[Review] AceNS - Dongle for Nintendo Switch - Payload injector

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  1. el_ssbb_boy
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    AceNS Review
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    Manufactured and sample unit supplied by www.ace3ds.com
    Reviewed by el_ssbb_boy​


    Index

    • Introduction
    • Features
    • Content
    • Preparation
    • Usage
    • Useful apps
    • Adding or changing the included payloads in the dongle
    • Advantages and disadvantages
    • Conclusion

    Introduction

    This dongle allows to run homebrew and custom firmwares for Nintendo Switch. If we compare it to other dongles, it has a new feature, it has a button which allows us to change the payload we want to send to the Nintendo Switch when entering into the RCM mode.


    Official features provided by the manufacturer

    • Work on all Nintendo Switch system versions.
    • Supports payload.bin directly, Maximum up to 6 payload.
    • Built-in 3 payloads: Atmosphere, ReiNX and SX OS, easy to switch by pressing button.
    • Easy Management-It will be immediately recognized as a USB flash drive when connect to PC.
    • Good compatibility, supports Windows, MacOS and Linux system.
    • Firmware updatable.

    Content

    • Dongle AceNS
    • MicroUSB cable (USB-A or normal USB to micro-USB)
    • Jig for entering into RCM mode

    The dongle case is made of plastic, it even seems like handmade, so it's been made carefully. It can be compared to the joycon size in the following picture.

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    In one of the sides, where the product name is, there is a button that let us switch among the payloads we want to send to the Nintendo Switch. We can also see two indications next to the ports: it has a USB-C port, so it can be connected to the Nintendo Switch and it also has a micro-USB port, which lets us connect the dongle to our computer.

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    The included jig is better than the ones which are made with a clip and printed with a 3D printer plastic material, it fits perfectly and it doesn't damage the Nintendo Switch as other low quality jig alternatives. The jig let us get the Switch into RCM mode.
    As I still think it's not so good to introduce any other material than the joycon, I recommend modding the joycon using a 10K resistor as a bridge between the points.

    The USB to micro-USB cable is used to connect the dongle to the computer and manage the payloads it has in the memory.

    As we can see in the inner part of the dongle the circuitry is simple, these main parts can be distinguished: two USB ports as previously mentioned, the button to switch the payloads, two capacitors which provide the current to the dongle. It also uses an 8MHz crystal oscillator.

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    Preparation

    Requirements:
    • A compatible Nintendo Switch. There are some cases about the new Nintendo Switch consoles which are sold now. Nintendo has introduced a new revision which is not compatible with the used exploit.
    • MicroSD for the Nintendo Switch. Notice you might need adapter to use it with the computer.

    At first, the microSD must be formatted, if you haven't still used it for the Nintendo Switch. You can use it in FAT32 format (4GB files limit) or exFAT format.

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    If you want to use a microSD with exFAT format, your Nintendo Switch has to support it, if you already had used a microSD with that format in your Nintendo Switch there is no problem, if you hadn't you can add the exFAT format support by using an exFAT microSD card with the latest official firmware or following this tutorial.


    You need to copy the custom firmwares Atmosphere and ReiNX into the microSD, which are free, those can be found in this pack of files, which must be copied into the root of the microSD card: https://github.com/tumGER/SDFilesSwitch/releases

    If you want to use SX OS, you can get some information in the official webpage.

    The payloads to run those firmwares are already preloaded in the AceNS dongle.

    Once the files are in the microSD, this must be inserted into the Nintendo Switch system.


    Usage


    Firstly, the dongle has no charge in the capacitors, you need to introduce the AceNS dongle into the Nintendo Switch system while it's turned on. After a few seconds, the led will show a white light, so it's ready to use.

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    If the button is pushed for a few seconds the light color will change, which indicates the selected payload. By default, they are:
    • Atmosphere - Blue Light
    • ReiNX - Green Light
    • SX OS - Red Light

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    Once the desired payload has been selected, the button must be released and the light will turn white again.


