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Procedure for dongle registration
« on: November 29, 2017, 10:46:41 PM »
I am always messing with my computer hardware, so the dongle option might be the best for me....
What is the procedure to get a dongle registration.
What dongle do I need to buy, as these take up to a month to arrive from China, sigh, longer over Christmas :(
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Re: Procedure for dongle registration
« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2017, 04:29:49 AM »
The USB-Key "dongles" are by FTDI, you can usually get them locally (in many countries):

https://www.digikey.com/product-detail/en/ftdi-future-technology-devices-international-ltd/FTDI-USB-KEY/768-1075-ND/2441356

http://www.mouser.com/ProductDetail/FTDI/FTDI-USB-Key/?qs=nswjyC6mNJreg%2F5esCqnTQ%3D%3D

http://www.futureelectronics.com/en/technologies/development-tools/development-tool-hardware/Pages/1003702-FTDI%20USB-KEY.aspx?IM=0

Many FTDI products are compatible, so you may already have a cable that will work. The problem is the proliferation of Chinese copies, since the features requires the genuine chip and driver to work. The fakes give a random ID code so won't work.

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Re: Procedure for dongle registration
« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2017, 04:45:03 PM »
OK, so what do I do next :)

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Re: Procedure for dongle registration
« Reply #3 on: November 30, 2017, 05:07:34 PM »
PM me your email so I can send details, or you can email me (my email is in my profile).

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Re: Procedure for dongle registration
« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2018, 03:28:47 PM »
as an existing customer,  is it possible to switch over to dongle registration? 
I'm going to be replacing my "laser" pc with something newer, and would prefer
to move my license over is this usb dongle registration will allow me to. :)

please advise. :)

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Re: Procedure for dongle registration
« Reply #5 on: January 27, 2018, 03:59:13 PM »
Yes. If you purchased the license within 6 months I will allow you to upgrade to the dongle license for the difference ($40).

The actual hardware can be purchased in most countries for $20 or less, there's also options as low as $5 but the proliferation of Chinese copies makes it much harder to guarantee it will work correctly.

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Re: Procedure for dongle registration
« Reply #6 on: January 28, 2018, 06:59:18 AM »
i have an FTDI serial device based on the FT232RL which also has the security feature.
its made by sparkfun, who are a reputable company in the U.S. :)

https://www.sparkfun.com/products/9716

Ive downloaded the FTDI FTChip ID program along with the dll's required to read the chip.
the chip is unregistered, but there is an option to register it...

is this chip eligable for use as a dongle?




« Last Edit: January 28, 2018, 07:01:47 AM by waltermixxx »
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Re: Procedure for dongle registration
« Reply #7 on: January 28, 2018, 08:31:16 AM »
I would say "yes" but the registration thing is not required, it's just a test application FTDI provide.

The only way to know for sure is if the ID is repeatable, even after rebooting the PC, removing and reinserting the "key" etc.

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Re: Procedure for dongle registration
« Reply #8 on: January 28, 2018, 09:10:24 AM »
Yup repeatable,  on different machines, and on the same machine even after rebooting. 
Usb dongle registration upgrade payment sent, and usb key-id sent. :)

This will be great to be able to use this dongle on my new main machine.  :)

Thanks again :)

P.S.  I also tried an old  Parallax Propeller Prototyping board with built in FTDI FT323RQ chip in it, and it too worked,
infact I cut out the chip to make a dongle.  I will 3d print a small box for it.  :)
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Re: Procedure for dongle registration
« Reply #9 on: January 28, 2018, 11:26:52 AM »
Awesome!

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Re: Procedure for dongle registration
« Reply #10 on: January 28, 2018, 12:24:01 PM »
all sorted out. :)
thank you :)

Dongle made.
« Last Edit: January 28, 2018, 02:39:00 PM by waltermixxx »
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