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

      106 of 119 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

      77 of 82 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

      65 of 71 people found this useful

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

    • 3.0 out of 5 stars

      Unreliable

      I'm not on my third example of this device: the first one lasted just over two years; the second only four months. In both cases, the symptoms were a complete d I'm not on my third example of this device: the first one lasted just over two years; the second only four months. In both cases, the symptoms were a complete device failure, coupled with it actually getting too hot to touch. When it works, fine, but not reliable. And that's before we get into the idiocy of Apple removing ethernet from their computers.

      • Written by Richard H from Balquhidder

      Is this review useful?Unreliable

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Works Great

      I've had one of these and used it for years without any issues. Can easily saturate the gigabit connection at around 980 Mbps up/down.

      • Written by John C from Golden

      1 of 1 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Works Great

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Poor performance

      I bought MBP along with Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter. For some reason, either with the adapter or the port or both, the internet connection keeps dro I bought MBP along with Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter. For some reason, either with the adapter or the port or both, the internet connection keeps dropping. When the connection is dropped, i attach the ethernet cable to Del laptop, it works just fine. So the problem appears to be with the adapter/port. The adapter also get very warm, which is normal as told by Apple staff. Net conclusion: very frustrating to lose internet in the middle of work.

      • Written by Bijay S from Kolkata

      1 of 1 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Poor performance

  • Answers from the community

    • Will Windows 7 (bootcamp) recognize a thunderbolt ethernet adapter?
      • Asked by Jason R from Brookfield
      • on 12-Jun-2012

      Best Answer:

      The previous "yes" answer is correct, it does indeed work under Wndows 7 Bootcamp, but the answer is The previous "yes" answer is correct, it does indeed work under Wndows 7 Bootcamp, but the answer is a bit light on detail for a couple of the steps. Here's a fuller explanation: 1) download the driver per the instructions in the previous answer 2) unzip the drivers to a temporary folder on your hard drive 3) connect the adaptor to the thunderbolt port 4) reboot Windows Windows should automatically detect the adaptor now and install it. You may need to point the installer at the location where you unzipped the drivers. If Windows doesn't automatically install the device... 1) go to Start > Control Panel > Hardware & Sound and open Device Manager 2) click the name of your computer at the top of the device tree 3) click Action at the top of the window and choose Add Legacy Hardware 4) Click Next 5) Select "Install hardware that I manually select..." 6) Choose Network Adaptors 7) Choose "Have Disk" 8) Browse to the location of the drivers you unzipped earlier. 9) Click the .inf file 10) Select Broadcom NetXtreme Gigabit Ethernet from the list of drivers available 11) OK and install You may need to reboot again with the adaptor plugged into the Thunderbolt port to finish the job,

      • Answered by Benjamin C from London
      • on 9-Jul-2012
    • Best Answer:

      If you own a Macintosh Computer with a Thunderbolt port, then I recommend the Thunderbolt to Gigabit If you own a Macintosh Computer with a Thunderbolt port, then I recommend the Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet adapter because it has Gigabit speeds and works on a standard network.

      • Answered by Joshua G from Ft Lauderdale
      • on 3-Nov-2012
    • how do I connect a hdmi display to thunderbolt
      • Asked by Michael K from East Lansing
      • on 14-Feb-2013

      Best Answer:

      The easiest is to purchase a Thunderbolt to HDMI adapter. Apple makes Thunderbolt to VGA and DVI ad The easiest is to purchase a Thunderbolt to HDMI adapter. Apple makes Thunderbolt to VGA and DVI adapters, but for whatever reason has left it to 3rd parties like Belkin, Kanex, StarTech and others to sell (buy it from the Apple store if you are worried about compatibility and return issues). If this is your home TV and you simply want to use your Macbook, iPad or iPhone to display on the TV look at buying an Apple TV. It is the only Apple product with built in HDMI that will easily connect to to your TV or other HDMI device. You can then use Apple's AirPlay feature from any recent iPhone, iPad or Mac to mirror the desktop to the TV. Very cool feature and better than dragging cords around.

      • Answered by Stephen I from San Jose
      • on 19-Mar-2013