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Use a G5 as headless port/drive extender and MIDI server
Authored by: j-beda on Jul 09, '09 09:52:19AM

Is using Firewire networking much of a speed boost compared to gig Ethernet?



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Use a G5 as headless port/drive extender and MIDI server
Authored by: leamanc on Jul 09, '09 12:12:56PM

It is a step down. FireWire 800 = 800 megabits per second. Gigabit Ethernet = 1,000 (or 1,024?) megabits per second.



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Use a G5 as headless port/drive extender and MIDI server
Authored by: sablefish on Jul 09, '09 02:03:44PM

from actual, real-world experience, IP-over-Firewire transfers are just as fast as a firewire tethered, external hard drive. i had great results networking computers for video editing: use one mac just for capture, and transfer the bins to the edit computer with IP-over-firewire.

Maybe my gigabit network sucks or something, but i find firewire to be significantly faster than gigE.



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Use a G5 as headless port/drive extender and MIDI server
Authored by: redcap on Jul 09, '09 08:04:57PM

GigE may have a higher data rate, but you have much better latency than gigE ethernet, and you're not as limited by the quality of your cable.

Most firewire cables are pretty good, I've used a lot of damaged, broken, and poor quality Ethernet cables in my day.

You won't ever reach the speed of gigE Ethernet, let alone 800mbps, but I've found firewire to be snappier, and faster with VNC, without the headaches of auto-negotiation speed. Also, my Ethernet port broke many years ago.



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