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RE: How important is it to have the latest firmware version?
It's hard to imagine that the changes in the firmware are signficant, when their own technical support staff doesn't even know what the current version is. When I called a day before getting my S9 Autoset with version 9.05, they assured me the latest version was 9.04. I asked them what the difference was between 9.03 and 9.04. They said they didn't know.
06-04-2012 03:39 PM
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Post: #72
RE: How important is it to have the latest firmware version?
(06-04-2012 03:39 PM)BabyDoc Wrote:  It's hard to imagine that the changes in the firmware are signficant, when their own technical support staff doesn't even know what the current version is. When I called a day before getting my S9 Autoset with version 9.05, they assured me the latest version was 9.04. I asked them what the difference was between 9.03 and 9.04. They said they didn't know.

Babydoc,
I work for an electronics manufacturer (we only mfg a couple medical devices, nothing along these lines yet), but what I can tell you about the industry is that the folks you talked to probably had no idea. This was because you were at support level 1. You need to get to probably tier 3 support before they can start telling you what the difference is and exactly why. Tier 1 support typically works off of what we call "scripts". These people are not allowed to think for themselves and are only allowed to say what is scripted for them to say. To get any REAL information you need to escalate your call to tier 2 or 3 at least. I'm not bagging on anyone, that just the way it is in the electronics industry. And by the way, Tier 1 is measured on how many calls they resolve without escalation so sometimes escalation can be tricky!
Mike

As always, YMMV! You do not have to agree or disagree, I am not a professional so my mental meanderings are simply recollections of things from my own life.

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06-04-2012 06:21 PM
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Post: #73
RE: How important is it to have the latest firmware version?
I have had similar issues with Respironics System One APAP machines.

Here is what I sent to a contact I have at Respironics.

Quote:"Good morning Peter.

I have a question regarding the firmware for my Philips Respironics System One APAP machine. When I turn the machine on, it tells me the firmware version is Version 2.50.

My spouse also has this machine and the firmware version for hers is Version 2.51.

Is there a way to update the firmware in this APAP machine? I have asked my durable medical equipment provider this question and they are not aware of how to do this."

Here is his response.

Quote:"Typically firmware is only updated once/if the machine comes back for service. Your wife’s machine is probably slightly newer (in terms of manufacture date) and thus had the most recent firmware revision loaded on it when it came off of the assembly line.

You could take the device back to the equipment provider and ask them to send it in to us for an update but honestly I don’t think that it is worth it. I know that you use a wireless modem, I can check to see if an update can be pushed to your device through that. Even if that is possible, with HIPAA and some of the regulatory requirements on our end, I would imagine that it would still have to go back to the provider to initiate the update. I can look into the process of how that would occur if you want me to."

INFORMATION ON APNEA BOARD FORUMS OR ON APNEABOARD.COM SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED AS MEDICAL ADVICE. ALWAYS SEEK THE ADVICE OF A PHYSICIAN BEFORE SEEKING TREATMENT FOR MEDICAL CONDITIONS, INCLUDING SLEEP APNEA. INFORMATION POSTED ON THE APNEA BOARD WEB SITE AND FORUMS ARE PERSONAL OPINION ONLY AND NOT NECESSARILY A STATEMENT OF FACT.
06-04-2012 06:59 PM
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Post: #74
RE: How important is it to have the latest firmware version?
(06-04-2012 06:21 PM)mjbearit Wrote:  
(06-04-2012 03:39 PM)BabyDoc Wrote:  It's hard to imagine that the changes in the firmware are signficant, when their own technical support staff doesn't even know what the current version is. When I called a day before getting my S9 Autoset with version 9.05, they assured me the latest version was 9.04. I asked them what the difference was between 9.03 and 9.04. They said they didn't know.

Babydoc,
I work for an electronics manufacturer (we only mfg a couple medical devices, nothing along these lines yet), but what I can tell you about the industry is that the folks you talked to probably had no idea. This was because you were at support level 1. You need to get to probably tier 3 support before they can start telling you what the difference is and exactly why. Tier 1 support typically works off of what we call "scripts". These people are not allowed to think for themselves and are only allowed to say what is scripted for them to say. To get any REAL information you need to escalate your call to tier 2 or 3 at least. I'm not bagging on anyone, that just the way it is in the electronics industry. And by the way, Tier 1 is measured on how many calls they resolve without escalation so sometimes escalation can be tricky!
Mike

Its not just the electronic industry but most anything with customer service. Tier 3 is typically the design engineering or R&D organization, while Tier 2 is an expert(s) that supports the Tier 1 people. Only problems that can't be solved get escalated to the next tier. As an engineer I fall into the tier 3 realm and I can say that very few problems get that far and when they do its always a team with a tier 2 and manager(s) involved.
06-05-2012 07:14 AM
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Post: #75
RE: How important is it to have the latest firmware version?
Just got my Resmed S9 Autoset today, will find out the machine's firmware version tonight for everyone to compare.
10-23-2012 01:53 AM
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(10-23-2012 01:53 AM)koala Wrote:  Just got my Resmed S9 Autoset today, will find out the machine's firmware version tonight for everyone to compare.
welcome to the forum
10-23-2012 03:09 AM
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RE: How important is it to have the latest firmware version?
FYI. everyone, hope this info is useful.
SW version: SX474-0905
Mfg date: 2012/Sep/20
Hours of usage: 0
Made in Singapore by Resmed Australia, distributed by Resmed USA, San Diego.
10-23-2012 09:15 AM
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RE: How important is it to have the latest firmware version?
Yes, that is useful information.
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10-23-2012 12:33 PM
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Post: #79
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I bought mine last month and it has the same firmware version as that
10-23-2012 04:02 PM
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Post: #80
RE: How important is it to have the latest firmware version?
mine shows: SX474-0602 .... 2 years ago
not sure what other changes been made beside smartstart can be enabled with full face masks
10-23-2012 04:44 PM
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