How to connect FireWire Connections on Your PC

How to connect FireWire Connections on Your PC

The original FireWire standard has now been surpassed in initial speed by USB 2.0, but since FireWire has been around for much longer, it’s not in danger of disappearing. FireWire works better than USB 2.0 with many digital video devices because older pieces of equipment don’t recognize USB 2.0.

Unlike USB ports — now included with every new PC — FireWire ports are generally available as optional equipment, so make sure you have a FireWire port before spending the big money on your new DV camcorder. (Of course, you can always buy an adapter card to add FireWire ports to your computer.)

Like USB, FireWire is a plug-and-play connection; A FireWire port can support 63 devices (using cascade technology). Simply connect a device to your PC with a FireWire cable – Run the cable from the device to the FireWire port on your PC, and you’re ready to go!