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eLicenser - Poor Quality?

Postby st0rmrider » Mon Jun 17, 2013 4:30 am

Hi everyone,

New to the forum but been using Cubase since 4.
When I first got Cubase 4, the eLicenser broke and came apart after a few months - it never left my studio room. I was a bit disappointed but didn't think much of it.

I purchased a second copy of Cubase (6.5) for my second machine a few months ago, hardly ever used it and now this eLicenser is broken too! It pretty much just fell apart in my hand, very frail. I've attached a photo.

Has anyone else had this problem? I've used tape to hold it together but I shouldn't have to do that!
I thought Steinberg would have a better quality eLicenser?

Thanks,

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Re: eLicenser - Poor Quality?

Postby distante » Mon Jun 17, 2013 5:20 pm

I posted something regarding this in a thread about the use of a eLicenser.

and well, like I said there, I got cheap Chinese usb drivers more robusts than the eLicenser... pretty disappointing for a device that content 600€+ software licenses...
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Re: eLicenser - Poor Quality?

Postby Bane » Mon Jun 17, 2013 8:48 pm

Good ole Scotch tape is the only thing holding mine together at the moment. I wonder if the folks with iLoks have similar troubles...
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Re: eLicenser - Poor Quality?

Postby knuckle47 » Thu Jun 20, 2013 2:39 am

Mine also looks the same ...split in two about 3 years after I bought It with SL 2.0.

In a panic, I bought a new dongle but it still sits in the package. I developed a very good crazy glue skill so it is back in place. This has never been out of the studio but it can get bumped easily since it protrudes about 1 1/2" from the back of the computer.

The new wireless mouse/keyboard USB receivers are great and very slim and would be a great design for the dongle
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Re: eLicenser - Poor Quality?

Postby Strophoid » Mon Jun 24, 2013 4:56 pm

The casing on mine has some cracks, came out of the box like that.
I'm handling it as gently as I can and it's held up for now, doesn't seem to get any worse. Have it for what must be 2 years now at least.
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Re: eLicenser - Poor Quality?

Postby G-string » Mon Jun 24, 2013 6:32 pm

im still using my sx3 dongle and it's covered in layers of rubber miracle tape which is very strong but more importantly .....bouncy ;)
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Re: eLicenser - Poor Quality?

Postby Rotund » Mon Jun 24, 2013 9:39 pm

I've had the same dongle since Nuendo 2 hit the scene.
Guess I'm lucky as I've had no problems with the dongle itself.

Planning on buying a replacement/backup soon.
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Re: eLicenser - Poor Quality?

Postby diogo_cme » Thu Aug 01, 2013 7:19 pm

Bane wrote:Good ole Scotch tape is the only thing holding mine together at the moment. I wonder if the folks with iLoks have similar troubles...


Ilok2 is a lot more robust and strong that the eLicenser.
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Re: eLicenser - Poor Quality?

Postby curteye » Thu Aug 01, 2013 11:45 pm

Gaffers tape here!

Leaving just enough surface area to see the lil L.E.D.

I use mine 'live' very weekend.
Been thru several since C5.

But the newer ones are much better made
(and smaller) than the first one.

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Re: eLicenser - Poor Quality?

Postby curteye » Fri Aug 02, 2013 12:21 am

Aloha guys,

IMHO
this is an important topic so I posted about this subject in the
'Feature Requests and Suggestions' forum.

viewtopic.php?f=182&t=45633

Perhaps in the future Steiny will sell us something of better quality.
You know. That 'German' thang!
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Re: eLicenser - Poor Quality?

Postby Scab Pickens » Fri Aug 02, 2013 8:45 am

After having my original USB-eLicenser start cracking around the metal insertion tab (using it with a laptop at that time), I super glued it and wrapped it in electrical tape.

My current desktop USB-eLicenser is tucked safely away inside my PC case ...

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For a "permanent" installation this is the way to go. Not much of a solution for mobile users, I know.

The duct tape job on this one is a preventative measure. It's in perfect condition and I plan to keep it that way.

I think the USB-eLicenser is definitely more fragile than most common USB flash drives.
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Re: eLicenser - Poor Quality?

Postby samwax » Fri Aug 02, 2013 1:35 pm

For a Cheaper safer installation instead of an extra Card / PCI / PCI X slot being used , used a USB extension inside the PC , those 2 headed ones u get that fits on to the back plate slot , it plugs on to the on board USB jumpers , all M/board have 2 or 3 of these extra USB jumper pins , taped on the Cabinet base inside , works fine so far ... sm
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Re: eLicenser - Poor Quality?

