Easily connect your MacBook Air computer to an Ethernet network with the Apple USB Ethernet Adaptor. Small and light, it connects to the USB 2.0 port of your MacBook Air and provides an RJ-45 connector that supports 10/100BASE-T performance.
What's in the Box?
- Apple USB Ethernet Adaptor with built-in 4.6-inch USB cable
- User's Guide
- USB 2.0
- 10/100 Base-T Ethernet
- Mac OS X v.10.4.8 or later
- MacBook Air computer with available USB 2.0 port
Ratings & Reviews
It just works, like all Apple products!
Purchased this for my MacBook Air and it works flawlessly! I use wifi 90% of the time, but for those rare occasions that wired is the only way to go, it's nice to know that I just jack right in and get to work. I work in IT so having access to both wired and wireless connections is a MUST for my line of work!
By the way, a quick word about the the adapter only being 10/100 vs Gigabit capable. This is not due to Apple being "cheap" or controlling, but rather has to due with the inherent limitation of the USB connection itself. See, by definition, USB 2.0 has a theoretical maximum bandwidth of 480 Mbps. This means that USB 2.0 - at a maximum - is capable of less than half of the maximum Gigabit speed (1,000 Mbps). So even if Apple would've included this feature in the device itself, the bus the USB connects to internally would prevent it from ever reaching anything near that speed, plus, the device probably would've cost about 300% more since most Gigabit-enabled products usually cost approx. that much more for that capability.
My only (slight) complaint is the lack of status/link lights on the device. Again, from an IT standpoint, that feature is a welcome addition, however, being an Apple product, Apple does not include these lights on any of their products (MacBooks, Apple TV, Mac Pros, etc.) so I didn't expect them to include it...just a personal preference is all! …
- Written by Jesus V from Hialeah
449 of 504 people found this useful
Now Only Works With MacBook Air
This little gem used to be the device of choice for adding a second Ethernet interface to a Mac Mini Server and I'd been using one that way for about a year. After doing a software update to 10.6.6 it stopped working. Forewarned is forearmed – it appears that Apple is finally enforcing the MacBook Air system requirement. Bummer. Two stars for downgraded functionality. …
- Written by Douglas U from Port Orchard
488 of 588 people found this useful
Excellent, Very Fast
I have good wireless at home and on campus, but thought I'd get this as a just-in-case accessory. Turned off Airport and connected the ethernet cable and the speed increase over our wireless was significant. Well worth the money and there when I need it. …
- Written by Don C from Bryan
288 of 320 people found this useful
Solved Streaming Problem
Excellent product. It worked immediately the first time that I tried it. No problems at all, and no set-up required other than plu gging it in to my MacBook Air. It boosted my connection speed enough, compared to wifi, to overcome a problem that I was having streaming high-res content from an unusually demanding source. Highly recommended for any MacBook Air user who occasionally needs Ethernet. …
- Written by JOHN B from Harrisburg
1 of 1 people found this useful
Plug and play
I don't know what some of these other reviewers are having trouble with, but it works fine for me on a Retina Macbook Pro with 10. 8.3. …
- Written by Alex K from Woburn
5 of 6 people found this useful
consitently crashes MacbookAir
When it works it is very good, but just about every time I plug it in, it crashes the MacbookAir 11 / 10.8.2 within the first mi nutes of use.
Quite unacceptable !
Can't recommend until this serious issue is resolved. …
- Written by Francois L from Genève
4 of 6 people found this useful
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
Will this work with the new MacBook Pro with Retina display announced June 2012? It is not listed in the compatibility section.
- Asked by Zachary Y from Black Diamond
Yes, but you are better off with the Apple Ethernet to Thunderbolt adapter which gives you gigabit s peeds (Cat 6 cable) vs the slower megabit USB solution (Cat 5) …
- Answered by Stephen I from San Jose
- Asked by Keith L from Philadelphia
No answers yet
- Asked by Kimberly C from Mckinney
Apple makes a small portable device called a airport express that can turn a wired connection into a wifi connection for iPads. …
- Answered by William B from Maryville
Will this adapter work better than the wifi connection eliminating or minimizing video streaming freezes?
- Asked by Shane G from Cranberry
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
Yes, Mac OS even on a non-laptop will recognise this as an Ethernet device.
- Answered by James G
So i have a ford would it work if i plugged this cord into my SYNC USB system in the car. and also is there a monthly fee for the internet
- Asked by Fdajkfjdg G from Huntsville