• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesnt fit Thunderbolt 3

    I bought this to do port trunking on my 2017 iMac - so I as a user thought Thunderbold fits - but unfortunately APPLE DOESNT TELL ITS ONLY THUNDERBOLD 2 - and my iMac has Thunderbolt 3

    MISSING PRODUCT INFORMATION FROM APPLE !!!!

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  • 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 $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.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 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!!!!

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 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 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.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works well for me on High Sierra, no issues

    I was skeptical about buying this at first due to the review but it has performed without issue for many months now.

    Great buy.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    ditto - stops working

    same as others have reported, it gets unreliable and then stops working altogether. I can't think of any reason a part like this should "wear out"

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  • 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 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.

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  • 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.

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 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 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.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best dongle I have

    This has been in my use for 2 years and works ALWAYS. It is super quick and connects within seconds. It was used with a '14 MBPr 15"

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Room for Improvement

    The dongle actually works okay in a physical sense and isn't annoying or anything but I use it every single day for work in a secure environment which requires ethernet connectivity. If I lost my network access while I'm working it limits my productivity and this happens at least half a dozen times a day whenever anyone knocks the ethernet cable or adapter. I just wish it worked as well as an ethernet cable, there is truly no substitute for time tested solutions.

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Waste of money

    I had to go buy this after an apple employee told me nothing but the thunderbolt would work as an ethernet adapter on the mac. Under system report, the thunderbolt shows up as connected but under network it won't work. I spent over an hour on the phone with tech support trying to trouble shoot just to have her say 'I don't know what else you want me to do' and hangup. Wasted my money because this doesn't work and I still dont have internet access.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Ease of Use & Reliable Virtual NIC Teaming

    I have one of this 'Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet' adapter for the last 1+ to 2 years. It has served me well and works seamlessly through the update of macOS from Mountain Lion (I think) to Sierra to now High Sierra on an iMac. I vividly remembered there was one or two minor bugs back with Sierra Public Betas but it was sorted out at official release.

    The 'Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet' adapter is easy to install (just plug in and it works) and even easy to configure virtual NIC teaming to allow redundancy in connectivity. Fail-over works seamlessly too and maintain connectivity to the network when the iMac onboard NIC's connectivity is down (e.g. primary network switch's firmware update and reboot).

    I am not able to recall what is the typical throughput of this 'Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet' adapter. I vividly recall it is not the most fantastic throughput but given it is afterall an external adapter, some overhead loss is expectable. No compatibility issues experienced which may indicate the chipset used in this adapter is fairly compatible with that used in the network switches I have (Ubiquiti Edge Switches).

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Failed

    I've had my adapter for about two years with limited use. It sporadically drops my internet connection, which is not great while taking online exams or gaming. I'm not satisfied with the longevity of this product.

    16 of 17 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent

    So far it has worked excellent. I'm looking for a USB 3.0 multiport, but I could not find a decent one. Those who sell at the APPLE STORE do not have good grades.

    3 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not Plug into 2017 MacBook Pro

    I've now spent $200+ dollars on hubs, connectors, and extension cords to enable my uber expensive MacBook Pro to operate like a normal docked laptop. This accessory allows the ethernet to plug into it, but does not plug into any of the Apple designed Thunderbolt ports - the only ports available with the new laptop. Ports that make all connections stick out, just begging to get jammed sideways.

    You are better than this Apple.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Meh its Ok

    So...The speed is good, but...It feels flimsy. The connection is good between my MBP and the dongle, but it is a bit stupid to have to spend the money on it. I tried with an amazon basics one before this, but it just wouldn't recognise the connection. For £30 it is a bit steep for something that should really be built into the laptop. Its also something else to bring around with you. It is fast to connect the first time that you use it, but after that its ≈20 seconds for it to be recognised. I would say that if you genuinely need one, then get it, but don't if you need it for casual use.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great!

    I am very confused by the negative reviews. I've had mine for about two years and never had any problems. It works great and was relatively inexpensive.

    12 of 15 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Product does not work as described

    I have two of these adapters. After updating my MacBook Pro to Sierra, I can no longer get either adapter to connect to my GigE LAN. In System Preferences > Network, the Thunderbolt-Ethernet service indicates that a cable is unplugged. However, in About this Mac, the adapter shows up as plugged in. I've tested all connections, applied every update and tried every fix out there. Doesn't matter, no connection to GigE LAN.

    Before this failure, I could transfer large files from my MBPr to my LAN at GigE speeds. Now, the MBPr can only access my LAN at WiFi speeds - less than 10% as fast. PITA.

    This is a known issue (do a search) affecting many. Apple hasn't fixed it.

    Apple killed functionality of this adapter. Don't buy it. It will not work for you.

    26 of 28 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor Design

    Understandably, it does function properly. However with my circumstances, I'm always moving around with my Macbook. The wifi signal in my facilities aren't very strong, so I am to resort to this method. With that said, the adaptor itself always loses connection very easily when my MacBook moves but an inch. It would have been a very smart idea for Apple to have an integrated clip on the thunderbolt end of the adaptor, and on the MacBook itself 'inserts' for the clip to latch itself. When wireless internet fails, this minor flaw is clearly an annoyance, especially when this product is overlooked due to convenience and short term design.

    28 of 30 people found this useful