FireWire has been around for quite some time. The IEEE 1394 interface was first developed in the late 1980s and early 1990s by Apple as a replacement for parallel connections. They quickly nicknamed it FireWire, because they seem to have a particular fondness for the elements. They can also be found under a variety of names including IEEE 1394, FireWire, iLink, and DV. Today, they are a popular alternative to USB and can be found on many computers- not just Macs- as well as hard drives, CD burners, and digital cameras. One of the advantages over USB is FireWire doesn’t require the use of a computer as a middleman. Each FireWire device is uniquely capable of communicating directly with another.
The FireWire interface has gone through a series of advancements and enhancements over the years, and this is reflected in the plugs. Ports and cables can be found for the 4-pin, 6-pin, and 9-pin varieties. Although the cables can function interchangeably, they are also completely different shapes and sizes. Physics gets in the way when you attempt to shove a 6-pin cable into a 4-pin port, so do you have to buy a new cable? Absolutely not! FireFold’s FW-6F4M-ADPT FireWire adapter can convert the end of a 6-pin cable for use with a 4-pin device.
This 6-pin female to 4-pin male adapter can be used with Windows or Mac OS platforms and with any device that is not bus-powered. The nature of FireWire only allows you to experience the speeds of the lowest rated connection, but that still means a data transfer rate of up to 400Mbps. This pocket-sized adapter is small and light for use on the go. Sturdy metal contacts ensure you get a flawless connection, and the professional-grade molded plastic body has ridges to increase grip when plugging or unplugging it. With FireFold’s signature lifetime warranty, you can expect this adapter to perform perfectly for as long as you own it.