T. Paul, Firewire is a technology developed originally by Apple and also is known as 1394 standard. That confusing but muddy prelude out of the way, the main advantages of firewire vs. USB is that the firewire technology is extremely fast at transfering data, somewhere around the 400 million bits/sec. range. It is simple to install as all that is required is a firewire interface card which plugs into the " innards " of your computer in an open slot.(Caveat--the OS must support it, not a problem unless running early Windows versions-3.1,or early Windows 95 releases to my understanding anyway) The cost of a board is in the $75. or so range. Like USB it is true plug and play and supports hot plugging( unlike SCSI which is a Pain to work with and the only "plug and play" feature of SCSI is you plug it in and go play while the repair guy debugs it at $50.00 plus per hour!). Firewire is becoming very popular for external data transfer devices like scanners, cameras, video and external hard drives because of the generally bug free performance and speed. If you have a USB connection on your computer I would not rush right out and add firewire though, as most devices which support it also have connectivity and ports for USB built in. There are a very few external devices which solely use firewire as the connection interface and usually there is a USB version avaliable as well. As time goes on firewire will become more of a "player" but, as the addition of the necessary hardware to run it is easy, I dont think I would consider it a must have right now. Hope this helps. Tom
Last edited by thomasgeorge; 08-25-2001 at 02:52 PM.