Kramer VS30FW 3-Port FireWire-800 Repeater/Hub

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Kramer VS30FW 3-Port FireWire-800 Repeater/Hub

B&H # KRVS30FW Mfr # VS-30FW
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The VS-30FW 3-Port FireWire-800 Repeater/Hub from Comprehensive / Kramer is a bi-directional hub and repeater that allows you to increase your available FireWire-800 ports while at the same time allowing you to double the maximum length of transmission from 14.75' (4.5 m) to 29.5' (9 m). The hub and repeater is a great option for anyone who needs to expand their computer's FireWire-800 capabilities or to increase the length between their computer and FireWire-800 peripheral device.

Extended FireWire Range
The repeater allows you to increase the maximum distance of FireWire-800 connections from 14.75' (4.5 m) to 29.5' (9 m). You'll even be able to cascade several repeaters together to achieve maximum ranges of up to 236' (72 m).
FireWire-800 Hub
The repeater also serves as a hub, allowing you to connect 2 devices to 1 FireWire-800 port on your computer. This is a great option for users who have more FireWire-800 devices than available ports.
Spark-Guard Protection
The repeater/hub includes Spark-Guard circuitry to protect your FireWire device and computer against electric charges that can damage them. This not only allows you to extend your range, but also protects your equipment at the same time.
Interface - Connectors 3x 9-Pin FireWire-800 Connections
Data Transfer Rate 100MB/sec, 50MB/sec, 25MB/sec, 12.5MB/sec
LED Indicators None
Bus/Host Powered AC Powered
System Requirements
Computer Not Applicable
Operating System Not Applicable
Power
Hub Not Specified by Manufacturer
Adapter AC: 110VAC
DC: 12VDC, 500mA
Environmental Requirements
Operating Not Specified by Manufacturer
Dimensions (WxHxD) 4.7 x 0.98 x 2.95" (12 x 2.5 x 7.5cm)
Weight 0.67 lb (0.3kg)
Kramer VS30FW 3-Port FireWire-800 Repeater/Hub
  • 9-Pin to 9-Pin FireWire-800 Cable
  • Power Supply
  • Mounting Bracket
  • 7-Year Limited Warranty
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    KramerVS30FW 3-Port FireWire-800 Repeater/Hub
     
    4.3

    (based on 45 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (27)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (11)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    93%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Reliable (26)
    • Durable construction (23)
    • Highly compatible (19)
    • Strong connection points (16)
    • Improves performance (13)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Computer equipment (21)
      • High-end equipment (13)
      • Networking (5)
      • Home or business (4)
      • Anywhere (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Quality oriented (38)
        • Primary use:
        • Business (23), Personal (18)
        • Computer Platform:
        • Mac (9)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Works well, good value for money

      This device lets you connect three Firewire 800 devices - eg, a computer, a card reader, and a hard drive. The included switchmode power supply will work with any domestic power source -...Read complete review

      This device lets you connect three Firewire 800 devices - eg, a computer, a card reader, and a hard drive. The included switchmode power supply will work with any domestic power source - 50-60 Hz, 100-240V - with only a physical adapter if necessary. Or you can just run it off the firewire bus - I've successfully used it with my Sandisk FW-800 CF reader without it needing mains power.

      The only thing that could improve it would be if it had more than just three ports - four would make it much more useful.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Connectors are rather loose

      I use the VS30FW as a hub for my firewire external drive and my Apogee Duet. These 2 units are connected to my iMac, which has only 1 firewire 800 port. I will...Read complete review

      I use the VS30FW as a hub for my firewire external drive and my Apogee Duet. These 2 units are connected to my iMac, which has only 1 firewire 800 port. I will say that the ports on my iMac and the Duet and my Gdrive are rather snug and the firewire cables stay put. On the VS30FW, the firewire cables are rather loose and if my recording desktop is moved, they have fallen out. The performance of the unit is great, but I think it has cheaply-made ports.

