• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Worked first time, works every time.

    I bought the adapter when I bought my new Mac in late 2014. It is needed as my home is hard wired. It worked the first time I used it and every time since. An excellent product!

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    works but gets hot

    is working fine but gets hot. Hope it lasts and not blow up or cause the mbp to whirring it's fans.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works Great!

    Initially I was worried due to the other people's reviews. I bought it, and turned out it has worked well. No crashes, or errors like others reported.
    It just works on my MBA 2014.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Thunderbolt ethernet is a piece of ...

    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.

    47 of 52 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Loses connection when laptop position is adjusted

    The product works as intended, in that it allows a newer generation macbook to use a hard wired ethernet connection.
    The chief complaint is that every time you adjust the position of the laptop, the adapter moves very slightly, and the connection is lost. This is rather annoying.

    11 of 11 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent product but a bit pricey

    Having read some of the reviews of having to upgrade the Thunderbolt driver, I was initially put off. But bought it on a sale-or-return basis to try it out. Have been working with it for a few hours now on my mid 2011 MBA running OSX 10.8.5. There are no problems. The speed is very good when compared to the wi-fi option. I use Tor and TorBirdy and sometimes use the Tor bridge which really slows down the communication traffic. With a direct connection to the ethernet through Thunderbolt the speeds are much enhanced now.

    I have plugged it into the LAN port of Airport Time Capsule. Have also tried it through the LAN port of the router. It works fine on both machines.

    It is however a bit pricey and there are no cheaper 3rd party choices either. I also had to buy a 5m cable to reach the router from my desk which was another expense I had to add to the price of the adapter.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works perfectly with rMBP w/ Boot Camp Win 8.1 & OS X Yosemite

    This adapter is well worth the money, and it works beautifully. I am using it with a Boot Camp version of Windows 8.1 and OS X Yosemite. It supports sleep mode on both operating systems, contrary to what some people are claiming here. I am guessing this is because of new drivers released around August 2014 for Windows 8.1.

    Only con is that it is not hot pluggable with Boot Camp Windows 8.1 started. If you unplug it, you have to shut down Windows and restart it with the adapter plugged in. OS X supports this! For now, if you want to hot plug an Ethernet-adapter in Boot Camp Windows installations, you need to buy a 3rd party USB3 Ethernet adapter. I don't find it flimsy either, as some people here are stating. It fits snugly in the port.

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Randomly disconnects

    I bought this to be able to backup 1 TB of data a bit quicker. So far it's not working, as it always looses its connection before the backup completes, making the backup fail. Not very impressive. No status light either, so you can't tell by looking at it if it's working or not - you have to pull up Network Preference and see if it's green. Plugging it in and out works, sometimes, but this thing is a pain in the rear. My 6 year old macbook's built in ethernet is far more reliable.

    27 of 33 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Would be great if it actually worked

    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.

    38 of 42 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Do not buy this product

    Fast connection when it works. But it rarely work. So unreliable. Returned it after 2 days.

    20 of 22 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

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Gets Gigabit speeds, but raises ping.

    Works as advertised, capable of 1000mb up and down. Only problem is it significantly raises ping. Verified that a friends computer on the same cat6 cable can get 6 ping, yet mine is much higher at 28. While still pretty good, losing 22 ping is pretty significant.

    12 of 14 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    Put this to use upon its arrival, and installed my OS without a hitch. No complaints

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works Perfectly

    I unboxed the product. Then plug into my 15" Macbook Pro (2013) retina, and connect it with ethernet cable which further connects to your home gateway. It detects automatically and now you are already connected. It's that very simple and easy. Really No-Brainer! Hassle free and I'm very happy with the product.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Adapter for amazing speed!

    I think this is an amazing adapter, gives you the speed you want, and takes advantage of your WiFi capabilities on your Mac, love it. PS, it also bends to be at the right angle for the cable!!

    6 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    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.

    34 of 35 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Expensive and lack of Apple quality

    When I first got the product, it worked great. It was fast, easy to use. The only issue I had with it was the stiffness of it. Later on, after about 1 month of use, the adapter stop working altogether. not sure what do to now.... $30 adapter RIP

    Honestly I think it is better just to get a wireless router.

    7 of 8 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

    'Garbage' & 'Junk' Come to Mind

    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.

    78 of 86 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Don'y buy for use with Boot Camp and Windows!!!

    You must have the adapter plugged in before booting Windows for it to work.

    20 of 30 people found this useful