With multiple Vero 4k units and a low bandwidth rural Internet connection, I wonder if it’s possible or practical to manually download significant updates, such as the new Stretch OS, and “point” my 4k units to a central location on my network…
Well you would need to create a local repository server. But as that would mean you have a full copy of everything the onetime download of that most likely will be higher than waht you use for a couple of Vero’s to update
Agreed, it would take awhile to source the, well, source… But I’m fine with nailing up the connection for up to several days if need be as I don’t pay for Internet by volume. Not so fine if whichever 4k my wife is planning on watching started an update several seconds before she switched the TV on… Lol…
Being a HughesNet user, I was tempted to do the same. I gave up. I forget just how big the repo is, but I came to the conclusion that the monthly updates are normally small enough to not be worth the bother. Of course a large update like this current one could be nice to have local, but large updates like this are rare.
The full upgrade to stretch in the December update including both OSMC and Debian packages is approximately 300MB, depending on device and what additional apt installed software you have, and assuming your device was not previously too many months behind.
So you would need to update many devices before setting up some kind of local mirror would be worthwhile!
Normal monthly updates when keeping to the same major Debian release are more like 100MB or less.