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  FireNEX-CAT5-S400
  FireNEX-800
  FireNEX-MX
  FireNEX400-SX
  FireNEX800-SX
 
 
  Which operating systems is the FireNEX-CAT5-S400 compatible with?
The FireNEX-CAT5-S400 is compatible with the following operating systems:
• Microsoft Windows XP SP1 (Service Pack 1)
• Microsoft Windows XP SP2 w/ Hotfix 885222
• Microsoft Vista
• Apple OS X

 
What is the proper way to connect my FireNEX-CAT5-S400 to my computer?
Connect repeater units together via the included quCAT cable adapter in conjunction with a CAT5
straight-through cable first, then plug host end to the computer.

 
Another option would be crimping your own crossover cable, which eliminates the need for the
quCAT cable adapter.  The wiring diagram for the crossover cable can be found at the following URL:
http://newnex.com/images/Cat5_cable_wiring_diag.pdf
               
What kind of CAT5 cable is used for the FireNEX-CAT5-S400?
FireNEX-CAT5-S400 must be used with a quCAT cable adapter in conjunction with a straight-through cable.
 
Another option would be making a crossover CAT5 cable using our wiring diagram (found at)
http://newnex.com/images/Cat5_cable_wiring_diag.pdf
 
How do I verify that I used the correct cable?
To verify that the correct cable is used, there is an orange LED on both repeaters called ACTIVE. 
If both the orange LED’s are bright and lit then this indicates that the repeaters have established
a solid connection.  If both orange LED’s are dimmed and blinking, then this indicates that there is
no connection between the repeaters.
 
My 1394 device is not detected when connected with the FireNEX-CAT5-S400 Repeaters.
If your device is not recognized in Windows XP SP2 when using the FireNEX-CAT5-S400, make sure
you install Microsoft’s Hotfix 885222 at the following URL: 
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/885222
 
With the Hotfix installed, your computer system will successfully operate at S400 speeds.
 
I noticed that there are two 1394 6-pin ports on the repeater, can I use the repeater
as a hub?

Yes, one of the features of this repeater is being able to use the ports as a hub.
 
Does this unit give two separate S400 buses?
The unit does not give two separate S400 buses, it only has one bus, and therefore the two ports
are arbitrated.  If two1394 devices are plugged into the ports and used at the same time, a maximum
total of 400Mbps can only be obtained from both ports at one instant time.
 
What are some known 1394 devices that work at S400 speeds?
• FireWire DV camcorders
• FireWire external hard drives
• AV HDD
• HD TV node
• Industrial cameras

 
Why is there no power when I use a 4-pin to 6-pin IEEE1394 cable to connect the
FireNEX-CAT5-S400 directly to the host system?

An IEEE1394 4-pin to 6-pin cable does not have bus power. In this case, you will need a separate
adapter from Newnex (CFR-66P-01 or CFA-64P from newnex.com).
 
Which FireNEX-CAT5-S400 connects to the host system and which FireNEX-CAT5-S400 connects to the device?
The host system and the device can be connected to either FireNEX-CAT5-S400 unit.
 
What is the maximum length that the FireNEX-CAT5-S400 can support?
The FireNEX-CAT5-S400 will support a maximum length of 65 meters of CAT6 cable and 62 meters
of CAT5e cable.
 
Do I have to use two FireNEX-CAT5-S400 repeaters to make it work?
Yes, a pair of FireNEX-CAT5 repeaters is needed for the IEEE1394 over CAT5e or CAT6.
 
Do I need to install a driver for the FireNEX-CAT5-S400?
Depends on your operating system. If you are using Windows XP Service Pack 1 or Service Pack 2,
no driver is required.
 
