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Old Mar 13th, 2015, 07:35 PM   #1
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Looking for FW800 to FW400 cable with all-metal connectors

The title pretty much says it all.

The standard FW800 connector with the plastic shroud is absolute garbage.

Looses the connection if one just walks past it.

I have come across FW800 to FW800 cables with metal shroud connectors on both ends but even aftersearching on google and ebay have not yet found a FW400 (6 pin) to FW800 cable, 3 to 6 ft long with a metal shroud on the FW800 end.

Does anyone make such a thing at a reasonable price?
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Old Mar 13th, 2015, 08:34 PM   #2
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Try Monoprice.com.

If they don't have some they may not even exist, or if they do, I'm guessing they would be very expensive.

And like some others that were looking as well!!
FireWire 800 cables with metal connectors-where to find?
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Old Mar 13th, 2015, 09:13 PM   #3
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Monoprice is actually one of the first places I look at when it comes to cables.

But they have a very basic selection when it comes to FW400 to FW800 cables - their shortest one is 6ft and of course plastic.

I have come across FW800 to FW800 cables in metal.
There is at least one on ebay and the FW800 Macally enclosures I just bought also have good quality short FW800 to FW800 cables in metal.

But so far a FW400 to FW800 cable in metal has eluded me.

Don't really know why nobody makes that since both the FW400 and the FW800 connectors come in a metal version
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Maybe get a FW800 to FW400 adapter so you have the best of both world?
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I thought patience and perseverence may pay off.

I found one FW800 to FW400 cable with metal connectors on ebay but it hada 4-pin FW400 connector, so no good for me.
There were three sellers with metal FW800 to FW800 cables but not a single one who had a metal FW800 to FW400 6-pin.
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Maybe get a FW800 to FW400 adapter so you have the best of both world?
Yes, I'm debating if I should go that route since there area number of metal FW800 to FW800 cables in metal and the FW400 cable is always metal anyway.

It would just make the final cable a lot longer than I would like.
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Don't forget if you get the more substantial metal FW 800 connector you want, and some nasty accidental force is applied, it may do more damage to the FW port rather than the cable's connector and a cable is sure a lot cheaper to replace, even if it does have a plastic connector.

Personally I've never experienced any problems with the plastic FW 800 connectors.
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Old Mar 14th, 2015, 02:18 PM   #10
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The trouble is that there is nothing holding in te plastic connector.

On the external hard drives the connectors are an inch or so above the desk they sit on and the weight of the cable along with any slight movement is sometimes enough to break the connection.

This is just a lousy connector design.
You will find lots and lots of people complaining about this if you google.

My two latest MacAlly FW800 enclosures came with metal FW800 connectors on the enclosed cable - they work much better than the plastic ones.

I think I will end up,going the adapter route as IllusionX suggested - seems to be the only option unless I stumble across the right cable by chance in the next day or two.
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