• 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

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Very fast but.... (rMBP)

    • Written by from Uckfield

    It is a very fast adapter, bought it for my rMBP to use at uni. the issue is that it falls out VERY easily, which is somewhat of an issue for me. when working at a desk its fine, but at other times it gets knocked even just a little and it disconnects and takes a while to reconnect. This is annoying!

    40 of 43 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Very good product!

    • Written by from DIXON

    Now I can have ethernet port when my wifi is not working or when I am in hotels with wired connection only. At first it did not work, gave it a few minutes, plugged it again and then it is connected and ready to go! I have a Macbook Air 2011.

    42 of 47 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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great!

    • Written by from Tampa

    Got it because the wifi in my dorm was unbearable and now my internet is super fast.

    32 of 36 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    works great (adds the port that should have been there)

    • Written by from Laguna Niguel

    I used with a MacBook Pro (Retina).

    I connected with a Cat 6 cable directly to a Mac Pro (2008) ethernet port. Using the Finder, can transfer files at about 100 MB/s (as seen in Activity Monitor during the transfer). This is way faster than the 7 MB/s I get when doing the same thing over the Airport Extreme network (WiFi 802.11n).

    Pros: works great. Way faster than WiFi. Adds a port I think should have been there (yes, even in 2012).
    Cons: Uses up a Thunderbolt port (no daisy-chaining this puppy). Is an additional thing to carry around.

    30 of 32 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    This adapter takes more battery juice than Wifi

    • Written by from Davao

    Is everyone experiencing this? I've tried testing both wifi and thunderbolt adapter. My conclusion was wrong.

    Using Battery Health app I got this:
    The watts usage after 1 minute:

    Wifi ~ 9.34 Watts
    Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet ~ 12.31 Watts

    I'm using ML 10.8.1 and MacBook Pro Retina.

    It's disappointing because I bought this to minimize battery usage in the first place.

    44 of 61 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    works fine but it's a shame you need one

    • Written by from Blandford Forum

    The adapter works fine connected to my macbook pro with retina display, and my macbook air, in that it allows you to plug your ethernet cable into the computer.

    It's a shame however that the thunderbolt plug and socket are not nearly as sturdy as ethernet, and come out far too easily, which is very frustrating.

    But the real issue is that the computer doesn't come with an ethernet port. I can understand in the case of the macbook air that they are all about thinness, and ethernet is fractionally thicker than thunderbolt. But a MacBook Pro should not be without ethernet. Professionals using these machines rely on ethernet all the time for transferring large amounts of data. The photography, film and music industries all use ethernet to transfer data to and from computers and servers. And carrying around a flimsy adapter that falls out of it's socket with a gentle nudge just isn't a viable option. But until Apple changes their "pro" design, I guess we're stuck with these silly, flimsy and overpriced things.

    27 of 28 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Solid and fast.

    • Written by from North York

    Used on a MacBook Air mid 2011 (11"). All updates installed for 10.7.4 and the adapter got an IP address in less than thirty seconds after being plugged in.
    Constant network traffic for at least 7 hours straight and it never faltered.
    This adapter is not leaving my computer bag.
    All you need is to have your MacBook software up to date.

    26 of 26 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Crashes daily

    • Written by from PALO ALTO

    I have a relatively new Macbook Pro running Mavericks. When I arrive at work and plug in my ethernet adapter, my MacBook crashes. It happens probably 7 times out of 10. I have two other colleagues with MacBooks, and the exact same thing happens to them. They have stopped using the adapter as a result. The kernel panic log refers to ethernet code, but there is no solution on the internet and no firmware update that I know of.

    25 of 25 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Worked for about a month

    • Written by from Carlisle

    Speed was fine. I used it constantly because we have no wifi here, and after the first time I unplugged it, I got a DNS error. Some random rebooting and unplugging fixed it, but after unplugging it a second time the same thing happened and nothing I've tried has fixed it. Looking around the internet, other people with mid-2012 macbook airs seem to be having the same problem with it. Fix this apple!

    28 of 31 people found this useful