What is IEEE 1394?

You have purchased a new computer that includes a port marked “IEEE 1394.” What is a more common name for this port?

A) FireWire




The answer: A) FireWire

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers has created a standard interface for connecting peripheral devices called the IEEE 1394 standard. When Apple added these ports to their computers, they created “FireWire,” a more user-friendly name to refer to the IEEE 1394 ports. Although the name might be different, the interfaces and ports are technically identical.

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