Alternative flashing methods
NOTE: When you have already flashed the stick and paired devices to it, reflashing it requires to re-pair all your devices!
Via Arduino Uno/ESP8266 with CCLoader
This has been tested with a Genuine Arudino Uno, an Arduino Pro Micro - China clone, and a NodeMCU ESP8266 and is significantly faster than CCLib
Prepare the firmware
- Download the correct firmware (in this example we’ll be using the CC2531 firmware)
Unpack firmware and convert the hex file to binary using
objcopy(do not use the included binary file!)
objcopy.exeas per this answer from StackOverflow.
objcopy.exe --gap-fill 0xFF --pad-to 0x040000 -I ihex CC2531ZNP-Prod.hex -O binary CC2531ZNP-Prod.bin
Linux or Bash on Ubuntu on Windows: install the
bintoolspackage using your package manager
objcopy --gap-fill 0xFF --pad-to 0x040000 -I ihex CC2531ZNP-Prod.hex -O binary /tmp/CC2531ZNP-Prod.bin
- Download and unpack CCLoader
- On Windows you can use the precompiled
- On Linux you have to compile
CCLoaderyourself so change directory to
CCLoader/SourceCode/Linux, and run
gcc main.c -o CCLoader
Flashing the Arduino or ESP8266 and the CC2531 device
- For Arduino, leave the pins set as default in ‘Arduino\CCLoader\CCLoader.ino’ (lines 86-90):
// Debug control pins & the indicate LED int DD = 6; int DC = 5; int RESET = 4; int LED = 13;
For ESP8266 (NodeMCU or WeMos D1 Mini) edit those pins in ‘Arduino\CCLoader\CCLoader.ino’ (lines 86-90) to usable pins for the ESP8266, these worked for me (note that the number is the GPIO number, not the label on the NodeMCU):
// Debug control pins & the indicate LED int DD = 14; //GPIO14=D5 on NodeMCU/WeMos D1 Mini int DC = 4; //GPIO4=D2 on NodeMCU/WeMos D1 Mini int RESET = 5; //GPIO5=D1 on NodeMCU/WeMos D1 Mini int LED = 2; //GPIO2=D4 and the Blue LED on the WeMos D1 Mini and the ESP-12E module on the NodeMCU, or can use GPIO16=D0 for the other Blue LED on NodeMCU
- Flash Arduino Uno or ESP8266 board with
Arduino\CCLoader\CCLoader.ino(For NodeMCU on Windows: install the Arduino IDE, then in Preferences, add the following URL to the Additional Boards Manager URL field: http://arduino.esp8266.com/stable/package_esp8266com_index.json , then go to the Boards Manager and install the esp8266 package, then set the board to “NodeMCU 1.0 (ESP-12E module)” or if you are using a WeMos D1 Mini set it to “LOLIN(WEMOS) D1 R2 & Mini”, then set Port to the correct COM port (it was COM3 for me with a NodeMCU), then Upload the sketch.)
- Note the COM port number or device name as this will be used later
Connect Arduino pins as described below to the debug header of the CC device
Arduino CC Pin CC Name GND 1 GND D4 7 RESETn D5 3 DC (Debug Clock) D6 4 DD (Debug Data)
If you have a 3.3V Arduino you can optionaly connect
3.3V -> Target Voltage Sense (Pin 2)and program the CC2531 without connecting the CC2531 to USB (in the next step).
Connect the ESP8266 pins as described below to the debug header of the CC device
ESP8266 CC Pin CC Name GND 1 GND D1/GPIO5 7 RESETn D2/GPIO4 3 DC (Debug Clock) D5/GPIO14 4 DD (Debug Data)
- Connect Arduino/ESP8266 first, then within a couple seconds connect the CC2531 to USB power
- Place the prepared
CC2531ZNP-Prod.binnext to the executable file
Start the flashing process
CCLoader_x86_64.exe [Number of the COM port] CC2531ZNP-Prod.bin 0
Example: Arduino UNO on COM7
CCLoader_x86_64.exe 7 CC2531ZNP-Prod.bin 0
./CCLoader [Name of the USB device] CC2531ZNP-Prod.bin 0
Example: Arduino Uno on
./CCLoader /dev/ttyACM0 CC2531ZNP-Prod.bin 0
It should be done in a few minutes.
If burning fails/gets stuck at
Request sent already! Waiting for respond... - try again, check your wiring, try using
1 instead of
0 as the last parameter.
Via Arduino/ESP8266 with CCLib
Flashing firmware via Arduino is implemented using the project https://github.com/wavesoft/CCLib But with minor improvements!!!
AndrewLinden described that he was able to flash CC2531 using CCLib with comments.
As described I made a fork of the CCLib library with minor changes for flashing firmware via Arduino:
- Timeouts of operations
- After opening the port (I have in Windows 7) Arduino reboots and, accordingly, does not respond to requests - made a 3 seconds pause (found somewhere in internet).
