can the express 34 card slot be used as a 2nd dedicated Firewire port

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by underblu, Apr 27, 2010.

  1. underblu macrumors regular

    Apr 19, 2010
    I would like to have two firewire devices connected to my MBP but would prefer not to share bandwidth. If I purchased a firewire express card would that provide me with a 2nd dedicated firewire bus.

    It seems based the express 34 bus architecture that this would work however I would appreciate any insights here
  2. underblu thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 19, 2010
    Did some google research. Apparently it can.

    Thats great news cause now I can run a dedicated firewire port for storage while using the other firewire port for a dedicated audio interface, And both will run full out with no bandwidth sharing
  3. Gorilla Power macrumors 6502

    Gorilla Power

    Mar 19, 2010
  4. Frosties macrumors 6502a


    Jun 12, 2009
    No USB 3 cards at this time support os x.
  5. Gorilla Power macrumors 6502

    Gorilla Power

    Mar 19, 2010
  6. barefeats macrumors 65816


    Jul 6, 2000
    I use various ExpressCards on my 17" MacBook Pro including those with FireWire 800 ports, eSATA ports, USB 2.0 ports, CF Card Reader slots, and Broadband Wireless modems.

    The only downside with FireWire 800 drives connected to an ExpressCard is that they have to provide their own power source -- though some FW800 ExpressCards come with an optional AC adapter that provides enough power some FW800 devices.

    I also wish that the 15" MBP still had an ExpressCard slot.

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