• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Belkin Gigabit Ethernet Adapter does not lock the RJ45 head upon inserted

    • Written by Ibrahim B from Singapore

    I hope that this will be a revelation of the problem that most people faced when they used this product. Gotten the Belkin gigabit Ethernet adapter today.
    I've read the reviews of many whom mentioned that the connection is loose and they often got disconnected from the network they working on.
    I'm a little bit skeptical of the reviews given, for I know and believe that Belkin does produced world class product.
    After I have plug in the ethernet adapter to my MBP 2017 and the CAT 7 cable, it works almost immediate, very good network connection achieved.
    I realised that the RJ45 head did not being lock when inserted into the ethernet adapter and this will cause the RJ45 connection loose, like what others has commented.
    I've start to compare with other ethernet adapter like the Apple own Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter and also ASUS Ethernet Adapter and found that both ethernet adapter able to lock the RJ45 head (means not easily able to pull out unless you press the RJ45 head release lever to disconnect).
    There I realised the Belkin Ethernet Adapter that I just bought doesn't have the construct to hold or lock the RJ45 head when being inserted.
    As such, this may lead to disconnection of network if some movement or knock to the connection.
    Hope this review is constructive and help other realised what happened.

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Its totally okay^^

    • Written by Karim Andreas G from Solingen

    My Belkin USB-C to Ethernet Adapter works perfectly. It works fine with my MacBook Pro 13" and I can control our servers and systems perfectly. It gets a little bit warm during the day (around 40 degrees Celsius) but its okay.

    12 of 16 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Bought to have on hand - First try does not work

    • Written by Michael M from Morrisville

    So I did what many of us did when we bought the latest MB Pro. Buy all the adapters we thought we would need. So I bought this Belkin Ethernet adapter December 2016. And now when I needed it for the first time, only discovered now that it does not work at all.

    22 of 24 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Belkin, not Apple, and it really shows

    • Written by Lauri W A from Vancouver

    The connector is very loose, so every time you shift around, there's a 30% chance of the connector slipping out by a hair's width. Which is enough to kill network connectivity.

    The drivers are suspicious, and you have a catch-22 problem of figuring out how to load drivers without network connectivity, to get network connectivity.

    The dongle has a tendency of overheating and dropping connections, if you suspect it to heavy traffic for more than a few minutes.

    1 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not come close to 1Gbps

    • Written by Hakan S from Boston

    This adapter simply does not deliver 1 Gbps speeds. The fastest download speed I was able to produce was ~160 Mbps with this adapter. If I simply unplugged the Ethernet/Adapter and used WiFi (802.11ac) instead, I saw dramatically higher throughput (over 600 Mbps). This is a very slow adapter.

    29 of 31 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Belkin USB-C to Ethernet adapter

    • Written by David M from Deerfield

    This works, but if you put the computer to sleep, the adapter might not be recognized after waking. The only fix is to reboot the computer with the adapter connected - it may not connect if you install once the computer is booted. This also happens with my external USB-C HD, but not my USB-C to -B, or VGA adapters.

    23 of 24 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Worked briefly...then never again

    • Written by David B from Santa Monica

    When i first purchased this, it worked right out of the box. I tested it only for a minute or so.

    A few months later, when I actually *needed* it, I tested it again -- and it didn't work at all. 'Nuff said.

    25 of 26 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Junk adapter

    • Written by Denis R from Schifflange

    This is the only adapter available for ethernet on a macbook 12-inch and most of the time it doesn't work. As soon as we come back from sleep it status just shows: cable unplugged. It has to be the worst adapter I have ever used.

    30 of 32 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Internet Recovery will NOT work with this adapter

    • Written by Travis B from Burlington

    Save your money if you plan on using this adapter as a solution for using Internet Recovery. My institution uses WPA2 Enterprise on our wireless network, which isn't support by Internet Recovery, therefor, connecting via wifi is not an option. We bought these USB-C to Ethernet adapters as as solution. The problem is, while they work within the OS, they wont ever reach Internet Recovery. A tcpdump from my institution, and home network reveals there is initial chatter, then things go quiet.

    If you need a solution for wired Internet Recovery, using the Apple USB-C to Thunderbolt + Apple Thunderbolt to Ethernet does work.

    36 of 37 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    I used to think apple stood for quality

    • Written by Max S from Sheboygan

    I have never been more disappointed with a product in my short 23 years of life. You could cook an egg on this worthless adapter... overheating piece of junk. Apple, pull yourself together and fix this issue. 0/5 stars.

    34 of 40 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Cannot recommend -- unreliable

    • Written by David D from Lexington

    Like others have said I have two issues with this adapter:

    1) it sometimes fails to initialize when first plugged in. The adapter doesn't show up connected in Network Preferences. Unplugging and plugging back in usually works. Sometimes not though.

