How To: Connect Two Computers Using FireWire Or IEEE 1394
Like the Universal Serial Bus (USB), IEEE 1394 or FireWire is a serial data transfer protocol. They both support hot swapping—the ability to add and remove devices from a computer while it is running. But IEEE 1394 has some advantages over USB.The primary advantage of using USB or FireWire is speed. USB 2.0 specification provides maximum data rate of 480 Mbps,but FireWire (1394a) can connect at up to 400 Mbps and FireWire 800 (1394b) 800 Mbps.The disadvantages are for longer reach both need a repeater and the lack of built-in support in the Operating System because they were originally designed for connecting portable devices or peripherals.Also the connection is less stable than Ethernet.
By using a FireWire cable, you can connect directly two computers via FireWire ports.You don’t need any additional software to connect two computers running Windows XP or Windows Vista using a FireWire cable.Microsoft’s operating systems, Windows Vista and Windows XP has built-in support for FireWire networking, that’s using IPv4 over IEEE 1394 (TCP/IP over 1394).This spec standardizes how to transfer IP packets across a firewire (IEEE 1394) interface.A FireWire card is identified as 1394 Net Adapter and a 1394 Connection is created under LAN or High-Speed Internet in Network Connections folder.
The setup of firewire networking is very basic and simple.Simply, connnect the two computers together with the FireWire cable, run the networking wizard and it is done.You can assign an IP address to a Firewire port and use it like a network card. Your Firewire card should show up in your network connections.My recommendation is that on both PCs you manually set the IP address rather than have Windows automatically assign it. That way you can be sure that both PCs are on the same subnet.After enabled the 1394 connections, right click the network icon on the task bar, choose ‘Status’ and under the support tab, see if the ip address is actually there.Also to make sure any internet security softwares are configured to allow the new network connection.