What Does the Future Hold for Firewire?

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bautrey

I will be buying an external hard drive soon and i have firewire and no esata on my motherboard. I guess i will be buying a external hdd with  both firewire and usb.  I wish i had esata...

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M-ManLA

I use Firewire mostly for my pro audio interface and transfers from hard drive. I wanted to see a new spec on Firewire, but it seems like it won't happen. Hopefully my Pro Audio Company Avid releases a new interface that has nice PCIe x1 slot card. 

 

Electronically charged

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mkarias1

I have an old but in excellent working condition Mini-DV camcorder.  The only I can transfer my videos in a semi-fast way is throught the firewire.  My mobo didn't come with a firewire connector so I had to buy a PCI card. 

 Hey it works and I am not going to buy a new camcorder (which I doubt they support USB 3.0 at this point in time).

So firewire is still needed.

Anyway, who is going to upgrade to Windows 8?  I think Windows 7 will suit me for years to come.

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praetor_alpha

I got a Lacie 500gig hard drive about 4-5 years ago, and I got the
Firewire model specifically because I heard firewire was faster than
USB. It is, and still use it for an offsite backup. Even has ports for
firewire 800.

The motherboard I got in my system (2 years ago) has firewire,
and no eSata. Another board I bought for a client 3 months ago (AMD 790)
also has firewire ports and no eSata; however there was a bracket and
the case had one up front.

Thanks to the likes of Intel and AMD,
and not integrating USB 3 into
chipsets until late next year, I think it'll take a while to catch on.
Dropping firewire
support in 3 years seems too early, we still got a long way to go. How
about 10gig Ethernet instead?

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Tristan Heitkemper

does anyone have old ipod firewire cables they would be willing to give up? yea my computer still has firewire so yea. if so contact me at theitkemper@gmail.com

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Slugbait

I have an external hard drive that has both Hi-Speed USB and Firewire, and use it to transfer large amounts of data between non-networked machines. USB is too slow for this kind of task, so I seldom use it.

I have an Elura 100 video camera, and I use it a lot to film my kid as he's growing up. It has both USB and Firewire, but like hundreds of other models, USB is strictly for transfering still pictures...Hi-Speed USB is too slow for transfering video footage, so the manufacturers block you from using it.

My Smackover has onboard Firewire, and my EE makes me smile every time it transcodes, and I think I might not be ready to upgrade all of my external gear just to upgrade to Win8.

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Trooper_One

I've never used the Firewire port, even in its prime.  Letting it die wouldn't matter to me but if it doesn't hurt the OS, why not just leave it in for legacy (like many thing else).

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zblackrider

 

  Why are you even talking about 1394 when the real competition is between HDMI and Cat5e/6? 

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zblackrider

I've never used Firewire for a network connection.  The reference was to the new HDBaseT protocol which will compete with HDMI, DisplayPort, Firewire, USB, etc.  I like the idea of recycling 30 year old tech, being so ubiquitous, but truth is if it takes ten years to become a new standard,  wireless tech will have overcome it's drawbacks by then.

  Plus, I love the idea of pitching all those proprietary cables and putting that extra spool of ethernet cable to good use.  Oh,  it can also tranfer up to 100watts making it a power source for many products.

 

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jlh304

In what way is their real competition?  Is HDMI making it's way to routers and switchs?  Cat5e/6 vs fiber or Cat5e/6 vs 802.11 yeah sure.  I know some AV equipment has cat5 connections and will pass ethernet traffic through hdmi, but you still have to have cat5 or wifi at some point.  But I wouldn't say the competition has started yet.

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ShadowDragoonFTW

I've never even heard of running network over HDMI. That seems... ludicrous. ESPECIALLY with fiber lines being the main staypoint in networking nowadays. RJ45 doesn't have crap on that. I doubt HDMI is even on par with fiber anyway. Wireless, sure, but Wireless is pretty suck for traffic, even compared to RJ45.

 I mean, people were even using USB as a network standard for a bit, but even it died pretty quickly...

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Caboose

 I remember the USB network connections... pain in the freaking ass! Especially when you'd get a DSL modem with eithernet and USB, and have a user connect both up to their PC and then complain when things don't work right.

 

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Bender2000

When Apple dumped FW 400 years ago the writing was on the wall, hell even when they ditched it for the iPod. FW 800 never got real traction with consumers. With SD cards becoming the prefered media for camcorders the need for FW is over. One less port, especially one that needs a license paid, is good for all of us. This is called progress.

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Talcum X

 Like stated, it's favored buy audio/video industries.  Most everyeone else is happy with their USB.  There just isn't that many items for the home user in FireWire.  It should be restricted to a add-on card and removed from the MoBo to make room for something that the everyday user will actually use (or is more likely to)

I have a few of these ports, and have never used them.

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Havok

 Like Gordon said, you could light a house on fire with it, but if if you're not the pyromaniac type, what good is it? Doesn't USB 2.0 offer a quicker transfer rate over Firewire? So why use it? Besides, you never can get the right damn cable on the first try, 4 pin, 9 pin small large, it's more confusing than USB connections!

 

 

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aviaggio

When USB 2.0 first came out it was considerably slower than FireWire despite having a higher theoretical throughput. But over time USB 2.0 has gotten much faster and is now on-par with FireWire.

Honestly I haven't used a FireWire device in a decade. I guess if you have a video camera with it you probably use it. And some external hard drives come with FireWire as an option, but other than that it's just not used anymore. 

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ShadowDragoonFTW

I've never even seen a single device that ever uses firewire. It's a useless port for me, especially now that USB 3.0 is primed to take place as the defacto standard.

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dracx619

i just hope the video industy switches over to either esata or usb 3.0. i have this amazing software from adobe called onlocation but its useless on any newer laptops cause none have a firewire port and lots of laptops nowadays are gettting rid of the express slots so i cant even add one on. i could by an older laptop but they most likely can't handle hd or 2k, 4k footage without blowing up? i could also lug around a small formfactor pc and a monitor but again, why when it was meant to be a portable program? cmon camera makers, ditch firewire!!! btw, i guess im ok with msft ditching firewire, maybe itl help get these music and video guys to switch over and leave behind this aging slow port

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ShadowDragoonFTW

Worst case scenario, I believe I've seen some firewire-to-USB adapter cords around on sites like Newegg. So, you could always just go with those...

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dracx619

well ill be darned, they do exist! hopefully my program will still see it as firewire

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