T9 – Tableau Forensic FireWire Bridge

The Tableau Forensic FireWire Bridge is a portable write-blocker that enables forensic acquisition of FireWire800 and FireWire400 storage devices.


  • Suitable for both the field and lab
  • Can be used to image Apple desktop and notebook computers when booted in “Target Disk Mode”
  • Integrated, backlit LCD presents useful bridge and FireWire device information
  • Six LEDs provide status on power, host connection, FireWire device detection, write-block status, and activity
  • Read/write mode capability via internal DIP switch
  • Free Tableau firmware updates

TK9 Kit content:

  • Tableau Forensic FireWire Bridge [T9]
  • Tableau Power Supply [TP2]
  • Tableau FireWire 800 9-pin to 9-pin Cable – 6′ [TC7-9-9]
  • Tableau FireWire 4-pin to 9-pin Cable Adapter [TCA7-4-9]
  • Tableau FireWire 6-pin to 9-pin Cable Adapter [TCA7-6-9] (x2)
  • Tableau USB 2.0 A to Mini B Cable – 6′ [TC8]

Connectors: Host (Left) Side
FireWire One 9-pin FireWire800 (1394B) connector
One USB Mini-B (5-pin, USB2.0 high/full/low speed)
DC Input One 5-pin mini-DIN connector for use with the Tableau TP2 power supply

Connectors: Device (Right) Side
FireWire One 9-pin FireWire800 (1394B) connector

ON/OFF Turns power ON/OFF to the T9 and connected FireWire device
DIP Switch The 4-position DIP switch configures user-selectable options that are not required for normal operation. See the Forensic Bridge DIP Switch Configuration Guide for more information

User Interface
LCD 2 Row x 16 Column monochrome LCD character display
Buttons Two buttons: “Menu” and “Enter” buttons for navigation

Other Features
Write-Blocking Write-blocking is permanently enabled for the Tableau T9
Status LEDs Six LEDs: DC IN, Power, Host (detect), Device (detect), Wrt Block (enabled), Activity
LCD Contrast Control LCD contrast adjustment via externally-accessible potentiometer

FireWire Device FireWire devices must conform to the Serial Bus Protocol (SBP-2) specification
Host Interface FireWire 800/400 or USB 2.0
Host OS Microsoft Windows version 7, 8, 10
Macintosh OS X
Most modern Linux distributions (Note: Linux distributions have varying levels and quality of support for USB 3.0)

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 5.625 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)