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

  • 3.0 Average
    3 out of 5 stars
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    • 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

      64 of 72 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Periodically stops working physical connection loose

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

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

      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.

      • Written by Enrique C from Dublin 6

      50 of 59 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?This doesn't work in El Capitan when using high speed 1000BaseT gigabit eth

    • 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

      39 of 41 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Stops working

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Does not Plug into 2017 MacBook Pro

      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 acce 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.

      • Written by Kellar W from Olney

      Is this review useful?Does not Plug into 2017 MacBook Pro

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Works great!

      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.

      • Written by CARRIE J from Tulsa

      2 of 2 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Works great!

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Product does not work as described

      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 > Net 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.

      • Written by John M P from Portola Valley

      17 of 17 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Product does not work as described

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