• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    It works great but be careful when plugging it to an Avaya telephone

    It has been working great since I bought it a couple of years ago.
    I had always plugged it directly to a wall internet port in my company, but one day, a person from the IT Dpt. saw me unplugging the AVAYA telephone of the room, in order to plug this adapter, and recommended me to connect this adapter to a second port on the telephone, instead of unplugging and plugging the telephone every time I was using this adapter. And so, I followed his advice, and everything worked out well for a few days but then apparently there was a problem and one room of my company lost the internet connection in the ports... Guess what? it was the one I had been using. Well...long story short... they say that this ports are POE or something like that...don`t really know what that is...but apparently there is current passing from these ports to the telephone...and also current passing through the adapter from the Mac... so... They say , that the wall port...to prevent a short cut...blocks itself...
    What I don't understand is , why it works if I eliminate the middle guy (THE PHONE) of the equation... when I plug the adapter directly to the wall port...everything is fine...

    May be my adapter is too old... I don't know... I think it is a great product but I had this problem...

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars


    We use these on a large scale in our company 70+. We haven't had any issues with them. (Sure some broke, but things break after a lot of use) Some we have had for two years and are still going.

    The people complaining about them breaking after 2 months are clearly just mistreating them. Leaving them plugged in when carrying the laptop in a bag, or resting the laptop on its side with it still plugged in. (I've seen this many times before). I'm sure if you take it to apple, and it is a genuine fault not caused by you they will replace it for you.

    8 of 13 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars


    I added this to my toolbox years ago and it sure has come in handy. Never had to configure it - It just works. One drawback, of course, is that it is not Gigabit. If you have a machine with Thunderbolt grab the other adapter instead.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great

    It is really good. I use it on my macbook pro and it has never dropped out. Little overpriced though... But hey, its apple and it works great.

    I'm pretty happy with it

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Plug and play

    I don't know what some of these other reviewers are having trouble with, but it works fine for me on a Retina Macbook Pro with 10.8.3.

    10 of 12 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works as advertised; gigE would be a plus

    The USB Ethernet adaptor does exactly what it says it does and I am quite pleased with it for what it is. However, it'd be a five star product if it supported gigabit Ethernet. I have >100 Mbps internet to my apartment, and so I really do need the extra speed to maximize my connection—completely regardless of my gigabit LAN. I'm eagerly anticipating a 10/100/1000 version of this dongle.

    29 of 43 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works on a Mac Pro

    My Network card stopped working - bought this device and was able to convert a USB port to a network port without a problem - plug and play. Apple said it was only for the Mac Air but seems to work with every Mac we have...

    42 of 44 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars


    This works perfectly. Plug and play. I like the little plastic cap it comes with to keep it together. A little expensive but I don't mind paying a little more for something that is good quality. I would recommend this.

    23 of 28 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Not Gigabit...

    1. Works as advertised 10/100mbps - It managed 9 Mbps = ~78mbps(not bad for a 100mbps device but still too slow). My restore from Time Capsule took an entire night+. Much slower than my 2 year old Macbook Pro with Gigabit.
    2. I've read a few reviews here that say Gigabit (1000mbps) isn't good on USB 2.0. These people may not have searched Amazon - There are other 2.0 devices that cost as much and provide 10/100/1000 with USB 2.0.
    3. Gigabit is 1000mbps and USB 2.0 is 480mbps - The reviews show that the adapters hit about ~280 mbps which is nearly 5x as fast - I'm not expecting it to defy the laws of physics, but that's better than 80...
    4. Apple hasn't updated this device since the Air was launched in 2008.
    5. I will be returning mine for one that works faster and costs $28.95 on Amazon.

    If you aren't using this to transfer large amounts of data, then it works well. Otherwise, I would look elsewhere.

    93 of 118 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Very cool - Use as a second network adapter

    I'm an IT guy and used this as a second NIC on my MacBook Pro (currently running 10.7) to work on multiple networks at a time. Just assigned a static address to the USB NIC and kept my onboard NIC running my regular internet/inter office traffic.

    32 of 33 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    It just works with Lion!

    Like the title says, it just works! Plugged it into an available USB port on my MacBook Air with Lion and it instantly shows up in the network settings page ready to be configured. Gave it a star less to full for the absence of Gigabit speed. But it's likely to be the limitation of USB 2.0 anyway...

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars


    I have used this product now for a few days while travel around in China. It has not give me any problems yet.

    The only problem that I have is the price, but again, you pay what you get isn't?

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    usb modem

    I like to send faxes directly from my iMac, and this has been a boon to let me save paper, and keep all faxes in the same folder. Very good, reliable, and simple.
    My only caveat with the piece is that it will only work in a 32bit environment, which is what *no* new iMacs come with. And the 64bit platform truly is a very lean and powerful machine.

    13 of 33 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Easy to use but not Gigabit

    Not much to say about this, it worked just as expected. Just plug it in and go.

    Two things could be better:
    1) Gigabit. 100mbps is just to slow for some big operations
    2) Indicator lights. It would be nice to have some indication if the link is active.

    29 of 48 people found this useful