What is the maximum speed of the FireNEX-CAT5-S400?
The FireNEX-CAT5-S400 can support a maximum speed of 400Mbps. The FireNEX-CAT5-S400 can
also operate at lower speeds, such as 200Mbps and 100Mbps.
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  Which operating systems is the FireNEX-800 compatible with?
The FireNEX-800 is compatible with the following operating systems:
• Microsoft Windows XP SP1 (Service Pack 1)
• Microsoft Windows XP SP2 w/ Hotfix 885222
• Apple OS X
• Linux

 
What is the proper way to connect my FireNEX-800 repeater to my computer?

First connect the repeaters with a LC Fiber Optic cable and then connect the included AC power
adapters to each of the repeaters (or just to one or the repeaters if one unit is BUS powered). 
Once the repeaters are powered and connected, make sure all 3 green LED’s are bright and steady. 
When all 3 green LED’s are lit, go ahead and plug in the 1394 device.
 
My 1394 device is not working with the FireNEX-800 repeater.
 
Obtain SP1 versions of 1394 system files: 1394bus.sys and ohci1394.sys
If your system previously had SP1 installed, these files can be found at:
C:\Windows\driver cache\i386\sp1.cab
These files should have properties of xpsp1 and version number 5.1.2600.1106
 
Create a new directory: C:\Windows\1394_fix
Copy these files and paste into the newly created directory:

FILES LOCATION
1394.inf C:\Windows\inf
arp1394.sys C:\Windows\system32\drivers
enum1394.sys C:\Windows\system32\drivers
nic1394.sys C:\Windows\system32\drivers
1394bus.sys* C:\Windows\driver cache\i386\sp1.cab
ohci1394.sys* C:\Windows\driver cache\i386\sp1.cab

* If your system did not have a previous installation of SP1, then you will have to obtain the file from
  a SP1 system or download the file.
 
Rename C:\Windows\Driver Cache\i386\sp2.cab to C:\Windows\Driver Cache\i386\sp2x.cab
 
Open Device Manager and locate the Firewire controller.
• Right click on the controller and select “Update Driver”
• Select “No, only this time” and click “next”
• Select “Install from a list or specific location (advanced)” and click “next”
• Select “Don’t search. I will choose the driver to install” and click “next”
• Select “Have Disk” and point to C:\Windows\1394_fix and continue

 
Windows will now ask for the location of 1394bus.sys and ohci1394.sys.  It is trying to install the existing SP2 versions of the files.  Again, point to C:\Windows\1394_fix and continue.
 
After the driver has been updated, go back and rename
C:\Windows\Driver Cache\i386\sp2x.cab to C:\Windows\Driver Cache\i386\sp2.cab
 
Restart the system
 
* The driver update must be performed for each IEEE1394 controller.  So if a new controller is installed in the future, the driver update needs to be performed again for that new controller*
 
How come my Point Grey Flea 2 Camera does not work at high resolutions with the
repeaters?

To obtain maximum results with the Point Grey camera, you will need to downgrade the 1394 system
files to SP1 version from Windows XP.  The easiest way to perform this is to download the most current
software package from Point Grey’s website, http://www.ptgrey.com.  During the setup process, the
software will ask the user to downgrade the 1394 system files to SP1 version.  Go ahead and perform
the downgrade, restart the computer system and run the application again.
 
How come only one repeater is BUS powered and the other one isn’t?
Unlike CAT5 cable, optical fiber cable can only send and receive data signals, therefore the repeater needs to be powered by the included AC power adapter. 
 
I noticed that there are two 1394 6-pin ports on the repeater, can I use the repeater
as a hub?

Yes, one of the features of this repeater is being able to use the ports as a hub.
 
Does this unit give two separate S800 buses?
The unit does not give two separate S800 buses, it only has one bus, and therefore the two ports
are arbitrated.  If two 1394 devices are plugged into the ports and used at the same time, a maximum
total of 800Mbps can only be obtained from both ports at one instant time.
 
Is there a way to extend the length of optical fiber cable without buying a new cable?

You can use a Fiber Optic LC Coupler, but it is not recommended because of possible data signal
loss, which depends on the kind and number of devices connected.  To extend the length, we
recommend purchasing a new cable to avoid any signal losses and ensure that there is always a
solid connection.
 
