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Current ProNav Angler and ProNav Motion Controller users will be required to perform updates to their system before hitting the water. ProNav Angler users will not be able to operate their systems until the necessary updates are completed. Continue reading to learn more about these required updates.

July 26, 2019—A critical firmware update will be released next week that will affect all ProNav users. An update to the ProNav Mobile App will require users to complete a firmware update to their ProNav Angler GPS unit prior to using the system.

Additionally, current Motion Controller owners will receive a free SmartSync Connection Hub. This hub will allow simultaneous connection of the Motion Controller and a mobile device to the GPS unit. Connection hubs will begin shipping to customers the week of July 29th, 2019.

ProNav’s promise is to ensure that our customers never have outdated hardware on their boat. ProNav app updates and firmware updates are always available to our customers at no extra cost. As part of this promise, we are making the Connection Hub available to customers free of charge.

What’s New

Android and iOS App Updates (Version 3.3)

  • Improved Bluetooth communication across devices.
  • Improved stability and performance of the application on certain mobile devices with known performance issues.
  • Minor user-interface improvements based on user feedback and general bug fixes.
  • Manual control performance improvements. Motor movements are smoother when making steering adjustments from the mobile app.   
  • Updated app that will provide a more powerful platform for new functionalities and future expansion. These changes will provide an immediate performance improvement for all users, while paving the way for new features under development at ProNav.

GPS Unit and Motion Controller Firmware Updates

  • Compass Heading Lock button enabled on Motion Controller. Lock your boat’s current compass heading to maintain a bearing.
  • Allows simultaneous connection of Motion Controller and mobile device to the GPS unit.

Critical Firmware Updates: What to Expect and How Long it Takes

GPS Unit – Critical Firmware Update (Version 2.0.0)

All ProNav Angler owners will be required to perform a firmware update to their GPS Unit prior to using their system once the new app is installed on your mobile device(s). If you do not own the Motion Controller, the firmware update will be the same process as previous updates. Make sure your ProNav app is updated before proceeding—to verify your app is up to date, visit the Google Play Store or Apple App Store and search for “ProNav Angler”. Please reference our firmware update video for a step-by-step guide on this firmware update process. You should set aside 15-20 minutes to complete the update process and have a strong Wi-Fi or mobile data connection available.

ProNav strongly encourages you complete this process at home or in your garage prior to heading out on the water to ensure the system has updated successfully. If you receive an “out-of-date firmware” message while you’re out on the water, your system can still be updated at that time with a strong mobile data connection.

Motion Controller – Critical Firmware Update (Version 1.0.1)

Owners of the Motion Controller will first need to complete the above GPS Unit Firmware Update. There is one additional step of updating the controller itself. To do this, find the Motion Controller Firmware Update option located in the main menu of the ProNav app. You may also follow the step-by-step instructions at www.pronavmarine.com/motionlearn.

This firmware update is required for the Motion Controller to work simultaneously with the app and ProNav Angler unit—until completing it you will not be able to use your Motion Controller with the ProNav Angler system. Allow an additional 5-10 minutes to complete this update. Again, ProNav strongly advises you complete this update process at home or off the water. The Motion Controller update will be completed via Bluetooth and is a slightly different and simpler process than updating the ProNav Angler GPS unit.

Firmware Update Service Program

ProNav strives to make the firmware update process as easy as possible for our customers. However, we do realize it may be easier for some customers to have their system updated by us, the manufacturer.

For a nominal service fee of $50, including shipping both ways, the Firmware Update Service program allows customers to send in their ProNav Angler unit for a complete tune-up. Our technicians will complete the update, inspect your hardware, and verify that your system is operating at peak performance.

We’ll provide you with a mailing label and packing instructions for you to send your unit back to us, we’ll complete the service, and we’ll return your unit back to you. Typical service time is 1 week, which does not include shipping time. An expedited service is available for customers that require an even faster turnaround time. Learn more by emailing support@pronavmarine.com with the subject line “Firmware Update Service”.

New Motion Controller Connection Hubs

Current Owners of the Motion Controller

All current owners of the Motion Controller will be sent a SmartSync Connection Hub, free of charge. This new SmartSync technology allows users to simultaneously connect their mobile device and Motion Controller to the ProNav GPS unit. This Connection Hub must be installed in line with the ProNav Control Unit between the power supply (batteries) and control unit, as seen in the image below.

An additional benefit of the ProNav Connection Hub is improved Bluetooth connection strength, enabled by a high-power antenna, ensuring your mobile device and handheld controller always establish and maintain a strong connection to the GPS unit . The Connection Hub is backward compatible for all customers that currently own a ProNav Angler.

Connection Hubs will begin shipping to current Motion Controller customers the week of July 29th, 2019. The Connection Hub will not be useful to users until their app and firmware updates are completed. Upon receiving your Connection Hub, the updated Android and iOS apps will be available, at which time you will need to complete the necessary firmware updates on your ProNav GPS unit and Motion Controller.

Follow the step-by-step instructions to install your Connection Hub and complete the necessary updates at www.pronavmarine.com/motionlearn.

Future ProNav Angler and Motion Controller Customers

Future ProNav Angler and Motion Controller owners will not need the Connection Hub hardware since the SmartSync technology will be fully integrated with the GPS Unit on all future ProNav Angler models shipped after August 1, 2019. This integration will make it easier for future customers to use the Motion Controller with their ProNav system, as the connection hub will not be required. Until the new, fully-integrated models start to ship, any customer who purchases a Motion Controller will be provided a Connection Hub at no extra cost.

ProNav’s promise is to ensure that our customers never have outdated hardware on their boat. ProNav app updates and firmware updates are always available to our customers at no extra cost. As part of this promise, we are making the Connection Hub available to customers of current ProNav Angler models free of charge.

For more information, please visit www.pronavmarine.com/motionlearn or contact us at support@pronavmarine.com.