FireWire hubs provide IEEE 1394a compliant ports that support data transfer
rates of 100, 200 and 400 Mbps (megabits per second), and automatically switch
to the highest speed that the peripheral supports.
FireWire peripherals connect up externally by simply plugging in cables. Configuration is automatic - there is no need to specify memory addresses, IRQ assignments, device IDs or to plug in terminators. IEEE 1394-compliant peripherals can be hot swapped (added and removed without having to shut the computer down).
The fastest growing use of FireWire is in the realm of digital video (DV) devices. The digital format provides precise audio and video capabilities that are more directly compatible with a computer than the older generation of analog video devices.
FireWire provides the physical structure for hassle free, inexpensive, Plug-n-Play networking - perfect for the Small Office/Home Office environment.