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Basic firewire cable
on 1 March 2010
This is a basic firewire cable, one level up in durability from the thin cables that come free with some devices, but nowhere near the robustness most professionals will demand.
Firewire, IEEE 1394 and iLink (all the same thing) is a professional specification for transmitting large amounts of data swiftly. This particular cable, 4-pin to 6-pin, is designed for the older Firewire 400 specification, and would normally be used to connect a DV camera, such as a Canon or Sony to a computer, or into another 6-pin device such as an external hard drive. You can daisy chain Firewire equipment without the signal degrading.
Anything which properly satisfies the FireWire specification will do the job. The difference in cables is in their length and their build quality.
The maximum length of a FireWire cable without a repeater is 10 metres. At 1.8 metres, this cable is long enough to be used at your desk, but not much longer. Fine for most applications.
For robustness, many pro FireWire cables are heavily rubberised, with thick rubberised plugs to ensure they take no harm. With fairly thin, plasticky insulation, this particular cable is not in that category. It should be fine for hobby applications, though.
To be brutally honest, this is one of the less satisfactory and less robust FireWire cables I've used. It seems to have been built to the standards of USB, which is a much more consumer focused spec. I would personally check the market before buying one of these.