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Dongle Quality Problem ? - Here is the solution !

Post by MRedZac » Tue Jul 12, 2011 7:08 pm

Hello !

As an answer to broken dongles and quality complains about the dongles housing here at the forum, I developped together with a friend some kind of solution to make our dongles 100 % rock solid - in a customizeable design.
The idea is as easy as genius: 2 pieces of well-designed stuff around and nothing can damage your expencive licenses anymore ! - But the best of it all: You can choose the colours or even the material by yourself. No matter if you want to have it in stable plastic, metal, wood, aluminium - even pure silver or gold is possible, too...
If you were looking for a solution, solving the "Dongle Problem", which doesn´t look like self made handicrafts and without loosing the warranty, this has to be YOUR choice ! ;)

See here how it works and what I´m talking about:

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Now the dongle goes to the carriage:

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The carriage goes into the holster:

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Finally:

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By putting a ring thru the hole at the end, you can make sure the carrier is fixed completely and your dongle is safe for carrying around with a bunch of keys or to be hung around your neck.

Want to have it ? Have any ideas to make it better ? - Then don´t hasitate to send me some PN and I´ll provide all the details to you !

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Post by Guest » Tue Jul 12, 2011 7:20 pm

Nice try, but I can see many issues with it. Won't elaborate as I'm not getting paid to. Besides, selling stuff on the forums is prohibited.

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Post by MRedZac » Tue Jul 12, 2011 7:33 pm

mashedmitten wrote:Won't elaborate as I'm not getting paid to. Besides, selling stuff on the forums is prohibited.
I´m not selling anything here... Just making contacts, collecting ideas - that´s all. Anyway, thanks for having a look to it ! :)
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Post by Guest » Tue Jul 12, 2011 7:36 pm

Sure reads like a commercial to me.

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Post by MRedZac » Tue Jul 12, 2011 8:01 pm

mashedmitten wrote:Nice try, but I can see many issues with it. Won't elaborate as I'm not getting paid to. Besides, selling stuff on the forums is prohibited.
mashedmitten wrote:Sure reads like a commercial to me.
That's just sour grapes... ;)
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Post by Guest » Tue Jul 12, 2011 9:13 pm

Simple but effective, love it 8-)

You could protect the connector too with a smaller (intergrated) version of this, so you have sort of a cap you don't have to remove.

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Post by SirJoseph » Wed Jul 13, 2011 6:35 am

Not a fan of making the dongle WIDER than it is. I have an iLok thats *knuf* HUGE and SHAPED LIKE A KEY!?!?!? already and they BARELY plug in next to each other on my MB.
Too bad you cant Daisy Chain these STUPID shits. bassdrum take away my *knuf* USB ports when I pay for their software? THANKS!
Meanwhile hackers steal it and have no such problems. Awesome hey?
Kinda like gun control, only making it harder for the LAW ABIDING citizens to purchase guns. Criminals get it cheaper/faster with NO RULES.
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Post by Centralmusic » Wed Jul 13, 2011 7:39 am

For me, it reads also like a commercial to me. Sorry....

ok. I prefer a Dongle like this (metal, flat, indestructible, for the keychain, for the neck, waterproof):
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Post by matjones » Wed Jul 13, 2011 9:19 am

I don't think it came across in a full on commercial manner, ok possibly pushing the rules just a touch but i can see one fatal design flaw in it straight away unfortunately.
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Post by savadious » Wed Jul 13, 2011 10:33 am

Centralmusic wrote:For me, it reads also like a commercial to me. Sorry....

ok. I prefer a Dongle like this (metal, flat, indestructible, for the keychain, for the neck, waterproof):
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I have this EXACT same item. It has its drawbacks. Mainly - sometimes you have to tilt it towards the contacts or it is not recognized due to being to much longer than teh actual contacts themselves - there is a lot of 'play'.


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Post by ruddy duck » Wed Jul 13, 2011 12:10 pm

I refer the honourable gentlemen to the post I made a few moments ago.

