Firewire was once billed as a competitor to USB has fallen into a more professional niche. A common standard for in the audio and video industry and still used in some circumstances
Connection Cable type FireWire 400 correspond to the IEEE1394a standard and can achieve data transfer rates of up to 400 Mbit per second, while FireWire 800 cable correspond to the IEEE1394b and even with up to 800Mb can transport data per second.
External FireWire 400 cables are available in 4-pole versions, with 6-pin IEEE1394a cable conveniently can also conduct electricity. With FireWire 800 9-pin cables are then necessary. Various FireWire adapter and adapter cables ensure a mutually compatibility of the various standards and older and newer devices.
Adapter cable for connecting FireWire devices with internal connection to an external FireWire port to help with certain housing, where a suitable connection is available in the external I / O port of the housing.