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  FireNEX-5000™
  FireNEX-5000S™
  FireNEX-5000H™
  FireNEX-5000HK™
  FireNEX-uLINK™
  FireNEX-CAT5-S800�
  FireNEX-CAT5-S400�
  FireNEX-800�
  FireNEX-MX�
  FireNEX-COAX-S800�
  FireNEX-cLink�
  FireNEX-FLEX� High Flex Cables

FireNEX-5000™


  1. What is the fiber optic cable used for connecting the FireNEX-5000™ Upstream and Downstream unit?

 

LC-LC duplex fiber optic cables would work with the default FireNEX-5000™ version.

 

  1. What is the proper way to connect my FireNEX-5000™?

 

First, connect the Upstream and Downstream unit with a LC-LC fiber optic cable. After this step, use a 5V AC power adapter to power the Upstream unit first and connect the device to one of the USB 3.0 A ports on the Upstream unit. In the last step, connect the Downstream unit to the USB 3.0 host controller ports.

  1. What is the proper way to connect my FireNEX-5000™?

 

First, connect the Upstream and Downstream unit with a LC-LC fiber optic cable. After this step, use a 5V AC power adapter to power the Upstream unit first and connect the device to one of the USB 3.0 A ports on the Upstream unit. In the last step, connect the Downstream unit to the USB 3.0 host controller ports.

 

  1. 3. What kind of USB 3.0 cables are needed to operate the FireNEX-5000™?

 

For the downstream unit: A Male to B male cable. For the upstream unit: A Male to B Male/Micro B Male depending on the type of device.

 

  1. Is the FireNEX-5000™ USB3 Vision compliant?

 

Yes, all USB 3.0 A and USB 3.0 B ports are USB3 Vision compliant.

 

  1. What power supply do I need for the FireNEX-5000™?

 

Normally, the Downstream unit is bus powered by the connected host. It also can be powered by a 5V DC power adapter. The upstream unit is powered by a 5V/4V AC power adapter with 5.5 mm x 2.5 mm center positive DC plug.

 

  1. Does the Downstream unit of the FireNEX-5000™ work as a standalone USB 3.0 hub?

 

Yes, the Downstream unit has an additional USB 3.0 A port next to the transceiver that can be used as a USB 3.0 standalone hub for other devices

 

  1. Does the FireNEX-5000™ require any extra software or drivers in order to work?


No, the FireNEX-5000™ does not require any extra software or drivers in order to work

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FireNEX-5000S™


  1. What is difference between FireNEX-5000S™ and its previous model FireNEX-5000™?

 

FireNEX-5000S™ extend USB 3.0 up to 300 meters, whereas, FireNEX-5000™ can only reach up to 100 meters.

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FireNEX-5000H™


  1. What is difference between FireNEX-5000H™ and its previous model FireNEX-5000™?

 

FireNEX-5000H™ extend USB 3.0 up to 300 meters, whereas, FireNEX-5000™ can only reach up to 100 meters. In the meantime, by using FireNEX-5000H™ Hybrid Cable, FireNEX-5000H™ can also deliver power to the device side for up to 100 meters.

 

  1. What does "Power Delievery Option" exactly mean?

 

By using FireNEX-5000H™ Hybrid Cable, FireNEX-5000H™ can not only extend USB 3.0 signal up to 300 meters, but also deliever power from the host side to the device side for up to 100 meters. FireNEX-5000H™ Hybrid Cable must be purchased separately.

  1. What is the operation temperature range for the FireNEX-5000H™?

 

The operation temperature range is -40 degree to 85 degree Celsius.

 

  1. What power supply do I need for the FireNEX-5000H™?

 

The Local unit can only be bus powered by the connected host PC. The Remote unit is powered by a 12V-24V/1A DC power adapter with 5.5 mm x 2.5 mm center positive DC plug.

 

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FireNEX-5000HK™


  1. What is so special about FireNEX-5000HK?™?

 

FireNEX-5000HK™ is a special edition of FireNEX-5000H™, specifically designed for Micro soft Kinect v2 extension to reach the optimal performance for application that need to extend Kinect v2.

 

  1. Do I need to buy Kinect Adapter for Windows to use with FireNEX-5000HK™?

 

No, you don't need Kinect Adapter for Windows. FireNEX-5000HK™is a complete bundle for Microsoft Kinect v2 extension solution. No extra adapter is needed.

