Review: Belkin 6-Port FireWire Hub

Looks good, works well, and reduces clutter (September 1st, 2005)

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Product Manufacturer: Belkin

Price: MSRP $99.95 US

The Good

  • Makes adding new FireWire devices a manageable activity. Handy port on front of hub.

The Bad

  • Detachable cable hood and flexible stand could be designed better.

As you explore new devices with your new Macintosh, your desk is transformed into a spider web of cords and hardware. An external drive, digital camera, iPod, and iSight may perch precariously within the cord tangle. A Belkin 6-Port Hub solves the problem simply with a cable management system designed to reduce that clutter.

Reduce the Clutter

The Belkin 6-Port FireWire hub can lie on its side and multiple units interlock when stacked. This allows you to challenge the 63-device limit of FireWire. If you wish to use the hub in a vertical orientation, just push the adjustable stand into the recessed side of the hub and tug lightly on the stand until the hub sits evenly on your desk.

The slim hub, available in white or silver, has rounded edges and is roughly 4"x 4"x1.25" in size. The hub comes with a detachable cable hood. When you set up a number of devices at once, it is easier to pop off the hood so you don't have to fish in the dark shadows to use one of the 5 ports in the back or to plug in the power. Snap the hood back on to control your cables. For those times you want to quickly add a FireWire device, use the single port conveniently located on the front.

Power Away

The hub supports data throughput of 100, 200 or 400Mbps depending on the peripheral, so you can connect various multimedia devices. Additionally the hub may be used as a repeater to extend the distance between a device and a computer by 15 feet. The hub can be used as bus-powered (not plugged in) but I would not recommend this. You will experience the best and most consistent levels of performance by using it in self-powered mode. This device supports the Open Host Controller Interface (OHCI) standard.

A 6' FireWire cable (6-pin to 6-pin), stand, and power adapter are included with the hub. The hub performs well, controls some cable clutter, and offers a stylish solution for anyone with the problem of multiplying peripherals.

Edited by Ilene Hoffman, Reviews Editor

by P.A.M. Borys


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