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What is a "1394 Net Adaptor Connection" and why is it in my Network Connections ?

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A 1394 Net Adaptor Connection is basically Win2k/XP's way of telling you that you have a Firewire interface installed in your system.

IEEE 1394 is more commonly known as Firewire and is mostly used to connect to peripherals such as digital cameras, camcorders and some external hard drives. It can also be used to network two Firewire-equipped systems together, achieving 12.5 to 50MBps transfer speeds. Firewire networking use is limited because of its 15ft cable length limitation.

  User Reviews/Comments:
by chris - 2006-04-13 10:40
I didn't think I could do anything with my 1394 net adaptor, but when I bridged the connection with my lan connection, data transfer is so much faster now.
by frank - 2006-04-26 16:20
How did you bridge the two please?

by conefor4200 - 2007-04-19 12:39
1.The device manager has a red X on the 1934 net adapter.

2.A bluetooth epox earset is not able to connect.

3.Any connections?

4.Any driver suggestions?
by Venkata Naveen - 2007-08-02 19:32
Right-click on it and select Enable..That should do it.
by anonymous - 2007-09-16 13:26
Why do I have the 1394 Net Adaptor. Its not something I have ever intentionally loaded and seems to REALLY slow my internet interaction? What will be the result if I uninstall it?
by anonymous - 2008-04-29 00:17
You don't say how to bridge the firewire and lan connections. Just enabling them on my inspiron 700m does not connect them. My 1394 net adapter is enabled but I cannot get an internet visual from it even though it says that I am connected. My lan connection is enabled and I can access the internet from it but I do not get the higher speed of the 1394 net adaptor. Has anyone been successful at effecting a bridge as Chris infers?
by anonymous - 2008-06-20 22:30
ignore the bridging thing - 1394 is just for plugging in cameras etc as stated & for data transfer between plugin & computer
by anonymous - 2008-09-30 00:21
ok, last time I checked the best thing to do is disable the device until you have something that needs firewire like a camera or new toy, and then enable this device before plugging the thing in (reading manuals doesn't seem to be too popular with this group).

IN ENGLISH: The 1394 connection is for FireWire connections, and can be disabled with no resulting harm to internet connection (ie something like "local connection" or "Wireless Network Connection") , no speed increase or decrease (wow, that's funny stuff guys), but it's best to disable features you are not using until you are ready to use them

Novice Users: ((new people)) Should leave devices the way they are out of the box, so other devices work when they get plugged in. For instance if you plug a firewire device and cable into the firewire port on your computer (usually clearly labeled 1394) software will start and you can play with your new toy, but this functionality does not happen if you disable the device -- Ask yourself how often you plug in new firewire devices and how likely you will be to remember that you have disabled the device. If you are asking that question and reading this answer then your computer is probably so full of spyware you will never notice the milliseconds saved in boot time. If you do this kind of thing consistently enough, however, you will see your start up programs load faster. Where to look: actively running processes and services (try stopping ones you know you don't want, to get back lost system resources -- errt works for internet connection speeds too!)

Bridging this device would allow you to connect one computer to another via firewire and share either your network card/internet connection, or your wireless card/internet connection (fun stuff). Only applicable in the mountains of kentucky, in the dead of winter, when a new $20 wireless network card can't be afforded for the beer keg converted computer with harley davidson stickers...which oddly enough actually has firewire (pretty cool, huh!! LOL) and you actually happen to have a firewire cable just lying around (seriously this is like a $40 cable THAT ONLY STRETCHES 15 FEET)

oh, so little much to laugh about. speed increase -- that's rich.
by Bumbershoot - 2013-04-04 08:21
I was having problems with my LAN connection (Logitech squeezebox set up - data stream kept dropping out/connection failing - on and off for YEARS).

Tried "bridging" 1394 and LAN - FIXED!!

Presumably the 1394 and LAN cards were somehow interfering with each other (fighting over resources and confusing the OS?) and now they are in harmony with each other.

Next I'll try disabling the 1394 completely but for now I'm just going to enjoy some music :-)
by Ryan - 2013-04-30 11:05
i have a windows xp desktop and i had a virus on it that wouldnt let me access it. so i used the windows xp professional installation disc to fully recover it and make a clean slate. It suddenly got rid of my local area connection (i have a yellow ethernet cable plugged into the wall) and all it says is i have a 1394 connection. im thinking that windows xp professional installation disc just decides to install it on (1394 network adapter). im not sure how to get rid of it, i could buy a wireless adapter but id rather just connect with an ethernet cord if i can. any suggestions?
by SirDilligaf - 2013-10-27 12:20
To bridge the 1394 connection and the local area connection.
(1) Disable both.
(2) Select both ( drag or use control click just highlight both connections )
(3) right click within the high lighted area and choose bridge connections
that should bridge them.
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