Firewire - Ethernet adaptor

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by MarkW19, Oct 14, 2008.

  1. MarkW19 macrumors 65816

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    Do they actually exist? I'm just trying to find a way for my audio interface (firewire only) to work on the new MacBook...
     
  2. mike... macrumors member

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    eh? you want to turn the ethernet port into firewire?
     
  3. MarkW19 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Apparently there's some sort of adaptor that allows firewire devices to operate over ethernet, not sure if it's PC-only though?
     
  4. Drumjim85 macrumors 68030

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    from my understanding, the OS (or maybe even the computer's port) have to allow this. And I'm pretty sure apple has not.

    -correct if im wrong though.

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    But here's one if you're willing to try it out for us:
     

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  5. TwinCities Dan macrumors 603

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    Well, if it's true it would stop a LOT of bitching! ;) :)
     
  6. TMA macrumors 6502a

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    I suspect this is for carrying Ethernet protocols over FireWire (which has been around for a while now) NOT for connecting FireWire peripherals.
     
  7. Drumjim85 macrumors 68030

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    that very well could be... i just saw that the ports all lined up.
     
  8. TMA macrumors 6502a

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    Might be worth a shot if someone is feeling adventurous. From what I've read, the standard to carry FireWire data connections over an RJ45 connection require certain newer hardware in the RJ45 port controller on the motherboard and some support in the OS. No evidence yet that either exist on the new MacBooks and OS X 10.5
     
  9. MrGando macrumors member

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    It theoretically can be done ... just read about it in wikipedia. but the port has to allow it physically , not the case here according to my understanding.

    So no new macbook for me, period
     
  10. gmorgan va macrumors newbie

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    Adapter is not what you think...

    The adapter referenced by TMA's post above is for a cable tester. It is not ethernet. It is just adapting the ethernet port on a wire/cable tester to the connectors for firewire cables so the tester can be used to verify that a firewire cable is electrically sound.

    Adapter: TRENDnet USB / FireWire Adapter for TC-NT2 - TC-NTUF
    TC-NT2: http://www.trendnet.com/products/proddetail.asp?prod=110_TC-NT2&cat=36

    I would be interested in finding if an actual firewire to ethernet external box actually exists... The other clue that that adapter is bogus is that it doesn't have an external power supply. Ethernet ports do not normally supply power (yeah I know there is something called Power over Ethernet, but only specialty networking equipment actually supports Power over Ethernet -- it is not standard in the typical cheap network hubs or switches you see in the store.)
     

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