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Question about firewire/hub connections
May 5, 2004 7:34 PM   Subscribe

Is there such a thing as a hub that will accept USB 2.0 and Firewire, which I can connect to my computer using just Firewire?

I got my laptop just before USB 2.0 came out, so sadly I'm stuck with 1.1. The thing is, I do have a FireWire port, which I currently use with a hard drive. I'm looking for a USB 2.0/FW hub that doesn't need to be connected via USB 2.0... in other words, something that kind of converts USB 2.0 to FW. Is this possible?

This seems to be the idea, but it appears I have to connect it via USB 2.0 to use the USB ports:

Anyone help? I don't think I can stand to download pictures off my new S500 at this horrendous rate any longer.
posted by swank6 to Computers & Internet (6 answers total)
Oops, meant a . not a : there...
posted by swank6 at 7:37 PM on May 5, 2004

Not a direct answer to your question - but perhaps you have a cardbus slot you could use?
posted by kickingtheground at 8:06 PM on May 5, 2004

The short answer appear to be no, but to solve your problem you could get one of these.
posted by falconred at 8:50 PM on May 5, 2004

Ah, I never thought to use those slots... which I've actually never used before. I think I'd want to go with just the USB 2.0 one since i don't need the FW then... Thing seems to have pretty crappy reviews though.
posted by swank6 at 9:12 PM on May 5, 2004

Not to monkeywrench, but I have a desktop with a combo card in it and I always use the FireWire option. It's much faster with the external DVD burner. I have an external HD too, but I don't know if it's faster because I never bothered to try the USB2.0 option. What about a plain old FireWire hub?
posted by yerfatma at 10:13 AM on May 6, 2004

Err, I plan to continue using FireWire for my HD... I need the USB for my camera, which I don't think I can connect via FireWire.
posted by swank6 at 8:26 PM on May 6, 2004

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