Need a Firewire 800 HUB for 24"imac

Discussion in 'iMac' started by jdl8422, Jan 12, 2007.

  1. jdl8422 macrumors 6502

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    I have a 24" iMac and I have a printer and a hard drive that both use the firewire 800. Does anyone know of a HUB out there to help me out. I have seen USB 2.0 Hubs but I do not need those.
     
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  4. NorCalLights macrumors 6502a

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    Okay maybe I'm missing something, but I'm curious... do you really see any difference between running a printer on Firewire 800 vs. Firewire 400 vs. USB 2? Firewire 800 certainly seems like overkill. Our 44" DesignJet at work runs on our ethernet network (not gigabit) which is slower than USB 2, and even the largest files we send there transfer really fast.

    Maybe save yourself the $100 on a hub and run it over USB?
     
  5. OllyW Moderator

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    Does your hard drive have two FW800 ports?

    If it has you can daisy chain the printer from the second port.
     
  6. TheAnswer macrumors 68030

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    Yeah....save the money for now and see how the printer does over USB, unless you find your printer is often finishing the print jobs before you send the next one to it.
     
  7. rdsathene macrumors newbie

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    EverythingHerePlus.com carries 5, 4, and 3 Port FireWire 800 IEEE 1394b hubs for use with new iMacs, Macs, and other FireWire 800 applications:

    Five (5) Port FireWire 800 Hub Repeater
    FireRepeater-800 Pro FireWire 800 IEEE 1394b Repeater Hub 5 Port

    Four (4) Port FireWire 800 Hub Repeater
    FireRepeater-800 Pro FireWire 800 IEEE 1394b Repeater Hub 4 Port

    Three (3) Port FireWire 800 Hub Repeater
    FireRepeater-800 FireWire 800 IEEE 1394b Repeater Hub 3 Port

    They also stock 12VDC 3A power supplies for the above FireWire hubs, FireWire 800 9 to 9 pin cables, FireWire 9 to 6 pin cables, and FireWire converter plus that go 6 to 9 pin and conversely from 9 to 6 pin.

    FireWire 800 and FireWire 400 Cable Converter and Adapter Plugs
     
  8. mstrze macrumors 68000

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    I agree that the HUB is an expensive option for a printer connection. I doubt you will see any degradation by hooking up your printer via USB 2.0.
     
  9. avihappy macrumors 6502

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    Have you considered the possibility of daisy chaining the printer? Just look for 2 FW800 inlets on the printer. One would go to the Mac, the other to the next device in the chain.
     

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