[LAU] firewire-thunderbolt adapter?

david gnome at hawaii.rr.com
Mon Oct 9 04:52:53 UTC 2017

On 10/08/2017 06:05 PM, david wrote:
> On 10/06/2017 11:06 PM, David Kastrup wrote:
>> "David W. Jones" <gnome-4S9g3957RhF54TAoqtyWWQ at public.gmane.org> writes:
>>> I have a System76 laptop. There's no Expresscard port on it.
>> On their current baseline "Lemur" model I see
>> Expansion: USB 3.1 Type-C, USB 3.0 Type-A, USB 2.0 Type-A, SD Card Reader
>> That's sort-of "ugh" for connecting Firewire devices.  Concerning the
>> bandwidth, I think you'd need USB 3 (USB 2.0 nominally has 480mbps over
>> Firewire's 400mbps but reserves less for synchronous transfers and there
>> are other problems IIRC).
>> I don't know about reliable adapters, but I haven't looked.
> I've got to try some. The only other option I would have would be to use 
> it on one of my desktop systems, which aren't exactly very portable!

I've been poking around on Amazon. The consensus of reviewers seems to 
that USB-C to Firewire adapters don't work and simply cannot work. 
Including a review by an electrical engineer.

I found this USB<>ExpressCard adaptor:


IIRC, the original poster had a Firewire ExpressCard and was looking for 
a laptop with an ExpressCard port. Maybe this would work for them?

David W. Jones
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