    2) If connected and in use for a long time (e.g. 5+ hours) it overheats and starts to degrade until it quits and fails. Letting it cool down brings it back for a while but it fails again sooner.

    I'm looking for an alternative.

    27 of 27 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Belkin USB-C Lan Adapter

    • Written by William H from American Fork

    First- Worked great for about one week. Now it overheats, disconnects my internet.

    Second: Regardless USB porthole I push this adapter into, it still won't work.

    Third: One of the Worst 3rd party items Apple sells. It's broken out of the box.

    Since this item is: A. Hazard to overheating. B: Consumes excessive bandwidth; C: Drains CPU;

    Why isn't Belkin issuing a recall?

    Worse yet, Why is Apple selling defective items.

    I don't use it often, so it's not like it's overused. Still I have LAN ports I've used for years and I've never had any thing overheat like this one.


    Waste of time and money!

    22 of 22 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Very poor effort Apple!

    • Written by Jason T from Lindfield

    Not compatible with Apple's "usb-c-digital-av-multiport-adapter" which makes this Belkin adapter of very limited use!

    Apple has dropped the ball on this one.

    2 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't Reach a Gig AND Overheats

    • Written by Emily M from Huntsville

    Wow. This product was a disappointment. Might as well have went on Amazon and got a $10 Ethernet adapter. I have tested this against multiple speed test servers including Ookla and this doesn't even get close to a gig. So sad. And the overheating? Yeah, scary warm. Like I mean HOT.

    27 of 31 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by Russell B from DENVER

    There is extreme overheating of the adapter when the device is plugged into my MacBook Pro. It stopped working and I had to unplug and let it cool down before it started working again!

    30 of 31 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Reboot adapter

    • Written by Bastian V

    Great adapter to reboot your mac.
    If you need to restart your mac, plugin the adapter and wait ~5 seconds. The mac will crash and restart.
    With this adapter you don't need to go through the hustle of going to the menu and click reboot - simply plugin the adapter - its that simple. Great device.

    56 of 58 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Kernel panics, bad drivers.

    • Written by Michael L from Ottawa

    The pros: When it works, it's a decent adapter.

    The cons: When connected to a USB-C hub (or the 21.5" 4K LG display), there are constant kernel panics, forced shutdowns and a choppy connection (problems at least a few times a week). This is definitely a driver problem with Belkin, as I complained to Apple and they verified that the kernel panics were related to this adapter and not to a problem with MacOS.

    I would highly recommend staying away from this adapter until Belkin get their act together and update the drivers! Even the latest driver (Nov '17) is quite buggy and borderline-unusable with 2016 MacBook Pros. Performance while directly connected to the MacBook Pro seems good, but many people will buy this to use with one of the new 4K/5K monitors, or with a USB-C hub, and they deserve to know of the poor quality experience that you'll have if you try this combination.

    2 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    WiFi would be a safer option

    • Written by Bruce W F from Docklands

    Purchasing a 3rd party product was always going to be an issue, especially based on previous reviews. Unfortunately the previous negative reviews were spot on. I used it setting up a new MacBook Pro 13" via a TimeCapsule backup. Things were looking good for the first 10 minutes, transfer speeds of 30-40 mb/s, but when I looked 5 minutes later, the speeds had dropped to 2 Mb/s and seemed to be staying that way. Touching the ethernet end of the adapter I was surprised it was so so hot- almost too hot to touch- and clearly needed to be elevated off the table as the plastic on the table top was turning mushy. Being careful not to wet the adapter I used a cold pack to try and decrease the adapter temp, and in doing so speeds increased to 15-20 Mb/s. This could have been fortuitous, but removing the cold pack after 5 minutes when the cold pack was closer back to ambient, speeds gradually returned to 2 Mb/s until the installation completed.

    Will I use it again? Most likely but not for significant data transfers.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not able to reach gigabit speed...

    • Written by Raul S from Springfield Gardens

    I'm not getting any transfer speed higher than 42-43MBps. It seems it is limited to USB2 only.

    38 of 40 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    My fears were not unfounded

    • Written by Kyle B from Miami

    I bought this reluctantly because it was the only option at the Apple store. Should have listened to my inner voice, or at least read the reviews here. It does indeed get hot as some reviews have stated and it does indeed need to be plugged into the right-side of my MacBook Pro as others reviews have stated. Both of these are, in my opinion, enough for shoppers to look elsewhere. Highly recommend NOT purchasing this product and it reinforces my view that Belkin is a poor partner for Apple.

    40 of 42 people found this useful