Summary: This is my third IOGear powered USB hub that I have purchased. The units are rock solid, with a well designed layout. I have never had any problems and the data transfer rates are superb with no choke point at the hub. This is my first combo firewire/USB hub and I went with a brand that has given me flawless use. Never any issues with installation or the drivers and never a crash due the hub. I currently am running 1 & 2 TB external drives of both SATA and IDE drives.
Summary: Don't make the same mistake I did, and assume that a Firewire hub is an alternative to having Firewire ports installed into the computer. If you want the Firewire to work, you need to already have Firewire inputs installed into your motherboard. According to the IOGear representative who called me back after I left them an angry message, they get calls about this all the time. Apparently this misconception is very common.
Pros: It works. Convenient for when you're lacking USB and Firewire ports.
Cons: It feels sorta flimsy, like it'll snap in your hands. Don't have it at the edge of your desk above a wooden floor, it'll definitely shatter if it falls off.
Summary: Currently Newegg is selling the BELKIN F5U526-APL FireWire 6-Port Hub. The manufacture's web site states that it provides 1.5A at 12 Volts, that is what I am going to buy now.
Pros: Not sure
Cons: I bought this to provide power to a digital camera that gets power over firewire which I want to use with a laptop. Laptops do not provide power over their 4 pin firewire ports. This hub had a power supply, unfortunately it only provides 5V for the USB ports, firewire uses 12V. I suspect this is why other users reported the firewire ports did not work.
Summary: Some people seem to think this is some sort of FireWire/USB adapter. It is not. It is a FireWire hub that lets you connect 2 devices to 1 computer (3 ports total). And its also a USB hub. It doesn't convert signals between the two hubs.
Pros: It's a low cost hub with both FireWire and USB 2.
Cons: I can't get it to recognize my Canon HV20 which will only export HDV via Firewire and my motherboard does not have a firewire connection. I sent Iogear an email and they claim that this device doesn't support Firewire to USB connections. What in the world does it do then?