• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Room for Improvement

    • Written by Clancy C

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Waste of money

    • Written by Caroline G from Deptford

    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.

    27 of 36 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Ease of Use & Reliable Virtual NIC Teaming

    • Written by Anthony C from Singapore

    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).

    1 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by Sarah B from melbourne

    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.

    33 of 35 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by Juan J from Bucaramanga

    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.

    9 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not Plug into 2017 MacBook Pro

    • Written by Kellar W from Olney

    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.

    37 of 53 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Meh its Ok

    • Written by Will H from surrey

    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!

    • Written by CARRIE J from Tulsa

    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.

    19 of 22 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Product does not work as described

    • Written by John M P from Portola Valley

    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.

    46 of 49 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor Design

    • Written by SEAN K from La Canada

    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.

    40 of 43 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Truly awful, do not buy.

    • Written by Marc L from North bay

    I was having latency issues while playing online games through the wi-fi connection (both 5.0 and 2.4 ghz), so I decided to upgrade to a more stable LAN connection. Naturally, since Apple seems to hate standard I/O, I had to buy an adapter, and I unfortunately chose this one. I went from a latency ranging between 70ms - 160ms, to a range of 40ms - 12380ms (12 second delay). This is atrocious as no other LAN connected computer on our network has these issues, they are specific to the Ethernet adapter.

    This is a horrible piece of technology and I am demanding a refund. Do not buy. These should be incinerated instead of sold.

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    stopped working after 3 months

    • Written by plysovej K from leamington spa

    It worked perfectly first 3 months. Plug and go. MBPro was on the table whole time, no transfers, no awkward positions. Rubbish.

    11 of 12 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    bad bad bad

    • Written by gabriele G from bologna

    this new adapter make my macbook retina 2016 loosing connection every time you have a minimum movement and i'm really disappointed . is a big issue without solution for an expensive tool

    51 of 54 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Periodically stops working physical connection loose

    • Written by Thomas S from Clarksville

    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.

    255 of 285 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great at gigabit speeds on my 15" Late 2013 MacBook Pro w/ El Capitan

    • Written by Krishen G from Sarasota

    Just saw a review that said this adaptor doesn't work at gigabit speeds on OS X El Capitan 10.11.4.

    Well, I don't have 10.11.4 anymore, I've got 10.11.6, however, at no point have I ever noticed my network performance slow down with it. And I would notice, because I am frequently moving around 1+ GB files around our company network.

    I've had nothing but good experiences with this adapter. High-performance, works just as though the port is built into the Mac.

    23 of 28 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Stops working

    • Written by OSCAR C from Chicago

    I had it for a 2-3 years. I used it 30-40 times and stopped working. This is the second connector from Apple that behaves this way. I used to have one to get an HDMI connection (before it became standard in the MacBookPro), which I used 10 times before it quit. No buying these expensive gadgets from Apple anymore.

    156 of 172 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    off to the races

    • Written by Robert M N from Arlington

    have new MacBook Air,purchased from Apple, plug the adaptor into thunderbolt 2 and bam! off to the races. no problems pure plug and work on uverse network at 72Mbps

    18 of 25 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The best on the market.

    • Written by Anonymous

    I bought mine for my Mac Book Air & it works perfectly, for me you get what you pay for, My friend bought 1 from EBay for half the price, and guess what, it did not work, The LED Light lit up but that was it.

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by Benjamin H from Cohasset

    I am very impressed with this adapter, as with any apple product. I love the design and simplicity as well as excellent performance. The price was a little high for this, but it was worth it.

    13 of 23 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    This doesn't work in El Capitan when using high speed 1000BaseT gigabit eth

    • Written by Enrique C from Dublin 6

    In a Macbook pro Retina Late 2013 with OSX 10.11.4, it doesn't support gigabit ethernet. It works fine with 100baseTX but it doesn't work with 1000BaseT.

    120 of 140 people found this useful