  1. How to resolve frame rate drop after extension?

 

We recommend using PCIe USB 3.0 Host Card with FireNEX-5000HK™ for Kinect extension to eliminate the system factor that may reduce the frame rate performance. For detail information, please contact Newnex Technical support for advice.

 

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FireNEX-uLINK™


 

  1. Is the FireNEX-uLINK™ compatible with Microsoft Kinect v2 for Windows application?

 

Yes, it is fully compatible with Microsoft Kinect v2 for Windows application.

  1. Is the FireNEX-uLINK™ backward compatible with USB 2.0?

 

Yes, the FireNEX-uLINK™ is compatible with USB 2.0.

  1. Do I need to install a driver in order to use the FireNEX-uLINK™?

 

No, you do not need to install a driver. You can use the FireNEX-uLINK™ as you would with a regular USB 3.0 cable.

  1. Is the cable EMI shielded?

 

Yes, the cable's repeater is shielded with mental casing.

 

  1. What kind of USB 3.0 devices does the FireNEX-uLINK™ support?

 

The FireNEX-uLINK™ will support any USB 3.0 devices.

 

  1. What kind of USB 3.0 PCIe cards or chipsets do you suggest?

 

We suggest using the USB 3.0 PCIe cards from Renesas, Fresco logic, and chipsets from Intel.

 

  1. What kinds of industrial cameras have been tested with the FireNEX-uLINK™?

 

It has been tested and proven to be working well with USB 3.0 cameras from Point Grey, IDS , Ximea, Lumenera, Basler , Imaging Source, Hamamatsu. Please check the Compatibility Chart Section on Newnex website at www.newnex.com/USB3_Machine_Vision.php.

 

  1. Why is my USB 3.0 device not detected when connected to the FireNEX-uLINK™?

 

First, open �device manager� in Window, click �Scan hardware change�. If the device is not detected, try to replace the FireNEX-uLINKTM with regular short USB 3.0 cable. If the device is still not detected, the USB 3.0 port on the device or the computer may be defective; if the device is detected after using the short USB 3.0 cable, the FireNEX-uLINKTM may be defective. In such case, please contact Newnex customer service.

 

  1. What is the proper way to connect the FireNEX-uLINK™?


First, connect the FireNEX-uLINK™ to the device, then connect the other end to the computer.

 

  1. What length does the FireNEX-uLINK™ support?


The FireNEX-uLINK™ can support up to 14 meters with external power.

 

  1. How much power is provided at the device end through the FireNEX-uLINK™?


For the FireNEX-UL-08™, and the FireNEX-UL-12™, bus power provided at the device end would be approximately 3.80 and 3.50 watts respectively. If your device needs more power, an external power supply is required.

  1. What is the locking screw spacing on the cable plugs for the FireNEX-uLINK™?


Locking screw spacing for USB 3.0 Micro B and USB 3.0 A/B is 18mm and 22mm respectively. Both spacing distances are compliant with the USB3 Vision standard.

  1. Can the locking screws be connect to my hub?


It depends on the locking screws spacing on your hub, and our locking screws spacing does meet the machine version standard requirements (USB3 Vision compliance). They will connect with the Newnex FireNEX-uHUB™ as it is a USB3 Vision compliant device.

  1. Will a USB 3.0 hub work with the FireNEX-uLINK™?


Yes, the FireNEX- uLINK™ has been tested for working with a number of the USB I-F certified USB3.0 hubs.

  1. For the FireNEX-uLINK™, can the repeater cases be placed anywhere on the cable?


No, the current configurations are optimized for signal quality.


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FireNEX-COAX-S800™


  1. Which operating systems are the FireNEX-COAX-S800TM compatible with?

 

The FireNEX-COAX-800TM operates at a maximum data rate of S800.It is also backwards compatible with S400, S200, and S100 data rates.

 

S800 data rates are supported by Windows XP Service Pack 1 (SP1), Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, Apple OS X, and Linux operating systems.

 

If running Windows XP Service Pack 2, XP Service Pack 2 with Hotfix, or XP Service Pack 3, a downgrade to XP Service Pack 1 1394 drivers will allow the PC to operate at S800 data rates.The downgrade files and instructions can be found under Question 2.

 

Windows Vista 1394 drivers are unable to run at S800 data rates.

 

Refer to the table below for complete operating system compatibilities with specific data rates.

 

NOTE: Check with device manufacturer for drivers that may allow your device to work at full S800 with the repeaters.

