Quite often a typical network will have varying hardware for both the PC itself and the network equipment. Our test involves two different computers linked by different Firewire and network controllers:
Test System 1
AMD Athlon XP1800+
Netgear FA310TX NIC
Soundblaster Audigy DE (Firewire onboard)
Windows XP Professional
Test System 2
AMD Duron 800
Intel Pro/100 S NIC
Swann PCI Firewire Card
Windows XP Professional
First up we will use Sisoft Sandra 2002's network benchmark tool to give us an idea of the theoretical bandwidth differences between Firewire and 100BaseT networks:
Not surprisingly, the scores come out right on the sample speeds for each.
Synthetic benchmarks are all good, but we need some way of testing the "real world" performance of the two different interfaces. Here we will use the transfer of files via FTP to compare the two:
Here I have also compared the performance under Windows Me. This highlights the excellent networking capability of Windows XP, or the poor networking of Windows Me, depending on how you look at it.
We can see from the results that Firewire provides significant gains in speed over standard 100BaseT Ethernet networking. This comes at a price though, with cables being limited in length. Although Gigabit networking should be faster, the pricing of the switches is still beyond the reach of most people. There are currently plans in the pipeline for the IEEE 1394b standard, which raises the speeds to 800Mbps and above gigabit. I'm sure that will provide unsurpassed network bandwidth in the not too distant future.
Will Firewire networking become commonplace? Probably not for networks with large amounts of PC's, but the potential is definitely there for small networks to take advantage of its simple connectivity and fast speed.
- Faster than switched 100BaseT
- Easy connectivity using standard connectors
- Works well on Windows 2000/XP
- Windows 9x does not take advantage of the higher speed
- Relatively short cable length
PRICING: You can find products similar to this one for sale below.
United States: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon's website.
United Kingdom: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon UK's website.
Canada: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon Canada's website.
Recommended for You
- We at TweakTown openly invite the companies who provide us with review samples / who are mentioned or discussed to express their opinion of our content. If any company representative wishes to respond, we will publish the response here.
Latest News Posts
- Musk shows capabilities of the new self-driving hardware
- Landing on Mars didn't go as planned
- Xiaomi sells a million phones in India in 18 days
- Razer Blade Pro laptop rocks GTX 1080, 4K G-Sync display
- Nintendo Switch may sport dedicated game video recording
- EVGA DG-87 Full-Tower Gaming Chassis Review
- New PC - no display on a screen, 3 beeps
- windows usb install file
- GIGABYTE P55W v6 Gaming Notebook Review
- How do i contact the moderators?
- Razer unveils new Razer Blade Pro gaming notebook
- Nintendo Switch world premiere demonstrates new entertainment experiences from a home gaming system
- PowerColor starts selling the DEVIL Box external graphics solution
- ESL to power PlayStation 4 competitive gaming
- Samsung rolls out industry's first 8GB LPDDR4 DRAM package