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 Post subject: Conversion from USB stick to Internet activation
 Post Posted: Sat Jul 02, 2022 9:34 am 
Railroad & Co.

Dear TrainController Friends,


The following text is primarily aimed at users who plan to purchase a full version of TrainController.

For several reasons, we will stop delivering USB sticks for activating newly purchased full versions of TrainController from July 15th, 2022.

Of course, full versions of TrainController will continue to be sold and activated! The activation is just no longer done with USB sticks, but via the Internet. The recently released Update 9.0C1 from TrainController makes this possible.

As before, the activation is only necessary for the computer that controls the model railway. Offline processing of data on a computer without connecting a model railway is still possible in offline demo mode, just as it was previously possible without a USB stick and even recommended so. However, in order to operate full versions of TrainController that were purchased after the above-mentioned deadline with a connected model railway, the model railway PC must be connected to the Internet during operation with the model railway connected.

The process can be described in a very simplified way as follows: For activation, an activation code must be entered once into the program on a computer that is connected to the model railway. After starting the program on this computer, the internet is checked to see whether the program is running on another computer at the same time with the same activation code. The check via the Internet is referred to below as Online License Check (abbreviated to OLC) or also Online Check. You can think of it like an access check for online banking or this forum - so nothing new.


The following FAQs answer further questions:

:?: With previous USB sticks, there was always a risk that they could get lost or broken. What does the online check look like?
:arrow: That is of course one of the great advantages of the online check. Nothing can be lost here. A time-consuming replacement of the USB stick in the event of a defect is also no longer necessary with the online check.

:?: Are there already users who work with the online check?
:arrow: Yes. For about 3 years now, we have been offering selected users who have sent in their defective stick to us the option of switching to the online check instead of replacing the stick. In the vast majority of cases, this offer was accepted and the conversion was carried out without major problems.

:?: Are products other than TrainController also affected by this change?
:arrow: No.

:?: If I buy TrainController as a new full version after the above date, does my model railway PC then need an internet connection?
:arrow: Yes, the model railway PC must be connected to the Internet during operation.

:?: Does the internet connection have to have a certain performance or speed?
:arrow: Not really. There is no streaming. Only a few bytes are exchanged during the online check. There is no high data traffic or consumption.

:?: What happens if the Internet connection is lost during operation.
:arrow: This has no effect on the current session. Even if the Internet connection is lost for hours, the program and operations on the model railway continue to run undisturbed.

:?: I do have a connection to the Internet in my home, but there is no LAN connection with a network cable between the Internet router and the model railway PC.
:arrow: With the means available today (keywords: WLAN, DLAN), the PC can also be connected to the router in a different way very easily and inexpensively.

:?: I don't operate my model railway at home, but in my club, at exhibitions, demonstrations, etc. There is no internet connection there.
:arrow: In many cases you can help yourself in this situation with a smartphone, which is set up as a WLAN hotspot. As already mentioned above: the amount of data exchanged during the online check is small. The purchased data volume is not heavily burdened by this.

:?: But doesn't the online check also mean that the program can no longer be used if the Internet connection fails?
:arrow: We have taken a number of precautions so that failures of the internet connection in most cases do not affect the use of the program at all. And with the previous USB stick, not everything went smoothly. In most cases, replacing a defective USB stick takes much longer than losing an Internet connection.

:?: I would like to use the program to control different model railways with different computers - of course not at the same time. With the USB stick, this was possible by moving the stick from one computer to another. Is this also possible with the online check?
:arrow: Of course! And unlike with the USB stick, even without your intervention. The online check automatically allows non-simultaneous use of the same activation code on different computers without having to transfer anything from one computer to the other.

:?: I have already received a USB stick for activating TrainController. Am I affected by the change?
:arrow: No, you can still activate TrainController with your USB stick and without an internet connection.

:?: Can I unlock the new 9.0C1 update with the USB stick I already have for version 9?
:arrow: Yes. Your USB stick continues to be valid.

:?: I already have a USB stick for TrainController Bronze and would like to buy TrainController Gold. How will this change affect me?
:arrow: Not at all. With an upgrade, only an activation code that fits the existing USB stick is sent anyway. Your USB stick will continue to be used after the upgrade as before.

:?: I already have a USB stick for TrainController Version 7 or 8 and would like to buy TrainController 9. How will this change affect me?
:arrow: The answer to the previous question also applies to upgrades from previous versions.

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Best regards / Mit freundlichem Gruss
Freiwald Software
Railroad & Co.
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 Post subject: Re: Conversion from USB stick to Internet activation
 Post Posted: Sun Jul 24, 2022 11:23 am 
Railroad & Co.

Dear TrainController Friends,


In the meantime, we are receiving more and more inquiries from users who already have a USB stick and would like to switch to the online check for activation of TrainController.

Unfortunately we cannot offer this at the moment. The number of sticks in circulation is five digits. Such a large number of possible conversions cannot currently be processed without a largely automated process.

However, we may offer this change as a service in the future.

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Freiwald Software
Railroad & Co.
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