    After that, to run the selected custom firmware, the Nintendo Switch system must be in RCM mode, the Nintendo Switch can enter into this mode in two different ways. The Nintendo Switch must be turned off previously while the dongle is inserted:

    1. You can insert a modified joycon or the provided jig into the Nintendo Switch and then turn the Nintendo Switch on while holding the Volume + button.

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    When the Nintendo Switch is in RCM mode, the AceNS dongle will load the selected payload.

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    Then, depending on the custom firmware, the homebrew apps can be loaded by selecting the album.

    Useful apps


    These apps can be used with homebrew launcher. Those are placed in the folder /switch/ in the microSD.

    Tinfoil - It lets you install .nsp files.
    Checkpoint - Save data manager.

    You can find information about other apps in: https://switchbrew.org/wiki/Homebrew_Applications


    Adding or changing the included payloads in the dongle


    Connect the AceNS dongle to the computer using the micro USB cable and the AceNS dongle will be recognized as an USB flash drive. Open the USB flash drive, and you can copy and paste the payload.bin file to update any existing payload or add new ones following the next instructions.

    The payloads must be named payload.bin and stored in folders under the root directory. And the folder name must not exceed 18 characters.

    If we wanted to add the RajNX starter pack, the files would have to be copied into the Nintendo Switch microSD and the payload would have to be copied into the AceNS dongle with the following structure as example:

    • a_atmosphere/payload.bin
    • b_reinx/payload.bin
    • c_sxos/payload.bin
    • d_rajnx/payload.bin

    The cycle order of led light is: blue, green, red, yellow, purple, cyan. The LED color is displayed based on the number of payload files in your microSD card.

    If the button is pressed the led flashes twice and shows the current payload.
    If the button is pressed for a longer time the led flashes four times and the payload is switched.

    So this would be the result due to the folder alphabetical order:
    • Atmosphere - Blue Light
    • ReiNX - Green Light
    • SX OS - Red Light
    • RajNX - Yellow Light

    The LAUNCH.TXT in the AceNS dongle saves the currently selected payload.

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    Advantages and disadvantages

    Advantages:
    • It supports any Custom Firmware.
    • Button to switch among the payloads.
    • Simple usage.
    • Cheaper and better than other payloads.
    • Good quality materials.
    • The jig is good if we compare it to others made with a clip and a printed plastic piece.

    Neutral:
    • Although the jig fits well, I still consider modding the joycon is a better option for the Nintendo Switch right rail contacts than using any jigs.
    Disadvantage:
    • You cannot use autoRCM as you need to charge the dongle with the Nintendo Switch turned on before getting the Switch into RCM mode.

    Conclusion

    If we compare it to other dongles, other dongles only allow to send one payload to the Nintendo Switch, this one allows to switch among the payloads, which is a feature that makes it unique at the moment.

    Taking into account all the advantages and its low price, it's a very recommendable dongle. It's easy to use for every user, for the less experimented users and the expert ones.


    Where to buy?

    Some resellers are:
    Digitopz.com: http://www.digitopz.com/acens-sx-osatmospherereinx-payloads-injector-for-switch-p-1696.html
    Dwtechz.com: http://www.dwtechz.com/acens-support-injecting-sxosatmospherereinx-payloads-on-switch-p-17661.html
    3dsjuegos: https://www.3dsjuegos.net/accesorios-de-la-nintendo-switch/448-acens-loader-dongle-del-ace-team.html
    Wholesale: http://www.depot4u.com/acens-switch-payloads-injector-supports-sx-osatmosphere-reinx-p-17380.html


    You can check the whole resellers list in http://ace3ds.com/ace-3ds-where-to-buy.html
     
    Last edited by el_ssbb_boy, Oct 20, 2018
  2. iriez

    iriez GBAtemp Regular

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    Isn't this literally the exact same dongle sold under different brands on AliExpress?

    I don't see the need for a 5th or a 50,000th.
     
  3. el_ssbb_boy
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    As shown in one of the pictures, it uses the same board as the RCMLoader and both have the same features.

