Questions & Answers for Apple USB Ethernet Adapter
106 Questions from the Community
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.
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?)
can I use this to connect a router to my printer
- Asked by Anonymous A from Xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
- 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)
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 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?)
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 Apple USB Ethernet Adapter support 200Mbps?
I have 200Mbps line, but I can never get above 100Mbps on Apple USB Ethernet Adapter. Is this a limitation on this adapter? How can I get 200Mbps please? Thanks.
- Asked by Philip T
- 02 16, 15
- Flag as inappropriate (Does Apple USB Ethernet Adapter support 200Mbps?)
The description says 10/100Mpbs. Look like you need to go with Thunderbolt-to-Ethernet adapter instead to get higher speeds.
- Answered by Dmitri M from Los Angeles
- 04 16, 15
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (Does Apple USB Ethernet Adapter support 200Mbps?)
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?)
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)
Will this adaptor connect Macbook to a power line network?
Hi, I have a Macbook Air so it has no ethernet ports. Will this adaptor allow me to connect a power line adaptor to my macbook? I need to plug 1 power line adaptor in the Router and the other one to my macbook and they should connect. I'm plan to use TP-Link AV500 Nano Powerline Adapters.
- Asked by Alice X
- 02 17, 16
- Flag as inappropriate (Will this adaptor connect Macbook to a power line network?)
There is a hack that allows you to use the Lighting to USB Camera Adapter, a powered USB hub and this USB Ethernet Adapter to get a wired ethernet connection to your iPad or iPhone.
- Answered by Stephen I from San Jose
- 02 4, 15
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (can this be used with an iPad and the camera accessory which allows you to connect a usb cable?)
Will this work with OS X Yosemite 10.10?
- Asked by Prottay P from State College
- 01 10, 15
- Flag as inappropriate (Will this work with OS X Yosemite 10.10?)
Yes, it works.
- Answered by Riccardo F from Savona
- 01 20, 15
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (Will this work with OS X Yosemite 10.10?)
Can i use it to transfer data from Powerbook G4 to MacBook Air?
- Asked by Michael E from Cararra
- 03 14, 11
- Flag as inappropriate (Can i use it to transfer data from Powerbook G4 to MacBook Air?)
Yes, there is a way to use Ethernet to transfer data between Macs using the Migration Assistant.
- Answered by Phil V from Reston
- 07 30, 11
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (Can i use it to transfer data from Powerbook G4 to MacBook Air?)
Will this connect my Humax PVR which has Ethernet capability to my internet-ready TV when my wireless router is on a different floor in my house?
i want to use my TV's internet setting and Humax PVR's ethernet capability to be able to get iPlayer etc on my TV freeview directly. I have to ethernet connect the PVR to my router but it is on a different floor. Will this device do it by connecting to my wireless network? (If not, what kit would?)
I tried Powerline connectors but they did not connect to my mac wireless network (was told my Timecapsule firewall was blocking access, although the powelines 'found' each other)Answer
It will with the Humax PVR. I've just connected mine, and it's works just fine. Not sure about the TV though - I guess if it's wireless, then you would already have it connected. If it's wired, then the AP only has one Ethernet port, so you would need another AP?