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Do Firewire hubs reduce bandwidth?

Discussion in 'Converters & Interfaces' started by wilycaw, Jul 31, 2005.

  1. wilycaw

    wilycaw Guest

    This question seems like it ought to have a simple answer, but I've had difficulty finding one.

    If you connect a firewire hub to a firewire port on your computer, and then connect two firewire devices to the firewire hub, does that mean each device may only utilize 1/2 the bandwidth through the computer's firewire port?

    My laptop has one firewire port, to which I would like to connect a firebox and an external hard drive. Any issues to spot doing this with a firewire hub?

    All opinions are appreciated. Thanks.
  2. Opus2000

    Opus2000 Distinguished Member

    Apr 7, 2001
    It really depends on the hub personally. Inside the hub there are some circuitry that helps flow the data properly as well as voltage supply. If the voltage supply is crap, then yes, you will in the long run lose bandwidth.

    Firewire is robust enought to handle multiple devices but it also depends on the firebox driver. Personally I don't think that Firewire based audio devices are truly there yet(excluding RME and MOTU since they aren't really Firewire based---it's host based using a firewire cable!).

    Unfortunately there is no simple answer to your question....

    Opus :D
  3. RandomGuest

    RandomGuest Guest

    Feb 10, 2001
    a hub wont do you any good you need a PCMCIA to firewire adaptor.
    then it will still depend upon if your PCMCIA and Firewire share the bus.

    basically even with the RME fireface you cant chain a drive off the same port as a firewire interface unless its firewire 800.

    at least not if you intend to use them at the same time.


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