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Add More Ports for High-Speed Peripherals

Can your computer harness all the performance offered by today’s fast multimedia peripherals? Does it have enough ports to connect your collection of keyboards, mice, printers, scanners, digital cameras, and your new iPhone®, too? Install Sonnet’s Tango™ 800 PCIe into your computer to instantly add (or add more of) the high-speed FireWire 800 (1394b) and USB 2.0 connections you need!

Tango 800 PCIe features the fastest PCI Express to FireWire 800 controller available, the Texas Instruments XIO2213A, enabling this card’s three external FireWire 800 ports to extract every ounce of performance from fast external drives and DV camcorders to deliver maximum data transfer speeds and satisfy the demands of video and pro audio application work, where high-speed and high-bandwidth data throughput are essential. For connecting almost any other peripheral, this Sonnet adapter’s two USB 2.0 ports are a handy addition to any computer. All of this combo adapter card’s ports are powered and capable of supporting bus-powered peripherals (devices that can work without a separate power supply, including some scanners and small external drives), so some devices can be plugged in and operate without an extra connection to a power supply.

Tango 800 PCIe installs easily into one of your computer’s PCI Express (PCIe) slots, features hot-pluggable and hot-swappable device connection support with automatic device configuration, and works with all industry-standard FireWire 800, FireWire 400(1), USB 2.0, and USB 1.1 peripherals. Get a Tango 800 PCIe to make all the right connections to your digital device collection.

three FireWire 800 and two USB 2.0 connector port illustrations

Key Features

Simple way to add more high-speed FireWire 800 and USB 2.0 ports to any compatible computer

Provides fast interface to download videos from your digital camcorder, transfer files to external drives, and more

Easy installation—plug and play(2)

Backward-compatible with all FireWire 400(1) and USB 1.1 devices

Supports hot-swappable device connection—plug in and disconnect peripherals without shutting off your computer

Supports Macintosh FireWire Target Disk Mode



Tango 800 PCIe usage vignette

Satisfies the demands of video and pro-audio applications, where high-speed and high-bandwidth data throughput are essential, and enables you to extract every ounce of performance from fast external drives, DV camcorders, and more.

Part No.  
FW8USB2A-E Discontinued
Warranty 1-year
Bus Interface PCI Express (PCIe) x1
Number of Ports FireWire 800: 3 external, USB 2.0: 2 external
Package Contents Tango 800 PCIe FireWire 800/USB 2.0 adapter card, quick start guide
RoHS Compliant Yes
FireWire Support  
Standard IEEE 1394b compliant
Cables Supported 9-pin male FireWire 800 cables
Peripherals Supported Supports all industry standard FireWire 800 and FireWire 400(1) peripherals
Data Transfer Rates 800/400/200/100 Mbits/s
Number of Devices Supported Up to 63 (data only)
Hot Plug Supports hot-pluggable and hot swappable device connection
Target Disk Mode Supported
Chip Set TI
USB Support  
Standard USB Specification v. 2.0/1.1/1.0 compatible. Complies with OHCI (Open Host Controller Interface) and EHCI (Enhanced Host Controller Interface)
Cables Supported USB 2.0 with Standard-A male connector
Peripherals Supported Supports all industry standard USB 2.0/1.1 peripherals
Data Transfer Rates 480/12 Mbits/s
Number of Devices Supported Up to 127
Hot Plug Supports hot-pluggable and hot swappable device connection


Specifications subject to change without notice.





Mac Compatibility

Mac Pro® (with card slots)

Power Mac® G5 (with PCIe slots)(3)

Xserve® (with PCIe slots)

OS X® 10.4.11+

macOS Sierra compatible

Windows Compatibility

PC desktop (with PCIe slot)

Windows® 10, 8, 7, Vista®, XP

Technical Notes

  1. FireWire 400 support through FireWire 800 ports requires a FireWire 400-to-800 adapter or adapter cable.
  2. Requires driver software when installed in Windows PCs.
  3. Only Tango 800 PCIe with "Rev. B" printed on the board (serial number A00728050002022 and higher) is compatible with Power Mac G5, Rev. B cards shipping.

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Buzzillions Rating Easy, Quick Expansion Option
bought this as my computer didn't come with enough USB slots in the back (using the ones in front were a pain). Plus, I did not have a firewire slot for my video camera. This baby took about 5 seconds to install. Only one hitch. Maybe I should have been smarter, but I had to ask. "Do you attach power to the card." The instructions simply said "pop it in the slot and close the case". I got an immediate response from the company. If you want to power external devices thru the card, attach a power cable. If all your external devices are self powered, you don't need the power cord. Safe bet is to just power it up anyway, so I did. There is a power plug-in right on the card. (The company admitted they needed to update the instructions) Works perfectly. Highly recommended."
Buzzillions Rating Works As Advertised
Product simply works as it's supposed to. I installed it in an open PCIe slot of my Early 2008 Mac Pro and all USB and FireWire devices connected to it so far have worked flawlessly. I use a FireWire 800 hard drive connected to the built-in connection on my Mac so capturing footage from a DV camera can be troublesome. Using the camera through this card solved all problems."
Buzzillions Rating Works Great!
I installed it in a new build using an ASUS z8na-d6 server motherboard. The hardware was a snap to install, and Windows 7 recognized it and installed the drivers without any issues. Every port has something plugged into it, and all connections work reliably. All in all, well worth the price."
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