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No IP over FireWire in Vista

Well, this sucks. You can’t use TCP/IP over a FireWire connection in Windows Vista, which means that the current setup I have with my MacBook and Hari’s computer will only work in Mac OS X, not in Vista. Worse still, this is something that does work in Windows XP – Microsoft removed it in Vista because it “has not identified any customer dependency on this capability”.

So if I want to use the internet while at Hari’s, I have 3 options:

  • Not use Vista at all (which, to be fair, I don’t use much anyway)
  • Buy a network switch and some extra cable
  • Steal her neighbours’ wifi connections

Incidentally, I’m using Vista at Hari’s now…


  1. Eh, I wouldn’t be too worried. I’m sure a third party will cook up a driver sooner or later.

  2. given that a cheap network switch can be had for a tenner…I’d just get a switch

  3. Yeah, this sucks, how do you transfer files from computer to computer with Firewire in Vista then?

  4. Yeah 10/100 ethernet connection is good but not as good as firewire which gives quad times the speed.