 

 

Windows Operating Systems

 

 

Speed

XP Service

Pack 1

XP Service

Pack 2

XP Service Pack 2

with Hotfix

XP Service Pack 3

Vista

7, 8, 8.1, 10

Apple OS X

Linux
with Current Kernels

S100

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

S200

x

 

x

 

 

x

x

x

S400

x

 

x

 

 

x

x

x

S800

x

 

 

 

 

x

x

x

 

  1. How do I downgrade to Windows XP Service Pack 1 from later versions of XP?

 

If running Windows XP SP2 or SP3, you can switch to SP1 versions of 1394 system files <1394bus.sys and ohci1394.sys> by following the directions below.

 

  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 files 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.If a new controller is installed in the future, the driver update needs to be performed again for that new controller.

 

  1. What kind of COAX cable is used for the FireNEX-COAX-S800 TM?

 

The FireNEX-COAX-800TM must be used with a 75W COAX cable.RG6 is recommended, although not required.Other 75W COAX cables can be used, although this may decrease the allowed distance.

 

Note that it is also important that 75W BNC connectors are also assembled to the coax cable.

 

  1. What is the proper way to connect my FireNEX-COAX-800TM?

 

Connect the two repeaters together with a 75W COAX cable.Connect the device to one repeater and the host to the other repeater.Connect external power if additional power is required.

 

  1. How do I verify that the two repeaters are connected?

 

If the orange LEDs labeled �ACTIVE� on each repeater are bright and lit then the repeaters have established a solid connection.If both orange LEDs are dimmed and/or blinking, then there is no connection between the repeaters.

 

  1. Why is my 1394 device not detected when connected to the FireNEX-COAX-800™ repeaters?

 

The operating system you are using must support the data rate that the 1394 device operates at.Please refer to Question 1 for operating system compatibilities with specific data rates.Refer to Question 2 for downgrade instructions from Windows XP2, XP2 with Hotfix and XP3 to XP1 (XP Service Pack 1), which is compatible with S800, S400, and S200 data rates.

 

  1. I noticed that there are two 1394 9-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.

 

  1. Does this unit generate two separate S800 buses?


The FireNEX-COAX-800TM does not give two separate S800 buses. It only has one bus; 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 only 800Mbps can be obtained from both ports at one instant.

 

  1. What are some known 1394 devices that work at S800 speeds?

 

  FireWire external hard drives

  Industrial cameras

 


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FireNEX-CAT5-S800™

 

  1. Which operating systems are the FireNEX-CAT5-S800™ compatible with?

 

The FireNEX-CAT5-800TM operates at a maximum data rate of S800.It is also backwards compatible with S400, S200, and S100 data rates.

 

S800 data rates are supported by Windows XP Service Pack 1 (SP1), Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, Apple OS X, and Linux operating systems.

 

If running Windows XP Service Pack 2, XP Service Pack 2 with Hotfix, or XP Service Pack 3, a downgrade to XP Service Pack 1 1394 drivers will allow the PC to operate at S800 data rates.The downgrade files and instructions can be found under Question 2.

 

Windows Vista 1394 drivers are unable to run at S800 data rates.

 

Refer to the table below for complete operating system compatibilities with specific data rates.

 

NOTE: Check with device manufacturer for drivers that may allow your device to work at full S800 with the repeaters.

 

 

Windows Operating Systems

 

 

Speed

XP Service

Pack 1

XP Service

Pack 2

XP Service Pack 2

with Hotfix

XP Service Pack 3

Vista

7, 8, 8.1, 10

Apple OS X

Linux with Current Kernels

S100

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

S200

x

 

x

 

 

x

x

x

S400

x

 

x

 

 

x

x

x

S800

x

 

 

 

 

x

x

x

 

  1. How do I downgrade to Windows XP Service Pack 1 from later versions of XP?

 

If running Windows XP SP2 or SP3, you can switch to SP1 versions of 1394 system files <1394bus.sys and ohci1394.sys> by following the directions below.

 

  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 files 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.If a new controller is installed in the future, the driver update needs to be performed again for that new controller.

 

  1. What kind of CAT5 cable is used for the FireNEX-CAT5-S800TM?

 

The FireNEX-CAT5-S800TM must be used with a standard CAT5e/CAT6 Ethernet cable.

 

Warning: The specially wired Newnex cable used with the FireNEX-CAT5-S400TM must not be used.

