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Mac Pro: External ports and connectors

The external ports and connectors of a Mac Pro can be found on both the front and the back of the computer.

I/O Ports

Headphone jack

Connect headphones to your Mac Pro through the headphone jack. When a headphone plug is inserted into the headphone jack, the built-in speaker is muted.

Hi-Speed USB 2.0 (Universal Serial Bus) ports (2 in the front).

Connect your Mac Pro to USB keyboards, mice, printers, scanners, iPods, speakers, microphones, and hubs. You can connect both USB 2.0 and USB 1.1 devices to these ports. All of the USB ports use USB Type A connectors, which have four pins each. The USB 2.0 ports support low-speed, full-speed, and high-speed data transfers at up to 1.5 megabits per second (Mbit/s), 12 Mbit/s, and 480 - 800 Mbit/s, respectively. Your display may also have USB ports.

FireWire 400 port and FireWire 800 port (2 in the front)

Connect your Mac Pro to FireWire digital video (DV) cameras, scanners, and external hard drives. Connect and disconnect FireWire devices without restarting. The FireWire 400 port supports data rates up to 400 megabits per second (Mbps). The FireWire 800 port supports data rates up to 800 Mbps as well as backwards compatibility with 100, 200, and 400 Mbps.

Power socket

Connect the power cord that came with your Mac Pro. Do not use ordinary power or extension cords.

USB 2.0 ports (3 in the back)

Connect your Mac Pro to USB keyboards, mice, printers, scanners, iPods, speakers, microphones, and hubs. You can connect both USB 2.0 and USB 1.1 devices to these ports. All of the USB ports use USB Type A connectors, which have four pins each. The USB 2.0 ports support low-speed, full-speed, and high-speed data transfers at up to 1.5 megabits per second (Mbit/s), 12 Mbit/s, and 480 - 800 Mbit/s, respectively. Your display may also have USB ports.

FireWire 400 port

The Mac Pro features one 400 Mbit/s FireWire (IEEE 1394a) port which can provide up to 7 watts of power to a connected peripheral. 400 Mbit/s is a theoretical maximum load, and actual rates will vary. This port is used by older iPods as well as third-party devices such as video cameras or external hard drives or optical drives.

FireWire 800 port

The Mac Pro features one 800 Mbit/s FireWire (IEEE 1394b) port which can provide up to 7 watts of power to a connected peripheral. 800 Mbit/s is a theoretical maximum load, and actual rates will vary. This port is used by devices such as video cameras or external hard drives or optical drives. You can also use a 9-to-6-pin Firewire cable to connect Firewire 400 devices to the Firewire 800 port, if you need a second Firewire 400 port.

Dual Gigabit Ethernet ports with jumbo frame support (2)

Connect your Mac Pro to a high-speed Ethernet network to access the Interent or network resources such as printers and servers, and share information over the network using a CAT 5e cable.

PCI Express expansion slots (3)

Expand your Mac Pro by installing up to three Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI) Express cards in the covered slots labeled 2, 3, and 4.

DVI display port (2)

DVI display ports Connect displays that use a Digital Visual Interface (DVI) connector to the DVI display ports. Connect an Apple display, such as the 20-, 23-, or 30-inch Apple Cinema Display, to either port. For full resolution, connect the 30-inch Apple Cinema HD Display to port 1. You can also connect displays that us a video graphics array (VGA) connector with the Apple DVI to VGA Display Adapter that came with your Mac Pro.

Audio line-in/line-out port

Connect your Mac Pro to a line-level microphone audio equipment. Analog audio line-in port connects self-powered microphones, MP3 and CD players, and other devices with analog capability. Analog audio line-out port Connect self-powered analog speakers and other devices with analog output capability.

Optical digital audio in/out port

Connect to decks, receivers, digital instruments, and 5.1 surround-sound speaker systems using standard Toslink cables or fiber-optic cables with a 3.5 mm plastic or nylon optical plug. You can transfer stereo or encoded 5.1 audio using the S/PDIF (Sony/Philips Digital Interface) protocol and Toslink cables.

Last Modified: Mar 13, 2012
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