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2 Port 1394a PCI Express FireWire Card - PCIe FireWire Adapter

Add 2 native FireWire 400 ports to your desktop through a PCI Express slot

Product ID: PEX1394A2V

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  • Two 6-pin FireWire 400 ports, each with transfer rates up to 400Mbps
  • Built with a native PCI Express chipset, no bridge chip
  • Includes low profile/half-height installation bracket

The PEX1394A2V 2-Port PCI Express FireWire Card lets you add two native FireWire 400 ports to your desktop PC, allowing you to connect IEEE 1394A FireWire devices such as digital cameras, external hard drives, DV camcorders, and more.

When two devices are simultaneously connected, this PCIe FireWire adapter reduces performance bottlenecks by offering support for data transfer rates up to 400Mbps to each port.  The FireWire card employs dual-bus architecture to provide the maximum bandwidth to each individually connected device, rather than sharing the bandwidth across multiple ports.

An ideal solution for transferring large volumes of data at once, the FireWire card also integrates a native PCIe single chipset design. With no secondary bridge chipset, your FireWire devices communicate quicker with your PC to ensure seamless operation of your connected peripherals.

For broad compatibility, the FireWire card is natively supported in Windows® with no additional drivers required, is equipped with a standard profile bracket, and includes a low-profile/half-height bracket for installation in small form-factor computers.

Backed by a StarTech.com 2-year warranty and free lifetime technical support.

Applications

  • Add a high-speed FireWire port to a desktop/server without any FireWire ports
  • Connect a digital camera or digital video recorder to a desktop with a PCI Express slot to download photos and video
  • Connect a high-speed external hard drive to a PCI Express-enabled system

The StarTech.com Advantage

  • Fast and reliable FireWire expansion solution with a native PCI Express chipset and no bridge chip
  • Fits into full or low profile/small form factor (SFF) systems, with a dual profile design

Partner Numbers

  • UPC 065030855501

Compatibility

  • Windows 8 logo
  • Linux logo
  • Windows Server 2012 logo
  • Windows 7 logo
  • Windows 10 logo
  • macOS Sierra (10.12) logo
  • macOS High Sierra (10.13) logo
  • macOS Mojave (10.14) logo
  • Windows Server 2016 logo
  • Windows Server 2019 logo
Windows® 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10
Windows Server® 2003, 2008 R2, 2012, 2016, 2019
Mac OS X® 10.10 to 10.14
Linux 2.6.x to 4.11.x LTS versions only

Specifications

Warranty Information Warranty Lifetime
Connector(s) 1 - Connector Type(s) PCI Express x1
2 - External Ports FireWire 400 (6 pin, IEEE 1394a)
Environmental Operating Temperature 0°C to 85°C (32°F to 185°F)
Storage Temperature -55°C to 125°C (-67°F to 257°F)
Humidity 20-80% RH
Hardware Ports 2
Interface FireWire 400 (1394a)
Bus Type PCI Express
Card Type Standard Profile (LP bracket incl.)
Port Style Integrated on Card
Chipset ID VIA/VLI - VT6315N
Packaging Information Package Height 1.2 in [31.0 mm]
Package Length 5.7 in [14.5 cm]
Shipping (Package) Weight 3.7 oz [106.0 g]
Package Width 6.8 in [17.2 cm]
Performance Maximum Data Transfer Rate 400 Mbps
Type and Rate FireWire 400 IEEE-1394a - 400 Mbit/s
Physical Characteristics Weight of Product 1.3 oz [38.0 g]
Product Length 2.6 in [67.0 mm]
Product Width 0.7 in [18.0 mm]
Product Height 2.4 in [60.0 mm]
Software OS Compatibility Windows® 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10
Windows Server® 2003, 2008 R2, 2012, 2016, 2019
Mac OS X® 10.10 to 10.14
Linux 2.6.x to 4.11.x LTS versions only
Special Notes / Requirements System and Cable Requirements Available PCI Express Slot
What's in the Box 1 - Included in Package PCI Express FireWire Card
Low Profile Bracket
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Frequently Asked Questions

Installation

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.

Troubleshooting

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.

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

  1. Click the Apple icon.
  2. Click About This Mac.
  3. Click More Info or System Report.
  4. Under the appropriate heading, confirm that your expansion card is listed and that there isn't an error. For example, a network card would be under Ethernet Cards.

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.

Compliance and safety

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    • Language: English
  • WEEE
    • Language: English

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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(5 Stars)

It worked fine!

By: Jorge - 06/29/2017
Bought it to get FireWire input on Win 10 desktop. Worked fine.
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(2 Stars)

Not for Sony Digital 8

By: jonboy834 - 01/07/2019
Easy instal in Dell 3668 Desktop. Plug'n Play recognized and Windows 10 Driver installed OK etc but Card did NOT recognize the Camcorder Sony DCR TRV 740 (high-end in its day) so unusable. Tried downloading Legacy Driver but still no joy?????? Need help!!
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Works like it should

By: Enter Your Nickname - 04/04/2019
Great for windows 10. Works plug & play so easy install. And let me remind you, it has a lifetime warranty. Perfect overall
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