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      3.0

      No rust not too much shine

      By Stingie

      from Trinidad

      About Me Quality Oriented

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable construction
      • Working Good With Fw Exte

      Cons

      • Audio Interface Issues

      Best Uses

      • Computer Equipment
      • Connecting Hard Drive

      Comments about Kramer VS30FW 3-Port FireWire-800 Repeater/Hub:

      I purchased this Kramer Repeater to add extra FW 800 ports to my 2012 macbook Pro. I connected it to the mac. So I now have an extra FW port. I connected my Focusrite Saffire pro via a 9 pin to 6 pin cable to one of the ports and an external hard drive to the other port. It did not work as expected. I started experiencing serious audio dropouts on playback. I had to disconnect and continue using the thunderbolt to fire adapter to the Saffire pro. Now I have two FW 800 hard drives connected to the Kramer unit and they are working flawlessly up until now. It is early days and it is in use 24/7. Maybe it has an issue with audio interfaces and not FW hard drives.

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      • Business
      • Computer Platform:
      • Mac

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      4.0

      Works as advertised.

      By Jack

      from NYC

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      Pros

      • Highly Compatible
      • Improves Performance

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Kramer VS30FW 3-Port FireWire-800 Repeater/Hub:

          It works fine. I use it out of my MacBook Pro, one cable from MacBook into VS30FW, two cables from it to 1) my M-Box Pro, and 2) my Glyph hard drive. I've been using it for a few months, no problems at all. Set up was easy and without problems. I'd have given it five stars, except it seems kind of pricey for what it is, but it works like a charm so far.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Computer Platform:
          • Mac

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          4.0

          As Advertised - But Count First!

          By Alchemy Audio

          from Hanover, PA

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable construction
          • Highly Compatible
          • Improves Performance
          • Reliable
          • Strong Connection Points

          Cons

          • Only 2 useable ports

          Best Uses

            Comments about Kramer VS30FW 3-Port FireWire-800 Repeater/Hub:

            The peformance on this system is rock solid with MAC Lion. I am using this in an audio setup with separate firewire audio interfaces for input and out. The supplied power adapter works great, also. No issues here.

            The 3 port count INCLUDES the uplink, so you effectively get only 2 firewire ports from this. Luckily, I only required 2 ports, and not 3.

            • Primary use:
            • Business
            • Computer Platform:
            • Mac

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            3.0

            Firewire port

            By visual prose™

            from Alexandria, VA

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            Pros

            • Highly Compatible
            • Reliable
            • Strong Connection Points

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Computer Equipment

              Comments about Kramer VS30FW 3-Port FireWire-800 Repeater/Hub:

              Would like a few more ports, cannot complain as it does exactly as designed and built.

              • Primary use:
              • Business
              • Computer Platform:
              • Mac

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              3.0

              WELL MADE BUT ONLY 2 PORT NOT 3

              By mdjak

              from westchester county, ny

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable construction
              • Highly Compatible

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Computer Equipment

                Comments about Kramer VS30FW 3-Port FireWire-800 Repeater/Hub:

                There are not that many firewire 800 hubs out there of quality. This is a quality product, actually made in Israel. It has a super bright red light which I don't know if it can be switched off or not. Also has a green light. While I'm not using it as a repeater, I don't need the ac adapter. It's worked just fine since I hooked it up. However, it's not like it has three inputs and then an output. It has 3 ports and that's it, so one has to go out to computer, meaning you can only hook up 2 devices to it. Now obviously most firewire devices are able to be daisy chained, but that's besides the point. It's a 2 "extra" port hub, not 3.

                • Primary use:
                • Personal
                • Computer Platform:
                • Mac

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                4.0

                A great addition to your firewire kit

                By Delon

                from South Africa

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                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable construction
                • Reliable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • High-End Equipment

                  Comments about Kramer VS30FW 3-Port FireWire-800 Repeater/Hub:

                  I bought the mainly with the intention of using it with the Seagate Goflex drives as they have no FireWire passthough.

                  The hub completely lived up to my expectations. It provides a full through put of Firewire's max speed which of course depends mainly on the drives that you are using.

                  It can be power for a small performance boost or just runs strait of bus power which makes it rather versetile.

