays, an RS-232 serial interface cable must be connected between the PC and the Allegiant device. This is the same cable supplied with the LTC 8059/00 Allegiant Master Control Software package and the LTC 8850/00 Allegiant GUI software package. If you prefer to make up one yourself, click the link below to open a drawing of the required cable pinouts.

Various RS-232 Cables

6b) Industry Standard Null Modem Interface Cable:
In order to do a firmware upgrade on certain non-Allegiant series devices, an Industry Standard RS-232 Null Modem interface cable must be connected between the PC and the device. Such a cable can be purchased directly from Bosch Security Systems using part number “S1385”. If you prefer to make up one yourself, click the link below to open a drawing of the required cable pinouts.

Various RS-232 Cables

6c) Allegiant ‘Alarm-port-as-Console’ Cable:
If more than one serial interface must be connected to your Allegiant CPU, it is possible to re-configure the Allegiant’s Alarm Port into an additional CONSOLE port (refer to Allegiant Instruction manual for configuration details). Since the Alarm Port of an Allegiant CPU provides a low voltage AC output, it is important to use the correct serial interface cable to prevent damage to the external PC or controlling device. An interface cable such as this is not available from Bosch Security Systems, but you can make one up yourself following the drawing in the link below.

Various RS-232 Cables

 

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7) Software Archive:

7a) General Information: This section contains links to older versions of Allegiant CPU and Allegiant related software.

 

7b) ADIM Digital Integration Software

ADIM Update Instructions

 

7c) Former CPU and Data Receiver firmware releases:

Please refer to the General Information paragraph found in the latest firmware releases section for more information related to CPU and Data Receiver firmware.

LTC 8100 CPU Firmware

LTC 8200 CPU Firmware

LTC 8300 CPU Firmware (Do not confuse with “8301” firmware files)

LTC 8301/TC8301 CPU Firmware (Do not confuse with “8300” firmware files)

LTC 8500 CPU Firmware

LTC 8600 CPU Firmware

TC8701, TC8702, & TC8703 CPU & Data Receiver Firmware

LTC 8801 & LTC 8802 CPU & Data Receiver Firmware

LTC 8901, LTC 8902, & LTC 8903 CPU & Data Receiver Firmware

 

7d) Former Allegiant Master Control Software (MCS) releases:
If you are not sure about selecting the appropriate version of the Master Control Software that will be compatible with existing firmware in your Allegiant CPU, please read the section below.

There are two distinct versions of the Allegiant Master Control Software (MCS). Older versions of the MCS dating back to the introduction of the Allegiant series were implemented using a DOS platform. DOS versions of the MCS have been discontinued for some time and do not support firmware releases of Allegiant CPU modules made after 1998. In 1998, a Windows based MCS platform took the place of the former DOS versions.

Note: DOS versions of MCS software (i.e., especially the very old versions) are likely to have problems operating on Pentium class or better PCs.

 

Windows based MCS versions:
To determine which version of CPU firmware is compatible with your Windows version of the MCS, please see the table below. If you need to check your CPU firmware version number, use User Keyboard Function 23 from an operating Allegiant system keyboard. The revision number of the CPU will be displayed on the monitor text overlay in the format “x.xx”, where x.xx specifies the firmware version. If an "ERR 15" appears, it means that this user feature is not supported. If the user feature is not supported, this automatically indicates that the CPU is not compatible with Windows based MCS because it is too old.

 

The table below shows the various Windows based MCS versions and the compatible version of CPU firmware:

 

MCS

Version

Compatible CPU

Approximate release date of MCS

Link to MCS file

2.92

8.6x 8.7x, 10.01, 10.02, 10.03, 10.04, 10.05

October 2010

Link to MCS 2.92

2.91

8.6x 8.7x, 10.01, 10.02, 10.03, 10.04, 10.05

January 2010

Link to MCS 2.91

2.90

8.6x 8.7x, 10.01. 10.02, 10.03

March 2009

Link to MCS 2.90

2.80

8.6x 8.7x, 10.0

June 2006

Link to MCS 2.80

2.72

8.6

July 2004

Link to MCS 2.72

2.70

8.5, 8.6

May 2004

Link to MCS 2.70

2.60

8.1, 8.2, 8.3, 8.4

June 2000

Link to MCS 2.60

2.50

8.0

June 1999

Link to MCS 2.50

2.41

7.6, 7.8

March 1999

Link to MCS 2.41 (disks)

2.40

7.6, 7.7

October 1998

Link to MCS 2.40

None

All firmware less than 7.7

(Not applicable)

(Not applicable)

Table 1 – Compatibility of Windows based Master Control Software and CPU Firmware

DOS based MCS versions:
Allegiant series switcher/controllers with firmware version less than 7.7 had a compatible DOS version of the Master Control Software (MCS) unique to the model type. This means that a "TC8359" software (for an Allegiant 8300 system) package could not be used with an Allegiant 8800 system. In addition, because of feature changes that have occurred over the life of the product, there are different versions of the MCS corresponding to different versions of the Allegiant's CPU firmware.

