TCP/IP over FireWire !

in macOS edited January 2014
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yep, you heard right.

All Apple computers sold today include one or more FireWire ports. Because FireWire can transfer data at up to 400 megabits/second, it is suitable for networking and clustering solutions, as well as temporary connections to the internet using Internet Sharing.

Now the IP over FireWire Preview Release adds support for using the Internet Protocol - commonly known as TCP/IP - over FireWire. With this software installed, Macintosh computers and other devices can use existing IP protocols and services over FireWire, including AFP, HTTP, FTP, SSH, etc. In all cases, Rendezvous can be used if desired for configuration, name resolution, and discovery.

The preview release adds a new Kernel Extension that hooks into the existing network services architecture. Using the existing Network Preferences Pane, users can add FireWire as their IP network node to connect and communicate between two machines.

[ 12-05-2002: Message edited by: Defiant ]</p>


  • Reply 1 of 5
    jdbonjdbon Posts: 109member
    Very Interesting!


    iPod with Internet access

    "plug in and Play" clustering through firewire.

    Internet DV cams

    iPhone with firewire

    opens up many possibilities

    I'm excited!
  • Reply 2 of 5
    klinuxklinux Posts: 453member
    Finally... XP automatically installs a TCP/IP bridge for firwire by default. W2k may do it too but I am not sure if that's default.
  • Reply 3 of 5
    defiantdefiant Posts: 4,876member
    not quite...

    [quote] "Apple has pulled ALL mention of the preview release of IP over firewire as well as the download." The software allowed Macs and other devices to use existing IP (networking) protocols and services over FireWire, including AFP, HTTP, FTP, and SSH <hr></blockquote>

  • Reply 4 of 5
    wmfwmf Posts: 1,164member
    And today it's back for ADC members.
  • Reply 5 of 5
    bartobarto Posts: 2,246member
    Daisy-Chain networking. The return of localtalk.

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