[X4U] New Mac Pro's and FW400

Rod Buchanan lists at sofstats.com
Tue Jul 27 22:07:37 PDT 2010

On Jul 27, 2010, at 11:40 PM, Randy B. Singer wrote:

> On Jul 27, 2010, at 6:05 PM, Zane H. Healy wrote:
>> In looking at the new Mac Pro one of the things that I quickly noticed is that they totally lack FW400 ports.  Well, I only have one FW800 device, my Drobo.  OTOH, I have several FW400 devices (including a Camcorder, a Canopus ADVC-50, and a Firewire Audio box). Should I simply get a cable to plug them into the computer, or would I be better off buying a PCI-Express like the Allegro FW400 PCIe?
> FireWire 800 is fully backwards compatible with FireWire 400 devices (though the devices will only run at FW400 speeds, of course).
> So you will be fine using a "bilingual" cable such as this one:

Yes.  I've had no problem hooking FW400 devices to a FW800 port using such a cable.


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