Linked by Fran van der Merwe on Mon 5th Jul 2010 18:13 UTC
Internet & Networking Audio and Video professionals swear by it, but if Microsoft sticks with its plans, Firewire may not be supported in Windows 8. This is following an industry trend with, for example, Apple itself phasing out firewire support in recent years.
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Hardware and software
by divide_by_zero on Mon 5th Jul 2010 19:55 UTC
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2009-07-11

I've heard next year we'll see a new Bluetooth standard that works over wi-fi (IEEE802.11). Might not there be a chance for FireWire to do something similar, and start working over Ethernet?

It's been a while already that cameras based on the "Gig E" standard started to replace FireWire cameras for many applications. It might be interesting to try using the same physical layer, but replace the TCP/IP on top with an alternate "FireWire 3.0" layer... (But again, depends on application needs.)

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RE: Hardware and software
by ggeldenhuys on Mon 5th Jul 2010 21:43 in reply to "Hardware and software"
ggeldenhuys Member since:
2006-11-13

Might not there be a chance for FireWire to do something similar, and start working over Ethernet?

The Firewire protocol supports many uses. TCP/IP over Firewire has existed for many years! I use it to link my two home computers (Linux & Win200) instead of my 10/100Mbs ethernet network. Now I get 400Mbs transfer speed between my computers. Windows 2000 has support for TCP/IP over Firewire built in, so does Linux, FreeBSD etc. I think Microsoft removed it in XP and later though (beats me why they did that??).

Edited 2010-07-05 21:43 UTC

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RE[2]: Hardware and software
by phoenix on Mon 5th Jul 2010 22:49 in reply to "RE: Hardware and software"
phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

The OP is asking about the possibility of running the FW protocol over Ethernet cables. Not running network connections over a FW cable.

Similar to how ATA can now be run over Ethernet (AoE), or Fibre Channel can be run over Ethernet (FCoE), or SCSI is run over TCP/IP (iSCSI).

Separating the FW protocol from the underlying transport.

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RE: Hardware and software
by mesomaan on Tue 6th Jul 2010 15:01 in reply to "Hardware and software"
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2006-01-04

Actually GigE is hardly a standard. A standard would imply open specifications. With GigE, the spec is only available to consortium members. Any open software for GigE must be reverse engineered. Clearly a twentieth century protocol trying to make it in the new millenium.

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