2 Port ExpressCard Laptop 1394a FireWire Adapter Card

Add 2 Firewire 400 ports to any ExpressCard equipped laptop

Product ID: EC13942

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  • Two 6-pin FireWire ports, each with transfer rates up to 400 Mbps
  • Compliant with IEEE 1394-1995, 1394a-2000 and OHCI 1.1 standards
  • Fits in 34mm and 54mm ExpressCard slots

This 2 Port ExpressCard Laptop 1394a Firewire Adapter Card provides a stable platform for virtually any FireWire 400 device connection.

Ensuring seamless operation with peripherals connected through FireWire 400, the ExpressCard 1394a FireWire Adapter supports data transfer rates at up to 400Mbps - perfect for connecting FireWire-capable multimedia devices, editing multimedia content or simply transferring large volumes of data from a computer to FireWire-connected external storage.


  • Add a high speed FireWire port to a laptop without any FireWire ports
  • Connect a digital camera to a laptop with an ExpressCard slot to download photos or video
  • Connect a high speed external hard drive to an ExpressCard enabled system

The StarTech.com Advantage

  • Small form factor that fits in 34mm and 54mm ExpressCard slots for versatility and portability
  • Backed by a StarTech.com lifetime warranty and free lifetime technical support

Partner Numbers

  • UPC 065030824286


  • Windows 8 logo
  • Windows 7 logo
  • Linux logo
  • Windows Server 2016 logo
Windows® 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8
Windows Server® 2003, 2008 R2, 2012, 2016
Linux 3.5.x to 4.4.x LTS Versions only


Warranty Information Warranty Lifetime
Connector(s) 1 - Connector Type(s) ExpressCard (34mm)
2 - External Ports FireWire 400 (6 pin, IEEE 1394a)
Hardware Ports 2
Interface FireWire 400 (1394a)
Bus Type ExpressCard
Card Type 34mm ExpressCard
Chipset ID Texas Instruments - XIO2200A
Packaging Information Shipping (Package) Weight 144,0 g [5,1 oz]
Package Length 15,0 cm [5,9 in]
Package Width 76,0 mm [3,0 in]
Package Height 24,5 cm [9,6 in]
Performance Maximum Data Transfer Rate 400 Mbps
Physical Characteristics Weight of Product 100,0 g [3,5 oz]
Product Length 12,0 cm [4,7 in]
Product Width 34,0 mm [1,3 in]
Product Height 1,9 cm [0,7 in]
Power Power Source Not Included (not required for standard applications)
Output Voltage 12V DC
Output Current 1A+
Center Tip Polarity Positive
Plug Type H
Software OS Compatibility Windows® 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8
Windows Server® 2003, 2008 R2, 2012, 2016
Linux 3.5.x to 4.4.x LTS Versions only
Special Notes / Requirements System and Cable Requirements One available ExpressCard Slot
What's in the Box 1 - Included in Package FireWire ExpressCard
4-6 Pin FireWire Cable
Instruction Manual


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Frequently Asked Questions


This card is natively supported in all operating systems listed on the product page, under the Technical Specifications tab. This means that the card should install automatically after physically connecting it.

If there are any issues with the functionality of the card after installation in Windows, refer to the following FAQ: https://www.startech.com/faq/firewire-cards-windows-legacy-driver-swap.


When you troubleshoot issues with a FireWire controller card, there are some quick tests that you can complete to rule out potential problems. You can test to make sure that the following components are working correctly and are not the source of the issue:

  • FireWire cables
  • FireWire devices
  • FireWire controller card

To test your setup components, try the following:

  • Use the FireWire cables, devices, and controller card in another setup to see if the problem is with the components or the setup.
  • Use a different FireWire cable, device, and controller card in your setup to see if the problem persists. Ideally, you should test a component that you know works in another setup.

When you test the FireWire device and controller card, it is recommended that you do the following:

  1. Download the Microsoft Firewire 1394 Legacy Driver Installer
  2. Double-click to run the 1394_OHCI_LegacyDriver.msi file. This will extract the drivers to: C:\Program Files (x86)\1394 OHCI Compliant Host Controller (Legacy)\
  3. Open the folder: C:\Program Files (x86)\1394 OHCI Compliant Host Controller (Legacy)\X64_driver\
  4. Right-click on Legacy1394.inf and choose Install to install the drivers
  5. Press the Windows Key + R
  6. Type devmgmt.msc
  7. Click OK
  8. In Device Manager, expand IEEE 1394 Bus Host Controllers
  9. Right-click on 1394 OHCI Compliant Host Controller
  10. Click Update Driver Software
  11. Click Browse my computer for driver software
  12. Click Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer
  13. Click 1394 OHCI Compliant Host Controller (Legacy)
  14. Click Next
  15. (When Windows has finished installing the driver) click Close

How To

To confirm that Windows detects your expansion card, complete the following:

  1. Press the Windows key+R, type devmgmt.msc, and press Enter.
  2. In Device Manager, under the appropriate heading, confirm that your expansion card is listed and that there isn't an exclamation mark next to it.  For example, a USB controller card would be under Universal Serial Bus controllers.

Your expansion card is listed according to the name of the chipset. To determine the name of the chipset of your expansion card, navigate to www.StarTech.com and look on the Technical Specifications tab for your product.

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Safety Measures

  • If product has an exposed circuit board, do not touch the product under power.
  • If Class 1 Laser Product. Laser radiation is present when the system is open.
  • Wiring terminations should not be made with the product and/or electric lines under power.
  • Product installation and/or mounting should be completed by a certified professional as per the local safety and building code guidelines.
  • Cables (including power and charging cables) should be placed and routed to avoid creating electric, tripping or safety hazards.
*Product appearance and specifications are subject to change without notice.

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ExpressCard 1394a Firewire Card

By: sal14 - 09/26/2019
I'm using it with the laptop and it works great for my Motu Firewire audio device. Thanks
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