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4-pin or Firewire 800 Firewire with MOTU Firewire Interface

MOTU provides a standard 6-pin FW cable with our line of FireWire interfaces.

However, if you purchase a 6-pin to 4-pin FW cable you can connect your MOTU interface with laptops that have 4-pin Firewire ports. Note that if you want to use the Traveler powered via the FireWire bus a 6-to-4 pin connection will not provide power; see this tech note for details.

Also, you can use a FireWire 800-to-400 adapter to plug a MOTU FireWire interface into a computer with a FireWire 800 port. As our FireWire interfaces are FW 400 devices, there will be no performance increase by connecting them to a FW 800 bus, but there will also be no detriment to MOTU FW performance either. MOTU FireWire interfaces can be bus-powered via a FireWire 800 port just the same as via a regular 6-pin FireWire 400 port. Using a FW 800-to-400 adapter simply provides you with more connectivity options.

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