Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter

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  • Overview

    The Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter lets you easily connect to a high-performance Gigabit Ethernet network. Small and compact, it connects to the Thunderbolt port on your Mac computer and provides an RJ-45 port that supports 10/100/1000BASE-T networks.

    What’s in the Box

    Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter with built-in Thunderbolt cable

    System Requirements

    OS X v10.7.4 or later

    Thunderbolt-equipped Mac computer

  • Mac Models

    • 13-inch MacBook Air
    • 11-inch MacBook Air
    • 13-inch MacBook Pro
    • 15-inch MacBook Pro
    • 21.5-inch iMac - Thunderbolt 2
    • 27-inch iMac - Thunderbolt 2
    • Mac Pro
    • Mac mini
  • 2.5 Average
    2 out of 5 stars
    Number of stars Percentage Number of reviews
    • 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 th 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.

      • Written by Faisal H from Abu Dhabi

      15 of 20 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Extremely Poor Design

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter

      I couldn't agree more with the previous review. I paid my Mac a certain price and an Ethernet port would have been a good idea indeed. I just bought that ca I couldn't agree more with the previous review. I paid my Mac a certain price and an Ethernet port would have been a good idea indeed. I just bought that cable and it is busted already. Not impressed... Not impressed at all !!!!! AAAArrrrggggggghhhh!!!!!

      • Written by David T from Dubai

      9 of 15 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Perfect!

      I'm using it with my MacBook Pro, it doesn't easily slide out, it's very portable, and it's exactly what I need in places where the Wi-Fi signal is very weak. M I'm using it with my MacBook Pro, it doesn't easily slide out, it's very portable, and it's exactly what I need in places where the Wi-Fi signal is very weak. My friend bought one almost 1 month ago and it's still working fine. I'm not sure why the other reviews are not that positive about this great product (great quality and design).

      • Written by Abdullah I from Sharjah

      2 of 3 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Perfect!

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Perfect!

      I'm using it with my MacBook Pro, it doesn't easily slide out, it's very portable, and it's exactly what I need in places where the Wi-Fi signal is very weak. M I'm using it with my MacBook Pro, it doesn't easily slide out, it's very portable, and it's exactly what I need in places where the Wi-Fi signal is very weak. My friend bought one almost 1 month ago and it's still working fine. I'm not sure why the other reviews are not that positive about this great product (great quality and design).

      • Written by Abdullah I from Sharjah

      2 of 3 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Perfect!

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter

      I couldn't agree more with the previous review. I paid my Mac a certain price and an Ethernet port would have been a good idea indeed. I just bought that ca I couldn't agree more with the previous review. I paid my Mac a certain price and an Ethernet port would have been a good idea indeed. I just bought that cable and it is busted already. Not impressed... Not impressed at all !!!!! AAAArrrrggggggghhhh!!!!!

      • Written by David T from Dubai

      9 of 15 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter

    • 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 th 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.

      • Written by Faisal H from Abu Dhabi

      15 of 20 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Extremely Poor Design

  • Answers from the community

    • Can I use this cable to hook up a Time Capsule to my iMac?
      • Asked by Gillian K from Maryborough
      • on 12-Jun-2012

      Best Answer:

      This adapter is not necessary to connect your iMac to your Time Capsule for internet access and for This adapter is not necessary to connect your iMac to your Time Capsule for internet access and for your Time Machine backups. Time Capsule and iMac can be connected via Wifi. In almost all cases, though, using this adapter with a decent ethernet cable (I recommend at least a Cat 5e ethernet cable) connected hard-wired to your Time Capsule will not only improve your internet speed on your iMac, but also your Time Machine backup speed. The actual improvement in speed of these things will depend on your current internet speed and distance between the iMac and Time Capsule along with other possible interferences. In most cases, though, I would say the average user would notice a slight increase in performance, and the power user to notice a significant performance increase. If you deal with backup up many large files and are a heavy-bandwidth user, I woul definitely recommend using this adapter with either a Cat 5e or Cat 6 cable.

      • Answered by Jeffrey Y from Westmont
      • on 13-Jun-2012
    • Is this Thunderbolt 3?
      • Asked by Josephine L from New York
      • on 19-Apr-2018

      Answer

      No, it's Thunderbolt 2. In order to use it with a Thunderbolt 3 port, you'd need a Thunderbolt-3-to No, it's Thunderbolt 2. In order to use it with a Thunderbolt 3 port, you'd need a Thunderbolt-3-to-Thunderbolt-2 adapter. There's one on the store... search for "Thunderbolt 3 USB-C to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter" As unwieldy (and expensive) as chaining two adapters together may seem, at the time of this writing, it's probably the most reliable way to have a highly-portable, high-performance, reliable Ethernet connection. Any other USB-C dongle-style adapter available today will add its Ethernet port via the Type-C port's USB 3 channel, not the Thunderbolt channel. This makes the adapter much more prone to issues with reliability, driver compatibility, heat, and CPU usage. If something less portable is an option for you, I'd recommend using a Thunderbolt 3 dock to add an Ethernet port, since it would use the Thunderbolt channel, giving you better reliability and performance. I've used one by CalDigit with no issues, and Apple sells one by Belkin here on the store... search for "Belkin Thunderbolt 3 Express Dock HD"

      • Answered by Matthew J from Dublin
      • on 25-Apr-2018