Postby tech391 » Sun Aug 04, 2013 5:37 pm

I just went ahead & bought an extra eLicenser when I bought Cubase 7. Figured I'd eventually need it, moving back & forth between a laptop & desktop.
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Re: eLicenser - Poor Quality?

Postby samwax » Mon Aug 05, 2013 3:37 pm

wow , i didnt know that u can use the 2 same versions one cubase , installed @ 2 different places , with 2 dongles , with the same licence , @ the same time ... is that possible ?? any one ?? sm
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Re: eLicenser - Poor Quality?

Postby Strophoid » Tue Aug 06, 2013 12:02 pm

No, a license can be on only 1 dongle at a time. If you want that you have to buy 2 licenses and 2 dongles.
But you can of course move your dongle from 1 pc to the next and use Cubase on both, just not at the same time.
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Re: eLicenser - Poor Quality?

Postby samwax » Tue Aug 06, 2013 1:50 pm

Strophoid wrote:No, a license can be on only 1 dongle at a time. If you want that you have to buy 2 licenses and 2 dongles.
But you can of course move your dongle from 1 pc to the next and use Cubase on both, just not at the same time.

thanks though so ...sm
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Re: eLicenser - Poor Quality?

Postby Ed Doll » Thu Aug 08, 2013 8:52 am

We have released three different versions of the USB-eLicenser case over the years and the current incarnationis pretty solid (and shorter than the first one). So any replacement you buy for old USB-eLicensers that came with Nuendo 2 or Cubase SX 3 should be an improvement.
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Re: eLicenser - Poor Quality?

Postby distante » Thu Aug 08, 2013 1:59 pm

I got mine about 7 months ago... isn't "very solid" my cheap 8gb Imation Usb is more robust I say.
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Re: eLicenser - Poor Quality?

Postby G-string » Thu Aug 08, 2013 2:06 pm

distante wrote:I got mine about 7 months ago... isn't "very solid" my cheap 8gb Imation Usb is more robust I say.


Why did you buy Steinberg software if you knew the dongle was not to your taste ?
After all you seem to complain about it a lot ;)
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Re: eLicenser - Poor Quality?

Postby Makumbaria » Thu Aug 08, 2013 4:13 pm

I think that ilok 2 is much more robust, but at the same time, elicenser software is more stable than ilok license manager (or the former web browser system).

My Steinberg key is ok at the moment, but it seems more fragile than my ilok 1 and 2.
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Re: eLicenser - Poor Quality?

Postby distante » Fri Aug 09, 2013 3:40 am

G-string wrote:
distante wrote:I got mine about 7 months ago... isn't "very solid" my cheap 8gb Imation Usb is more robust I say.


Why did you buy Steinberg software if you knew the dongle was not to your taste ?
After all you seem to complain about it a lot ;)


I payed for the software I liked CUBASE... not the dongle... I always enter in arguments with other people that trash Cubase over Profuls and so. I'm "almost" a Cubase fan boy, but when something is bad, is bad, period.

or Are you implying that will be better use a cracked version? :?
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Re: eLicenser - Poor Quality?

Postby G-string » Fri Aug 09, 2013 8:27 am

distante wrote:
G-string wrote:
distante wrote:I got mine about 7 months ago... isn't "very solid" my cheap 8gb Imation Usb is more robust I say.


Why did you buy Steinberg software if you knew the dongle was not to your taste ?
After all you seem to complain about it a lot ;)


I payed for the software I liked CUBASE... not the dongle... I always enter in arguments with other people that trash Cubase over Profuls and so. I'm "almost" a Cubase fan boy, but when something is bad, is bad, period.

or Are you implying that will be better use a cracked version? :?


No im not implying you should try before you buy im asking a the question , why buy a software and then continually moan about it's security system when you knew before you bought the software that that is how it works ?????
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Re: eLicenser - Poor Quality?

Postby distante » Fri Aug 09, 2013 1:57 pm

Oh, I do have a little problem with the "use a USB for your licence", but is just that, a little problem, but I do have BIG problem with the fragile material and construction of the dongle.

If the elicencer is need for steinberg, ok, I will use it, but please, If I will pay 50 bucks for it at least give me something string that can handle hard work. The actual elicencer isn't a solid device, is a fragile one. I have a problem with THAT.

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