 

  1. What is the proper way to connect my FireNEX-CAT5-S800TM to my computer?

 

Connect the two repeaters together with a standard CAT5/5e/6.Connect the device into one repeater then connect the host into the other repeater.Connect external power if additional power is required.

 

  1. How do I verity two connectors are connected?

 

If the orange LEDs labeled �ACTIVE� on each repeater are bright and lit then the repeaters have established a solid connection.If both orange LEDs are dimmed and/or blinking, then there is no connection between the repeaters.

 

  1. Why is my 1394 device not detected when connected to the FireNEX-CAT5-S800™ repeaters?

 

The operating system you are using must support the data rate that the 1394 device operates at.Please refer to Question 1 for operating system compatibilities with specific data rates.Refer to Question 2 for downgrade instructions from Windows XP2, XP2 with Hotfix and XP3 to XP1 (XP Service Pack 1), which is compatible with S800, S400, and S200 data rates.

 

 

  1. I noticed that there are two 1394 9-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.

 

  1. Does this unit give two separate S800 buses?

 

The FireNEX-CAT5-S800TM does not give two separate S800 buses. It only has one bus; therefore the two ports are arbitrated.If two1394 devices are plugged into the ports and used at the same time, a maximum total of only 800Mbps can be obtained from both ports at one instant.

 

  1. What are some known 1394 devices that work at S800 speeds?

 

  FireWire external hard drives

  Industrial cameras

 

 


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FireNEX-CAT5-S400™

 

  1. Which operating systems are the FireNEX-CAT5-S400™ compatible with?

 

The FireNEX-CAT5-400TM operates at a maximum data rate of S400.It is also backwards compatible with S200 and S100 data rates.

 

S400 data rates are supported by Windows XP Service Pack 1 (SP1), XP Service Pack 2 with Hotfix, Windows 7, Apple OS X, and Linux operating systems.

 

If running Windows XP Service Pack 3, a downgrade to XP SP1 will allow the PC to operate at S400 data rates.The downgrade files and instructions can be found under Question 2.

 

If running Windows XP Service Pack 2, a Hotfix update will allow the PC to operate at S400 data rates.The upgrade files and instructions can be found under Question 3.

 

Windows Vista 1394 drivers are unable to run at S400 data rates.

 

Refer to the table below for complete operating system compatibilities with specific data rates.

 

NOTE: Check with device manufacturer for drivers that may allow your device to work at full S400 with the repeaters.

 

 

Windows Operating Systems

 

 

Speed

XP Service

Pack 1

XP Service

Pack 2

XP Service Pack 2

with Hotfix

XP Service Pack 3

Vista

7

Apple OS X

Linux with Current Kernels

S100

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

S200

x

 

x

 

 

x

x

x

S400

x

 

x

 

 

x

x

x

S800

x

 

 

 

 

x

x

x

 

  1. How do I downgrade to Windows XP Service Pack 1 from later versions of XP?

 

If running Windows XP SP2 or SP3, you can switch to SP1 versions of 1394 system files <1394bus.sys and ohci1394.sys> by following the directions below.

 

  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 files 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.If a new controller is installed in the future, the driver update needs to be performed again for that new controller.

 

  1. Where can I find the Hotfix to allow Windows XP Service Pack 2 to run at S400 data rates?

 

Click the following link and download the Update for Windows XP (KB885222) package.

 

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/885222

 

  1. What kind of CAT5 cable is used for the FireNEX-CAT5-S400™?

 

The FireNEX-CAT5-S400TM must be used with a QuCAT� cable adapter in conjunction with a straight-through CAT5/5e/6 cable.

 

Another option would be to construct a specially wired Newnex CAT5 cable, which eliminates the need for the QuCAT� cable adapter.The wiring diagram for the specially wired Newnex CAT5/5e/6 cable can be found at the following url:

 

http://newnex.com/images/Cat5_cable_wiring_diag.pdf

 

  1. What is the proper way to connect my FireNEX-CAT5-S400™ to my computer?

 

First connect one repeater to the host.Connect the two repeaters with the included quCAT cable adapter in conjunction with a CAT5 straight-through cable. A specially wired Newnex CAT5 cable can also be used.Connect the device into the other repeater.Connect external power if additional power is required.

 

  1. How do I verify that the two repeaters are connected?

 

If the orange LEDs labeled �ACTIVE� on each repeater are bright and lit then the repeaters have established a solid connection.If both orange LEDs are dimmed and/or blinking, then there is no connection between the repeaters.

