USB,Ethernet,Firewire-Difference between USB,Ethernet,Firewire

This page compares USB vs Ethernet vs Firewire and mentions difference between USB, Ethernet and Firewire.

USB 2.0

USB cables

Following are the features of USB port or USB connection:
• There are different versions of USB. USB 2.0 supports 480Mbps, USB 3.0 supports 5 Gbps and USB 3.1 supports 10 Gbps.
• USB controller is needed to control bus and data transfer.
• Support cable length upto 5 meters.
• Supports upto 127 devices.
• Supports peer to peer topology.
• Power supply to external devices is 500mA/5V(MAX.)
• Applications: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Hub, Audio, digital camera, scanner etc.


ethernet cables

Following are the features of Ethernet port based connection:
• Normal ethernet supports 100 Mbps and gigabit ethernet supports 1 Gbps, 10 Gbps and even 100 Gbps.
• Based on IEEE 802.3 specifications.
• Commonly available forms are 10 BASE-T, 100 BASE-TX and 1000 BASE-T.
• USed to share internet connection among multiple devices, would like to take benefits of firewall to secure the network etc.


firewire cables

Following are the features of Firewire connection:
• Based on IEEE 1394.
• Supports data rates 100 Mbps, 200 Mbps and 400 Mbps. Latest Firewire supports even 3Gbps and 6Gbps.
• It works without any control i.e. devices communicate in peer to peer mode.
• Supports cable length of 4.5 meters.
• Supports upto 63 devices/
• Supports peer to peer topology
• Power supply to external devices is about 1.25A/12V(MAX.)
• Applications: It is the only bus which is used in digital video cameras. It is also used in scanner, printer, cam recorder, DVD high speed etc.

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