2 Firewire on MacMini via Adapter Works?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by RPXmac, Jan 9, 2015.

  1. RPXmac macrumors newbie

    Jan 9, 2015
    Hello Friends!

    This is my first post in the forum. I am fan of Apple products longtime and recently buy a MacMini Core i7 2.3GHz (2013) like this:


    The Mini have 1 Firewire port and 1 Thunderbolt. I intend to purchase a professional audio interface Focusrite Liquid Saffire 56's FireWire. In Specifications I found this:

    "2 x 6 pin FireWire 400 socket - also compatible with FireWire 800 and Thunderbolt"

    It uses 2 Firewire ports to run on full capacity, but the MacMini natively has only one Firewire port. My question is if is possible to use a Thunderbolt > Firewire adapter for have 2 firewire ports on MacMini (1 native + 1 adapted):


    Does anyone have information if this adapter cause loss of synchronization, down the performance or failure when use an adapter in ThunderBolt port?


  2. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    [[ It uses 2 Firewire ports to run on full capacity, but the MacMini natively has only one Firewire port. ]]

    Are you sure about this?

    I took a look at Focusrite's info for the Saffire above, and it doesn't say anything to the effect that you have to plug it into TWO firewire ports on the Mac to "fully" use it.

    The second firewire port on the device appears to be there for "pass-through" purposes -- such as connecting a firewire hard drive, connecting another interface, etc.

    Could you post the relevant excerpt from the manual that states it's supposed to be plugged into TWO firewire ports?

    What it DOES say is that it's compatible with Apple's thunderbolt-to-firewire adapter, for those Macs that no longer have firewire ports...
  3. dyt1983, Jan 9, 2015
    Last edited: Jun 1, 2015

    dyt1983 macrumors 65816

    May 6, 2014
    edit: To remove personally identifying info not relevant to the conversation.

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