 

  1. Why is my 1394 device not detected when connected to the FireNEX-CAT5-S400™ Repeaters?

 

The operating system you are using must support the data rate that the 1394 device operates at.Please refer to Question 1 for operating system compatibilities with specific data rates.Refer to Question 2 for downgrade instructions from Windows XP3 to XP1 (XP Service Pack 1), which is compatible with S800, S400, and S200 data rates..Refer to Question 3 for installing the necessary Hotfix to allow Windows XP Service Pack 2 to run at S400 data rates.

 

  1. I noticed that there are two 1394 9-pin ports on the repeater; can I use the repeater as a hub?

 

Yes, one of the features of the FireNEX-CAT5-S400TM is being able to use the ports as a hub.

 

  1. Does this unit give two separate S400 buses?

 

The FireNEX-CAT5-S400™ does not give two separate S400 buses. It only has one bus; therefore the two ports are arbitrated.If two1394 devices are plugged into the ports and used at the same time, a maximum total of only 400Mbps can be obtained from both ports at one instant.

 

  1. What are some known 1394 devices that work at S400 speeds?

 

  FireWire DV camcorders

  FireWire external hard drives

  AV HDD�s

  HD TV nodes

  Industrial cameras


 

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FireNEX-800™

 

  1. Which operating systems are the FireNEX-800TM compatible with?

 

The FireNEX-800TM operates at a maximum data rate of S800.It is also backwards compatible with S400, S200, and S100 data rates.

 

S800 data rates are supported by Windows XP Service Pack 1 (SP1), Windows 7, Windos 8, Windows 10, Apple OS X, and Linux operating systems.

 

If running Windows XP Service Pack 2, XP Service Pack 2 with Hotfix, or XP Service Pack 3, a downgrade to XP Service Pack 1 1394 drivers will allow the PC to operate at S800 data rates.The downgrade files and instructions can be found under Question 2.

 

Windows Vista 1394 drivers are unable to run at S800 data rates.

 

Refer to the table below for complete operating system compatibilities with specific data rates.

 

NOTE: Check with device manufacturer for drivers that may allow your device to work at full S800 with the repeaters.

 

 

Windows Operating Systems

 

 

Speed

XP Service

Pack 1

XP Service

Pack 2

XP Service Pack 2

with Hotfix

XP Service Pack 3

Vista

7

Apple OS X

Linux with Current Kernels

S100

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

S200

x

 

x

 

 

x

x

x

S400

x

 

x

 

 

x

x

x

S800

x

 

 

 

 

x

x

x

 

  1. How do I downgrade to Windows XP Service Pack 1 from later versions of XP?

 

If running Windows XP SP2 or SP3, you can switch to SP1 versions of 1394 system files <1394bus.sys and ohci1394.sys> by following the directions below.

 

  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 files 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.If a new controller is installed in the future, the driver update needs to be performed again for that new controller.

 

  1. What kind of cable is used for the FireNEX-800™ repeater?

 

The FireNEX-800™ must be used with a multimode LC-LC Fiber Optic cable.

 

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

 

Connect the two repeaters together with a multimode LC-LC Fiber Optic cable and then connect the included AC power adapters to each of the repeaters, or just one adapter if one repeater is BUS powered.Connect the host to one repeater and the device into the other repeater.Once the repeaters are powered and connected, make sure all three green LEDs on each repeater are bright and steady.

 

  1. How do I verify that the two repeaters are connected?

 

If the green LEDs labeled �LASER� on each repeater are bright and lit then the repeaters have established a solid connection.If either of the �LASER� LEDs are dimmed and/or blinking, then there is no connection between the repeaters.

 

  1. Why is my 1394 device not detected when connected to the FireNEX-800™ repeater?

 

The operating system you are using must support the data rate that the 1394 device operates at.Please refer to Question 1 for operating system compatibilities with specific data rates.Refer to Question 2 for downgrade instructions from Windows XP2, XP2 with Hotfix and XP3 to XP1 (XP Service Pack 1), which is compatible with S800, S400, and S200 data rates.

 

  1. How come only one repeater is BUS powered and the other one isn�t?

 

Unlike CAT5 or COAX cables, fiber optic cables can only send and receive data signals. Therefore the other repeater needs to be powered by the included AC power adapter.

