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

  • Mac Models

    • MacBook Air (13-inch, Early 2015 - 2017)
    • MacBook Air (11-inch, Early 2015)
    • MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Late 2012 - 2015)
    • MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2012 - 2015)
    • iMac (Retina 4K, 21.5-inch, Late 2015)
    • iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, Late 2014 - 2015)
    • Mac Pro (Late 2013)
    • Mac mini (Late 2014)
  • 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

      250 of 280 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

      151 of 160 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?works fine but it's a shame you need one

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Stops working

      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 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.

      • Written by OSCAR C from Chicago

      154 of 170 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Stops working

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      I wish I had it sooner.

      I wish that I had this Thunderbolt to Gigabit adapter sooner. In addition to being Gigabit, it frees up both USB ports on my MacBook Air for more items to use t I wish that I had this Thunderbolt to Gigabit adapter sooner. In addition to being Gigabit, it frees up both USB ports on my MacBook Air for more items to use the two USB ports on my MB Air. (I wonder as to why this feature isn't pointed out more often.) As long as my MB Air (or MB Pro that has a Thunderbolt port) continues to work great until I have to give it up for a MB (Air or Pro) that uses USB-C, this adapter will continue to give me ethernet and the wired speed and security that comes with it.

      • Written by Peter V from Spokane

      1 of 2 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?I wish I had it sooner.

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Just works

      I've had this adapter for a few years now and it's never let me down. It works like it's supposed to and I've never had an issue.

      • Written by Jon P from Fort Benning

      6 of 8 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Just works

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      POOR POOR POOR Product Listing - Does not fit 2016 MB Pro.

      Waste of time, money, and effort. Called support and it took longer to set up the incident then to get an answer of how it fits into the MB. BY THE WAY the pic Waste of time, money, and effort. Called support and it took longer to set up the incident then to get an answer of how it fits into the MB. BY THE WAY the picture of the product only has one view and the end is hidden. Lets all spend time sending the product back to apple and this could of been fixed. Just stupid.

      • Written by M B from CLARKSVILLE

      10 of 19 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?POOR POOR POOR Product Listing - Does not fit 2016 MB Pro.

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