New Firmware Release Candidate v1.20.0

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    Hello Everyone ,

    we've uploaded new Firmware Release v1.20.0.rc0 as a candidate release for coming new stable release v1.20.0 this release include the following changes:


    • Organized ports under one directory
    • Micropython v1.9.4
    • Disable/enable GIL when transmitting/receiving pulses in RMT module
    • Unlock the GIL while accessing queues
    • Add script to build release package via makefile or script in tools
    • Improving Non-Blocking sockets
    • Adaption for uasyncio MicroPython library
    • Exposing new Socket Options
    • Major LTE module Updates
    • Re-structring of Frozen folder
    • Fixed Issue with memory leak in thread lock creation
    • Fixed problem in antenna switch in newer esp32 chip models
    • General fixes and improvements to the LoRaWAN stack
    • Applied workaround for socket.connect timeout
    • Added timeout option for ussl.wrap_socket to timeout SSL Handshake
    • Enabled reading the value of any descriptor with standard defined 2byte UUID in BLE
    • Added Bluetooth timeout parameter to bluetooth.connect()
    • Added support for new LTE bands (5,8)

    New Features:

    • Introduced new Filesystem LittleFS
    • Enabled uzlib in Micropython
    • Added LightSleep functionality
    • Added Dynamic filesystem functionality and new Bootmgr function in Pycom module
    • Added support for RTC memory operations Read/Write
    • Added Lora Mesh - openthread protocol
    • Build Process now support building Pybytes firmwares via Build option VARIANT
    • New Frozen Libs for LTE Sequans modem upgrades

    WiFi Updates:

    • Added new API to get list of STAs connected to Soft-AP
    • Updated wlan_scan to include other parameters
    • Added timout handling in wlan_connect + refactoring
    • Added new API for setting max tx power for Wifi
    • Added Set/Get API for Country configuration
    • Refactored "wlan_setup" function
    • Fixed Issue of ftp/telnet servers enabling when wifi_on_boot is not enabled
    • Added new API wlan.joined_ap_info()
    • Added API to get/set wifi protocol + updated wlan_channel to support sniffing
    • Added support for setting mac addr for STA and AP
    • Added API for sending Raw 80211 messages
    • Added promiscuous mode

    You can download the sources from

    You also can flash Pycom boards with this release by choosing development type in Firmware updater tool

    A link to Documentation page will be added soon.

    Note: The function os.mkfs() has been replaced with os.fsformat() To format the internal file system, use os.fsformat('/flash') and os.fsformat('/sd') to format SD cards (card needs to be mounted as '/sd')

    To mount the SD card, use this code:

    sd = SD()
    fs = os.mkfat(sd)
    os.mount(fs, '/sd')

  • I'm testing this new fw v1.20.0.rc4 release with GPY with lasted NB modem fw.
    1 - I'm able to connect and send data over NB (Portugal - MEO operator)
    2 - rtc.ntp_sync() is working over NB and WIFI
    3 - rtc.synced() is working over NB and WIFI
    4 - I notice that sometimes the don't timeout, I will continue doing more tests.

    keep the good work.

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    @rogerrr @Xykon Could you answer this?

  • @paul-thornton thanks for your answer,
    Can i set this value ?

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    @rogerrr Hi, whilst I can confirm Macfilter/commissioner is on our roadmap but I dont have a timeframe for delivery at the moment.

    re current security methods. All mesh traffic is currently encrypted with a pre shared key that matches across all nodes.

  • Hi,

    When will be able to use macfilter and/or commissioner in cli function ?
    Else, is there a way to secure the mesh networks ?


  • I move back to FAT file system. LittleFS worked fine for some time, but suddenly it was not possible to upload files with the ATOM plugin running Windows 10.

    Uploading project (main folder)...
    Not safe booting, disabled in settings
    Reading file status
    Failed to read project status, uploading all files
    Creating dir lib
    [1/5] Writing file lib/dth.mpy (2kb)
    [2/5] Writing file lib/pycoproc.mpy (6kb)
    Failed to write file, trying again...
    Failed to write file, trying again...
    [3/5] Writing file lib/pytrack.mpy (0kb)
    Failed to write file, trying again...
    Failed to write file, trying again...
    [4/5] Writing file lib/sfGPS.mpy (7kb)
    Failed to write file, trying again...
    Failed to write file, trying again...
    [5/5] Writing file (4kb)
    Failed to write file, trying again...
    Failed to write file, trying again...
    Upload failed.: timeout Please reboot your device manually.

    The failed to write messages do not pop up always after two files. Sometimes after

    I flashed the firmware with erasing the file system flag, it failed.
    I flashed again with FAT and it worked.
    Flashed 3rd time with LittleFS and failed again.

    Maybe a timestamp problem? I had no problems during the afternoon. Time zone is Berlin. Problem started around 20:00 local time.

    FTP worked well.

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    @crumble said in New Firmware Release Candidate v1.20.0.rc0:

    Have you changed someting in _thread or i2c as well?

    Maybe it's the updated IDF libraries... I haven't changed anything in the source code related to that functionality.

  • Have you changed someting in _thread or i2c as well?

    up to ec2 I had huge problems with i2c and a pytrack.
    Under rc3 it was more stable when serializing i2c with a lock. But deepsleep failed once without visible i2c exception.

