Questions & Answers for Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter
90 Questions from the Community
When will this adapter work in Bootcamp (windows 7)? If it will...
- Asked by Kevin C from Chatswood
- Jun 18, 2012
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Yes, but you must install the Windows Bootcamp drivers for the thunderbolt ports to work in Windows.
- Answered by Ryan G from Abbotsford
- Jul 24, 2012
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Can two mac air be hard wired on a thunderbolt to gigabit ethernet adapter?
Context of question: a hotel room anywhere where wifi is available along with a rj-45 internet source.
Hotel Wifi is unreliable, usually costs extra $$, is slower, and may have to be re-initiated at each connection time, in other words a big hassle; plus, like clockwork, it bogs down at peak use in the time zone you are in.
Users are two Mac Air and iPhone users.
The question is: from the single hotel rj-45 cable how do you hardwire the two Mac and establish a mifi for the two iphones, using existing Apple or Apple-compatible products?
Notes: I see 2 to 1 Cat 6 splitters available; I do not see Thunderbolt splitters; I see Airport Express has two ethernet ports, plus a usb port...
- Asked by Jacques C from Riverside
- Jul 4, 2014
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I would get the thunderbolt to ethernet adapter to connect the first MacBook Air to the hotel's internet via ethernet.
You could then get the USB to ethernet adapter and plug that into the first MacBook Air and go into settings and share your internet connection (from thunderbolt-ethernet) to USB-ethernet and with a 2nd USB-ethernet adapter for the 2nd MacBook Air connect the two MacBook airs with an ethernet cable.
Practically speaking it'd be better to connect the first MacBook Air to the hotel's ethernet (via the thunderbolt to ethernet adapter) and then in Settings "Share" your internet connection via the Airport (built in to the first MacBook Air) - this creates a wireless (and password protected, if you'd like) wireless network that you can connect the 2nd MacBook Air and iPhones to.
Another option is to connect an AirportExpress to the hotel's ethernet and create a wireless hotspot for all devices to connect to.
Most hotels do not have super high-speed ethernet internet access so the benefits of hard wiring the devices is probably not really worth pursuing, but technically doable with several adapters (as outlined above).
- Answered by Eric T from San Diego
- Jul 22, 2014
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will it do POE (power over ethernet)?
- Asked by Christopher Z from Glenshaw
- Feb 20, 2013
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why is thunderbolt adapter hot?
I use my Thunderbolt Gigabit adapter to connect to the internet. With in 15 minutes, the adapter is noticeably warm. I cannot tie this to any given activity, such as a prolonged download/upload, to video watching, or updates.
- Asked by Courtney N from Santa Clara
- Apr 2, 2013
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The end of the adapter that connects to your Mac actually contains a tiny chip that handles the "translation" to/from the Ethernet and Thunderbolt ports. It's completely normal for it (or any other Thunderbolt connector) to become warm during use, so there's nothing to worry about. :)
- Answered by Jacob P from Meridian
- Jun 25, 2013
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Can I use the Thunderbolt to Ethernet adapter to add a 2nd net port to my Mini? I want a dedicated line to a storage server plus independent intranet.
I have a RAID server that provides network storage. The bulk of my big file transfers are to the Mac Mini I'm using as a server. I'd like to keep those transfers from using bandwidth on the rest of my network, and I can live with my other computers accessing the RAID server via the Mini. I'd like the Mini to be able to talk simultaneously on both networks at close to full speed. I've seen other adapters that do this, but they cost hundreds of dollars. Will the Apple Thunderbolt to Ethernet adapter meet my goal?
- Asked by Stuart S from Houston
- Nov 18, 2012
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Yes, this works fine and is also a useful solution for turning a Mac mini into a router. There is one caveat, however. Unlike the built-in Ethernet port, the adapter port does not support auto-MDIX, i.e., it is strictly an MDI connection and must be connected to an MDIX port on a switch/router, etc. or you must use a cross-over adapter/cable to swap the pairs.
- Answered by Erik L from Hillsboro
- Jan 22, 2013
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The only way to connect a hard drive directly to a Time Capsule is with a USB cable. If your G Raid has a USB port, the included USB cable can be used.
- Answered by Daniel W from Chico
- Jan 11, 2014
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Does this product support native Vlans?
- Asked by Alexander K from Horsmonden
- Jun 12, 2012
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can you use hdmi thunderbolt adapter to stream movie from amazon firestick
- Asked by Edward M from Wallisville
- Dec 4, 2015
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Does it support NetBooting?
- Asked by Michael K from Rochester
- Jun 21, 2012
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There is no way to connect a Thunderbolt external hard drive to the Apple Time Capsule.
-connecting a Thunderbolt to Enet adapter to a Thunderbolt external hard drive doesn't do anything useful. (no NAS support built-in to Thunderbolt hard drives)
-Apple Time Capsule doesn't support adding extra storage via enet or USB2 (although it could possibly support adding storage via USB2)
- Answered by Chris S from San Jose
- Aug 25, 2012
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