Here's our Hardware Tip for.. May 11, 2001
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Firewire Tips--Part 1 of 5
The IEEE 1394 specification, also known as FireWire, describes a data bus that far surpasses the USB bus in speed. FireWire can transfer data at up to 400 Mbps. You'll now find digital video cameras, scanners, and external hard drives that use the FireWire bus. Unfortunately, despite original plans and promises, very few PC manufacturers include FireWire ports on their new PCs. If you're interested in this fast new bus, you'll most likely have to install it yourself.

Over the next few weeks we'll pass along some items to keep in mind if you plan to make your PC FireWire-capable.

First take an inventory of open card slots inside your system. You'll need an open PCI slot for the IEEE 1394 add-in board.