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Thread: FB4 external with Beyond Essentials

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Utrecht The Netherlands

    Default FB4 external with Beyond Essentials

    Hi looking to replace my fb3 with beyond essentials license, only option is to sell and buy new controller with license right, or is there a way to move a license?

    Michel Rietveld @ Utrecht The Netherlands
    Pangolin LD2000/QM2000 basic, QS2.0/FB3, BEYOND Ultimate
    Edison case with 8 combiner 637nm 1.3W, Edison Blue 2.5W 445nm and CNI 2.5W 532nm Greenie with Pico driver
    DT40Kpro, Stanwax Ilda,- and colour-correction board

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Charleston, SC


    To keep your Beyond license active, you would need to keep your FB3 connected to the computer even if you weren't actually using it to control a projector. (In effect, it would become a dongle.)

    If you buy a new FB4 controller it can still be used with your existing Beyond license as long as you keep your original FB3 hooked up as well. So you don't have to buy a new license each time you add a new controller.

    But if you wanted to sell the FB3, then yeah, you wouldn't be able to run Beyond anymore.

    The reason they can't transfer a license from one device to another is because the license is keyed to the serial number of the controller, and those serial numbers are burned into the hardware and can't be changed. (There's also some encryption baked in.) So if they issued you a new license file for the new controller for free, there would be nothing stopping you from continuing to use your old license file and your old controller. That's like giving you a free copy of Beyond, which might be great for you, but not so hot for their business model.


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