Using USB Host for Firmware Updates
Using USB Host for Firmware Updates
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Using USB Host for Firmware Updates

The USB host port allows you to connect a USB Flash drive to the printer to perform firmware updates.
A USB Flash drive is required.
Get firmware from the printer firmware from the Zebra print support page. You will need to download and store it for transfer.
Go to the printer support and information page and get a copy of the latest from the
FIRMWARE
section for download.
Supports USB Flash drives (or thumb drive or memory stick) up to 1 Terabyte (TB). The printer will not recognize drives larger than 1 TB.
The USB Flash drive must be formatted with the FAT file system. Filenames maybe 1 to 16 alphanumeric characters (A, a, B, b, C, c, ..., 0, 1, 2, 3, ...) only. Only use ASCII characters. Do not use Asian characters, Cyrillic characters, or accented characters in file names. Some functions may not work properly if there are underscores in a file name. Use periods instead.
Some functions may not work properly if there are underscores in a file name. Use periods instead.
This process is an example of using a simple but powerful printer management method enabled with Zebra Mirror functions. This uses a default Mirror behavior to update the printer without using a smart device or computer. See the printer ZPL programming manual — Mirror and Set-Get-Do (SGD)
usb.mirror
commands operation.
  1. On the USB Flash Drive:
    1. Create a folder:
      Zebra
    2. In that folder, create three sub-directories:
      app
      commands
      files
  2. In the
    /appl
    folder, place a copy of the latest firmware version for the printer.
  3. Load the printer with media. See Loading Roll Media in the ZD611R Printer.
  4. Insert the USB Flash drive into the USB host port on the printer.
  5. Observe the user interface and wait. The following should happen:
    • If the firmware on the USB Flash drive is different than what is on the printer, the firmware downloads to the printer. The printer then restarts and prints a printer configuration label. (If there is no firmware on the USB Flash drive or if the firmware version is the same, the printer skips this action.)
    • The printer downloads the files in the
      /files
      folder and briefly shows the names of the files that are downloading on the display.
    • The printer executes any files in the
      /commands
      folder.
    • The printer restarts and then displays the message:
      MIRROR PROCESSING FINISHED
  6. Remove the USB Flash drive from the printer.