 

  1. I noticed that there are two 1394 9-pin ports on the repeater; can I use the repeater as a hub?

 

Yes, one of the features of the FireNEX-800TM repeater is being able to use the ports as a hub.

 

  1. Does this unit give two separate S800 buses?

 

The FireNEX-800TM does not give two separate S800 buses. It only has one bus; therefore the two ports are arbitrated.If two1394 devices are plugged into the ports and used at the same time, a maximum total of only 800Mbps can be obtained from both ports at one instant.

 

  1. Is there a way to extend the length of optical fiber cable without buying a new cable?

 

You can use a Fiber Optic LC-LC Coupler, but it is not recommended because of possible data signal loss, which depends on what kind and how many devices are connected.  To extend the length, we recommend purchasing a new cable to avoid any signal losses and to ensure that there is always a solid connection.

 

  1. What are some known 1394 devices that work at S800 speeds?

 

  FireWire external hard drives

  Industrial cameras


 

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FireNEX-MX™

 

  1. Which operating systems are the FireNEX-MXTM compatible with?

 

The FireNEX-CAT5-400TM operates at a maximum data rate of S400.It is also backwards compatible with S200 and S100 data rates.

 

S400 data rates are supported by Windows XP Service Pack 1 (SP1), XP Service Pack 2 with Hotfix, Windows 7, Apple OS X, and Linux operating systems.

 

If running Windows XP Service Pack 3, a downgrade to XP SP1 will allow the PC to operate at S400 data rates.The downgrade files and instructions can be found under Question 2.

 

If running Windows XP Service Pack 2, a Hotfix update will allow the PC to operate at S400 data rates.The upgrade files and instructions can be found under Question 3.

 

Windows Vista 1394 drivers are unable to run at S400 data rates.

 

Refer to the table below for complete operating system compatibilities with specific data rates.

 

NOTE: Check with device manufacturer for drivers that may allow your device to work at full S400 with the repeaters.

 

 

Windows Operating Systems

 

 

Speed

XP Service

Pack 1

XP Service

Pack 2

XP Service Pack 2

with Hotfix

XP Service Pack 3

Vista

7

Apple OS X

Linux with Current Kernels

S100

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

S200

x

 

x

 

 

x

x

x

S400

x

 

x

 

 

x

x

x

S800

x

 

 

 

 

x

x

x

 

  1. How do I downgrade to Windows XP Service Pack 1 from later versions of XP?

 

If running Windows XP SP2 or SP3, you can switch to SP1 versions of 1394 system files <1394bus.sys and ohci1394.sys> by following the directions below.

 

  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 files 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.If a new controller is installed in the future, the driver update needs to be performed again for that new controller.

 

  1. Where can I find the Hotfix to allow Windows XP Service Pack 2 to run at S400 data rates?

 

Click the following link and download the Update for Windows XP (KB885222) package.

 

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/885222

 

  1. What kind of cable is used for the FireNEX-MX™ repeater?

 

The FireNEX-MX™ must be used with a multimode LC-LC Fiber Optic cable.

 

  1. What is the proper way to connect my FireNEX-MX™ repeater to my computer?

 

Connect the two repeaters together with a multimode LC-LC Fiber Optic cable and then connect the included AC power adapters to each of the repeaters, or just one adapter if one repeater is BUS powered.Connect the host to one repeater and the device into the other repeater.Once the repeaters are powered and connected, make sure all three green LEDs on each repeater are bright and steady.

 

  1. How do I verify that the two repeaters are connected?

 

If the green LEDs labeled �LASER� on each repeater are bright and lit then the repeaters have established a solid connection.If either of the �LASER� LEDs are dimmed and/or blinking, then there is no connection between the repeaters.

 

  1. Why is my 1394 device not detected when connected to the FireNEX-MX™ Repeaters?

 

The operating system you are using must support the data rate that the 1394 device operates at.Please refer to Question 1 for operating system compatibilities with specific data rates.Refer to Question 2 for downgrade instructions from Windows XP3 to XP1(XP Service Pack 1), which is compatible with S800, S400, and S200 data rates.Refer to Question 3 for installing the necessary Hotfix to allow Windows XP Service Pack 2 to run at S400 data rates.

 

  1. How come only one repeater is BUS powered and the other one isn�t?

 

Unlike CAT5 or COAX cables, optical fiber cables can only send and receive data. Therefore, the other repeater needs to be powered by the included AC power adapter.