To download the correct version of the DOS based MCS software, you will need to know your CPU version number and system model type. If there is any doubt, please CLICK HERE or manually navigate to the “How To Determine Your Allegiant CPU Firmware Version” found in the Helpful Information section below.

Once you know your system type and CPU version number, you can download the correct DOS version of MCS from the Table below. Simply click on the appropriate link in the "MCS Version" column.

 

CPU

SYSTEM
TYPES:

MCS
VERSION:

 

CPU

SYSTEM
TYPES:

MCS
VERSION:

 

CPU

SYSTEM
TYPES:

MCS
VERSION:

0.74
0.86
0.87
0.91
0.95
0.96
0.96
1.13
1.202
1.21
1.211
1.41
2.00
2.10
2.20
2.30
2.40
2.50
2.60
3.00
3.10
4.00
4.00
4.20
4.20
4.20
4.20
4.30
4.30
4.30
4.30
4.50
4.50
4.50
4.50
4.51
4.52
4.60
4.60
4.60
4.70
4.70
4.70
4.80
4.80
4.80

8700
8700
8700
8700
8700
8700
8700-3
8500
8500
8500
8500
8500
8500
8500
8500
8500
8500
8500
8500
8500
8500
8500
8700
8500
8600
8700
8800
8500
8600
8700
8800
8500
8600
8700
8800
8500
8500
8600
8700
8800
8600
8700
8800
8600
8700
8800

1.12
1.12
1.12
1.12
1.12
1.12
0.704
1.30
1.30
1.30
1.30
1.30
2.00
2.00
2.00
2.00
2.00
2.00
2.00
3.20
3.20
4.00
4.00
4.20
4.20
4.20
4.20
4.30
4.30
4.30
4.30
4.90
4.90
4.90
4.90
4.90
4.90
4.90
4.90
4.90
4.90
4.90
4.90
4.90
4.90
4.90

 

4.90
4.90
4.90
5.00
5.00
5.00
5.10
5.10
5.10
5.10
5.20
5.20
5.20
5.20
5.30
5.30
5.30
5.30
5.50
5.50
5.50
5.60
5.70

5.80
6.00
6.00
6.00
6.10
6.10
6.10
6.10
6.20
6.20
6.20
6.20
6.30
6.30
6.30
6.30
6.40
6.40
6.40
6.40
6.50
6.50
6.50

8600
8700
8800
8600
8700
8800
8600
8700
8700-3
8800
8600
8700
8700-3
8800
8600
8700
8700-3
8800
8600
8700
8800
8500
8500

8500
8600
8700
8800
8600
8700
8800
8800-3
8600
8700
8800
8800-3
8600
8700
8800
8800-3
8600
8700
8800
8800-3
8600
8700
8800

4.90
4.90
4.90
4.90
4.90
4.90
5.10
5.10
5.10
5.10
5.20
5.20
5.20
5.20
5.40
5.40
5.30
5.40
5.40
5.40
5.40
5.60
5.60
5.60
6.00
6.00
6.00
6.10
6.10
6.10
6.10
6.20
6.20
6.20
6.20
6.20
6.20
6.20
6.20
6.20
6.20
6.20
6.20
6.70
6.70
6.70

 

6.60
6.60
6.60
6.70
6.70
6.70
6.70
6.80
6.80
6.80
6.90
6.90
6.90
7.00
7.00
7.00
7.10
7.10
7.10
7.10
7.20
7.20
7.20
7.20
7.30
7.40
7.40
7.40
7.40
7.50
7.50
7.50
7.50
7.60
7.60
7.60
7.60
7.70
7.70
7.70
7.70
7.80
7.80
7.80
7.80

8600
8700
8800
8600
8700
8800
88K514
8301
8600
8800
8301
8600
8800
8301
8600
8800
8301
8500
8600
8800
8301
8500
8600
8800
8301
8301
8500
8600
8800
8301
8500
8600
8800
8300,01
8500
8600
8800
8300.01
8500
8600
8800
8300,01
8500
8600
8800

6.70
6.70
6.70
6.70
6.70
6.70
88K514
6.80
6.80
6.80
6.80
6.80
6.80
6.80
6.80
6.80
7.10
7.10
7.10
7.10
7.10
7.10
7.10
7.10
7.10
7.10
7.10
7.10
7.10
7.60
7.60
7.60
7.60
7.60
7.60
7.60
7.60
7.60
7.60
7.60
7.60
7.60
7.60
7.60
7.60

Table 2 – DOS based versions of Master Control Software

 

7e) Former Allegiant LTC 8850 Graphical User Interface (GUI) Software releases:
Please refer to the General Information paragraph found in the latest Allegiant PC software releases section for more information related to Allegiant GUI software.