                  Build quality is good, although it does feel a little lighter than I expexted.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Business
                  • Computer Platform:
                  • Mac

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                  5.0

                  3 ports means two outs and one in

                  By KayakDoug

                  from Humboldt County

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                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable construction
                  • Strong Connection Points

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Computer Equipment
                    • High-End Equipment
                    • Networking

                    Comments about Kramer VS30FW 3-Port FireWire-800 Repeater/Hub:

                    We need FW 800 connectivity for the new macs and this thing will help. You essentially double your FW 800 ports available, that's all.
                    I had two external disks that were RAIDed together and connected to my PowerBook through a FW 400/800 PCMCIA card and I wanted to dump all that stuff onto my new computer.
                    I couldn't do it without this device. It is way too pricey, though, and because of that I really hope it works flawlessly and lasts a long time, OR ELSE!
                    (or else I'll scream and cry in a forest where it cannot be heard and therefore have it's very existence challenged)

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal
                    • Computer Platform:
                    • Mac

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                    5.0

                    Does it job

                    By realitysnap

                    from Tampa Bay

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                    Pros

                    • Durable construction
                    • Highly Compatible
                    • Improves Performance
                    • Reliable
                    • Strong Connection Points

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • High-End Equipment

                      Comments about Kramer VS30FW 3-Port FireWire-800 Repeater/Hub:

                      I bought this for an Imac. I run a glyph drive and a ProTools interface off of it. It was a plug and play situation. I ran a few sessions since and have had no issues. My samples drive is chained on my glyph and the samples load pretty fast. A perfect solution when you need that extra 800fw port. I am satisfied with this product and recommend it to any Imac user.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal
                      • Computer Platform:
                      • Mac

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                      5.0

                      Great product

                      By HankB

                      from Monroe, NY

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                      Pros

                      • Durable construction
                      • Highly Compatible
                      • Improves Performance
                      • Reliable
                      • Strong Connection Points

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Computer Equipment

                        Comments about Kramer VS30FW 3-Port FireWire-800 Repeater/Hub:

                        My new 27inch IMac had only one port for an 800 firewire. The Kramer 800 hub solved my issue of needed additional connections for my external hard drives. Simple, easy set up, durable construction. Improves my workflow.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal
                        • Computer Platform:
                        • Mac

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                        4.0

                        FW Repeater/Hub

                        By bbd

                        from Dallas, TX

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                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Ease of use
                        • Strong Connection Points

                        Cons

                        • Lightweight construction

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Kramer VS30FW 3-Port FireWire-800 Repeater/Hub:

                          I needed an extra FW800 port on the back of the MacPro for the SanDisk FW800 CF card reader. I'm a photographer and love how that reader performs, so I bought an extra one of those and keep the extra in my travel/photo bag. I run some daisy-chained FW800 external drives for backup, and wanted the SanDisk on it's own port.The VS30FW is a fine piece of hardware, though a little on the thin metal/light side. It could use some lead weight inside to make it more stable. If your FW800 cable has a bend in it, or one of those cables that has a ferrite core the hub won't lay flat.Note that this is called a three port hub, which is accurate, but you really only net one additional port. You run a cable from the back of your computer to one of the ports on the hub, which means you now have two ports available (not counting the one on the front of your machine if you have one.) A five port hub would have been better, but couldn't find one on the manufacturer's website, which is nearly impenetrable to find what you want.You attach the FW cable to "Port 3" on the hub, according to the small instruction piece of paper that comes with the hub (with 6-point type). You can run this as a powered or unpowered hub, it ships with a power supply and auto senses either mode.The red and green led lights on the front of the device are very bright, so much so that the hub resides out of view. I didn't need to use it as a repeater, so cannot comment on the efficacy of that feature.

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                          • Business

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                          5.0

                          Worked perfect with iMac

                          By Media

                          from Pineville, LA

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                          Pros

                          • Durable construction
                          • Highly Compatible
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Computer Equipment
                            • High-End Equipment
                            • Networking

                            Comments about Kramer VS30FW 3-Port FireWire-800 Repeater/Hub:

                            Does exactly what it says.

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                            • Business

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                            5.0

                            If you really need that extra port

                            By Pat

                            from Geogretown, Tx

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                            Pros

                            • Durable construction
                            • Reliable
                            • Strong Connection Points

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • High-End Equipment

                              Comments about Kramer VS30FW 3-Port FireWire-800 Repeater/Hub:

                              Gets you on extra Firewire 800 port. Only product I could find. Works flawlessly. I used the external power supply.

