How to Convert USB 2.0 to Firewire 400

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How to Convert USB 2.0 to Firewire 400
Convert a USB port to a firewire connection. (câble firewire image by yknups from

USB 2.0 is a data port connection that provides faster file transfers than the older USB 1.1. However, at times some electronic devices (such as video cameras) require a firewire 400 connection. This port looks similar to a USB port, except it has a curved side and a trident icon printed next to it. If your computer does not currently have a firewire 400 connection port you may convert one of the current USB 2.0 devices to the firewire connection.

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Things you need

  • FireWire 400 to USB 2.0 adaptor
  • FireWire cable

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  1. 1

    Insert the firewire 400 to USB 2.0 adaptor into one of the USB ports on your computer.

  2. 2

    Connect the firewire 400 cable into the open firewire 400 port on the adaptor.

  3. 3

    Plug the opposite end of the firewire cable into the electronic device you are hooking up to the computer.

  4. 4

    Power on the electronic device and, momentarily, the computer states it has detected a new camera or hardware device.

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