 

GUI

Version

Compatible CPU

Approximate release date of GUI

Link to GUI file

2.80

8.6x 8.7x, 10.0

June 2006

Link to file

2.72

8.6

July 2004

Link to file

2.70

8.5, 8.6

May 2004

(Use 2.72)

2.60

8.1, 8.2, 8.3, 8.4

June 2000

Link to file

2.50

8.0

June 1999

Link to file

2.41

7.6, 7.8

March 1999

Link to file

2.40

7.6, 7.7

October 1998

Link to file

2.30

7.5

February 1998

Link to folder

2.20

7.2

July 1997

Link to folder

2.11

7.1

May 1997

Link to folder

2.10

7.0

December 1996

Link to folder

1.04

6.7

June 1996

Link to folder

None

All firmware less than 6.5

(Not applicable)

(Not applicable)

Table 3 – Compatibility of Allegiant GUI Software and CPU Firmware

 

7f) Former “DOS based” Allegiant Downloader utility program”:
In the somewhat distant past, Allegiant firmware files were transferred from a PC to Allegiant CPUs and Data Receiver modules using a DOS based utility program. A Windows based GUI type program is currently available and recommended for use, but if there is ever a need to use one of the old versions, they can be found at the link below.

Download the desired file from the link below, and save it in a temporary location. Copy any desired firmware files (i.e., *.mot) to the same location. Open a DOS window, navigate to the temporary directory, and begin a transfer using the command: “Download <firmware file name> <PC com port>”

Allegiant DOS based Firmware Downloaders

 

 

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8) Helpful Information:

8a) General CPU Upgrade Information:
The database directory contains CPU and Data Receiver (D/R) firmware files that are used for the software upgrade process. The desired CPU firmware file is listed in the database as the first two numbers of the system model type followed by the firmware revision number, and ending in ".MOT". For example, version 8.50 firmware for an LTC 8500 system would be named "8500-85.MOT". Firmware files for D/R modules are named by combining the numbers of the system type followed by the revision number, and ending in ".MOT". For example, version 5.20 firmware for the D/R module supplied in LTC 8802 Monitor Expansion Bay would be named "8802-52.MOT".

This webpage is updated as necessary, so firmware links found in the CPU and D/R update section would represent the most current firmware files. Older files are available from the Archive section.

Firmware files are transferred from your PC to the Allegiant using a PC based utility program that can be downloaded from the PC software section. Note that if you will be downloading the Allegiant Master Control Software (MCS) program, the appropriate CPU & D/R upgrade files (MOTs), and Allegiant firmware upgrade utility program are included with it.

8b) How To Determine If Your Allegiant CPU Can Be Upgraded:
Three generations of Allegiant CPU and Data Receiver (D/R) modules exist. The very old “1st generation” versions were manufactured prior to 1995 and they do not support the ability to be upgraded These old CPU and D/R modules can be easily distinguished from more current versions because of the presence of a single 8-position dip switch located near the front of the board. Allegiant system having these versions of CPUs and D/Rs can only be upgraded by replacing the CPU or D/R module with a current version.

Allegiant CPU and D/R modules manufactured since the 1995-1997 timeframe support the ability to be upgraded using a 'software download' approach. This would include all CPU modules found in LTC 8100, LTC 8200, TC8301, LTC 8300, and LTC 8900 Allegiant series systems. These modules comprise the “2nd generation” and the “3rd generation” versions. The 2nd generation versions contain two 8-position dip switches, and the most current 3rd generation versions contain three 8-position dip switches.

If there is any doubt to the compatibility of your CPU or D/R, there are two methods available to determine if the software download approach can be used:

1. From an operating Allegiant system keyboard, you can press "User 23 ENTER". The revision number of the CPU will be displayed on the monitor text overlay in the format “x.xx”, where x.xx specifies the firmware version. If the version is 6.00 or higher, you have an upgradeable CPU module. If an "ERR 15" appears, it means that this user feature is not supported. If the user feature is not supported, this automatically indicates that the CPU is too old to use a software download approach.