    If we compare it to other dongles, this one supports several payloads and it uses capacitors instead of a battery, so we don't have to worry about the battery health.
     
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  4. bundat

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    The case physically LOOKS like Xkit.xyz's RCMLoader, they both even have "RCMLoader Zero" written on them (as seen on the board/teardown pics above, and on the Aliexpress ads of the XKit RCMLoader).

    BUT the ads for XKit's RCMLoader on Aliexpress state that the payload can be replaced using the NS-Atmosphere flasher.
    While based on the description above, this uses a "mass storage device" solution, along with a multiloader "similar" (or based on?) @mattytrog's.

    So while this is a little off topic, I'm curious now though, which is the real way of changing payloads on the very-similar looking Xkit RCMLoader. Is it the method stated above, or is it the NS-Atmosphere flasher, as stated by the Aliexpress ads (hopefully, someone who has the dongle I am talking about can answer).
     
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  5. hitmeupz

    hitmeupz Newbie

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    If you visit the xkit website, under products. It explains how to program and use the loader. Same exact instructions as these here.
     
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  6. redrum30

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    just bought one now for $18 not bad
     
  7. aos10

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    If it with fast shipping, it's good.
    You can find the original one for $8.
     
  8. Reecey

    Reecey Mario 64 (favorite game of all time)

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    Is there any need for another review. I know you have been given a free review model so you have to hump ugly’s with ace3ds.com but it’s not necessary!
     
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  9. mattytrog

    mattytrog Up yours...

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    Isn't that bandwagon getting rather overloaded yet?
     
  10. DollyWhipDoll

    DollyWhipDoll You're on ignore.

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    Lmfao. I see you removed the photo that had 'RCMloader' on it when the cover's off. Odd...

    The original can be had for $5 until today/Sept 29. eBay.com has a $5 off coupon {PERKMEUP} that can be used on many items totaling $5.01 or more. This is 1. Search 'ReiNX or rcm dongle' to find RCM loader sellers on eBay. 'NS-Atmosphere' is the most reviewed out of the cheaper dongles, though.
     
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  11. el_ssbb_boy
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    Because I've been told the final version is like this and I agreed to show what the final user will find, as it's logical.

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    There's nothing to hide, you can see my previous comment, I already had confirmed before that they use the same board. Maybe because they bought the rights of the device or the same factory makes this device for several brands, as it's common in China.

     
  12. marveldragon

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    No offense but is this a review or advertisement?
     
  13. yummycake

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    18 dollars? Jesus.
    I guess that's.. um, "decent" if you don't want to deal with China..
     
  14. V-Temp

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    We're at such a saturated point and diminishing clientele (for multiple reasons) that in order for this crap to sell you need to actually starting marketing them.

    Look at the other dongle threads, they're all basically dead aisde from novelty of the same users buying them to test them as if it were some form of high fashion shopping.
     
  15. chippy

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    So all advertising no thoughts, personal comments, no comments on why we should get this over x.
    It's all advertising and guide not a review in my eyes
     
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  16. DollyWhipDoll

    DollyWhipDoll You're on ignore.

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    Lol... I responded to your other comment in the thread with the original $10 item... https://gbatemp.net/threads/xkits-rcm-clip-dongle-jig-is-10.518090/
     
  17. Sir_Marshmallow_Dog

    Sir_Marshmallow_Dog Newbie

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    are there back up files for atmosphere and reinx i accidentally deleted them and the website i bought it from is not responding
     
  18. aos10

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    What files? They are only folders and inside each folder is the payload itself, and there is text file contain the path of the current payload.
     
  19. Sir_Marshmallow_Dog

    Sir_Marshmallow_Dog Newbie

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    the files that are in the atmosphere folder and the reinx folder

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    all i get is boot.dat? using sxos payload folder ...

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    it does show up as a green light.
     
  20. aos10

    aos10 ❤ Zelda ❤\(^o^)/

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    There shouldn't be boot.dat in sx folder, all folders should contain the payload.bin that belong to them

    What's inside the LAUNCH.TXT?
     
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