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Question About Firewire/USB 2.0  
User currently offlineRyanb741 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 3222 posts, RR: 15
Posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 1415 times:

I just bought a Sony Digital Camcorder and it is supposed to connect to my PC via firewire. I currently only have USB 1.1 and was wondering do I just buy a firewire card + cable? Also, is there any difference between USB 2.0 and Firewire or are the names interchangeable for the same thing?

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User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21652 posts, RR: 53
Reply 1, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 1401 times:

No, FireWire and USB are technologically very different.

While FireWire is a real device interconnection bus, USB is only a PC-centric polled peripheral connection protocol which is much less flexible and (even with USB2) much slower than FireWire.

USB 1 theoretically allows 12MBit/s
USB 2 theoretically allows 480MBit/s (in practice much slower)

FireWire also comes in two speeds, 400 or 800MBit/s, but in this case, the speed is actually attainable.

So no, you really need that extra FireWire interface for your camera, but FireWire 400 will normally suffice.

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