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                              • Personal

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                              4.0

                              Does What it is Supposed to

                              By JackRabbit

                              from San Francisco, CA

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                              Pros

                              • Strong Connection Points

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Computer Equipment
                                • High-End Equipment

                                Comments about Kramer VS30FW 3-Port FireWire-800 Repeater/Hub:

                                I use this hub to connect my hard drives to the new imac (that only come with ONE Firewire port...).
                                So as stated above it does what it is supposed to, I have only had it for 2 weeks now and am waiting to see if it holds time but sure looks like it will. It is well built but just wished it would come a bit cheaper and/or with more ports.

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                                • Business

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                                5.0

                                Great product

                                By Ron

                                from Spartanburg SC

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                                Pros

                                • Durable construction
                                • Highly Compatible
                                • Improves Performance
                                • Reliable
                                • Strong Connection Points

                                Cons

                                • None

                                Best Uses

                                • Computer Equipment
                                • High-End Equipment

                                Comments about Kramer VS30FW 3-Port FireWire-800 Repeater/Hub:

                                This is a great asset for those of us that need 800 firewire connections. I connect it to my external RAID and my card reader to the Hub and it works great.

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                                • Business

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                                5.0

                                I use TeckTool 5.0.7 Pro on 3 computer

                                By Mac

                                from Des Moines, IA

                                About Me Quality Oriented

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                                Pros

                                • Durable construction
                                • Highly Compatible
                                • Improves Performance
                                • Reliable
                                • Strong Connection Points

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Computer Equipment
                                  • High-End Equipment
                                  • Networking

                                  Comments about Kramer VS30FW 3-Port FireWire-800 Repeater/Hub:

                                  I use Tecktool 5.0.7 Pro on 3 computer at one time

                                  and it very fast

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                                  • Personal

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                                  5.0

                                  Post production work flow

                                  By Shaun Trout

                                  from Orlando Florida

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                                  Pros

                                  • Durable construction

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Kramer VS30FW 3-Port FireWire-800 Repeater/Hub:

                                      We have been using this device for a few weeks and have had no problems we are using it in our post production facilities work flow having to work off of multiple firewire 800 drives simultaneously. It has work liked a charm and it was easy to put right into the work flow.

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                                      5.0

                                      Does the job.

                                      By Max Video

                                      from San Diego, Ca

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                                      Pros

                                      • Durable construction

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Kramer VS30FW 3-Port FireWire-800 Repeater/Hub:

                                          I purchased this to connect several Firewire 800 drives to my desktop without having to daisy-chain them. Has worked just fine so far. My only regret was not popping a little more money and getting the 4 port.

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                                          • Business

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                                          2.0

                                          Verdict still out.....

                                          By LLancit

                                          from Naples, Florida

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                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                            Cons

                                            • Not enough input ports
                                            • Unreliable

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Can't really say yet

                                            Comments about Kramer VS30FW 3-Port FireWire-800 Repeater/Hub:

                                            I purchased this hub because I thought I needed to have more options for Firewire 800 connections. First time I used it, I hooked the output up to the computer (IMAC 2.93Mhz) anad realized I had only one additional port--Big Whoop! Then after about 10 minutes of working, all my drives disappeared simultaneously giving me heart failure. I had not plugged in the Hub to AC because it said it was optional to do so. So I unhooked it and daisy-chained my 6 drives and that works fine; so right now, the hub is sitting on my desk grinning at me and I have spent [$] for something of dubious value.

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                                            5.0

                                            Must have with new MacBook Pro

                                            By Don W.

                                            from Boston, MA

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                                            Pros

                                            • Durable construction
                                            • Highly Compatible
                                            • Improves Performance
                                            • Reliable
                                            • Strong Connection Points

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Computer Equipment

                                              Comments about Kramer VS30FW 3-Port FireWire-800 Repeater/Hub:

                                              With the new MacBook Pro, there is only one Firewire 800 port and the Firewire 400 port was elimiated. Having two Firewire hard drives makes backups and transfers now difficult to impossible. This product comes to the rescue. I now plug my two devices into the hub. The hub then plugs into the one Firewire 800 port. Mission accomplished.

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                                              5.0

                                              FireWire-800 Hub

                                              By Howard

                                              from Chicago, IL

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                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Reliable

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Networking

                                                Comments about Kramer VS30FW 3-Port FireWire-800 Repeater/Hub:

                                                Works great - Hooked it up, connected two FireWire-800 Hard drives, plugged it in and it worked. Simple and easy.

                                                Would recommend it for everyone.

                                                Plus it is fast, fast and fast.

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