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FireWire or IEEE 1394

Apple developed FireWire, a high-speed method for connecting computer peripherals. After Apple made the technology available to other companies, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) adopted it as an industry standard with the official and more boring moniker “IEEE 1394.” Sony then came up with yet another name—“iLink.”

By any name, the technology represents an easy way to connect high-speed devices to a PC. Although some machines come with FireWire ports, most don't. Luckily, it's relatively cheap and easy to add FireWire to a desktop, and even easier (but a bit more expensive) to add it to a laptop.


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