Firewire 800 (3200) Network

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  1. gaomay macrumors regular

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    is it possible to network several macs together using Firewire 800 and optical cabling in the same way as using Ethernet.

    Strikes me that if this were possible then this could be used to creaste the ultimate home network! With connections at 3.2 Gbps using the right cabling!
     
  2. iJon macrumors 604

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    Re: Firewire 800 (3200) Network

    well im no firewire expert, especially on the new firewire 800. I know it can be used for EXTREMLY fast sharing connections, the thing is i dont know what the longest a firewire800 cable will go. If it is short, the price of repeaters and more cables may be more and not worth it over cheap ethernet, but like i said im not firewire expert. It could go for a mile for all i know, but im doubting it. i think firewire400 was like 6 meters or something. try seeing if apple has a spec page talking about firewire 800.

    iJon
     
  3. gaomay thread starter macrumors regular

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    length

    According to Apple 3.2Gbps is achievable over 100m using special optical cables.

    My concern is how would you hook such a network up to a cable/DSL modem?
     
  4. morlium macrumors regular

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    MacWhispers.com has a pretty informative article which should answer all of your questions.
     
  5. rainman::|:| macrumors 603

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    Wouldn't gigabit be faster? or am i just confused...

    pnw
     
  6. gaomay thread starter macrumors regular

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    Gigabit

    Surely Gigabit ethernet runs at 1.0Mbits/sec whereas FW3200 runs at 3.2Gbits/sec?
     
  7. evoluzione macrumors 68020

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    Re: Gigabit

    now i think i'm right in saying that gigabit runs at 1000Mbits/sec which equates to 125MBytes per second. the new FW800 runs at 800Mbits/sec, which is 100MBytes/sec, so, gigabit ethernet is faster by 25%. i think.
     
  8. gaomay thread starter macrumors regular

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    Mmmmmmmmm

    biut according to Macwhispers FW800 can run at up to 3200Mbits/sec as long as all devices attached are compatible and I believe the FW controllers on the new Macs are. So it should be possible to hook up a 3200Mbits/sec network, right?
     
  9. wolfywolfbits macrumors member

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    From MacWhispers.

    "1394b" (Firewire 800) is elegantly written to be completely compatible with all existing 1394a equipment up to speeds of 400Mb/s, but to also scale upward to speeds of 800Mb/s, 1600Mb/a, and 3200Mb/s... using the right cables and connectors.

    And 3200Mb/s is faster than 1000Mb/s. Don't be fooled by the name Firewire 800, 800 is one of it's lower speeds.
     

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