FireWire routers and FireWire patch bays can help speed up your business by increasing the number of FireWire connections to your computers. IEEE 1394, also known as FireWire, cables and connectors transmit data more than 30 times faster than USB. So linking your computers together through FireWire port routers can greatly reduce the time of sending information through your business. This is especially true if transmitting large-data files like video.
Once the majority of your computers have 1394 FireWire ports, FireWire routers can link up all your computers for much faster connections. When searching for an IEEE 1394 router you need to consider:
1. How many of your computers have FireWire connections?
2. Which will be more efficient, smaller FireWire routers or a FireWire patch bay?
3. Will you still need USB connections along with FireWire?
Link a few computers with router FireWireIf your business is small enough to use only a few computers, a single IEEE router should be all that you need. Most single 1394 routers connect six FireWire cables together, allowing you to connect up to six computers (fewer if any computers use more than one port). They also support speeds of 100, 200 or 400 megabytes per second.
Get a FireWire patch panel for several computersIf you own or work for a larger business that needs to link together numerous computers, you need a FireWire patch bay. A single patch bay with 24 ports works better than four routers of six ports, and for less money.
Find FireWire routers with USB portsBecause older computers may not have FireWire ports, you may find yourself still needing standard USB connections for your computers along with FireWire. In this case, finding routers that have both FireWire and USB ports may save you time, money and hassles.
- Avoid wasting time looking for a wireless FireWire router. They essentially don't exist. FireWire and wireless are two different functions.
- Look for USB-to-FireWire adapters as another way of adapting your computers without FireWire ports.