A new FireWire six-port hub has been launched by Swann Communications.

The device offers six independent ports, each with a transfer rate of 400Mbps and uses "repeater" technology to replicate analogue and digital signals, overcoming FireWire's inherent 4.5-metre cable-length limit. This is especially useful for use with FireWire digital camcorders.

Other features include hot-swap functionality and compatibility with external FireWire devices such as disk drives, printers, scanners, CD-RW drives and digital cameras.

The £89 hub is available in Graphite.