Questions & Answers for Apple USB Ethernet Adapter
104 Questions from the Community
2nd Ethernet Port for MacMini Server
Can I use this Adapter on a MacMini Server with Snow Leopard to create a 2ndary Ethernet Port, so that I have the internal Gigabit Port of the MacMini connected into my Home Network and the USB to Ethernet Adapter to a xDSL Router to provide a Public IP Address to provide Access to the Internet?!
- Asked by Max M
- 08 15, 11
- Flag as inappropriate (2nd Ethernet Port for MacMini Server)
Yes, Mac OS even on a non-laptop will recognise this as an Ethernet device.
- Answered by James G
- 01 10, 13
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (2nd Ethernet Port for MacMini Server)
If wifi is slow, and I use this instead will this make my connection faster? I often plug in my other notebook on slow connections.
I live in CHina where internet is often slow and unstable and wifi when it works is slower. If I plug in my other notebook to my router it speeds up the process. Will this help speed it up or is the airport a faster connection?
- Asked by Luke M from New York
- 07 19, 11
- Flag as inappropriate (If wifi is slow, and I use this instead will this make my connection faster? I often plug in my other notebook on slow connections.)
Generally a hardline connection is faster than WiFi. I have tested both connections, and using the adapter has always been faster.
It depends: It will do if you are using VMWare which allows this. I haven't seen any options to VLAN tag the native OS interface.
- Answered by Paul B from Coventry
- 10 29, 12
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (Does this adapter support VLAN tagging on the ethernet interface?)
Can this product connect to Gigabit cable?
I am now using this USB Ethernet Adapter to connect a GB Ethernet device. However, my Macbook Air can not detect that device
- Asked by Dongyi L
- 07 17, 14
- Flag as inappropriate (Can this product connect to Gigabit cable?)
Can this be used on a PowerBook G4?
One of the ethernet plug wire connectors (inside the plug-in port) is bent, so the ethernet cable does not connect up correctly (and there is no wireless in the work area). Can this adapter work on my PowerBook G4 so that I can get back my ethernet connection to the network? The description for this item indicates that it works on MacBooks (and MacBook Pros), but does it just require a USB 2.0 port?
- Asked by Jonathan M from Farmington
- 03 10, 11
- Flag as inappropriate (Can this be used on a PowerBook G4?)
It will work on any Mac OS 10.4.0 Mac and up. There are some drivers on other sites or this site that will give you the drivers for Mac OS 10.3.9 and under. I would suggest upgrading first and research just to be sure. If you have the usb port, then all you need is Mac OS 10.4.0 and up or the driver for Mac OS 10.3.9 and under.
- Answered by Joshua R
- 03 13, 11
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (Can this be used on a PowerBook G4?)
can i use this to connect a usb modem or mobile phone, with cables, to airport express for internet access. i only have wireless service, no ADSLAnswer
No. This is for plugging into an (Apple) computer's USB socket, to provide an Ethernet RJ45 socket for an Ethernet cable.
Do I need the Ethernet Adapter to connect Singtel broadband to Mac Air?
I do not have WIFI and I am using Singtel broadband all the times. Several attempts have been made o access to Internet by inserting the broadband into the USB port of Mac Air but failed to access to Internet. Do I need to set up, if so please email me the instruction or is there an additional cable I need to purchase in order to connect to boardband. Kindly advise. Thank you
- Asked by Lorna L
- 08 12, 12
- Flag as inappropriate (Do I need the Ethernet Adapter to connect Singtel broadband to Mac Air?)
Could I use this to connect my old PowerMac 9500 to my imac?
- Asked by Susan L from Sequim
- 01 9, 11
- Flag as inappropriate (Could I use this to connect my old PowerMac 9500 to my imac?)
Will this adapter continue working with the new MacBook Air 2012?
I have one of these. I bought it for my old Air. Apple promotes the Thunderbold to Ethernet adapter but no mention whether this is still supported in the new one.
I'd hate to lose the Thunderbold port for this as I need to use the VGA adapter AND the Ethernet adapter simultaneously.
- Asked by Raúl Cristián A from Barcelona
- 06 12, 12
- Flag as inappropriate (Will this adapter continue working with the new MacBook Air 2012?)
Yes, it will still work with the latest MacBook Air models. There is an option to use the new Thunderbolt to Ethernet Adapter, but either will work.
