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Sonnet FireWire 400 to 800 Adapter (FAD-824)


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  • 9-pin male (FW800) to 6-pin female (FW400) connector adapter
  • Works with standard 6-pin male FW400 cables
  • Connect legacy FireWire 400 devices to FireWire 800 ports
  • IEEE 1394 compliant
  • Take advantage of the latest peripheral devices with data transfer rates up to 800 Mbps
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 3.2 x 0.8 inches ; 0.8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0000CDJPQ
  • Item model number: FAD-824
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank:
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 30, 2003

Product Description

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The Sonnet FAD-824 FireWire 400 to 800 Adapter allows you to use your old FireWire 400 devices with newer FireWire 800 ports.

Avoid Hassles--Just Adapt!
Which cable should you get? What length? Why bother? Use your existing FireWire 400 cables with this FireWire adapter from Sonnet to connect FireWire 400 devices to a FireWire 800 port, without going through the trouble of purchasing yet another cable. Just plug it in between a FireWire 800 port and a standard FireWire 400 cable's 6-pin male connector (the other end of the FW400 cable plugs into your FireWire device). It can't get any simpler.

Key Benefits:

  • 9-pin male (FW800) to 6-pin female (FW400) connector adapter
  • Works with standard 6-pin male FW400 cables
  • Connect legacy FireWire 400 devices to FireWire 800 ports used on the Allegro FW800, as well as the latest computers that feature FireWire 800
  • IEEE 1394 compliant
The Sonnet FAD-824 FireWire 400 to 800 Adapter is compatible with any Mac or Windows computer with FireWire 800 ports and is backed by a 1-year limited warranty.

From the Manufacturer

Avoid Hassles--Just Adapt!

Which cable should I get? What length? Why bother? Use your existing FireWire 400 cables with this FireWire adapter from Sonnet to connect FireWire 400 devices to a FireWire 800 port, without going through the trouble of purchasing yet another cable. Just plug it in between a FireWire 800 port and a standard FireWire 400 cable's 6-pin male connector (the other end of the FW400 cable plugs into your FireWire device). It can't get any simpler.

Key Features

  • 9-pin male (FW800) to 6-pin female (FW400) connector adapter
  • Works with standard 6-pin male FW400 cables
  • Connect legacy FireWire 400 devices to FireWire 800 ports used on the Allegro FW800, as well as the latest computers that feature FireWire 800
  • IEEE 1394 compliant


Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Now I can use my second backup drive.
N. King
Allows me to plug my firewire 400 devices into my Macbook Pro 13" aluminum that has a Firwire 800 port.
Manolo Alvarez
The simplest things are always the best.
Hugh H. Tebault III

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

45 of 47 people found the following review helpful By John Romkey on December 22, 2005
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After reading the pair of "doesn't work" reviews from the same person, I decided to try it anyway, figuring that Amazon would do an easy refund if it really didn't work (also, I've had good experiences with other Sonnet products in the past).

It works just fine for me. I've used it to connect an iPod and an iSight to the Firewire800 port on my Powerbook, both work fine. It seems a decent value and I'm happy with it.
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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Tugsan Topcuoglu on September 27, 2009
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I purchased this adapter couple weeks ago to connect a firewire audio device to my new Mac Book. It works fine, so no complaints there. However, when you attach the firewire 400 cable end to this adapter, the two becomes pretty long, so it gets really easy to tilt it up/down/right/left when it's connected to the laptop. So, it becomes really difficult to move your laptop when this is connected. Not only it can get disconnected easily, which I've already experienced couple times, it can actually DAMAGE your firewire 800 port if you don't be too careful.

After having this problem, I made more search and found another similar adapter built by Moshi, where the two jack are separated by a short cable, so it can give much more flexibility, so I'm about to buy that. I do not recommend this product of Sonnet.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By HookEmHorns on November 18, 2008
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I recently purchased the latest MacBook Pro, which omits the firewire 400 port. This adapter is just what I needed so that I can still plug my firewire 400 devices into a firewire 800 port. Works great and is well made.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Richard H. Goldman on January 17, 2009
With the advent of the new MacBook Pro minus a firewire 400 connector, the Sonnet 400 to 800 adaptor is an essential device for those of us who have several transportable firewire 400 hard drives and cables. It works very well and is easy to include in my carry bag.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mark Saunders on December 6, 2009
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Like many other reviewers, I purchased this Sonnet adapter to connect an FW 400 external hard drive to my MacBook Pro. It does the job, but the male side of adapter doesn't fit firmly into the laptop's FW 800 port. So I have to be careful not to move the cable too much or the connection is lost. The other side (cable into adapter) appears to be a nice snug fit.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Richard Rubinstein on October 21, 2006
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This is a great little connector. It allows me to connect Firewire 400 drives to my Firewire 800 port. This gives me access to another port, which makes for faster data transfers, because I can have both channels working at the same time. There's nothing to go wrong. It's a simple connector that just works.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By C. Bryant on March 27, 2009
(Initially I gave this three stars, but then changed it to four. Oddly, when I previewed this review, it showed up as three and evidently I can't change it. So think FOUR stars as you read this.)

Having first found a few overpriced cables ($20-$30) for FW 6 to 9 pin, I was relieved to find this adapter. Most of the time it's fine. Occasionally, though, the 6-pin cable just won't quite set itself fully into the adapter and it takes just a little futzing. Nothing serious.

Another concern lies not in the quality of the item itself, but in keeping up with it IF you intend to take it from one place to the next. In just the first week or so with it, it's come off occasionally in my computer bag. Finding this tiny black adapter in a black bag, full of other equipment, magazines, etc. can be a little annoying. Nothing major -- four stars, remember.

I'll keep it as a backup with my old 400 cables. Meanwhile, to replace it, I've ordered two of the Tripp Lite F017-006 cables -- at $6.99 each.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By dowtech on March 23, 2009
This adapter works as it's supposed to. The real news/mystery here is why Apple doesn't list it as a possibly necessary accessory to the latest MacBook Pro (FireWire 800 only)! And doesn't sell it from their site!

I bought a new MBP and discovered I couldn't attach any of my FireWire peripherals until I had this adapter. Amazon to the rescue! but it delayed my full implementation for several days.
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