Use Cases (as is now, not as wanted to be):
Firmware update of a PM3 or PM4 monitor
I have an older monitor and I want to get new features, or have been told a problem I am having is solved by a firmware update. I follow the directions on the Concept2 web site to download and install the Concept2 Utility. When I run it the first time, I barely notice some progress bars. I hook my PM3 to the Computer using the USB Cable provided by Concept2 with my rower. After a few moments, the Concept2 Utility tells me that an update is available. I click YES and OK to proceed with the update, wait, and it's done.
Firmware update of a PM5 monitor
I got a new rowing machine and had some problems with the USB flash drive (or insert problme here), so I was told to update. I follow the instrucitons on the web site ... blah blah...
Transferring my LogCard data to the online logbook - No PM3/4 nearby
(use of logcard reader, installing drivers, etc.)
Putting my workout data into a Spreadsheet
"Push" firmware updates - with USB Cable
I use the Concept2 utility connected to my PM3 (or 4 or 5) with the intention to transfer some data to my online logbook. When I plug it in and run the Concept2 Utility, I am told there is new firmware updates available. I accept the prompt and it takes about 10 minutes to update the monitor. Cool, all done, though I'm not sure what was changed.
"Push" firmware updates - with USB flash drive
I use the Concept2 utility with the USB Stick for my PM5 with the intention to transfer some data to my online logbook. When I plug it in and run the Concept2 Utility, I briefly see the notice that some 'firmware' was put on the USB Flash Drive. Later, when I use the USB flash drive in my PM5, I get a prompt stating that there is new firmware available. I accept the prompt and it takes about 10 minutes to update the monitor. Cool, all done, though I'm not sure what was changed.