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Sonnet FireWire 400 to 800 Adapter (FAD-824)

4.5 out of 5 stars 164 customer reviews

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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 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


Product Information

Technical Details

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Brand Name Sonnet Technologies
Item model number FAD-824
Hardware Platform Mac
Operating System Macintosh
Item Weight 0.8 ounces
Product Dimensions 3 x 3.2 x 0.8 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 3 x 3.25 x 0.75 inches
Color Black

Additional Information

ASIN B0000CDJPQ
Customer Reviews
4.5 out of 5 stars 164 customer reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #8 in Computers & Accessories > Computer Accessories > Computer Cable Adapters > Firewire Adapters
#3,796 in Computers & Accessories > Computer Accessories > Cables & Interconnects
#5,686 in Electronics > Accessories & Supplies > Cables
Shipping Weight 1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Date First Available August 30, 2003

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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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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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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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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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I used this to hook up my FireWire 400 external hard drive to my newer MacBook Pro that only has a FireWire 800 outlet. Plugging the female end of the adapter into one end of my FW 400 cable and then plugging the male end of it into my computer did the trick.
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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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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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I have two scanners (both at least 5 years old) with Firewire 400 cables that plug into ports in the back of the Apple Display that I bought with my 2008-era Mac Pro. The new Mac Mini has a single Firewire 800 port and without an adapter like this, I could only connect 2 of the 3 cables from the monitor (USB, and DVI using the supplied DVI-to-MiniDVI converter that came with the computer), to the Mini. I'm using the 400-to-800 converter to connect the 3rd cable (Firewire 400) from my 2008 Apple Display, which in turn lets me continue to use the pair of Firewire 400 ports on the back of the monitor, for the two scanners.

At first, I didn't think this converter was working because I couldn't detect either scanner from the Print & Scan option of the Mac's 'System Preferences' screen. (Both scanners are too old to have updated drivers for recent versions of OSX including 10.8; I imagine that's why the system doesn't see them.) However, after downloading Vuescan, which drives many scanners, I found that Vuescan has no trouble in communicating with each scanner through the Sonnet 400-to-800 adapter so... all is well.

There are 9 cables in a single row going into the back of my Mini, and space along the line is tight. There are 2-3 millimeters to spare on each side of this adapter before you run into the adjacent plugs, so it fits into the array easily. Another reviewer thought it might be a bit longer than necessary, possibly leading to working loose over time. That might become an issue, but in my case, the Firewire 400 cable I plugged into itt takes a sharp right bend after leaving the adapter, and is draped across the power cable, 2 cables away, before going the rest of the way to the monitor's cable set.
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