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bk T
09-03-2005, 02:14 PM
This old Sony PCG-N505SF Notebook has got a 1394 net adaptor but without the relevant cable. Since there isn't any other network adaptor (RJ45) available, can I use this 1394 net adaptor to connect to a RJ45 network hub?

Tried to find a copy of the User Manual but to no avail.


Speedy Gonzales
09-03-2005, 02:22 PM
NO! 1394 isnt a LAN connection, its a firewire connection. This is used for things like Ipods, external hard drives, burners, digital video cameras etc.

You need a firewire cable, not a LAN network cable.

A normal LAN cable wont fit either. They're totally different.

09-03-2005, 02:37 PM
from the sony site it looks like that model should have a RJ45 connection
What show up under device manager?


mentions your model specifically

Graham L
09-03-2005, 02:37 PM
And it won't connect to the LAN. :(

You might find a PC Card or USB Ethernet adapter fairly cheaply at Trademe. Has the laptiop got a PC card socket? USB?

The other way I've used is a parallel port Ethernet adaptor. That'sa bit slow, but works well.

09-03-2005, 02:40 PM
hmm link doesn't seem to work
" What types of cables can be connected to the built-in Network Connector ?
Article ID : 4510 (modified: Monday, January 05, 2004 )

Applicable Models : PCG-C1F, PCG-C1XN, PCG-C1XA, PCG-F403, PCG-F660, PCG-F660T, PCG-N505X, PCG-N505SF, PCG-SR9G, PCG-SR9GT, PCG-XE7, PCG-Z505FA, PCG-Z505FAT, PCG-Z505VA


What types of cables can be connected to the built-in Network Connector ?


Only connect 10BASE-T and 100BASE-T cables to the Ethernet network connector. Do NOT connect any other type of network cable or any telephone line.

The Ethernet network connector cannot be connected to a telephone line, a coin-operated telephone, a digital private branch exchange (PBX), or multiple phone lines. These connections may result in an electric current overload and could cause a malfuction, excessive heat, or fire in the connector. "
From the Sony site linked to b4

bk T
09-03-2005, 05:10 PM
No. There isn't any RJ45 connection.

From the Device Manager,
The Network Adaptor shown as: 1394 Net Adaptor.

Under Properties, it has got all the network items like:

Client for MS Networks;
File and Print Sharing for MS Networks;
Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)

I understand that there are cables with one end RJ45 and the other 1394 (firewire). Can I use this type of cable to connect the the ethernet network?

Tried to search for the User Manual for this notebook couldn't any.

Speedy Gonzales
09-03-2005, 05:14 PM
Yes thats right XP recognises, and detects firewire as a network card

BUT it ISN'T for a LAN connection.

So, no you can't plug a RJ45 into it. As I said its for external devices NOT to be used on a LAN.

Altho Google thinks otherwise. Whether it works is another matter tho.

It MAY conflict with something else.

Altho it looks like u can bridge firewire, with an ethernet connection, but I think u might need a network card, (or slot) which u may not have.

Speedy Gonzales
09-03-2005, 05:34 PM
Here's some info on bridge connections for Ethernet/firewire/wireless


Which may or may not apply to you.

bk T
09-03-2005, 05:46 PM
There is a "i-LINK Port (S400)" available. What is this port for?

Speedy Gonzales
09-03-2005, 05:49 PM
i-link is firewire.

09-03-2005, 06:04 PM
managed to find an on-line manual for a N505SN [ vs SF] at


It mentions the i.LINK which would seem to be a port replicator , and is also mentioned wrt 1394 ... no mention of a LAN socket tho ... page 37 is ment to discuss networking , and it talks about PC cards - maybe the network connection is ment to be on a seperate pc card ??