For individuals tethering with a FireWire Digital Back or DSLR, you may notice newer PC’s and Mac do not support FireWire cables and may only have USB or Thunderbolt.
FireWire (also known as IEEE 1394 Interface) is only an Apple connection which was first included in some of its computers in 1990’s. Although FireWire is not a supported connection by Apple any longer, many computer are still in service with a FireWire port* and there are a number of options to use these Digital Backs and DSLR’s.
Tether Tools offers TetherPro FireWire cables in the following configurations:
- FireWire 800 – 9 Pin to 9 Pin
- FireWire 800/400 – 9 Pin to 6 Pin
- FireWire 400 – 6 Pin to 6 Pin
- FireWire 800/400 – 9 Pin to 4 Pin
Please consult your equipment manufactures’ specifications to ensure the correct cable type and proper connection. Visit the Cable Compatibility Guide for cable + camera listings.
Some Quick Details
PC typically do not offer FireWire. For users looking to tether a FireWire Back or DSLR an option is to install a FireWire controller – please keep in mind many laptops don’t provide that option, so always check with the computer make and model to confirm this is possible.
Apple (Mac) Computers:
Mac computer prior to 2014 have a FireWire 800 port available. If using a Mac that is newer, Apple has eliminated the FireWire port and currently only offers Thunderbolt on all its models.
Thunderbolt Adapter (Mac ONLY):
Individuals who are using a Mac computer having only a Thunderbolt connection will need the Thunderbolt to FireWire 800 Adapter.
Apple’s Thunderbolt to Firewire 800 Adapter enables connectivity between a Thunderbolt-equipped Mac to a FireWire device. The adapter is small and compact and connects to any Thunderbolt port.
The Thunderbolt to FireWire 800 Adapter provides a FireWire 800 port that supplies up to 7W for bus-powered peripherals like cameras, hard drives and audio devices. This adapter is compatible ONLY with Thunderbolt-equipped Mac computers running OSX 10.7.4 or later.