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FireWire Cable

Discussion in 'Converters / Interfaces' started by KingSix, Sep 9, 2007.

  1. KingSix

    KingSix Active Member

    Hi there

    How long may be a firewire cable running through the wall and connecting my 1814 to DAW... I actually use a 3 feets cable but my computer is so noisy I just want to put it on the other side of the wall running a long firewire cable.

    Thanks a lot
     
  2. AwedOne

    AwedOne Guest

    Kingsix,

    I'm using a 12 footer for my FW1082 w/ no problems. I also have a 15' one I used for digital video and it worked fine there. I'm not sure what the practical limit is, but I'd sure like to know. I'd like to be able to take my controller into a second room for drum tracking.

    Bill
     
  3. dementedchord

    dementedchord Well-Known Member

    the technical spec calls iirc for up to 5 meters(@18ft) but i've heard of guys with luck going further...
     
  4. KingSix

    KingSix Active Member

    Thanks Dude, I've got a 8 feets cable and things seems to going well!!!
     
  5. zemlin

    zemlin Well-Known Member

    I've read several times that 15 feet (5m) is the maximum recommended length. All my firewire cables are 15' and I have had no trouble. Longer would probably work in most cases.
     
  6. cfaalm

    cfaalm Active Member

    With a FW repeater you can even double that distance. I think it will add about 1ms latency though.

    You could also try to start at the source and get the noise down.
     
  7. Trick

    Trick Guest

    Please explain difference in firewires

    Can someone please explain the difference between firewire 400, 800 and the texas instrument?
    I have heard of 4 pin, and I believe 6 or 8pin firewire...are they all the same connector or do i need to by adapters...would an adapter work?
    which one is most commonly used with audio gear?
    thanks
     
  8. dementedchord

    dementedchord Well-Known Member

    fw400 was the original spec and it's rate is 400mps and originally used the 4 pin cable the 6 pin cable came a bit later and allowed for bus powering units...
    fw800 transmits at 800mps.. for now atleast... the spec IIRC goes up to 3gbps.. but hasn't been fully implimented as of yet... fw800 uses the 8 pin cable... as to the TI concerns... it seems that some interfaces dont play well with some chip sets (VIA for one) and so it's become a matter of recomending the TI chipsets...
     
  9. AwedOne

    AwedOne Guest

    FWIW, I'm returning the 25' FW cable I bought yesterday. With my FW-1082 it seems that 15' is the limit. At 25' the connection would drop after about 3 seconds.
     
  10. AwedOne

    AwedOne Guest

    FWIW, I'm returning the 25' FW cable I bought yesterday. With my FW-1082 it seems that 15' is the limit. At 25' the connection would drop after about 3 seconds.
     
  11. VonRocK

    VonRocK Active Member

    15 feet, or 3 meters. Otherwise you need to boost the signal.
     

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