| 9 PIN/ 9PIN BETA FireWire 800 - FireWire 800 Cable, 6FT, Black |
|Question: What is the difference between 4Pin, 6Pin and 9Pin Firewire connectors? |
|Answer: Each is a different size and configuration of connector. The 4 pin and 6 pin are ieee 1394a compliant which supports speeds up to 400mbps. The 9 pin connectors are ieee 1394b and support up to 800mbps. The ieee 1394b are generally backward compatible with the slower version but the speed would be limited to 400mbps when connected together. |
4 pin is the smallest of the connectors and is generally found on portable devices such as camcorders and some laptops. It's a small rectangular shaped connector with an indent on one side.
The 6 pin is the most ubiquitous and is found on most devices like desktops, laptops, external drives, etc. It is similar in size to a USB and similar in shape. It is a flat rectangular connector with beveled edges on one side making the ports look like an elongated "D."
The 9 pin is the most recent type. It is found on newer high speed devices and computers. It is a block shaped, rectangular connector.
|Question: How do I connect my Firewire device to USB or visa versa? |
|Answer: You can not connect USB to firewire or visa versa. These are two different competing formats and you can not plug a device with one format into another. They operate at different speeds and transmit data in a different format. |
The best solution for connect a device that has a interface not offered on your computer is to add they ports with a PCI or PCMCIA card.
|Question: I don't have a IEEE1394 (firewire) port on my computer. How do I connect my firewire device to my USB port. |
|Answer: Firewire and USB, although similar are different, competing formats. You can not connect a device of one type into the port of another. They communicate in different formats and have different data transfer rates. If you do not have a firewire port on your computer, you can add one via a firewire PCI or PCMCIA card. ||