Cheap FW800 usb hub

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  1. hawk1410 macrumors 6502

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    Ok, so i am looking for a good USB hub for my MBP and would like it to be FW800 cause i really don't have any FW800 devices and i would like a usb hub that does not take up any of my existing usb ports.
     
  2. upaymeifixit macrumors 6502a

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    Don't you think you will be able to spare a USB port for ~4 extras?
     
  3. gr8tfly macrumors 603

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    FW800 and USB are two incompatible standards. You can't go from FW<>USB.

    Even if you could, there would be no speed advantage as FW is 800mbps vs USB at only 480mbps (on a good day).
     
  4. pugnaciousp macrumors newbie

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    I found this one. It isn't cheap.... but it uses FW800 for data and usb for power. Plus it has 4 usb 2.0 ports and 2 FW800 ports. And it looks nice.
     
  5. gr8tfly macrumors 603

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    That doesn't convert FW to USB - it's only a combo hub for both. It still needs input from both FW800 and USB. It's a very nice looking one, though.

    http://store.moshimonde.com/ilynx-800.html
     
  6. heisenberg123 macrumors 603

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    I mean using a normal 4 port USB hub will give you 5 total do you really ever have that sixth USB device
     
  7. gr8tfly macrumors 603

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    I agree - the OP still has another port on the computer itself, and gains the hub ports.
     
  8. Demosthenes X macrumors 68000

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    I don't think such a thing exists for Firewire. You can, however, get WiFi USB hubs, which might solve your problem if most of your USB needs at home on your wireless network. They're not cheap, though.
     
  9. DWBurke811 macrumors 6502a

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    If you really have 6 or whatever USB devices, either get a hub with more than 4 ports, or just get two adapters. Seems simple enough, no need to look for some crazy adapter that may or may not exist.
     
  10. hawk1410 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    ****, the reason i wanted it to be FW was that i already use the 2 existing hubs for my gaming KB and Mouse and don't want to have to unplug them every time i need more ports, i guess i will have to keep the hub plugged at all times
     
  11. cube macrumors G5

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    If you have an MBP with ExpressCard slot, you can buy an ExpressCard USB adapter to add a couple of ports.
     

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