Troubleshooting a problem with Ekahau Sidekick 2, such as Sidekick not booting, Sidekick disconnecting, Sidekick not recognised by Ekahau Survey, or your Sidekick not responding, is easy using this step-by-step guide.
This Ekahau Sidekick 2 troubleshooting guide describes how to troubleshoot Ekahau Sidekick 2 problems, including the meanings of the Ekahau Sidekick 2 display status indicator and LED colours. In this article we describe several Sidekick faults and scenarios that Ekahau do not currently cover in their online Ekahau Sidekick documentation.
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Press the Sidekick 2 Power button briefly (less than 1 second) and watch the Status Indicator. Check against the table below.
What does the Status Indicator / LED bar show?
When using Sidekick 2 with Ekahau AI Pro on a laptop:
You should see the green “Sidekick 2” icon in the top right corner of the Ekahau AI Pro screen:
What’s the level of charge in the Sidekick 2 battery?
Click the icon, check the Sidekick firmware version and check for firmware updates:
Check that your USB-C cable is reliable and is giving good connectivity between your laptop, tablet or smartphone and the Sidekick 2. If you suspect a problem, try using a different USB-C cable.
If you see the following Sidekick Status Indicator sequence, this indicates that Sidekick 2 has booted up, but does not have a good USB-C link to your laptop, tablet or smartphone:
If you see the following Sidekick Status Indicator sequence, this indicates that Sidekick 2 has booted up, has a good USB-C link to your laptop, tablet or smartphone, but is not able to connect with your Ekahau application:
Sidekick 2 can be switched on in Factory firmware mode, so that it will fall back to factory settings and load the factory-provided version of the firmware.
This might help to resolve problems such as your Sidekick 2 refusing to start due to a previous failure when upgrading the firmware.
When Sidekick 2 is started in Factory firmware mode, the Status Indicator initially glows with a magenta colour (pink/purple); then proceeds to permanently erase any recently-upgraded firmware, and reverts to the original factory firmware version.
After resetting a Sidekick 2 to factory firmware, to use the Sidekick with Ekahau applications you will need to upgrade the firmware using an Ekahau application, such as Ekahau AI Pro.
To boot Sidekick 2 up in the factory firmware mode, press the Power button and keep it pressed long enough so that the status indicator shows a Magenta (pink/purple) colour.
Release the Power button and the device will boot up in Factory firmware mode, with the following Status Indicator sequence:
Now connect Sidekick 2 with a USB-C cable to your laptop, tablet or smartphone. You should see the following Status Indicator sequence:
Now launch Ekahau AI Pro. The Sidekick 2 Status Indicator should show stead Green if your Sidekick battery is adequately charged. The Ekahau AI Pro should prompt you to update the firmware to the latest version.
When you connect Sidekick 2 to a device and run an Ekahau application, such as Ekahau AI Pro, you may be notified that a firmware update is available. This happens automatically of you have recently reset your Sidekick 2 using Factory firmware mode.
If you choose to Update your Sidekick, you will see the following sequence of events.
Your Ekahau application should then confirm that the firmware was successfully updated:
The Sidekick 2 User Guide is available here:
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