Turn my FireWire800 port into a FireWire400?

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  1. mgpg89 macrumors 6502a

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    Are there adapters to do this?
    If so, can anyone recommend me a good brand/model?


    Why? Because I just ordered a dual FW800 Port expresscard for my MBP and I want to use the FW400 hub in my 20" ACD as well.
     
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Get a FireWire 400 cable that is 6-pin to 4-pin. Plug it into your FireWire 800 port.

    Ah... Male to male... hmm. There must be a male to male adapter.
     
  3. danny_w macrumors 601

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    Sorry, I think that's the wrong cable. He wants to go FW800 to FW400, not FW400 to FW400 mini. A cable similar to this is what he needs:

    http://www.radtech.us/Products/ProCableFW400800.aspx
     
  4. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    I assumed he wanted 400 to an 800 plug, which he does. 400 mini fits the 800 plug, but since he has a male plug, the adapter outlined in the third post here is what he needs.
     
  5. mgpg89 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I want a FireWire 400 (FEMALE) to FireWire 800 (MALE) ...
     
  6. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Yep, and the adapter in post number 3 is exactly what you need. Kudos to Bravecat.
     
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  8. mgpg89 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Can't I just use this instead?

    If so, why is this one much cheaper than the one for sale on Amazon?
    It's 'just' a cable, right? Or is the difference in quality a big deal?
     
  9. dolphin842 macrumors 65816

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    I'm wary of eBay auctions in general, but if it's cheap enough you can always take a chance.

    As a point of reference, Monoprice has the cable for ~€5.30 + shipping. I'm not sure if they ship to Belgium, though.
     

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