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Post by MRedZac » Wed Jul 13, 2011 1:45 pm

Centralmusic wrote:For me, it reads also like a commercial to me. Sorry....

ok. I prefer a Dongle like this (metal, flat, indestructible, for the keychain, for the neck, waterproof):
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Hi Central,

the problem is not to develop a dongle cover like this for the existing dongles, replacing the plastic all around - the problem is much more, that if you cover your dongle inlays like this, that you will loose all your warranty on it and all assurances from steinberg or other companies, replacing the licenses, once they got lost from it...
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Post by matjones » Wed Jul 13, 2011 3:16 pm

Steve Fogal wrote:At least the VST 5 serial donlge was solid and well secured...unlike a USB dongle. Steinberg really needs to come up with a better solution themselves.
lol yeah that was one chunky bit of kit alright.
You could do some damage if you threw it as someone! :lol:
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Post by Centralmusic » Thu Jul 14, 2011 5:47 pm

@ MRedZac: thank you for you statement. I think, agree with you.
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Post by HowlingUlf » Thu Jul 14, 2011 8:41 pm

Just plug a USB extension cable into the computer and make a hole on the side of a plastic lunchbox for the other end. Run the cable through the hole and then attach the dongle to the cable and close the box. 8-)
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Post by MRedZac » Fri Jul 15, 2011 7:03 am

HowlingUlf wrote:Just plug a USB extension cable into the computer and make a hole on the side of a plastic lunchbox for the other end. Run the cable through the hole and then attach the dongle to the cable and close the box. 8-)
And this is what you call a professional solution ? - You want to hang your lunchbox around your neck or carry it around with a bunch of keys ? - Hm... :D
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Post by HowlingUlf » Fri Jul 15, 2011 7:23 am

MRedZac wrote:
HowlingUlf wrote:Just plug a USB extension cable into the computer and make a hole on the side of a plastic lunchbox for the other end. Run the cable through the hole and then attach the dongle to the cable and close the box. 8-)
And this is what you call a professional solution ? - You want to hang your lunchbox around your neck or carry it around with a bunch of keys ? - Hm... :D
Well, drop the box and just use the extension cable? Try to understand the essence? Your very professional solution doesn't really solve the problem with having the dongle broken off if plugged directly into a laptop and some intoxicated musician is dancing by and break both the "protected" dongle in half and the jack in the computer as well. The computer is probably fixable but the contact of the very expensive dongle is bent out of shape. Just don't place it that close to the danger was the message.
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Post by MRedZac » Fri Jul 15, 2011 7:36 am

HowlingUlf wrote:
MRedZac wrote:
HowlingUlf wrote:Just plug a USB extension cable into the computer and make a hole on the side of a plastic lunchbox for the other end. Run the cable through the hole and then attach the dongle to the cable and close the box. 8-)
And this is what you call a professional solution ? - You want to hang your lunchbox around your neck or carry it around with a bunch of keys ? - Hm... :D
Well, drop the box and just use the extension cable? Try to understand the essence? Your very professional solution doesn't really solve the problem with having the dongle broken off if plugged directly into a laptop and some intoxicated musician is dancing by and break both the "protected" dongle in half and the jack in the computer as well. The computer is probably fixable but the contact of the very expensive dongle is bent out of shape. Just don't place it that close to the danger was the message.
Well, after several tests, I can tell you, that the dongle in the up above presented dongle protector will survive without damage if somebody running against it, while it is connected to a USB port, since we changed the load balance point at the USB tip... And it will not damage the USB Port on the computer that much anymore as it would be without dongle protector, since it has larger place around the USB-Port now, filled up with plastic, which wasn´t there like this before. But of course, it cannot be said for sure, that the USB Port in computer will not be damaged at all, once somebody will run against it - just the chance, that the USB-Port gets damaged if somebody will run against a simple cable connector of a USB prolongation cable, or somebody by accident will catch the cable in any way, which in your way of solution is hanging down to your lunch box, is even higher than an impact on a connected dongle in dongle protector...

On this picture you can see, how close the dongle protector comes to the laptop and this provides much more stability in terms of accidential impacts to the dongle, than it would be without or with just a cable connector:

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