- Answered by Eric S from Nampa
- 06 20, 12
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (Will this adapter continue working with the new MacBook Air 2012?)
Yes, it is always better to use a hardwired connection for video streaming. However, there are many possible reasons for a video stream to freeze/buffer so this may not solve your problem.
- Answered by Dan W from Brooklyn
- 02 21, 13
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (Will this adapter work better than the wifi connection eliminating or minimizing video streaming freezes?)
can I use this to connect a router to my printer
- Asked by Lisa B from Pembroke Pines
- 12 9, 10
- Flag as inappropriate (can I use this to connect a router to my printer)
No, even if the connectors were compatible (which they probably are not, your printer probably has a "Type B" or square usb connector on the back), neither device would have the software built in to recognize this device. You could use an Airport Express to do this, although it does a lot more than that and you will pay for the extra features. Also, there are other (non apple) devices designed specifically for this task that cost roughly the same, maybe a little more.
- Answered by Amy L from North Hills
- 02 24, 11
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (can I use this to connect a router to my printer)
Can this be used for a slingbox?
I want to get a slingbox but I have the apple airport express which doesn't have a place to plug in the ethernet cord. If I get the adapter will it work?
- Asked by Aron G from San Francisco
- 04 8, 11
- Flag as inappropriate (Can this be used for a slingbox?)
Can this be used to communicate with a USB webcam?
I'm trying to setup a webcam using SecuritySpy over my network. I currently have it hooked up to a laptop, but want to have it stream over the network instead so I can access it anywhere. Thoughts??
- Asked by Eric B from Stillwater
- 08 3, 11
- Flag as inappropriate (Can this be used to communicate with a USB webcam?)
No. A usb webcam wont have the capability of running as a standalone network device with its own IP address, so Security spy won't be able to identify the camera across the ethernet connection to set up a network camera and it wont be able to see the camera as a local device either without a direct usb link.
You need an IP camera (which has a built in server) to use security spy to stream remote cameras, or a second, networked, computer to connect the second camera to.
IP cameras have built in ethernet ports and wouldn't need this adapter.
- Answered by Gregory P from Ovingham
- 09 25, 12
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (Can this be used to communicate with a USB webcam?)
So this will connect to a modem/router and give me wifi?
For the non-tech savvy people like myself....
My MacBook air doesn't have an ethernet port, so I'm assuming this fixes that?
All I want is wifi in my unit, but I'm told I need a laptop with an ethernet connection. This will plug into the router and give wifi?
- Asked by Mitchell H from Sydney
- 11 4, 15
- Flag as inappropriate (So this will connect to a modem/router and give me wifi?)
A MacBook Air has a built-in Wifi, you do not require an Ethernet Adapter if you have a Wifi Network in your home/office... etc. However, if you would like to have a wired connection using an ethernet cable, then you need an ethernet adapter to allow this.
- Answered by Sammy H
- 12 6, 15
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (So this will connect to a modem/router and give me wifi?)
Does an USB Ethernet Adapter work on MAC pro retina(2013 later version)
My USB Ethernet Adapter is a usb2.0, but it is a non-Apple product. I tried download different drivers, but they all failed to let my ethernet to be connected. As you know, this macbook does not have an ethernet port, and I cannot add a "USB ethernet" on the interface of the network as I cannot find this item. Thank you for any suggestions in advance.
- Asked by Cong D from Hamilton
- 01 28, 14
- Flag as inappropriate (Does an USB Ethernet Adapter work on MAC pro retina(2013 later version))
Best bet is the Apple Thunderbolt Ethernet Adapter, but this Apple USB Ethernet Adapter will work. There are also third party USB3 Ethernet adapters, but you'll need to download drivers from their website.
- Answered by Stephen I from San Jose
- 02 4, 15
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (Does an USB Ethernet Adapter work on MAC pro retina(2013 later version))
No. This is for connecting Mac and Windows machines to the Internet. You would be better off connecting the HP to an Apple Router like Airport Express or Time Capsule's USB printer share port.
- Answered by Stephen I from San Jose
- 02 4, 15
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (Will this allow a network printer (HP 2100 TN) to be connected via the USB port?)
what do need to connect my macbook to my printer via a cable
- Asked by Manuel S from Rosemead
- 05 7, 16
- Flag as inappropriate (what do need to connect my macbook to my printer via a cable)