Help! The 1980's called & want their license process back

I’m trying to get Cubase 9 artist running on my mac. Wow, what a painful process. I get the same code on the elicenser: Currently, there is no eLicenser connected to your computer which you can download your license to. Please connect an appropriate USB-eLicenser to your computer.

I google, follow all sorts of bs links that will supposedly help (like this one: https://www.steinberg.net/nc/en/support/knowledgebase_new/show_details/kb_show/soft-elicenser-is-missing

Frustrating to spend a bunch of money and not be able to run what I paid for. I guess I made a mistake. Can anybody help?

:angry:

Do you have an usb elicencer dongle?

…and is it plugged in?

Can be bought here…

https://www.steinberg.net/en/shop/buy_product/product/usb-elicenser.html