Use YinYang for FireWire 400 and 800

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Using FireWire 400 and FireWire 800 devices together on a computer can be challenging — especially with newer Macs that have only one FireWire 800 port and no FireWire 400 ports.

Sonnet’s YinYang FireWire 800 to FireWire 400/800 Mini Hub ($70, or about $50 at Amazon) simplifies the situation, yet also opens up new possibilities. It plugs into your computer’s FireWire 800 port and gives you two ports: one 400 and one 800. It also offers a performance benefit: you can transfer data to and from FireWire 800 and 400 devices simultaneously without affecting performance.

Limitation: you can use only one bus-powered FireWire device at a time. Self-powered devices operate normally.