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EveryThingHerePlus has released the 5-Port FireRepeate-800 Pro (http://www.everythinghereplus.com/electronics/unibrain-firerepeater-800-...), a FireWire 800 repeater hub. The US$102.25 device provides port expansion on FireWire 800 IEEE 1394b device chains.
Oriented towards industrial and machine vision applications, the FireRepeater-800 Pro provides the ability to connect up to five FireWire 1394b devices. Its metallic compact case is designed to minimize the risk of physical damage.
The platform agnostic device provides five 9-pin (bilingual) FireWire 800 ports with a maximum throughput of up to 800 Mbps each. The hub utilizes FireWire 800 bus power or accepts an optional power adapter (sold separately) for use with devices requiring more power.
Repeater hubs provide bus flexibility in that they allow for daisy chaining and/or hierarchical (tree) bus configurations. Repeater hubs also provide a means to lengthen the distance between devices when a single FireWire cable's length is inadequate. Simply daisy chain repeaters between cables to extend your reach.