• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Worked out of the box

    I plugged this in and DHCP picked up an address right away. No configuration was necessary. I ran a LAN speed test using the following setup: Macbook air mid 2011 running OS X 10.7.2 with the network adapter plugged into a USB hub (built into my LA2405 display), VMware windows 7 virtual machine with a shared NAT network connection. I got a result of about 81Mbps write speed and 55Mbps read speed. This is not bad considering the layers I'm working through in my corporate network and we don't have a gigabit backend. I needed a solid connection because the wifi at work drops out if inactive for even a minute. This serves a very important purpose.

    Considering this item is more expensive than a non-apple product, I would still buy Apple because as an Apple product, I am confident that a high level of testing has occurred between the interaction of this and other Apple products. I like to think that Apple will be more inclined to fix any issues (and do it faster than a third party) should they arise in the future due to the interaction of one or more Apple products.

    34 of 43 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not compatible with OS X Lion

    If you plan to upgrade to OS X Lion or are using OS X Lion. Don't buy it. It's not compatible with OS X Lion.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    DO NOT BUY!!!

    This stupid adapter is only capable of fast Ethernet capable (100Mbps), which is about 12.5MB/s maximum, but never went faster than 9MB/s for me. USB 2.0 is cable of 45MB/s. This adapter is only good if you only use your Macbook Air for updating your facebook or something like that. Too slow for anything else.

    Go somewhere else and find a USB to Ethernet adapter that is NOT Apple branded and can do 1000Mbps. That will allows for better Airplay functionality and much faster (500%) file transfer speeds.

    Selling an Ethernet adapter that is not capable of 1 gigabit speeds at this day and age and at this price is shame. Apple, you are slipping!

    166 of 281 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    buy it now

    buy this adapter now
    when you need it you’ll be so happy you have it

    18 of 34 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome tiny thing :-P

    I have a friend who visits me a lot,
    and now he can connect to the internet through my iMac! Success :-P
    .. AND, my friend's computer is a PC!
    It took some minutes to get it working, i don't know if this is required,
    but try setting this, if it doesn't work after 3 minutes:
    "System Preferences/Sharing/Internet Sharing", and enable it.

    It could be made more easy, with a little software in the adapter.
    So it can work faster and easier, user friendly.
    That was my only little thing, everything seems to work as it should.
    (Remember it uses the same ethernet connector,
    same net = slower at, example: both computers streaming)

    18 of 32 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent piece of hardware!

    It does exactly what it's supposed to do. I knew ahead of time that it wouldn't give me gigabit speed. After all, it's utilizing a USB 2.0 port. However, it's still much faster than WIFI. FYI to the complainers, USB 2.0 speed is 480Mbps. That's all the faster that you will ever get with this, when using USB 2.0.

    I also read some reviews stating that the adapter doesn't work with Lion. That is false. I'm using it with the latest Macbook Air, running Lion. It's plug and play.

    I couldn't be happier! This is a very convenient little piece of hardware.

    54 of 59 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Unbelievable.

    Have to spend 50 dollars to by this thing only becuase my new Mac Book Air has the most useless Wifi connection in the world. Thanks Apple. You're Awesome.

    4 of 10 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great

    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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    good device to speed up

    this device speed up my connection to internet. no regret at all!!! easy to set up!!

    31 of 42 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Does its job

    Does its job without trouble. Total plug-and-play. 100% compatibility as expected.

    Some people have complained that it's not gigabit ethernet, but do realize that this is a USB adapter and no USB 2.0 device is going to get anywhere close to gigabit ethernet speeds. Don't bother with those - attempting to get drivers to work isn't worth the headache.

    33 of 39 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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works as advertised.

    Unfortunately, folks don't always fully understand the numbers they read.

    First, this adapter works fine on a MacBook Air running Lion. Plug and play.

    Second, this isn't a 1000Mbps Ethernet adapter, and has never been advertised as one. The USB bus wouldn't support that kind of transfer speed. The adapter tops out at 100Mbps because that's the only common-denominator speed between Ethernet and USB; there's no such thing as "480Mbps Ethernet," so you can't "fully utilize" the USB bus potential. Ethernet is either 10, 100, or 1000 for most desktop/laptop computers; 100 is the fastest that USB can handle. If you purchase this (or did so already) expecting faster speeds, then you had bad expectations.

    So this works as advertised.

    95 of 104 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Major Letdown-Check this B4 buy new Airbook

    Writing this as I watch the meter telling me it'll be another 10 hours to move my data from my Airbook to my Mini running X-Server so I can drop back to Snow till I have time to update some of my old software. Can't trust only a time machine backup when planning to reformat computer.

    For 30 years I've been using Macs and never had to worry about I/O options, always the best, I have over 30 of em around my businesses. Get home with new Mac Air purchased on good faith without even considering checking the I/O options and looking forward to see how much faster my network will perform with the latest. Then connect my external monitor to the thunderbolt port (beautiful resolution on the 32" LED) and look around for the RJ-45 and realize it's not there. No prob, go grab one of these adapters and it'll be done (never mind the extra expense), after all USB speeds are almost same as Gbps. Get back and plug it in, Hmmm seems awfully slow for Gb which has been available on every Mac for at least 5 years, in fact normally the problem is finding other hardware to take advantage of Macs fastest I/O options. So what's wrong, OK ended up at this page, didn't say anything about speed on the package. Oh No it's only 10/100.

    So much for having a Gigabit Cat 6 hardwired house, it's like dropping back 10 years with ethernet at 10/100 speed. Probably be using my 4 year old MacBook and giving my new Airbook along with this adapter to my 3 year old kid since there aren't any other options for the external monitor and ethernet (can't use an 11" computer at home). But then again, why give him the adapter, the WiFi gets a full 100 Mbps anyway.

    Hmmm. Maybe they made the Airbooks a little too small.

    30 year Mac Lover who's a bit disappointed this time

    53 of 95 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    It gets the job done.

    Pros -
    Bootcamp driver.
    Stylish
    Plug and play


    Cons -
    Works only with Air
    Very slow for today's use.
    Does not take advantage of USB 2.0 speed (maxes out at 100mbps).
    Could be smaller.

    13 of 26 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

    Useful

    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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works with Lion

    Unlike the previous commenter, my experience with a 2011 MacBook Air 13" in Lion has been nothing but positive. I plugged the adapter in and it worked just as expected. Good stuff!

    51 of 56 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does NOT work with Lion

    Apparently this modem does not work in 64bit mode, which is the default for Lion. It appears I now have a useless piece of hardware hanging from the back of my iMac. Do not buy this if you have Lion or plan to upgrade.

    41 of 91 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    It works...

    Gigabit speeds have been out for years and is even available in mainstream electronics. Why are these speeds not available is beyond me. Perhaps the usb 2.0 bus is too slow? I am disappointed that I am forced to use outdated technology when connecting my client's MacBook Air to Ethernet.

    26 of 40 people found this useful