How far is too far in terms of Firewire?
We're asked a lot by customers, "How far can you
extend a Firewire connection?"
The answer, It depends.
If you've been in a situation where it's difficult
to connect a camera, camcorder, audio mixer, hard drive, or other
Firewire device, there're many options out there for you to extend your
existing connection depending how far you want to go.
You can reasonably just purchase a cable to
connect your devices to the host (computer). Most common Firewire 400
cables are averaging 10-15ft. Check out the 15 foot Firewire cable.
Generally speaking, since Firewire carries both
data and power, an active extension able is needed for carrying the
signal and power to your device. This can be accomplished by looking
into purchasing a Active Extension cable as
well as a regular cable. You can “daisy-chain” 2 extension cables
giving you about 30-40ft. After the 40 foot mark, a repeater is needed
to amplify the signal by providing power. Gefen makes a repeater
that allows you to extend up to 250 feet by purchasing multiple
250ft - 1640 ft.
After the 250 foot foot mark, the Firewire data
connection needs to be changed into a different medium that's capable
of longer distances. To further extend a Firewire connection, fiber
optics are the technology that not only extends this medium, but can
also extend video, Ethernet, KVM's, and more. When you
use fiber, the signal doesn't degrade over distance. You're only
limited to the amount of fiber you have and how much distance the
extender will handle. For more information on extending
your Firewire connection, check out Gefen's Fiber Firewire Extender.