    Now it runs for some hours without a problem on a LoPy and WiPi3. I hope you have done a great job. Not that I have a lot of bad luck and and miss allways the issue.;)

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    A new version 1.20.0.rc4 is now available with the following updates:

    Co-Authored-By: @iwahdan
    mods/modusocket: use getaddrinfo() instead of n_gethostbyname() in mod_usocket_getaddrinfo()
    esp32/modusocket:Add mpy API to get/set DNS servers ipv4 addr
    mods/machrtc: Add optional parameter backup_server to specify two NTP servers
    esp32: Fixes in order to get the LoRaWAN US915 certification passing
    esp32/frozen: updated
    esp32/pycom_config: fix typos

    Co-Authored-By: @robert-hh
    help: Simplify and extend help()
    mods/machspi.c: Fix the bug in
    esp32/micropython: correction to keyboard interrupts exposure

    Update IDF libraries to pycom-esp-idf/idf_v3.1 ebff2ed
    mods/machrtc: Fix rtc.synced()

    Fix typo in

    Example1: Set primary and secondary (backup) ntp server.

    from machine import RTC
    rtc = RTC()
    rtc.ntp_sync('', backup_server='')

    Example2: Check and update name server configuration

    import socket
    # Check configured name servers
    ==> ('', '')
    # Check primary name server (index: 0)
    ==>  (0, '')
    # Set primary name server (index: 0)
    socket.dnsserver(0, '')
    # Set secondary name server (index: 1)
    socket.dnsserver(1, '')
    ==>  (0, '')
    ==>  ('', '')

  • @iwahdan
    I've now discovered what looks like a better way to enable the iccid() method to work after a reset.

    • lte.reset()

    • lte.iccid() does not work

    • LTE.reconnect_uart()

    • lte.init()

    • lte.iccid() then works!

    My guess is that other methods may not function correctly after a reset() without calling the LTE.reconnect_uart() method, but that is just speculation.


  • @iwahdan
    Interesting discovery:

    • As noted earier after a lte.reset() method call, the lte.iccid() method no longer returns a value.

    • The method call resets the modem to a state where the lte.iccid() method returns a correct value.

    • In other words the seems to do something to the modem state that lte.reset() does not.

    I don't pretend to understand what the ramifications of this are, but I thought it was worth noting. I know of no other software command that will restore the modem to a state where the lte.iccid() method works.


  • @danielm I don't think it is RAI, but a release indicator flag that ublox has implemented in the socket send command, which tells the modem it can gi to PSM based on the PSM settings.

    Nice work! Guess there will be plenty of alternatives when it comes to modems. But, as you say, they must also be a little user friendly.

  • @einarj
    By release flag you mean RAI - Release Assistance Indicator? 165uWh per active cycle is pretty impressive. I would say on par with LoRa/LoRaWAN based solutions if not better.

    Because of the state of cellular support in Pycom products (after they are available on the market for more than a year) yesterday I started to implement similar solution - WiPy 3.0 with Quectel BC66 based on Mediatek MT2625. I do not have any power figures yet as I am currently working on basic library implementation.

    If this solution will be working well it will also be pretty cost-efficient and future-proof as the modem also supports Rel.14/NB2.

    I would also like to test BC66 with ESP32-WROOM running ESP32 port which currently implements only basic features but could be suficient for simple sensors. This would lead to even more cost-efficient solution (for simple battery powered devices).

    Edit: BC66 contains OpenCPU functionality which allows to run application code directly on the module but development in this environment seems like return to dark ages. Would be worth in case of manufacturing really big series of super-simple devices. The module does not even require voltage regulator when powered directly from battery.


  • @danielm I've conducted some more testing now. If I enable PSM and eDRX, the commands are accepted the first time after power up. After the deep sleep period, the attach is already there, so the connection and sending of data is as fast as expected. But, when the lte.deinit(dettach=False) runs, I get an OSError. This prevents trying out the deep sleep functionality. (1.20.0.rc3)
    The power usage of the LTE-modem is quite high and the GPy is averaging around 200mA for the first run after a power up.
    Also, the deinit-method is quite slow. When using PSM, it should be possible to send the socket data with a flag indicating that the modem can release after a successful send, and the deinit-method shouldn't be necessary.

    I wrote my own library for a uBlox SARA-N210 breakout module and hooked it up to a LoPy. To handle the deep sleep, I used a PySense and powered the uBlox-modem on the sensor power output.
    Using basically the same setup, I'm issuing the same PSM and eDRX commands, but I'm also using a flag when sending the message, telling the modem to release after a successful send.

    This gives me some interesting results, and I hope it maybe can work as a benchmark for what results I'm also expecting for the Sequans LTE-modem

    The ON-cycle (after the first run when waiting for an initial attach):
    Wakeup of the lopy, wakeup of the LTE-modem, sending the data, make the PySense go back to sleep and waiting for the uBlox-modem going back to sleep, takes only 4 seconds and uses around 165uWh. Average power draw is around 36.9mA

    The deep sleep cycle:
    Getting the expected result of 15.9uA with 11uA draw from the PySense + 4-5uA from the uBlox LTE modem when in PSM mode

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    @serafimsaudade A fix for this should be in the next RC.

  • @tlanier

    The reset command does not put the modem in the same state that pressing the reset button does.


  • @iwahdan

    I'm getting invalid results (blank) from the LTE.iccid() after a modem reset.


  • @danielm I'm using the GPy. The only way of achieving desired deep-sleep current levels is when i do a "lte.deinit(dettach=True)" and have the GPy alone without any expansion board or PySense/PyTrack

  • @einarj
    Which module are you using for testing? Can you successfully achieve desired deep-sleep current levels?


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