What are some known 1394 devices that work at S800 speeds?

• FireWire external hard drive
• Industrial cameras

 
Which FireNEX-800 connects to the host system and which FireNEX-800 connects to
the device?

The host system and the device can be connected to either FireNEX-800 unit.
 
What is the maximum length that the FireNEX-800 can support?
The FireNEX-800 will support a maximum length of 500 meters of Multi Mode Fiber cable (MMF) with
50/125µm or 62.5/125µm. The FireNEX-800 has a single mode version (FireNEX800-SX), which can
reach a longer distance with a single mode fiber (SMF) cable.
 
Do I have to use two FireNEX-800 repeaters to make it work?
Yes, a pair of FireNEX-800 repeaters is needed for the fiber extension. Both FireNEX-800 units can
act as either the transceiver of the receiver
 
Do I need to install a driver for the FireNEX-800?
No, operating systems such as Windows 98 SE, Mac OS 9 and later versions already come with
IEEE1394 support.
 
What is the maximum speed of the FireNEX-800?
The FireNEX-800 can support a maximum speed of 800Mbps. The FireNEX-800 can also operate
at lower speeds, such as 400Mbps, 200Mbps and 100Mbps.
 
Can the FireNEX-800 itself be a FireWire repeater?
Yes, the FireNEX-800 can be used as two-port FireWire repeater alone, repeating through the two
copper ports.

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  Which operating systems is the FireNEX-MX compatible with?
The FireNEX-MX is compatible with the following operating systems:
• Microsoft Windows XP SP1 (Service Pack 1)
• Microsoft Windows XP SP2 w/ Hotfix 885222
• Apple OS X
• Linux

 
My FireNEX-MX is not working with my 1394 device.

If your device is not recognized when using the FireNEX-MX, make sure you install Microsoft’s Hotfix 885222 at the following URL:  http://support.microsoft.com/kb/885222
 
With the Hotfix installed, your computer system will successfully operate at S400 speeds.
 
How come only one repeater is BUS powered and the other one isn’t?

Unlike CAT5 cable, optical fiber cable can only send and receive data, therefore the repeater needs
to be powered by the included AC power adapter. 
 
I noticed that there are two 1394 6-pin ports on the repeater, can I use the repeater
as a hub?

Yes, one of the features of this repeater is being able to use the ports as a hub.
 
Does this unit give two separate S400 buses?
The unit does not give two separate S400 buses, it only has one bus, and therefore the two ports
are arbitrated.  If two 1394 devices are plugged into the ports and used at the same time, a maximum
total of 400Mbps can only be obtained from both ports at one instant time.
 
Is there a way to extend the length of optical fiber cable without buying a new cable?
You can use a Fiber Optic LC Coupler, but it is not recommended because of possible data signal loss,
which depends on the kind and number of devices connected.  To extend the length, we recommend
purchasing a new cable to avoid any signal losses and ensure that there is always a solid connection.
 
Do I have to use two FireNEX-MX repeaters to make it work?
Yes, a pair of FireNEX-MX repeaters is needed for the fiber extension. Both FireNEX-MX units can
act as either the transceiver of the receiver
 
Do I need to install a driver for the FireNEX-MX?
No, operating systems such as Windows 98 SE, Mac OS 9 and later versions already come with
IEEE1394 support.
 
What is the maximum speed of the FireNEX-MX?
The FireNEX-MX can support a maximum speed of 400Mbps. The FireNEX-MX can also operate
at lower speeds, such as 200Mbps and 100Mbps.
 
Can the FireNEX-MX itself be a FireWire repeater?
Yes, the FireNEX-MX can be used as two-port FireWire repeater alone, repeating through the two
copper ports.
 
Which FireNEX-MX connects to the host system and which FireNEX-MX connects to
the device?

The host system and the device can be connected to either FireNEX-MX unit.
 
