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Apple Thunderbolt to Firewire 800 adapter works well with PowerSDR

K9JRI Member
edited April 2018 in New Ideas

I have been concerned that the lack of FireWire ports on new computers was going to be a problem for Flex 3K & 5K owners that wanted to upgrade their computers.  I am running PowerSDR on my Mac mini using Bootcamp and Windows 8.1 but this is the last Mac computer to support FireWire directly.

Apple has released a $29 Thunderbolt to FireWire adapter that works well with either Windows or OS X so I purchased one today.  I plugged it in, removed my FireWire 800 to 400 cable from the built in port and re-connected it to the $29 adapter.  PowerSDR 2.7.2 came up running just fine wit no indications of any issues.

73 - Mike - K9JRI

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  • Neal_K3NC
    Neal_K3NC Member ✭✭
    edited October 2014
    I can concur with this, it worked for me when I tested it on an Asus G750vx laptop.

  • Richard Serván
    edited April 2018
    As my old SYBA TI Firewire Expresscard dont work on my new Thinkpad P71, can I conect my Flex 3000 firewire cable to USB C notebook conector using the Apple adaptor?
  • Bill -VA3WTB
    Bill -VA3WTB Member ✭✭✭
    edited April 2018

    3 weeks ago

    Photo of Tim - W4TME

     Tim - W4TME, Customer Experience 
      Official Response

      There isn't an alternative solution to using the FLEX-5000 and FLEX-3000 with a non-native Firewire interface.  It will just not work if the 1394 bus is being emulated by a different physical interface.  It will also not work if the FIrewire interface is not 100% IEEE 1394 compliant too.  The only thing I have heard might work is a Thunderbolt interface with the Firewire connector.
    • Neal - K3NC
      Neal - K3NC Inactive Employee ✭✭
      edited April 2018
      I tested my 5000A with an Apple Thunderbold->1394 adapter and it came up and worked for a few minutes. I was using the thunderbolt port from an ASUS ROG 17" laptop. I did not do extensive tests but it came up and worked for everything I did for a while.


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