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Kramer Connects with Hi-Speed FireWire

Jul 28, 2005 8:00 AM

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Kramer Electronics, Ltd., a worldwide supplier of audio, video, and computer graphics signal distribution, switching, and processing equipment for the broadcast, production, security, education, home theater, and pro AV presentation markets, announced the newest addition to its popular line of Kramer Tools, the VS-30FW FireWire repeater/hub.

The Kramer VS-30FW is a three-port FireWire repeater/hub. It is compatible with high-speed IEEE1394b 800Mbps (S800) signals. It also supports IEEE1394a legacy FireWire speeds of 400Mbps, 200Mbps, and 100Mbps (S400, S200, S100). In fact, you can connect several devices with different speeds, and the VS-30FW will bridge the gaps.

“The Kramer VS-30FW is a great tool for professionals needing to extend or expand IEEE1394 FireWire signals in their system,” says Chris Kopin, vice president of product development for Kramer Electronics USA. “The VS-30FW is unique in that it supports the IEEE1394b 800Mbps signals and can even connect devices communicating at different speeds.”

Several Kramer VS-30FW hubs may be cascaded to create up to a 63-port FireWire system. The repeater/hub also allows for "hot plugging" or “hot swapping” and supports plug-and-play standards. The machine effectively extends the standard 15ft. (4.5 meter) operation range of DV/FireWire signals, even doubling the range when using appropriate cabling.

The VS-30FW is housed in a Kramer Tools enclosure and has three bilingual IEEE1394b connectors. The Kramer VS-30FW utilizes IEEE1394 bus power, or it can be used with an included external 12V DC power supply.

The VS-30FW is priced at $120 in the United States and is now in stock and available from Kramer Electronics sales companies around the world.

For more information about Kramer Electronics products, please visit or contact your local Kramer Electronics sales company.

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