2012 Macbook Pro Firewire Cable

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Abductions, Jan 4, 2013.

  1. Abductions macrumors newbie

    Jan 4, 2013
    I need help choosing the right Firewire cable. I bought a Macbook Pro when the new one came out this summer, and I have an M-Audio 410 Digital Interface. http://www.amazon.com/M-Audio-FireWire-410-Recording-Interface/dp/B0000TP588

    I'm not sure what kind of firewire cable I need. I can't afford to buy one and be stuck with it if it's not the right one. Help out a newbie here please! Thank you. <3
  2. el-John-o macrumors 65816

    Nov 29, 2010
    FireWire 800 ports (at least on the macbook) are 100% compatible with FireWire 400. So all you need for that, is a cable like this:


    One end is a "FireWire 400" connector, which is the older standard (much like USB 2.0 and USB 3.0). Firewire 800 is what's on your 2012 MBP, between the ethernet and the thunderbolt connector. However, as I said, the two are compatible.

    So, that FW800/400 cable will plug the small end (FW800) into the MBP, and the big end (FW400) into the device. It will then operate as a FW400 device.

    If you are using your firewire port for something else, you have two options. 1) To daisy chain the devices if they both support it (can be iffy if they aren't both either FW400 OR FW800), or 2) Use Apples Thunderbolt to FireWire adapter, which will give you an extra FW800 connector.

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