- The port speed is reduced to 9600, because at another speed leaving communication errors:
ERROR: Could not read from the serial port!
Download and unpack the archive with the library https://github.com/kirovilya/CCLib.
Flashing Arduino sketch via Arduino IDE CCLib\Arduino\CCLib\Examples\CCLib_proxy\CCLib_proxy.ino
If flashing via esp8266 (wemos d1 mini), you need change connection (p. 5) and Pinout configuration in Arduino/CCLib/Examples/CCLib_proxy/CCLib_proxy.ino:
int CC_RST = 5; int CC_DC = 4; int CC_DD_I = 14; int CC_DD_O = 12;
Install Python 2.7 or later (tested with python 2.7.13), if not installed
Install pyserial 3.0.1, if not installed
pip install -r CCLib\Python\requirements.txtor
pip install pyserial==3.0.1
Connect the contacts as described https://github.com/kirovilya/CCLib#1-prepare-your-arduino-board But in my case, I connected completely without resistors, combined the contacts CC_DD_I and CC_DD_O together and connected to the DD pin of the DEBUG connector!
I connected only 3 specified contacts and GND. During the firmware, the stick and Arduino must be connected to the USB.
- After that, try to get information about the chip - if it works, then the connection is correct (example for COM9 port - Arduino port):
C:\Projects\CCLib\Python>python cc_info.py -p COM9 INFO: Found a CC2531 chip on COM9 Chip information: Chip ID : 0xb524 Flash size : 256 Kb Page size : 2 Kb SRAM size : 8 Kb USB : Yes Device information: IEEE Address : 00124b0014aa PC : 0000 Debug status: [ ] CHIP_ERASE_BUSY [ ] PCON_IDLE [X] CPU_HALTED [ ] PM_ACTIVE [ ] HALT_STATUS [ ] DEBUG_LOCKED [X] OSCILLATOR_STABLE [ ] STACK_OVERFLOW Debug config: [ ] SOFT_POWER_MODE [ ] TIMERS_OFF [X] DMA_PAUSE [X] TIMER_SUSPEND
Another example of connection on MacOS
If everything is successful, download the firmware. Before we flash the firmware we need to make a modification to it. Open the
.hexfile in a text editor and remove the second last line. Now save the file.
Start the flashing firmware (it takes a long time, about 2-3 hours):
C:\Projects\ZigBee>python cc_write_flash.py -e -p COM9 --in=CC2531ZNP-Pro-Secure_LinkKeyJoin_mod.hex INFO: Found a CC2531 chip on COM9 Chip information: Chip ID : 0xb524 Flash size : 256 Kb Page size : 2 Kb SRAM size : 8 Kb USB : Yes Sections in CC2531ZNP-Pro-Secure_LinkKeyJoin_mod.hex: Addr. Size -------- ------------- 0x0000 8176 B 0x1ff6 10 B 0x3fff0 1 B 0x2000 239616 B This is going to ERASE and REPROGRAM the chip. Are you sure? <y/N>: y Flashing: - Chip erase... - Flashing 4 memory blocks... -> 0x0000 : 8176 bytes Progress 100%... OK -> 0x1ff6 : 10 bytes Progress 100%... OK -> 0x3fff0 : 1 bytes Progress 100%... OK -> 0x2000 : 239616 bytes Progress 100%... OK Completed
Install wiringPi, if not already installed.
- Install flash_cc2531 :
git clone https://github.com/jmichault/flash_cc2531.git
- Connect the following pins of the debug port to the GPIO port :
- pin 1 (GND) –> pin 39 (GND)
- pin 7 (reset) –> pin 35 (GPIO24, BCM19)
- pin 3 (DC) –> pin 36 (GPIO27, BCM16)
- pin 4 (DD) –> pin 38 (GPIO28, BCM20)
As with the arduino option above, connecting Target Voltage Sense to a 3.3v source eliminates the need to plug the device into a usb port, so optionally connect the following too:
- pin 2 (Target Voltage Sense) –> pin 1 or pin 17 (3.3v) on Raspi
See above for the dispositions of pins on CC2531, and at https://pinout.xyz/ for pins on Raspberry.
A downloader cable CC2531 and 4 Dupont line Female to Female are perfect for this purpose.
Now insert the usb dongle in an USB port :
- Test by running :
cd flash_cc2531 ./cc_chipid
it should return :
ID = b524.
If you see 0000 or ffff, something is wrong and you should probably check your wiring.
- Download and extract the latest firmware CC2531_DEFAULT_20190608.zip.
cd ~/flash_cc2531 #assumming you git-cloned the program to your home directory wget https://github.com/Koenkk/Z-Stack-firmware/raw/master/coordinator/Z-Stack_Home_1.2/bin/CC2531_DEFAULT_20190608.zip unzip CC2531_DEFAULT_20190608.zip
- Erase and flash the CC2531 :
./cc_erase ./cc_write CC2531ZNP-Prod.hex
It takes around 3 minutes.