Belkin's F5U508v1 has 6 ports so there is no waiting. The ports are split evenly between USB 2.0 and FireWire. One port of each interface is internal. There is a 4 pin Molex connector on the back of the card to ensure that your bus powered devices are amply provided for.
The card is compatible with PCs and Macs that have an available PCI 2.1 slot. You'll need to be using Win98SE or Mac OS 10.2.8 or later for full functionality.
Pros: Works well, have had it for a few years now.
Cons: For some reason XP seems to think that the USB is not hi-speed. Haven't figured out why, but when I run Fedora, it works at hi-speed.
Other Thoughts: 1.25GHz Athlon XP, Gigabyte 2004 RZ motherboard, 640 MB of RAM, ATI Radeon Graphics card, 80+16 GB hds.
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Initial problems but finally worked
Pros: I installed this along with a Siig USB/FireWire front hub in my Dell OptiPlex GX270 (2003). Works well.
Cons: Good product, but needed tweaking on install. If you are running XPsp2, then you don't need included drivers. I installed in one slot and XP didn't recognize it. I uninstalled the root hubs in device mgr. and after rebooting, this slot finally recognized the card and the Siig front port hub.
Other Thoughts: The first card I got was not Ver.1 and went bad. RMA'd to Belkin with a NIB replacement arriving a week later. (good work Belkin!) Belkin sent me ver.1 card and finally everything works up to speed.
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Not so good...
Pros: Two external ports for both Firewire and USB 2.0; made by Belkin
Cons: Doesn't work. Fully secured in the PCI slot, everything is as it should be. But on boot, the computer fails to boot up. This is the second stage of my problems, the first being that the computer seemed to work fine, but my camcorder was not being controlled properly through the card.
Other Thoughts: For now, this card has not worked at all for me. I will submit another review if/when I get it to work.
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