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    Seems like my Spark PRO bricked itself

    Hi Everyone - Looking for suggestions on possible ways to reset a Spark PRO.

    The Setup: The Spark Pro is mounted on a C-Stand connected to a camera via HDMI and connected to a Unifi 24 Port (250W) PoE+ Switch. This was running fine for the past year, and no configuration changes were made to the unit. It has excellent ventilation in an air conditioned space.

    What Happened/Steps Taken:

    - I stopped seeing it in Studio Monitor, but saw my other NDI Cameras/Sources. This is using the latest version of NDI Tools on a i5 Intel NUC with Windows 10. The only thing this computer runs is Studio Monitor
    - Since NDI can sometime be fickle about showing up, I reset the computer and unplugged/replugged the Spark PRO into the network. Still couldn't see it.
    - I moved the Spark PRO to another Unifi PoE+ switch and tried connecting with another Windows 10 computer (with latest NDI Tools). Still couldn't see it.
    - I then attempted to reset the unit using the RESET button on the side. I pressed it until the light started flashing, then pressed it again. Per the manual, this should initiate a factory reset. That didn't seem to do anything. I tried doing this multiple times with various timing on when I did the second 'reset' press, but none of the attempts seemed to work.
    - Checking the Unifi controller showed a PoE+ device was plugged in but showed no associated IP Address (or any device information)
    - I tried to see the unit using WireShark to see if it is making a network connection, but couldn't find it. (My network engineer isn't here, so I could be doing something wrong on this one - please don't weigh this as absolute)

    Since I can't see the unit in Studio Monitor, I can't get in to play with any settings. I also wasn't able to get the reset to work. I know there is a USB-C plug that is documented as being only for non-PoE power, but was curious if this might also provide a mechanism to re-flash the unit with an external utility.

    Observing the Spark PRO itself, the Newtek logo on the face is flashing very dimly. When the reset button is pressed it stops flashing but remains dimly lit, then starts flashing again when it is released. The usual Tally lights I see when starting the unit do not show up at all. The Ethernet port is illuminated with green speed/connection lights - one flashing as if trying to initiate a connection or send data.

    Any suggestions as to what I may be doing wrong - or potential steps to take that I haven't done - to reset this would be really appreciated.

    Best,
    John
    John Mahoney
    GNURAL NET, Inc.
    Trenton, NJ 08691

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    http://www.gnuralnet.com

    Gear:
    Gnural Net LiveToAir, TC1, TC1LP, MDS1, TC8000, Cameras: NDIHX-PTZ1, PTZ Optics ZCAM 20x

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    This is a long shot, but I have my Spark Pro get hit by a power outage and for some reason it got reset with a different IP that wasn't anywhere close to my subnet.

    I only figured it out because the mDNS still appeared in the API of the TriCaster. It might appear in NDI Analysis, but I'm not sure.

    Of you want to try, type this into a web browser, use the IP address of your TriCaster in the URL. It will return from the API all NDI sources that have reported on the network, along with their IP address.
    Code:
    http://192.168.1.78/v1/dictionary?key=ndi_sources

    Once I got 'wild' IP address of the Spark, I was able to set my laptop into that range and log into it and reset it back.

    Otherwise, I would contact support.
    Kane Peterson
    Solutions Architect
    NewTek, Inc.

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    Hi Kane - Thanks for this suggestion. I gave it a try but still no luck. Since the Spark PRO is a couple of years old, is it worth sending in to be fixed or should I just consider it a loss and move on?

    I really appreciate your suggestion.

    Best,
    John
    John Mahoney
    GNURAL NET, Inc.
    Trenton, NJ 08691

    [email protected]
    http://www.gnuralnet.com

    Gear:
    Gnural Net LiveToAir, TC1, TC1LP, MDS1, TC8000, Cameras: NDIHX-PTZ1, PTZ Optics ZCAM 20x

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