Testing firewire

David Kelly dkelly at HiWAAY.net
Sun Nov 12 23:29:19 UTC 2006

On Nov 12, 2006, at 5:03 PM, Erik Norgaard wrote:

> So I thought: Is this like ethernet that I need a crossed cable or  
> can I connect the two with an ordinary cable and check that it works?

There is no master nor slave in Firewire, all are peers, and all have  
(essentially) the same socket. If the cable fits, it works. Witness  
the difference between a hardware standard driven by Apple (Firewire)  
and one from Intel/Microsoft (USB).

Apple computers can be booted in "target mode" where the machine  
becomes nothing more than a Firewire hard drive. Only works for the  
primary drive, but works well. Apple recommends this mode (and  
Migration Assistant) for cloning user data and applications from one  
Mac to another.

You might also try fwe(4) if your other OS's are capable of doing IP  
over firewire.

David Kelly N4HHE, dkelly at HiWAAY.net
Whom computers would destroy, they must first drive mad.

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