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Review: Two Excellent FireWire Hubs
by Steve Becker

OK, I know FireWire hubs are not an especially exciting topic. However, not all hubs are created equal, and in the past I've had problems with some hubs not being compatible with several systems I've worked with.

For the last several months, I've been using IOGEAR's 3 and 6-port FireWire hubs (respectively, they support 2 and 5 peripheral devices), and I've found them to be utterly reliable. When using built-in FireWire ports or FireWire PCI cards (from multiple vendors), I've never had the slightest problem with the IOGEAR hubs. The hubs have also been trouble-free when used with multiple versions of Apple's FireWire drivers.

Both IOGEAR hubs can be self-powered (the power supply is included with the 6-port hub and is an optional accessory for the 3-port hub), may be used as repeaters when in the self-powered mode, are delightfully compact, include a FireWire cable, and come with a 3-year warranty. With a street price of about $42.95 for the 3-port hub and $69.95 for the 6-port hub, they make both a nice and a relatively inexpensive addition to your system.

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