Use my firewire port for USB?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by jrm27, May 21, 2013.

  1. jrm27 macrumors 6502

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    Hello all,

    I'm having issue with my USB ports on my MBP. It will be going in to get fixed within the next few weeks. However, I've been wondering if there was a way to use my Firewire port and an adapter to make the firewire port a USB hub friendly USB connection. Basically is there a firewire adapter that turns the firewire pot into a USB or USB hub? Does that make sense? Thanks!

    -jon
     
  2. justperry macrumors 604

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    not happening; the hardware and protocol are very different.
     
  4. RadDave macrumors regular

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    New iMac owner here w/ 2 Thunderbolt ports not being used (limited hardware choices & expensive?) - assume that the same reasoning applies to an 'adapter' between USB & Thunderbolt - any choices? :rolleyes:
     
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    I would sign up and wait for the cheaper CalDigit ThunderBolt Station than the more expensive Belkin Thunderbolt Express.
     
  6. RadDave macrumors regular

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    Thanks for those links - both of those devices look like an excellent way to use a Thunderbolt (TB) port, but the price - YIKES! :eek:

    My recently purchased powered USB hub should serve my modest needs @ the moment - BUT, if I were a user needing a LOT of additional ports and options, those TB offerings look like a great solution - Dave :)
     
  7. benwiggy macrumors 68020

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    A very quick Google reveals that there are adaptors between USB and FireWire. Whether they are the 'right way round' for your purposes, I'm not sure. Most seem to be to allow people with only USB ports to use FW devices.
    But have a look and see if what there is will work for you.

    Thunderbolt is much more than a simple connector: it is essentially a direct extension of the data bus. It is ALL the connections. That's why most devices are hubs or pass-through devices.
    Apple do make TB to FireWire adaptors, however, which are relatively cheap.
     
  8. justperry macrumors 604

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    Well, not really, show me a link, all I could find is they mention there is a cable but a quick Google does not show results.
    One manufacturer claims they have one but he manufacturer is not mentioned and there is also doubt it works.

    http://www.usbnow.co.uk/a27/USB_to_Firewire_Solutions/article_info.html

    http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-a-firewire-to-usb-adapter.htm
     

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