• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Expensive and flawed

    • Written by from Roma

    I can understand the removal of ethernet ports if it was for reasons of size (since the Retina is quite thin and I'm not entirely sure Ethernet would fit too well), otherwise not a very good decision.
    That said the adaptor does what it's mean to do, but it has some major flaws.
    First of all, the price tag. After having purchased a rather expensive computer, having to throw in another 30 just to be able to go online isn't really ideal. They could've thrown one in for free, but I guess that's not how Apple rolls.
    The second problem is that, despite being light and portable to bring behind when out, the cable part of the adaptor is quite thick and not very flexible, which can be pretty annoying if you're trying to work in cramped spaces (or just don't have 15cm to the left of your laptop). The cable part can, obviously, be bent, but I wouldn't be surprised if it would soon destroy the adaptor. I try not bending it as much as possible, and having had it for just over 4 months I can see it's getting pretty ruined.
    But the last, and definitely most annoying problem, is that the adaptor does not fit snugly in the port and wobbles. The slightest twitch can cause your connection to drop, forcing you to disconnect and reconnect the cable for it to be recognized again.

    120 of 157 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    'Garbage' & 'Junk' Come to Mind

    • Written by from Austin

    As many others have noted, this ethernet adapter is full of unpleasantries:
    -Cable far too stiff, causing dropped connections if bumped
    -Adapter runs far too warm
    -Does not hot-plug in Boot Camp Windows. This wouldn't be a major issue except that it drops connections often, so you can't just hot-swap-resume.
    -When plugged in, Boot Camp Windows will not wake from hibernate.
    -Occasional kernel panics when hot swapping in Mavericks
    -Does not work on 1st Gen Thunderbolt Macs (in my case, on a first gen thunderbolt MBA)
    -When plugged in, noticeably reduces battery life

    It seems odd that Apple - who pioneered hot-swap with the Bondi iMac way back in 1997 - would release a half-baked ethernet adapter, particularly since those users who might need it the most are corporate entities, which predominantly use Windows. There's nothing portable about a huge dongle hanging out the side of a sleek MBA.

    0 stars. Pure garbage. Try again, Apple.

    70 of 77 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't Last

    • Written by from Smiths Station

    Worked great at first with no issues and then after about 2 months it became unreliable. If my internet cable was moved at all it would disconnect. Now it doesn't work at all. The port also gets very hot.

    55 of 59 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Fried after only a few weeks

    • Written by from San Diego

    My thunderbolt-ethernet adaptor just died in the middle of transmitting data from a brand new Retina MBP, 2 months after I bought it. Shame on Apple for removing time-proven robust and reliable internal Gigabit Ethernet and Firewire ports for the sake of unreliable Thunderbolt interfaces and slower WiFi.

    70 of 91 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Loose thunderbolt ethernet adaptor after five months

    • Written by from greenbank

    I have been using the Thunderbolt ethernet adaptor for five months now. While it worked well till up to this week, the connection to the laptop is getting loose and I lose connection to the internet. This is very frustrating. I miss not having the ethernet port directly in my new laptop. The price for the adaptor is high, considering that it loosens up and behaves unpredictably. I may have to purchase a new one every six months. I will try the USB adaptor, since it is a little wider and hopefully more stable. I also do not like the length of the adaptor. If it is not supported by a table, it puts quite a torque on it. I wish that it was smaller and without any movable parts. I love my new retina display laptop and if this bit of an inconvenience was resolved, I would be thrilled.

    55 of 61 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    1 step forward 2 steps back

    • Written by from Portland

    Well Apple has the amazing ability to ignore the little things.. And they did it again.

    Got a new Macbook pro with retina a few weeks ago, love the machine.. But,,,

    First,,, why did Apple take the network port out? REALLY?? The world is NOT wireless yet.. Right now us IT folk still dwell in the data center with lots Of wire, and most network switches, power strips printers etc need some direct connection attention once in a while..

    Second,,, The Lighting Bolt network adapter ,,, its NOT an adaptive port like the older model MacBook Pro's had. So if your business is working with hardware you get to carry a hub with you or a flipped ethernet cable.. BOOOOOO! They had it right then "fixed" it..


    90 of 133 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't work with macbook air

    • Written by from Montreal

    Apple broke this functionality in Yosemite and has refused to add it back in subsequent updates. They really should pay us all back for the $30 wasted on this crud. This is the first Apple component that ever made me consider that I should give up on the company.

    61 of 77 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't work - get USB 3.0 to Gigabit instead

    • Written by from Poway

    Got one from apple store, had trouble getting it to work with Windows 7 or Windows 8 (worked on Mac side fine though). Since i use bootcamp a lot and needed a full gigabit speed - ended up returning and buying a USB 3.0 one from usb3gigabit.com. This one worked on mac and on Windows without any issues plus it left my thunderbolt usable for the display or storage.

