FireWire Daisychain/Hub?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by oneinten, Apr 1, 2013.

  1. oneinten macrumors member

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    Hello,

    I'm looking to get a new FireWire audio interface with my Mac Mini, but I've been given a FireWire HDD Enclosure I would like to use if possible rather than purchasing a USB 3.0 enclosure..

    I've read about daisy chaining Firewire accessories but if the audio interface and HDD enclosure only have a FW input how could this be done? Are FireWire hubs successful?

    Thanks
     
  2. philipma1957, Apr 1, 2013
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    yes there are 2 good ones. give me a minute for links. i used both of them.


    http://everythingapple.blogspot.com/2009/11/kramer-vs-30fw-firewire-800-hub-seagate.html

    http://www.amazon.com/NitroAV-8-Port-FireWire-Professional-Repeater/dp/B00506K4NC


    http://www.amazon.com/Kramer-VS-30F...8&qid=1364854382&sr=1-2&keywords=kramer+fw800


    they work fine. i have both sitting in a box since i went to t-bolt.
     
  3. Fishrrman macrumors G3

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    My suggestion:

    Before you buy a firewire hub (which can be expensive), try a daisy-chain FIRST.

    It may not work -- but on the other hand, it may work just fine.

    If it DOESN'T work for you, then it's time to start hunting for a hub...
     
  4. philipma1957 macrumors 603

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    Op has specific devices with only one port that do not allow daisy chaining.

    He needs a hub.
    The 2 I picked work very well I used them for years before I went to thunderbolt.
     
  5. LorenK macrumors 6502

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    Boy, the prices on those hubs, glad I went eSATA for my external devices with my Mac Pro, though quite unhappy that there isn't a similar solution for MacMini.
     
  6. benwiggy macrumors 68020

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    For what it's worth, I have a Western Digital 3TB MyBook drive connected to my Mini's FW800 port. I then have a 500Mb G-Drive daisy-chained to the WD, and an Edirol FA-66 audio interface daisy chained off that.

    Works very well.
     
  7. philipma1957 macrumors 603

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    yeah the kramer is very expensive it used to be 99 bucks. the nitro is a better deal . 1 in and 7 out. some where on 123macmini i did long reviews on them. but that was before sept 2010 maybe more like jan 2010.


    Like i said i have both of them in a drawer some where. if IIRC I UPGRADED the power supply for the nitro. i used a 50 dollar walwart and a 100 medical isolation transformer. this provided clean stable power to the hub for recording.
    I will see if I can find it. In fact i must have 1000 dollars in fw800 gear sitting in boxes doing nothing. I need to sort them out and test them.
     

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