 

  1. 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 the FireNEX-MXTM repeater is being able to use the ports as a hub.

 

  1. Does this unit give two separate S400 buses?

 

The unit does not give two separate S400 buses. It only has one bus; therefore the two ports are arbitrated.If two1394 devices are plugged into the ports and used at the same time, a maximum total of only 400Mbps can be obtained from both ports at one instant.

 

  1. Is there a way to extend the length of optical fiber cable without buying a new cable?

 

You can use a Fiber Optic LC-LC Coupler, but it is not recommended because of possible data signal loss, which depends on what kind and how many devices are connected.  To extend the length, we recommend purchasing a new cable to avoid any signal losses and to ensure that there is always a solid connection.

 

  1. What are some known 1394 devices that work at S400 speeds?

 

  FireWire DV camcorders

  FireWire external hard drives

  AV HDD�s

  HD TV nodes

  Industrial cameras


 

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FireNEX-cLINK™


  1. Which operating systems are the FireNEX-cLINK™ compatible with?

 

The FireNEX-cLINKTM operates at a maximum data rate of S800.It is also backwards compatible with S400, S200, and S100 data rates.

 

S800 data rates are supported by Windows XP Service Pack 1 (SP1), Windows 7, Apple OS X, and Linux operating systems.

 

If running Windows XP Service Pack 2, XP Service Pack 2 with Hotfix, or XP Service Pack 3, a downgrade to XP Service Pack 1 1394 drivers will allow the PC to operate at S800 data rates.The downgrade files and instructions can be found under Question 2.

 

Windows Vista 1394 drivers are unable to run at S800 data rates.

 

Refer to the table below for complete operating system compatibilities with specific data rates.

 

NOTE: Check with device manufacturer for drivers that may allow your device to work at full S800 with the repeaters.

 

 

Windows Operating Systems

 

 

Speed

XP Service

Pack 1

XP Service

Pack 2

XP Service Pack 2

with Hotfix

XP Service Pack 3

Vista

7

Apple OS X

Linux with Current Kernels

S100

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

S200

x

 

x

 

 

x

x

x

S400

x

 

x

 

 

x

x

x

S800

x

 

 

 

 

x

x

x

 

  1. How do I downgrade to Windows XP Service Pack 1 from later versions of XP?

 

If running Windows XP SP2 or SP3, you can switch to SP1 versions of 1394 system files <1394bus.sys and ohci1394.sys> by following the directions below.

 

  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 files 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.If a new controller is installed in the future, the driver update needs to be performed again for that new controller.

 

  1. What lengths does the FireNEX-cLINK� long-cable repeater support?

 

The FireNEX-cLINK� long-cable repeater will support incre�mental lengths up to 60 meters.

 

  1. What is the proper way to connect my FireNEX-cLINK™?

 

Connect the device to one end of the FireNEX-cLINKTM then the host to the other side.The c-Link is bus powered so no external power is required.

 

  1. How do I verify that the two repeaters are connected?

 

Under normal conditions, when a device is not connected to the FireNEX-cLINK�, the LED on the FireNEX-cLINK� unit at the host end will be off, while the LED on the other unit at the device end will be blinking.

 

  1. Why is my 1394 device not detected when connected to the FireNEX-cLINK™?

 

The operating system you are using must support the data rate that the 1394 device operates at.Please refer to Question 1 for operating system compatibilities with specific data rates.Refer to Question 2 for downgrade instructions from Windows XP2, XP2 with Hotfix and XP3 to XP1 (XP Service Pack 1), which is compatible with S800, S400, and S200 data rates.

 

  1. What are some known 1394 devices that work at S800 speeds?

 

  FireWire external hard drives

  Industrial cameras

 


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  1. What is a High Flex life cable, what is the difference between �High Flex life� vs �High Flex�?

High Flex life cable is cable designed to survive 1-10 million flexing cycles. It�s different from High Flex cable, which is designed to be supple and highly flexible. .

        

  1. What application need High Flex life cable?

In robotic and automated manufacturing equipment, the repetitive motion of machinery destroys conventional cable. High Flex life cable designed for repetitive flexing is the answer.

        

  1. What are the common types of flexing?

                 

                  a. Continuos Rolling

                  b. Tick-Tock or bending

                  c. Torsional flexing

Newnex on-site flex-life cable testing facility tests all the above three types of flexing each for over millions of cycles and still on going to verify designs, evaluate new material and cable construction.


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