FireWire 800 backward compatible?

I'm going to change from MS/PC to Apple iMac. All my equipment is FireWire 400. Is that particular port backward compatible?

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  • Best Answer:

    The short answer is yes.
    Unfortunately the newest iterations of the Imac and Macbook Pro do not come with Firewire 400 ports (only the 800 ports) on them so you will need an adapter (Apple sells one of these on their online store made by Moshi). This will work however the speed will be throttled at Firewire 400, so yes it is backward compatible. Hope this helps.

    • Answered by Spencer Y from Sydney
    • 08/05/2011