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Firewire 800 question

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#1 IHateRap


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Posted 18 January 2009 - 04:33 PM

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I was having some issues with hardware I recently purchased.

Here's what I bought. I'll include links to provide further information if needed...because I'm certainly not knowledgeable with this stuff.

Glyph GT050Q external hard drive


SYBA 1394b firewire card

Here's the problem:
I was only getting firewire 400 speeds instead of 800. So I downloaded the latest drivers for the card from the manufacturers website and no change. Eventually I stumbled upon unibrain.com firewire800 drivers. At the same time, I also noticed that the card I bought was showing up in the device manager as a network card.

So, I installed the new "800" drivers and bam: full speed......but now, I couldn't get online....something to do with my pc detecting 2 "network" cards, I assume. At "400" w/manufacturer drivers everything worked...just slower 400 transfer speeds to the external HD.

Clicking around, I find "enable network bridge" or something like that. So, I highlighted "both" of my "network" cards and bridged them. Now, I get the 800 speeds and my online connection functions normally. Is this a bad way to accomplish what I want? Is there a better way to go?


Edited by IHateRap, 18 January 2009 - 04:41 PM.

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#2 Platypus


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Posted 18 January 2009 - 05:17 PM

Welcome to BleepingComputer, and I don't like rap either!

It's normal for Firewire to appear as a Network card, as it implements a network protocol and can be used for a fast peer-to-peer network.

I'm not a networking person, but it looks to me as if you've inadvertently set up a workaround by setting the Firewire to talk through the LAN card for your internet access:


I'd think if you go to Show All Connections in Connect To on the Start Menu (quoting XP), you could revert your internet connection to the LAN port, and remove the bridge. But a network expert may have more precise instructions for you.

Edited by Platypus, 18 January 2009 - 05:19 PM.

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