NSP Updater - TLS requirements

NSP Updater - TLS requirements

What is is?

The Nexus Software Update system utilises a cloud-based file hosting platform, that sends the latest software, firmware, and base maps to your computer. This allows you to have the latest and greatest features available to you at all times, without the need to manually search the web or give the Haltech tech support crew a call. The cloud servers are updated by Haltech as soon as the new files have finished being tested. The connection between your computer and the cloud servers is encrypted using industry-standard methods to ensure the right data is being sent to your computer, and no nasties get slipped in along the way.

What are the requirements?

As the cloud servers use industry-standard security protocols, the requirements will change over time. The system currently utilises TLS 1.2 encryption, however this will likely need to be updated to TLS 1.3 at some point in order to stay ahead of potential data security threats (we don't want to let any malware/viruses into your computer, and we don't want it on our side either!). Encryption protocols cease to be supported and standards move on if threats become too severe or common (eg. BEAST attack caused SSL 2.0 to become unviable).

As of 2020, TLS 1.1 is no longer supported. This coincides with Microsoft ending support for Windows 7, so TLS 1.2 is now the latest and last version available on this platform. You will need to have Windows 7 running on the latest updates (SP1, plus all incremental updates) to enable TLS 1.2. Windows 7 will never support TLS 1.3, so it is recommended to update to Windows 10 or above to ensure ongoing support.

Windows Desktop Minimum Build TLS 1.0 TLS 1.2* TLS 1.3
Windows XP 2600 (SP3) 🞬 🞬
Windows Vista 6002 (SP2) 🞬 🞬
Windows 7 7601 (SP1) 🞬
Windows 8 9200 🞬
Windows 8.1 9600 🞬
Windows 10 18362 (1903)
Windows 11 21H2

What if my computer doesn't support the current encryption method?

If your computer doesn't support TLS 1.2 or above, you'll find the 'Check for Updates' button in NSP says "No updates available". You will need to manually source any required firmware files, or update your computer.

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