Updating your MFD’s firmware – Canon gets it right!January 22, 2010
Canon’s Content Delivery System (CDS) is a quantum leap for updating the MFDs firmware. It makes it too flippin’ easy! Below is a screen shot of an actual Canon ImageRUNNER-Advance that I updated today.
I have done a firmware update on the ImageRUNNER-Advance with a USB Thumb drive and I thought that was easy. Do you remember that we use to have to burn and install ePROMS to update firmware. Then after that we needed a laptop and special software to update the firmware. Both of these required a trained service technician.
But being able to enter service mode and download the firmware right from the MFD touch screen was just too easy. There could come a time when a service technician may not be needed, but for now you still need the secret handshake to know how to get into service mode (and no I can’t tell you what that is).
The coolest part is you can schedule when to download the firmware (maybe in the middle of the night) and if you would like, even have it automatically update it. Or if you are more conservative you could have it stored on the hard drive of the Canon IR-Adv waiting for the service tech to install it on his\her next visit. Think about how much time that could save!
Canon has made the updating of firmware as easy as patching your PC or Server. But best of all is it can be configured to your comfort level as to how and when it should be installed. Canon’s new content distribution system is a break through and keeping your firmware and security patches up to date is just the beginning of good things to come! What’s next embedded (MFD) applications?
That’s my $0.02