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Old February 11th, 2004, 09:44 PM   #1
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Do four or five (external) port pci firewire cards exist?

Do four or five (external) port pci firewire cards exist and does anyone know where to order one? I currently have a two port firewire card that came with my new desktop connecting to a video tape deck and also a three port firewire card in another slot connecting to three external hard drives. But I need to consolidate these to one pci firewire card with either four or five ports so I can free up a pci slot for a Linksys wirelesss card adapter. Anyone have a url or other suggestion?
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Old February 11th, 2004, 09:55 PM   #2
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Can't you daisy chain some of the FireWire devices or use a hub?
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Old February 12th, 2004, 03:49 PM   #3
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My Maxtor firewire harddisk comes with two firewire ports so I
can chain more units. Doesn't yours? I think there is a firewire
"hub", but those are quite expensive I believe. The most ports
I've seen on a card is 3.
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Old February 12th, 2004, 07:56 PM   #4
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Thanks for the suggestions. I use my three external firewire drives and firewire videotape deck for video editing , so I'm loathe to daisy chain them together for fear they will slow down and drop frames. (I've never tried.) But 6-port firewire hubs are reasonably priced so I'm bidding on one on E-bay now.
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Old February 12th, 2004, 08:45 PM   #5
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I think hubs are more likely to drop frames than daisy chaining the drives together. I daisy chain drive frequently and rarely have problems. The problems are usually from the drives being too full and not the daisy chain (at least that's my theory).
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