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cerbo gx bluetooth disappeared

I have two cerbo gx devices on different battery banks, they have been set up almost identical aside for voltages, both are connected to the same wi-fi, both have REC BMS integrated. They were both working fine for some time, then oneday the bluetooth on one of them just stopped working. No blinking blue light. I have searched and can't find where to re-enable it nor does reset work.

I can still access it [the cerbo] via the cerbo inbuilt wifi but can't find where to enable the bluetooth again. The other cerbo does not have this issue.

cerbo gxBluetooth
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nicholas avatar image nicholas commented ·
I have the same issue with the Bluetooth light not being on even though it’s is enabled in settings.
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tom-dv answered ·

WiFi, so u can connect to VRM? In VRM, touch the screen, click on menu, click on settings, click on Bluetooth, enable Bluetooth.



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luckybeanz avatar image luckybeanz commented ·
It doesn't do anything. The firmware is the latest too and doesn't show any failed states. Resetting the cerbo the bluetooth light comes on for a few seconds then turns off again.

I've also just found that my other cerbo also won't connect via bluetooth now, though it still shows that bluetooth is enabled. I'd say victron bluetooth is somewhat buggy.


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stevomyatt avatar image stevomyatt luckybeanz commented ·
I am also having issues with the bluetooth on the Cerbo. New installation about a month old, bluetooth worked for a couple of weeks then has stopped. Did a factory reset using a USB which worked, but then I upgraded the firmware and it stopped again. Did another factory reset and still no bluetooth.
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arjan answered ·

Here also cerbo gx 2 weeks old, no bluetooth funtionality anymore tried everything incl reset botton.

Shows enabled in remote console

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Stephen avatar image Stephen commented ·
I have this problem too on a new unit. It is very frustrating and even more frustrating Victron have not answered the question here ?
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jm0278 avatar image jm0278 Stephen commented ·
@arjan @Stephen I have a Cerbo GX that has been installed since last April and working fine. But in the recent past, the unit has been experiencing more and more communications errors. Yesterday, for the first time, the Bluetooth just turned off. Doing a soft reboot via the console did not fix it. I had to cold boot it by yanking the power. Something has changed recently, and I don't think it's anything here. As for temperature affecting the Bluetooth chip, my installation is indoors with a constant temperature in the low 70's F.
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Guy Stewart (Victron Community Manager) answered ·

Hi @luckybeanz, and others.

The built in bluetooth functionality in the Cerbo GX is limited to the initial configuration of an external wifi network.


Due to a limitation with the chip only operating at low temperatures, in order to see the built-in bluetooth connection the unit must be cold, such as when it first starts up. The built-in bluetooth availability can then disappear once the unit warms up (depending on ambient temperature and other loads on the Cerbo).


This is obviously not ideal, but the work around is that this external wifi network configuration function is also available via the built in wifi hotspot (connection details to this built in wifi hotspot are shown on a sticker on the Cerbo GX, and more details available in the Cerbo GX manual here - https://www.victronenergy.com/media/pg/Cerbo_GX/en/accessing-the-gx-device.html


I have heard some customers make the assumption that built in bluetooth connection can be used for more than just the initial setup of a wifi network password when first booting up - but there is no functionality beyond that.


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johnswimer avatar image johnswimer commented ·
This is very helpful. My GX is in a compartment in my RV. The ambient temperature is over 100 degrees F today, so no wonder my BT connection has disappeared after I updated the firmware and got my unit onto my wifi.
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