2. You can visually inspect the CPU module in your system. If the CPU module contain a single 8-position dip switch located on the front edge of the printed circuit board, your CPU module is too old. In this case, your system can only be upgraded by replacing the CPU module with a current generation version.

8c) How To Determine Your Allegiant CPU Firmware Version:
There are three ways to determine
your CPU firmware version number:

1. Select User Keyboard Function 23 from an operating Allegiant system keyboard. The revision number of the CPU will be displayed on the monitor text overlay in the format “x.xx”, where x.xx specifies the firmware version. If an "ERR 15" appears, it means that this user feature is not supported because the CPU is too old, and you will need to use one of the other options below.

2. Remove front panel of the modular CPU card cage unit. Turn off main power using power switch on Allegiant Power Supply. The CPU (or Data Receiver) module is the PCB located right next to the Power Supply module. Using standard practices for handling static sensitive devices, carefully pull the CPU module out of the card cage until you can see 2 or 4 relatively large ICs with white copyright labels on them. In some cases, the original firmware version may be listed directly, such as “Ver 1.40”. In other cases, there will be a part number that includes the firmware version as show below.

Type module: Part number printed on IC:

CPUs 303-1029-xxx

Data Receivers 303-1061-xxx

 

where the 1st character of “xxx” denotes the IC, and the second and third characters of the “xxx” represent the firmware version number.

 

NOTE: The label will represent the original firmware version supplied in the product when first delivered. If there is any reason to believe that the firmware had been upgraded, please use method 3 to determine the firmware number.

3. Connect a PC to the Allegiant Console or Printer port and open up a Windows HyperTerminal session. Attach an Allegiant Console cable between the PC com port and the Allegiant Console port. Configure HyperTerminal for “N-8-1”, Handshake “on”, and set baud rate to one of the following:

1st generation CPUs default baud rate = 1200
2nd generation CPUs default baud rate = 19200
3rd generation CPUs default baud rate = 115200

Press the ENTER key a few times to retrieve the Allegiant Prompt. It will take the form of “TC8x00 >”, where “x” represents the number of the model series. Once you have the prompt, type the command “Version” and press Enter. The CPU firmware version will be displayed.

8d) How To Save CPU User Configuration Data:
Once the firmware upgrade process begins, all user data will be lost! There are three methods available to save user configuration data that has been programmed into an existing Allegiant CPU:

1. Using PC based Master Control Software - If you are using the PC based Allegiant Master Control Software (MCS) or Allegiant GUI software, you should “Upload” all your tables from the existing CPU and save the information to disk before starting the upgrade process.

2. Hardcopy Printout Method – If you do not have the Allegiant Master Control Software available, it is possible to connect a RS-232 serial printer to the Allegiant CPU bay and printout hardcopies of the tables. These hardcopies can then be used as a reference for manually re-entering the data after the upgrade has been completed. Refer to the Allegiant series Instruction manual for the procedure to attach a printer to the system.

3. Manual copy Method – The least favorite method to back up your data before upgrading is to step through each user programmed item and manually copy down the user data to paper. Depending on the original user configuration data, this may include camera titles, monitor titles, sequence steps, alarm settings, and other system settings that would be unique to your site.

8e) Allegiant CPU & DR Firmware Update Procedure (except LTC 8900 series):

1. If not previously installed, download and install the Allegiant Firmware Downloader program on your PC. If needed, the Allegiant Firmware Downloader utility program can be downloaded from the “Allegiant Utility Programs” section.

2. Download the latest version of CPU firmware and save the file(s) in the same directory as the Downloader utility program. Firmware for all Allegiant models can be downloaded from the “ Allegiant CPU & Data Receiver Modules Firmware” section.

3. Connect the Allegiant CONSOLE serial cable between the CONSOLE port of the CPU and an available PC com port. If needed, cable information can be found in the “Miscellaneous” section.

4. Open the Allegiant Firmware Downloader program. Select the appropriate PC Com port number and the desired "MOT" file containing the Allegiant operating system firmware. Use the 'Browse' button, if necessary to select the correct file name.

5. Press download to begin the upgrade. Once finished, allow 20-30 seconds for the Allegiant CPU to complete the initialization process. It will then be ready for use, but in a factory default state. Re-enter your user configuration data as necessary.

8f) Allegiant CPU & Data Receiver Firmware Update Procedure (LTC 8900 series ONLY):
CPU and Data Receiver firmware upgrades for Allegiant LTC 8900 series models is somewhat complex because there are procedure options to limit the downtime of the system during the upgrade process. Please refer to the document below for complete details:

CPU & Data Receiver firmware upgrade instructions, LTC 8900 ONLY

 

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