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In general, GigE should be faster than Firewire 800. There are some variables at work that may make FireWire faster, but except for Ethernet congestion from other traffic they're edge cases. If you're looking to connect more than 2 hosts, Ethernet is by far the better choice.


Gigabit is in much faster unless you provide it via a slow expansion method such as PCI. Firewire is only 786 Mbits, but if you have significant traffic on your network you could conceivably get higher speeds from firewire.


Not sure there are "switches" per se as the topology would require you to chain the computers together, one by one, using two ports in all but the last and first one - subjecting the network to the "single point of failure" problem of old-time coax ethernets. The distance of a firewire-cable is also very limited at around 5 meters I've heard, before ...


In general you should do whatever is easier for you, since the raw connection speed of both technologies is fairly similar. If you already have a gigabit network set up, don't worry about creating a new firewire connection. If you don't, maybe (Macs for example) Firewire is easier. But all that depends on your environment and the kind of software/hardware ...

2 - PCI - PCIe Get the PCIe card if you can. Much faster. For servers, I generally wouldn't go with SIIG right off the bat because it's more of a consumer level device. I'd look to Adaptec, LSI, or ATTO for server class expansion ...


See this link: copy IOFirewireSerialBusPRotocolTransport.kext your HD/System/Library/Extensions/ Another thread: I can confirm now, that procedure above (my prev post) solved my issue. THANKS to Ken ...


This really is dependent on the computers BIOS as to whether it supports booting from Firewire, and I suspect many will not. If they do, then making a Firewire drive bootable should be much the same as doing it with a USB drive, the steps for which can be found in this question.


I don't think that is a viable solution. Length limitations, as Oskar mentioned above, so you can rule out connecting people in separate rooms Cable break issues. Firewire is a bus, all it takes is one person to unplug a cable, or a device to go offline to cause a netsplit. Non routable. While you can network a bunch of macs together over firewire, how ...

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