An Introduction to FireWire 1394

eiodotcom —  August 24, 2012 — 5 Comments

Today’s Eio post is on Firewire 1394 cables.

Firewire 1394 interface, officially known as the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 1394, allows users to transfer large amounts of data between electronic devices. It is comparable with USB, and is able to transfer up to 400 megabits per second.

Cable Length Standard

The cable length is 15 feet long, and its length cannot exceed 15 feet because that is its standard. To increase the length, users can connect a cable to another.

Comparisons with USB

Firewire 1394 has been compared to the USB, and they are comparable, but there are still some fundamental differences. According to Wikipedia, USB requires the presence of a bus master, typically a PC, which connects point to point with the USB slave. This allows for simpler (and lower-cost) peripherals, at the cost of lowered functionality of the bus. Intelligent hubs are required to connect multiple USB devices to a single USB bus master. By contrast, FireWire is essentially a peer-to-peer network (where any device may serve as the host or client), allowing multiple devices to be connected on one bus.

Cables To Go 50700 2m IEEE-1394b FireWire® 800 9-pin to 9-pin Cable

IEEE-1394b is the latest in FireWire technology, and our IEEE-1394b or FireWire 800 cable provides transfer speeds up to a blazing 800 Mbps! This is twice the speed of the original 1394 standard, and is a real must-have for transporting and networking multiple types of digital data between users and systems. Digital Video (DV) camcorders, scanners, printers, videoconferencing cameras, and fixed disk drives can all share a common bus connection not only to a PC, but to each other as well.

With Windows ME® or Apple’s FireWire Target Disk Mode you can use an IEEE-1394b cable to connect two computers together to enable filesharing.

Hot-pluggable, our FireWire supports plug-and-play operation. This cable is designed to be 100% compatible with Apple FireWire®, Sony iLink®, and all other IEEE-1394b peripherals; also compatible with PC, Mac®, Sun® and other IEEE-1394b equipped computers. Twisted pair cabling and shielded construction ensure our IEEE-1394b cable meets or exceeds current IEEE-1394b standards. Molded strain relief protects ensures years of trouble-free data transmissions.

Connector 1: 9-pin 1394b Male
Connector 2: 9-pin 1394b Male

Please Note: FireWire® and the FireWire symbol are trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. The FireWire logo is a trademark of Apple Computer, Inc. This product is not manufactured or endorsed by Apple Computer, Inc.

Cables To Go 45023 2m Ultima™ IEEE-1394a FireWire® 6-pin to 6-pin Cable

The Ultima FireWire cable optimizes style, quality, and value in a cable specially designed for high performance. This cable is quad-shielded with a dual Mylar® foil and braid to reduce EMI/RFI interference while twisted pair construction helps reduce crosstalk thus ensuring high-speed, error-free data transfer up to 400 Mbps. The sleek design of the molded connectors makes them easy to grip. The metal connector shield with a solder-to-connector shell and cable braid create an end-to-end shielding solution for a noise-free connection.

24k gold-plated connectors provide maximum corrosion resistance for error-free data transfer. The charcoal gray cable jacket not only matches your case but disappears behind your desk leaving a clean organized look. Finally, an ultra-flexible jacket makes installation easy. IEEE-1394, also known as FireWire, iLink® or DV, is a versatile, high-speed, and low cost method of interconnecting a variety of computer peripherals and consumer electronics devices. FireWire provides a direct digital link among up to 63 devices, with transfer speeds up to 400 Mbps.

Digital video (DV) camcorders, scanners, printers, videoconferencing cameras, and fixed disk drives can all share a common bus connection not only to a PC, but to each other as well.

With Windows ME® or Apple’s FireWire Target Disk Mode you can use an IEEE-1394 cable to connect two computers together to allow for filesharing. Designed to be 100% compatible (1995 compliant) with Apple® FireWire, Sony® iLink, and all other IEEE-1394 peripherals. Twisted pair cabling and shielded construction ensure our FireWire meets or exceeds current IEEE-1394 standards.

Hot-pluggable, our FireWire supports plug-and-play operation. Molded strain relief protects ensures years of trouble-free data transmissions. Compatible with PC, Mac®, Sun® and other IEEE-1394 equipped computers

Connector 1: 6-pin 1394a Male
Connector 2: 6-pin 1394a Male

Please Note: Use the 4-pin cable for non-powered devices, and the 6-pin cable to provide power to devices. FireWire® and the FireWire symbol are trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. The FireWire logo is a trademark of Apple Computer, Inc. This product is not manufactured or endorsed by Apple Computer, Inc.

Cables To Go 50704 3m IEEE-1394b FireWire® 800 9-pin to 6-pin Cable

IEEE-1394b is the latest in FireWire technology, and our IEEE-1394b or FireWire 800 cable provides transfer speeds up to a blazing 800 Mbps! This is twice the speed of the original 1394 standard, and is a real must-have for transporting and networking multiple types of digital data between users and systems. Digital Video (DV) camcorders, scanners, printers, videoconferencing cameras, and fixed disk drives can all share a common bus connection not only to a PC, but to each other as well.

With Windows ME® or Apple’s FireWire Target Disk Mode you can use an IEEE-1394b cable to connect two computers together to enable filesharing.

Hot-pluggable, our FireWire supports plug-and-play operation. This cable is designed to be 100% compatible with Apple FireWire®, Sony iLink®, and all other IEEE-1394 peripherals; also compatible with PC, Mac®, Sun® and other IEEE-1394 equipped computers. Twisted pair cabling and shielded construction ensure our IEEE-1394b cable meets or exceeds current IEEE-1394b standards. Molded strain relief protects ensures years of trouble-free data transmissions. When connecting to 1394a legacy devices, the data transfer speed is 400 Mbps due to 1394a limitations.

Connector 1: 9-pin 1394b Male
Connector 2: 6-pin 1394a Male

Please Note: FireWire® and the FireWire symbol are trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. The FireWire logo is a trademark of Apple Computer, Inc. This product is not manufactured or endorsed by Apple Computer, Inc.

Cables To Go 39976 5m IEEE-1394a FireWire® 6-pin to 6-pin Active Extension Cable

Overcome the usual 4.5 meter length limitation of the IEEE-1394 standard. With this active extension cable, you can now extend your current cable another 5 meters! This is ideal for any situation where your device needs to be placed some distance from your computer. Compatible with 1394-1994 standards, this cable is fully interoperable with the FireWire standard.

Data transfer rates up to 400 Mbps are supported and you can daisy-chain up to 5 active extension cables to extend the distance of your cable an additional 25 meters! Plug-and-play; hot-swappable.

Connector 1: 6-pin 1394a Male
Connector 2: 6-pin 1394a Female

Please Note: FireWire® and the FireWire symbol are trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. The FireWire logo is a trademark of Apple Computer, Inc. This product is not manufactured or endorsed by Apple Computer, Inc. • Existing 6-pin to 6-pin Male or 6-pin or 4-pin Male FireWire cable

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5 responses to An Introduction to FireWire 1394

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    FireWire can now transfer data at up to 1.6 and even 3.2 Gigabits/second. Very fast.

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