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
    Number of stars Percentage Number of reviews
    • 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

      118 of 125 people found this useful

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

    • 3.0 out of 5 stars

      Very fast but.... (rMBP)

      It is a very fast adapter, bought it for my rMBP to use at uni. the issue is that it falls out VERY easily, which is somewhat of an issue for me. when working a It is a very fast adapter, bought it for my rMBP to use at uni. the issue is that it falls out VERY easily, which is somewhat of an issue for me. when working at a desk its fine, but at other times it gets knocked even just a little and it disconnects and takes a while to reconnect. This is annoying!

      • Written by Ben C from Uckfield

      86 of 92 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Very fast but.... (rMBP)

    • 3.0 out of 5 stars

      works great! for a while

      I got the thunderbolt adapter for my Macbook air because the place I was going to be at for a few months didn't have wifi. For the first three months of my stay I got the thunderbolt adapter for my Macbook air because the place I was going to be at for a few months didn't have wifi. For the first three months of my stay I had absolutely zero trouble with it, but this past month it will occassionally disconnect but then a few minutes later will reconnect. It's been really iffy recently, and I've been a little bit concerned about plugging it into my computer. Hopefully I won't need it for too much longer, I'm not sure if it is meant to last more than a few months!

      • Written by Stephanie O from Franklin

      32 of 35 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?works great! for a while

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Flimsy thunderbolt plug, stopped working after few months

      It usually works fine until you move your device. Often disconnects if you touch it and falls off if you move your device. The issue with pretty much all th It usually works fine until you move your device. Often disconnects if you touch it and falls off if you move your device. The issue with pretty much all thunderbolt 1 and 2 apple connectors that I used including display cables. I think it is greatly overpriced considering this problem. On top of that it stopped working after few months. Save yourself a hustle and get a cheap USB3 to Ethernet adaptor from ebay (around £6).

      • Written by Maciej R from London

      4 of 4 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Flimsy thunderbolt plug, stopped working after few months

    • 3.0 out of 5 stars

      Unreliable

      I'm not on my third example of this device: the first one lasted just over two years; the second only four months. In both cases, the symptoms were a complete d I'm not on my third example of this device: the first one lasted just over two years; the second only four months. In both cases, the symptoms were a complete device failure, coupled with it actually getting too hot to touch. When it works, fine, but not reliable. And that's before we get into the idiocy of Apple removing ethernet from their computers.

      • Written by Richard H from Balquhidder

      7 of 7 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Unreliable

    • 4.0 out of 5 stars

      Meh its Ok

      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 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.

      • Written by Will H from surrey

      2 of 2 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Meh its Ok

  • Answers from the community

    • will this work with a 2015 macbook air?
      • Asked by Thomas W from matthews
      • on 07-Aug-2015

      Answer

      Yes it will. I have a 2015 MacBook Air (Early 2015) and it works very well.

      • Answered by Richard B from Patterson
      • on 23-Nov-2015
    • Is this Thunderbolt 3?
      • Asked by Josephine L from New York
      • on 19-Apr-2018

      Answer

      No, it's Thunderbolt 2. In order to use it with a Thunderbolt 3 port, you'd need a Thunderbolt-3-to No, it's Thunderbolt 2. In order to use it with a Thunderbolt 3 port, you'd need a Thunderbolt-3-to-Thunderbolt-2 adapter. There's one on the store... search for "Thunderbolt 3 USB-C to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter" As unwieldy (and expensive) as chaining two adapters together may seem, at the time of this writing, it's probably the most reliable way to have a highly-portable, high-performance, reliable Ethernet connection. Any other USB-C dongle-style adapter available today will add its Ethernet port via the Type-C port's USB 3 channel, not the Thunderbolt channel. This makes the adapter much more prone to issues with reliability, driver compatibility, heat, and CPU usage. If something less portable is an option for you, I'd recommend using a Thunderbolt 3 dock to add an Ethernet port, since it would use the Thunderbolt channel, giving you better reliability and performance. I've used one by CalDigit with no issues, and Apple sells one by Belkin here on the store... search for "Belkin Thunderbolt 3 Express Dock HD"

      • Answered by Matthew J from Dublin
      • on 25-Apr-2018