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Thunderbolt/Firewire and Flex 3000/5000

Discussion in 'General Ham Radio Discussion' started by 2RT307, Jan 11, 2018.

  1. 2RT307

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    Answering my own question after digging into it more... there has to be a firewire card to connect to, so I am guessing a dock might work. Link to amazon is not working. :/
     
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    I run an i7 Apple Mini that boots into Windows 10. I used a standard Firewire 800 cable with no issues controlling a Flex 5000.

    I would be interested the adapter you linked to. The way it reads is that it would allow connection of a Firewire device. So that sounds like it would work.
     
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    Thanks for the response! So, your mini has a firewire port, correct? I think the trick is to have a firewire card with a port. I can't add any ports to my laptop, so I would have to get a computer with firewire to make it work. The tech at Flexradio said the cable alone will not make it work. :/

    73,
    Brett
     
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    Yes my Apple mini has a Firewire 800 port. I picked up a FW cable at Microcenter to connect my Flex 5000.

    Regarding the adapter you linked to. It says "connects to the Thunderbolt port on your Mac computer, giving you a FireWire 800 port"
    My read of that is if you have a Thunderbolt port on your laptop it will convert that to Firewire.
     

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