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Startech.Com EC13942 2 Port Expresscard Laptop 1394A Firewire Adapter Card


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Expresscard 1394a
  • 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
  • Compliant with IEEE 1394-1995, 1394a-2000 and OHCI 1.1 standards
  • Fits in 34mm and 54mm ExpressCard slots
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Product Details

Style Name: Expresscard 1394a
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 7.6 x 24.5 cm ; 36 g
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 Kg
  • Item model number: EC13942
  • ASIN: B000RKUKMG
  • Date first available at Amazon.ca: Sept. 25 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #36,538 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
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Style Name: Expresscard 1394a

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.

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By Grad student on Oct. 29 2013
Style Name: Expresscard 1394a Verified Purchase
I purchased this card to interface my firewire soundcard (Edirol FA101) to a lenovo (X230) laptop running Arch Linux. Everything runs great.

If your purposes are similar, then make sure you are purchasing this card and NOT EC13942A2 (same number, but addtional characters A2 at the end). The A2 has an inferior VIA chipset which, for audio interfaces, may perform more poorly than the Texas Instruments chipset that is in this card.
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Used it for a brand new PC Windows 8, worked just as it was supposed to! Came with video software I wasn't even aware of!
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My laptop came without a firewire port for video input which I needed for back up to my PC. The card works well and I am happy with the price I paid. I couldn't even find a card in Calgary.
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
Works great with firewire soundcards! Sept. 16 2009
By Terry L. Pepple - Published on Amazon.com
Style Name: Expresscard 1394a
I needed a stable firewire card to handle all my home recording through a Presonus Firebox and Edirol FA101. Using a Sony Vaio VGN-FW270J, the built-in firewire was unreliable, losing connectivity during recording and playback without notice. Beyond frustrating! For around $50, the StarTech firewire expresscard works incredibly well without any kind of installation or setup required. All the drivers loaded automatically (using Vista Ultimate) and with the hotswap feature, I can install and remove the card at will. As far as performance with my firewire devices (especially soundcards), I have yet to notice any additional lag or latency whatsoever. By far this has been the best (and cheapest) alternative to actually replacing the board, without compromising any performance. Highly recommended!
38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
Works for me, and note that a 4-pin to 6-pin cable is included Sept. 22 2009
By Baseball Coach on Occasion - Published on Amazon.com
Style Name: Expresscard 1394a Verified Purchase
I purchased this card to transfer video from my Panasonic Mini-DV camcorder to my laptop computer running Vista. The card works without a hitch and Vista makes it easy to import video from the camera to the computer. I didn't need any software setup at all, it just worked. The 6-pin end of the cable plugs in to the expresscard, and the 4-pin end of the cable plugs in to the camcorder's "DV" port.

One thing that should have been stated in the Amazon description is that a firewire 4-pin to 6-pin cable IS included with this card. (I unnecessarily ordered a separate cable because there was no indication that a cable is included.) In fact Amazon misleads you by stating that this card is frequently purchased along with a separate cable, which implies that a separate cable should be ordered.

Anyway the card works well for me and if you buy it, you don't need to purchase an extra 4pin/6pin cable.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Works perfectly in an OSX86 (ie. Hackintosh) Feb. 16 2011
By Rob - Published on Amazon.com
Style Name: PCIe 1394b Verified Purchase
I purchased this card to add Firewire 800 capabilities to my Hackintosh. I had tried other highly rated cards with a Texas Instrument chipset but they all led to system instability and freezes. This card from Startech uses a Agere chipset which is similar to the ones found in real Mac computers. It worked out of the box in OSX 10.6 without any additional drivers and works perfectly. I don't use Windows so i can't comment on it's performance or stability in Windows.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Works great with MacBook Pro, OS X Aug. 3 2009
By K. Carrasco - Published on Amazon.com
Style Name: Expresscard 1394a
The tech specs only mentioned PC and the only review with Macintosh was negative. For whatever reason I went ahead and bought it anyway for my MacBook Pro. Probably due to my pessimism I could not get it to work so emailed StarTech. Their technician responded the morning of the next business day, suggesting I look at the System Profiler -- which recognized it (I just switched to Macintosh). Anyway, it is now working on my computer, downloading the video from my camcorder just fine. Kudos to StarTech for their quick and accurate response.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Fixed my Firepod interface issues with my Dell Precision like a champ March 30 2013
By Andy Kelly - Published on Amazon.com
Style Name: Expresscard 1394a Verified Purchase
When i went to purchase a new laptop for audio and video editing, I went with a Dell Precision for multiple reasons, but the biggest was the fact that it came with an onboard firewire port. Anyone who has recently shopped for a laptop knows how rare that is these days, and I was not excited about having to ditch a perfectly good audio interface just because I could not find a laptop with firewire.

Turns out I did not do enough research because there are apparently multiple types of firewire chipsets, and most audio interfaces prefer ones that use Texas Instruments. I couldn't record anything without the Firepod losing it's sync after about 5 minutes. It was incredibly frustrating.

After several hours of searching forums, I came across the "get a TI expresscard" suggestion. As a last resort I took that advice and purchased this card, and it has worked like a charm! Upon plugging it into my computer, it was immediately recognized and I was able to connect my Firepod with no problems at all. I am happy to report that I was able to record 2 hours of a 4-channel podcast last night with no problems whatsoever. Thank you Startech for making me not have to throw my new laptop in the garbage!

For those interested, my system uses Windows 7 Professional, 64 bit.

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