• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great! (But don't buy it for MBA!!!)

    Why? This is nothing wrong with the product at all and it works great! The problem is... if you are using Macbook Air and you need to connect to extra monitor with thunderbolt you are out of luck. Either have this or the thunderbolt to DVI/HDMI adpter. I never thought of this until I bought it went home and had the "Ahhhh moment". Get the USB version instead. If you never care about extra monitor ever at all or you don't need to do presentation on bigger screens then sure go ahead.

    179 of 234 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Try checking for a Thunderbolt update if it doesn't work

    When I first plugged the Thunderbolt to Ethernet adapter into my Macbook Air nothing showed up in the Network Preferences. Tried rebooting, etc. but nothing.

    Luckily I had a wireless connection available so tried Software Update and lo and behold there was a Thunderbolt Update available. Installed that and rebooted and the adapter worked perfectly.

    110 of 128 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Very fast but.... (rMBP)

    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!

    42 of 46 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    works fine but it's a shame you need one

    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.

    36 of 38 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Unable to use in a MacBookPro late 2013

    An adapter manufactured by Apple *should* work without hours of googling. Mine is still not working. Thanks El Capitan!

    30 of 34 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    This product Killed my MacBook Air

    I plugged it in and it froze my MacBook Air, on reboot my SSD drive was dead!! The Mac is now a Brick! Previously the Firewire Adaptor also froze the OS but I managed to recover the SSD that time with Disk Utility. I have posed this review a couple of days ago, but its been removed so here it is again.

    50 of 76 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    This doesn't work in El Capitan when using high speed 1000BaseT gigabit eth

    In a Macbook pro Retina Late 2013 with OSX 10.11.4, it doesn't support gigabit ethernet. It works fine with 100baseTX but it doesn't work with 1000BaseT.

    24 of 29 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Wicked Fast, but needs to be on power!

    I thought I had a faulty one, as on my MacBook Air it didn't work - it randomly came up as a thunderbolt device, but no ethernet, or not at all.

    I then tried it on power, and "pop" - it just worked, as expected... and it is very, very fast. copying files onto the Air with it's SSD I was getting a nice solid 45Mb a second.

    This is now part of my carry around kit for the laptop - excellent when you need a little more "oomph" than you can get with the Wireless.

    24 of 30 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    works great! for a while

    I got the thunderbolt adapter for my Macbook air because the place I was going to be at for a few months didn't have wifi. For the first three months of my stay I had absolutely zero trouble with it, but this past month it will occassionally disconnect but then a few minutes later will reconnect. It's been really iffy recently, and I've been a little bit concerned about plugging it into my computer. Hopefully I won't need it for too much longer, I'm not sure if it is meant to last more than a few months!

    19 of 21 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Waste of money!

    Absolutely pathetic adapter!
    I use this with a MacBook pro.
    I'm not sure if the magnetic connection is strong enough, as a slight (and I mean slight) adjustment in working position results in the network connection being lost.
    I generally love Apple products, but would seriously think twice before purchasing this adapter, especially if you're prone to moving your laptop whilst working (on your lap for instance).

    22 of 28 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Periodically stops working physical connection loose

    This dongle stuff is not reliable over time. On my 2015 MBP, the lightning connector for this adapter is loose in both ports. I will be running web meetings and if my laptop shifts or I bump the cable, the network disconnects, killing my meeting. It's really frustrating to have spent $2,000, then $30 for this connector and have unreliable Internet. I don't know if the flaw is with the adapter or laptop ports, or both. Just ridiculous to have this problem. I was better off with tech in the 1990s, then I plugged in network cable and it never failed.

    16 of 19 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not work properly in Windows 8 with BootCamp 5

    Using this device in Windows 8 results in the Sleep States being disabled due to poorly written Apple Bootcamp Drivers. If you need this to work in Windows don't buy.

    23 of 35 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Stops working

    I had it for a 2-3 years. I used it 30-40 times and stopped working. This is the second connector from Apple that behaves this way. I used to have one to get an HDMI connection (before it became standard in the MacBookPro), which I used 10 times before it quit. No buying these expensive gadgets from Apple anymore.

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    off to the races

    have new MacBook Air,purchased from Apple, plug the adaptor into thunderbolt 2 and bam! off to the races. no problems pure plug and work on uverse network at 72Mbps

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Extremely Poor Design

    Firstly, I should mention that I am forced to use this as the 2015 macbooks (retina) do not come equipped with an Ethernet port. For the price you pay, you'd think that some thought would have been put into designing this piece; here are some of the problems I've faced in using this:

    It is extremely sensitive to popping out of your laptop. As the Thunderbolt ports are very small, any time you move your laptop while connected, it's probably an 80% chance that the wire will slide out if you're not aware and cautious.

    Aside from the above, it still is prone to being lodged out due to the cube-like part of the adapter being caught on the edge of a table (for those who use their laptops on a table). All this is troubling when you prefer to maintain a steady connection to the internet.


    And to top it all off, mine has suddenly stopped working as well.. makes you realise how the quality of Apple's products are truly racing down the hill.

    10 of 14 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Macbook air 2011

    Initially I couldn't get this to work as even though it was showing as connected in the system report and I could see the port on my network switch was up OSX was not seeing the adapter as a network interface.

    In the end I fixed it by downloading Thunderbolt update 1.21 from the apple site (software update claimed no updates available)

    I would have posted the link but it seems the review system won't actually let me.

    10 of 14 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    bad bad bad

    this new adapter make my macbook retina 2016 loosing connection every time you have a minimum movement and i'm really disappointed . is a big issue without solution for an expensive tool

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Does the job

    Good product that does what it says. However, I have to knock a star because it does significantly reduce battery life. Prior to using this, I could use my macbook air all day with about 40% power left, when using this, my batter was flat just before the end of the day, so it uses like 70% more power. I am having to use this sparingly to conserve power.

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The best on the market.

    I bought mine for my Mac Book Air & it works perfectly, for me you get what you pay for, My friend bought 1 from EBay for half the price, and guess what, it did not work, The LED Light lit up but that was it.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great for 10mins

    Unfortunately, when using this adapter on a 2013 Retina MBP, I get about 10mins of use before the connection drops - this happens no matter the location: at home, at work or traveling using hotel internet.

    There seem to be a small number of people experiencing similar issues. The USB 3 to Ethernet adapter does not exhibit this behaviour and works flawlessly - bummer!

    4 of 4 people found this useful