50 ft firewire cable?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by cwright, Feb 4, 2007.

  1. cwright macrumors 6502a

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    I need a 50 ft long firewire cable, 6-pin to 6-pin. Does anyone know of any good retailers that offer one? I haven't had much luck—only finding a couple smaller retailers that I'd usually be wary of on the web.

    Is PcCables a good retailer?
     
  2. MacNut macrumors Core

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    Im not sure but won't 50 ft be to long for the data to pass without slowing down?
     
  3. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    I think its something like once you get to 15 ft (approx 4.5 meters) data starts slowing down. I'm guessing that 50 ft is pretty slow.
     
  4. Poeben macrumors 6502

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    You would need a repeater or an extender. They also sell 33 foot firewire 400 cables there too.
     
  5. SMM macrumors 65816

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    I use this vendor ALL the time. They supply me with USB, FW400, FW800, Cat5e Patch Cables and Long Extension Cables, Converters, Extensions, etc. I have never had a reject, missing item, wrong item, or missed ship date. Finally, I have not found a less expensive vendor to buy from. So, they have passed every test. I have been using them since 2003.
     
  6. cwright thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    The site on the cable I posted before claims that it still supports up to 400 Mbits/sec, but who knows how fast it really is.

    If it makes any difference, I'm using it to do this with my cable box. Will a 'slower' firewire cable cause problems when recording HD content?

    I don't really want to spend $80 on a repeater plus the cost of the cable if its not absolutely necessary. A 30–35 ft cable might just barely be long enough. If so, would that length also be too long?

    I also found this 15 ft cable + repeater for $20. The site claims that 3 can be connected together without needing additional power. That would be a good 45 ft cable for $60—would that really still allow the full bandwith of the firewire cable?
     
  7. cwright thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for the recommendation. I've noticed that their prices seem quite good too—I'm sure whatever I order will be from them.

    How are their shipping rates/speed?
     

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