Here's our Hardware Tip for.. May 18, 2001
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Firewire Tips--Part 2 of 5
You can purchase your FireWire add-in board separately or as part of a hardware-software package. If you plan to use your FireWire port for capturing digital video from a camcorder, I would recommend that you shop for a FireWire card with video editing software. You'll likely save money, and most combo packs of this sort come with detailed installation and setup instructions (more than you'll find if you buy the FireWire card by itself).

Otherwise, if you plan to use your FireWire mainly for a scanner connection or for other peripherals, you can buy a FireWire card by itself for as little as $150.