What is the maximum length that the FireNEX-MX can support?
The FireNEX-MX will support a maximum length of 500 meters of MMF GOF 50/125µm or
62.5/125µm optical fiber cable. The FireNEX-MX has a single mode version (FireNEX800-SX),
which can reach a longer distance with a single mode fiber (SMF) cable.
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  What is the maximum speed of the FireNEX400-SX?
The FireNEX400-SX can support a maximum speed of 400 Mbps. The FireNEX400-SX can also
operate at lower speeds, such as 200 Mbps and 100 Mbps.
 
Can the FireNEX400-SX itself be a FireWire Repeater? 
Yes, the FireNEX400-SX can be used as a two-port FireWire Repeater alone, repeating through the
two copper bilingual ports.
 
Do I have to use two FireNEX400-SX repeaters to make it work?
Yes, a pair of FireNEX400-SX is needed for the fiber extension. Both FireNEX400-SX units can act as
either the transceiver or the receiver.
 
Why is there no power when I use a 4-pin to 6-pin IEEE1394 cable to connect the
FireNEX400-SX directly to the host system?

An IEEE1394 4-pin to 6-pin cable does not have bus power.  In this case, an AC adapter is needed
(CFR-66P-01 or CFA-64P from newnex.com).
 
Which FireNEX400-SX connects to the host system and which FireNEX400-SX
connects to the device?

The host system and the device can be connected to either FireNEX400-SX unit.
 
Do I need to install a driver for the FireNEX400-SX?

No, operating systems such as Window98 SE, XP, Mac OS 9 and later versions already come with
IEEE1394 support.
 
What is the maximum length that the FireNEX400-SX can support?

The FireNEX400 will support lengths of up to 1000 meters with MMF GOF 50/125 um or 62.5/125 um
optical fiber cable.  The single mode version, FireNEX400-SX, can reach a distance of 10000 meters
(point-to-point) with SMF GOF 9/125 um optical fiber cable.
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  What is the maximum speed of the FireNEX800-SX?
The FireNEX800-SX can support a maximum speed of 800 Mbps. The FireNEX800-SX can also
operate at lower speeds, such as 400 Mbps, 200 Mbps, and 100 Mbps.
 
Can the FireNEX800-SX itself be a FireWire Repeater? 

Yes, the FireNEX800-SX can be used as a two-port FireWire Repeater alone, repeating through the
two copper bilingual ports.
 
Do I have to use two FireNEX800-SX repeaters to make it work?

Yes, a pair of FireNEX800-SX is needed for the fiber extension. Both FireNEX800-SX units can act
as either the transceiver or the receiver.
 
Why is there no power when I use a 4-pin to 6-pin IEEE1394 cable to connect the
FireNEX800-SX directly to the host system?

An IEEE1394 4-pin to 6-pin cable does not have bus power.  In this case, an AC adapter is needed
(CFR-66P-01 or CFA-64P from newnex.com).
 
Which FireNEX800-SX connects to the host system and which FireNEX800-SX connects
to the device?

The host system and the device can be connected to either FireNEX800-SX unit.
 
Do I need to install a driver for the FireNEX800-SX?

No, operating systems such as Window98 SE, XP, Mac OS 9 and later versions already come with
IEEE1394 support.
 
What is the maximum length that the FireNEX800-SX can support?

The FireNEX800-SX will support lengths of up to 1000 meters with MMF GOF 50/125 um or
62.5/125 um optical fiber cable.  The single mode version, FireNEX800-SX, can reach a distance
of 10000 meters (point-to-point) with SMF GOF 9/125 um optical fiber cable.
 

Known Incompatibilities:

Canon Console 1.1 software
Does not work with any repeaters. It is a problem with the software and not our repeaters.

PixeLINK 781 Camera
Some of these earlier version cameras had an issue with FireNEX units.
If your PixeLINK camera does not work when used with FireNEX products, please download
their latest PixeLINK Capture software v.6.17 or later to fix the problem.

 


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