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

  • 3.0 Average
    3 out of 5 stars
    Number of stars Percentage Number of reviews
    • 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 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.

      • Written by Thomas S from Clarksville

      123 of 138 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Periodically stops working physical connection loose

    • 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. 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.

      • Written by Oliver G from Blandford Forum

      88 of 93 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?works fine but it's a shame you need one

    • 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 a 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!

      • Written by Ben C from Uckfield

      71 of 77 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Very fast but.... (rMBP)

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Great little adapter for a decent price

      I would highly recommend this little dongle over the USB Ethernet adapter for MacBook Airs and older Pros and iMacs. It's the same price as the USB adapter at $ I would highly recommend this little dongle over the USB Ethernet adapter for MacBook Airs and older Pros and iMacs. It's the same price as the USB adapter at $29.00, but it supports Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000 Mbps) speeds, which is way faster than the 10/100 Mbps max that the USB adapter has. I know a lot of people complain that the Thunderbolt to Gb Ethernet doesn't last long, but I can imagine that it was really designed with the iMac in mind.

      • Written by Connor M from Gladstone

      Is this review useful?Great little adapter for a decent price

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      WORKS GREAT!

      The internet speed is PERFECT for what I need it to do. Mine seems to be working fine, although the reviews say that it does wear out. Hopefully mine won't!!!!

      • Written by Diana B from Union

      Is this review useful?WORKS GREAT!

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Best MacBookAir (2011) to Ethernet Connection Option

      Recently found by accident. Big speed improvement over USB to ethernet, plus gaining back the USB port is huge. Did notice that the Thunderbolt connectors c Recently found by accident. Big speed improvement over USB to ethernet, plus gaining back the USB port is huge. Did notice that the Thunderbolt connectors can become disconnected, but when the etheret speed drops, its the obvious fix - so not a big deal for me. Using the Thunderbolt 2 port for an external hard drive is probably the best use of this port, but unfortunately I guess it doesn't make sense for drive makers at less than a $400 price point.

      • Written by Terry M from Floral Park

      Is this review useful?Best MacBookAir (2011) to Ethernet Connection Option

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