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Improve Your “Peripheral Vision”

Tango PCIe usage vignette Everybody with a computer has peripherals with USB 2.0 or FireWire 400 (1394a) connectors—keyboards, mice, printers, scanners, digital cameras, iPod® mobile digital devices, external hard drives, and DV camcorders to name a few—but computers never seem to have enough ports to connect them all. Plug and unplug peripherals all the time? Talk about inconvenient. Hubs—who needs them? Install Sonnet’s Tango™ PCIe card into your computer to instantly add the USB 2.0 and FireWire 400 ports you need!

Sonnet's Tango PCIe adds three external FireWire 400 ports and three external USB 2.0 ports to your computer. This adapter card 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 400 and USB 2.0 peripherals.

Key Features

Simple way to add three FireWire 400 ports and three USB 2.0 ports to any compatible computer

Easy installation—plug and play

Supports all industry-standard FireWire 400 (a.k.a. i.LINK®, 1394a), and USB 2.0/1.1 peripherals

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


three USB 2.0 and three FireWire 400 connector port illustrationsTango PCIe is also 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.

From importing and editing video files to backing up your computer, FireWire 400 offers exceptional speed for digital-intensive work. For connecting almost any peripheral, USB 2.0 can’t be beat. Get a Tango PCIe to expand your computer and your possibilities at the same time!



Part No.  
FWUSB2A-E Discontinued
Warranty 1-year
Form Factor PCIe computer card
Bus Interface PCI Express (PCIe) x1
Number of Ports FireWire 400: 3 external, USB 2.0: 3 external
Package Contents Tango PCIe FireWire 400/USB 2.0 adapter card, quick start guide
RoHS Compliant Yes
Package Contents
  • Tango PCIe Computer Card
  • Documentation
FireWire Support  
Standard IEEE 1394A compliant
Cables Supported 6-pin male FireWire 400 cables
Peripherals Supported Supports all industry standard FireWire 400 peripherals
Data Transfer Rates 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 Not supported
Chipset NEC
USB Support  
Standard USB Specification v. 1.0/1.1/2.0 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)

OS X® 10.3+(1)

OS X El Capitan compatible

PC Compatibility

PC (with PCIe slots)

Windows® 10, 8, 7, Vista®, XP (SP2)

Technical Notes

  1. Deep Sleep not supported under Mac OS X Versions 10.4 or 10.3.

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