    63 of 81 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Chandler

    I love Apple products but they failed here. Stopped working reliably after a couple months and now it's bad. It worried me how warm it got and I think that's the problem.

    46 of 48 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not work

    • Written by from Dallas

    WAIT FOR UPDTE PATCH BEFORE PURCHASING. Bought this to use with my MacBook Air and Apple messed up the patch to make it work and then pulled it with no explanation (typical). Currently I have an unusable dongle and cannot download any software while at the WWDC since they require you to have a wired connection to do so. Nice job Apple - not.

    132 of 224 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not working after 10.10.2 Update? WTF?

    • Written by from Torrance

    This worked great when it was on 10.10.1. After the update, it stop working. So, I tried it on my other Mac to double check, which was on 10.10 and it works perfect on that. WTF?

    44 of 49 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Do not use if you want this to work with WIndows 7

    • Written by from marina del rey

    I dual boot my MBP to Windows 7 in order to do work on it. Although I can get this adapter to work in Windows 7, there are two major drawbacks. First is that the dongle has to be attached to the MBP AT BOOT or it will not see it. You cannot plug it in after it has booted and expect Windows to see it. Second is that once you do have it working, the laptop CANT GO TO SLEEP! It goes into hibernation mode, which is a deal-breaker. If you need a network adapter that'll work with Windows 7, this is NOT your product. I am very disappointed with Apple about this.

    54 of 71 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Lasted for 48 hours

    • Written by from Cheltenham

    Lasted for 48 hours. Spent hours rebooting/reconfiguring network. Multiple restarts etc. etc. etc. The last thing I thought the problem would be was the Apple adaptor that I purchased 2 days previously. WOW! What has happened to Apple? Appalling!

    Why ditch the ethernet port in the first place?

    45 of 56 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Save your money

    • Written by from Flushing

    I bought this shortly after they came out but just got around to running an ethernet cable to my desk in mid February. I was happy to have a wired connection to my Air finally but today I noticed a marked decrease in performance. After logging out, then restarting with no improvement, I checked the network to find I was on Airport. The Preference Pane said the cable was unplugged, but it wasn't. The adapter was significantly warm to the touch and unplugging and plugging it back in did not help. System Profile could see it but it just quit working, giving me a very short useable life; less than two months.

    36 of 38 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not working with 2011 Macbook Air

    • Written by from Saratoga

    Pick one up today at the retail store, I have a 2011 MBA (Thunderbolt port) 1.8GHz and 10.7.4, plugs into the TB port and nothing happens. Went into Network under System Preferences and tired to see if I can manually add, no go... Not sure if I have a defective one or what.... Need some confirmation from other users....

    99 of 166 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Thunderbolt ethernet is a piece of ...

    • Written by from Centralia

    When ever I unplug the adapter and use wifi and then come back the ethernet does not work, I always have to reboot the computer. I absolutely must have access to my gigabit network.

    I don't know if it's the adapter or the thunderbolt port but this is a piece of junk. Apple needs to bring back the built in ethernet port even if it means a fatter laptop.

    36 of 41 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Constantly being replaced.

    • Written by from FORT SMITH

    I have now had three all of which have failed. Yes, apple replaced one free, but none should need replacing. No moving parts. Just fail after fail. Unimpressive from such a normally reliable company.

    37 of 44 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Newmarket

    I've replaced this once already and my second one in 6 months has now crapped out. Premium price point for a terrible and unreliable product. Furthermore, as others have noted, this does not work well in Boot Camp as you have to reboot after the computer goes to sleep to regain functionality.

    31 of 32 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Would be great if it actually worked

    • Written by from Pleasant Hill

    I bought this adaptor with my new MacBook Air. It worked the first couple of times I tried it, but since a software update, nothing. It sounds a lot like problems people were having a year or two ago, but I haven't found a solution. I'm really getting tired of buying apple products that are one software update away from not working. I've had a similar problem with Bose speakers and my iPhone. I've been a longtime Apple fan, but this is trying my patience (and my wallet) big time.

    33 of 37 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Tbolt to Gigabit adapter not compatible w cable modem

    • Written by from Inglewood

    Apple: please address! TWC is my ISP, I use a NetGear C3000 cable modem/router. My MacBook Pro is 4 weeks old. Wifi works lightning fast. However, when I use an ethernet cable and the Tbolt to Gigabit adapter, content takes forever to load, and after three or four pages, won't load at all. MBP detects the ethernet conn and shows it's connected, but I can't browse. Apple, NetGear, and TWC all unable to solve.

    36 of 44 people found this useful