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Firewire question

by compuguy / January 28, 2004 6:00 AM PST

I am going to be buying a laptop soon. I have heard that firewire is a good way to quickly and easily transfer data between a desktop and laptop because it acts as a direct network connection without a hub. I don't understand the standards though. I know that there is a newer more expensive standard 1394b, but I think I'll stick with the slower 1394a version. I was looking on the internet at firewire cards for my desktop and came across some that are IEEE 1394 and IEEE 1394a. Is there a difference or are they the same thing? If they aren't the same what is the difference?


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Re:Firewire question
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 28, 2004 7:29 AM PST
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About 1998, 1394a wa the modification to the 1394 spec that fixes the hotswap/reset problems of the original

It is unlikely you can find non "a" items. Certainly would have no impact on cables... Since the change was minor, not everyone may note it.


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Re:Firewire question
by JMarchi / January 28, 2004 11:57 PM PST
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Because it is so easy to network with USB 2 and USB 2 is 20% faster than Firewire 1394a, you should consider using that instead. But why are you even considering that, what about just using a network adapter which is built into almost every Laptop these days as well as PC's.

Do you really have so much data that you need the firewire speeds?

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Re: Firewire question
by bikertom1958 / September 24, 2004 2:09 PM PDT
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If you want MY advice, i say stick to USB 2.0 it is:1)FREE!, 2)FASTER! (480 mbps vs. 400 for 1394a), 3)Built-in to most motherboards. One caveat: the older mobos with only USB 1 are slow at transferring data (12 mbps). On the other hand, my 1394b card from ADTEK, and my PPA,inc. drive enclosure (with 1394b drive controller built-in, transfer data at 800 mbps, (take that, USB 2.0!). Truly fast, Tom

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