T9 FireWire Forensic Bridge

T9 offers secure, hardware write-blocking for FireWire storage devices. The T9 supports FireWire800 (1394B) and FireWire400 (1394A) storage devices which use the SBP-2 (Serial Bus Protocol-2) storage protocol. The T9 works universally with external FireWire hard disks, FireWire RAIDs, older Apple iPods with FireWire interfaces, and other FireWire storage devices.

Notably, the T9 can be used to image Apple desktop and notebook computers booted in Target Disk Mode. Target Disk Mode is a special boot mode unique to Apple computers in which the computer emulates one or more SBP-2 FireWire storage devices. Using the Tableau T9 in combination with Apple’s Target Disk Mode makes it possible to acquire forensic images from Apple computers without disassembling the computers, saving forensic examiners considerable time and risk.

The T9 offers FireWire and USB host interface options similar to its sister product, Tableau’s T8 Forensic USB Bridge. However, while the T8 offers a FireWire400 connection to the host computer, the faster architecture of the newer T9 offers a FireWire800 connection to the host computer, allowing much faster imaging speeds.

And, like the Tableau T8, the T9 incorporates an LCD user interface. The T9 uses the interface to present drive and status information at a glance and to prompt the user for input in multi-LUN situations.

Product Forensic FireWire Bridge
Tableau Model T9
Connectors: Host Side
FireWire One 9-pin FireWire800 (1394B)
One USB Mini-B (5 pin, USB2.0 high/full/low speed)
DC Input 5-pin mini-DIN for use with Tableau TP2 power supply
Connectors: Device Side
FireWire One 9-pin FireWire800 (1394B)
Switches
ON/OFF Turns power ON/OFF to T9 and attached FireWire device
DIP Switch 4-position DIP switch configures user-selectable options (DIP Switches can be accessed by removing a knock-out panel on the side of the T9 case)
User Interface
LCD 2 Row x 16 Column monochrome LCD character display
Buttons Two: Menu and Enter buttons for navigation
Other Features
Write-Blocking Write-blocking is permanently enabled in Tableau T9
Status LEDs 6 LEDs: DC IN good, Power ON, Write-block enabled, Activity, FireWire device detect, Host detect
LCD Contrast Control LCD contrast adjustment via externally-accessible potentiometer.
Compatibility
FireWire Device FireWire devices must conform to the Serial Bus Protocol (SBP-2) Specification
Host Interface FireWire 800/400 or USB 2.0
Host O/S Windows XP/2000/newer, Macintosh OS X, most Linux distributions (note: Linux distributions have varying levels and quality of support for FireWire/1394 and USB2.0)
Physical / Environmental
Power 3.8 watts typical operating (not including FireWire device)
Supply voltage (DC IN) +5VDC @ 2A, +12VDC @ 2A (includes budget for FireWire device)
Output voltage (DC OUT) +12VDC @ 1.0A (max)
Dimensions 5.75 in. (L) x 3.25 in. (W) x 1.125 in. (H)
Weight 6.3oz (179g)
Operating temperature range 0 to 55 degrees C (no airflow)
Storage temperature range -40 to 70 degrees C
Relative humidity Up to 90% (non-condensing)
Warranty One year parts and workmanship from date of purchase
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