Neato XV-11 firmware upgrade v2.1

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Neato Robotics has released the long awaited firmware upgrade to the Neato XV-11 robotic vacuum cleaner. The new 2.1 software provides improvements over both 1.x and 2.0 firmwares. Some of improvements are not very detailed in the published notice, but I hope they have addressed problems like the known clock resetting bug. At the moment it is unclear if this firmware intended to be used on XV-15 models as well, or it is a software for the XV-11 only. The firmware is compatible with both XV-11 (US) and XV-15 (Europe) models.

New features upgrading from firmware 1.x

  • spot mode: cleans a 1.2×1.8 m (4×6') area
  • fringe distanglement
  • better navigation
  • better docking
  • multiple languages (English, Simplified Chinese, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, Traditional Chinese)
  • bug fixes

(These features have already been available in recently delivered robots with firmware 2.0)

New features upgrading from firmware 2.0

  • improved docking
  • better navigation
  • bug fixes

The upgrade is available from Neato's website for all Neato XV-11 owners. Upgrade requirements include a Windows XP or Windows 7 computer with an Internet Explorer 8, Firefox 4 or Chrome 12 (or newer) browser, and an mini-USB cable. After the upgrade it is only possible to downgrade to the las prevoius version, in this case firmware 2.0.

Besides the regular screenshot walk through Neato Robotics has created a short video to help the upgrade.

Update: I upgraded the firmware of my Neato XV-11 and it works as advertised. The update went smoothly, the guide covered the process precisely. After the upgrade I run a quick test to see spot mode in action:

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