• 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

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    doesn't work with time machine

    Having a Macbook Air for almost two years, I look forward to a faster connection and hence choose this 100Mbps adapter. Unfortunately, this connection would allow me to use the time machine enabled on my NAS. ....

    18 of 42 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Works when it works... but

    I have purchased four of these devices for my wife's MacBook Air and only one is still working. I have also replaced two of them through the Apple store. I am extremely disappointed with the quality of this simple but essential device.

    62 of 66 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Very satisfied with the adapter

    I have a Macbook Pro with a broken ethernet card and I cannot use wifi so I decided to buy this adapter. However, the package says MacBook Air only - and in the retail store (macoteket.se) they were not very helpful, they just said what was on the package and didn't event wanted to try the adapter with a different Mac. When I came home, I just plugged the adapter in and voila - my mac announced the USB Ethernet was found and that I can check it in the Network Preferences and I got connected.

    What I like on this adapter is the cable between the USB and ethernet sockets which makes it really more usable and prettier. The price is also VERY nice. My OS is Snow Leopard 10.6.7.

    25 of 27 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Broke far too soon.

    Mine broke after 2 months between one connection and the next. I've tried multiple cables and switches including ones that work with other machines. The light on the switch doesn't even turn on. This one is just dead.

    How hard is it to make this item durable? Really... I've had plenty of dongles and pretty much treated them like junk. No issues. This thing? Pah...

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic! Turn your Mac mini (Server) into a gateway/proxy/firewall.

    Someone else wrote that this stopped working on his Mac mini Server after upgrading to 10.6.6 but I think something went wrong for him - I've just bought this and already have 10.6.7 and it works fine on my Mac mini Server (and my MacBook) so I'm very pleased, nothing wrong with this and I can use my Mac mini Server as a gateway/firewall/proxy for my internal network separating it from my external gateway.

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Now Only Works With MacBook Air

    This little gem used to be the device of choice for adding a second Ethernet interface to a Mac Mini Server and I'd been using one that way for about a year. After doing a software update to 10.6.6 it stopped working. Forewarned is forearmed – it appears that Apple is finally enforcing the MacBook Air system requirement. Bummer. Two stars for downgraded functionality.

    969 of 1160 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    I have 3 of these and only 1 works!

    I have three of these adapters. I bought one with my new MacBook Air which works fine. I went to the local Apple store and bought two more and neither of those work??? Has anyone seen problems with newer version of these units?

    19 of 36 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works perfectly in Linux

    I'm not the usual Apple user, so my use is a bit odd. I wanted to share that these work perfectly under Linux (Fedora13+ at least). I've got three of these on a netbook running as an MLPPP (bonded DSL internet) and it works great. For $29 each, the price is surprisingly reasonable. They're on a cable, so putting multiple on tightly connected USB headers isn't a problem, either.

    58 of 65 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome, No Problems

    I got a MacBook Air for my birthday last year and got this device. It works awesome no problem.

    16 of 20 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    inserting adaptor into air and ethernet cable connected to modem wont work

    I was told I need an apple adaptor driver and asked for this - but the apple attendant who served me this just gave me the adaptor when I described what I needed. I have tested the internet cable with a pc and it works, so it can only be the adaptor or something missing I need to do on the MAc. Frustrating as I need this to go overseas in 2 days' time where I often use cable. I had assumed it would be dead simple.

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    Product works as expected.

    To clarify something, I see people complaining about the speed only being 100Mbps. The reason apple did not waste their time putting a 1Gbps controller in this device is that USB 2.0 only supports a maximum transfer rate of 480Mbps. To put a Gigabit controller in this would only cause issues.

    42 of 46 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    It just works, like all Apple products!

    Purchased this for my MacBook Air and it works flawlessly! I use wifi 90% of the time, but for those rare occasions that wired is the only way to go, it's nice to know that I just jack right in and get to work. I work in IT so having access to both wired and wireless connections is a MUST for my line of work!

    By the way, a quick word about the the adapter only being 10/100 vs Gigabit capable. This is not due to Apple being "cheap" or controlling, but rather has to due with the inherent limitation of the USB connection itself. See, by definition, USB 2.0 has a theoretical maximum bandwidth of 480 Mbps. This means that USB 2.0 - at a maximum - is capable of less than half of the maximum Gigabit speed (1,000 Mbps). So even if Apple would've included this feature in the device itself, the bus the USB connects to internally would prevent it from ever reaching anything near that speed, plus, the device probably would've cost about 300% more since most Gigabit-enabled products usually cost approx. that much more for that capability.

    My only (slight) complaint is the lack of status/link lights on the device. Again, from an IT standpoint, that feature is a welcome addition, however, being an Apple product, Apple does not include these lights on any of their products (MacBooks, Apple TV, Mac Pros, etc.) so I didn't expect them to include it...just a personal preference is all!

    702 of 845 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Does Its Job - But NO Gigabit? Really?

    Again, Apple continues to confound me with providing an elegant-working solution to provide a hardwired Ethernet port to the Macbook Air, but designing it to run at 100 Mbps. Yes - 100 MEGABITS PER SECOND. Really, Apple? I find it hard to believe it would have cost any more to provide a 1Gbps adapter...

    Let's all get Erasertop haircuts and go see the Bel Biv Devoe concert since our Ethernet connections run at speeds from the 90s. Booooooo!

    40 of 165 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works As Expected

    It just works. I don't need this adapter normally, but it has proven handy in those rare circumstances when WiFi is unavailable or I need to transfer something large.

    With several other reviews complaining about the lack of gigabit, I feel obliged to point out that USB 2.0 is not fast enough.

    51 of 58 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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Just Works

    I have a connection now and it doesn't need any setting up. It just works.

    70 of 80 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent, Very Fast

    I have good wireless at home and on campus, but thought I'd get this as a just-in-case accessory. Turned off Airport and connected the ethernet cable and the speed increase over our wireless was significant. Well worth the money and there when I need it.

    480 of 547 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Functional, but slow

    I purchased this product for an end-user who purchased a MacBook Air (has no ethernet adapter onboard)... First thought was to use wired internet to download all updates/applications, however was disappointed - download speed was 60 kbps (have had download speeds up to 10 mbps on connection), so switched to wireless, which gave 1.0 mbps on same download. Wireless is much faster then ethernet can handle with this adapter. Only way I see this adapter worth while is if wireless is completely unavailable on your network...

    29 of 61 people found this useful