Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter
Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter
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
- OS X v10.7.4 or later
- Thunderbolt-equipped Mac computer
Ratings & Reviews
Works great on Retina MBP
Works perfectly fine on the new Retina MBP.
- Written by Rick R from Hewitt
384 of 432 people found this useful
Exceptional with the 2011 Macbook Air 13
Installed the new Driver / Thunderbolt 1.2 Update from Software Update, plugged it in, and zoom. Works great, no longer wasting a Installed the new Driver / Thunderbolt 1.2 Update from Software Update, plugged it in, and zoom. Works great, no longer wasting a USB port, and its super fast! Will be perfect in those hotels with no WiFi. No compatibility issues with my 2011 MBA 13 inch I bought last year.
- Written by Sayantan N from White Plains
334 of 377 people found this useful
Works if you can find the Thunderbolt 1.2 update
This adapter requires an update to the AppleBCM5701Ethernet plugin to work. That update was present in the thunderbolt software u This adapter requires an update to the AppleBCM5701Ethernet plugin to work. That update was present in the thunderbolt software update 1.2 package. Said update was pulled from the automatic update list due to it crashing non-thunderbolt systems such as old macbook pros. I haven't read a report of any problems for us macbook air users, and it works great on my 2011 macbook air. If you're lucky enough to have grabbed a copy of the update from apple's KB article before it was pulled from there as well, you should be able to use the adapter. Presumably apple will fix this big error in a day or so with a newer thunderbolt update.
If you know what you're doing, you could always backup your IONetworkingFamily kext before applying the update, and then restore just that kext it if your system crashes from the update.
Nice performance with this dongle - I get 900Mbps throughput. Driver (and broadcom's specs) indicate jumbo frame support, but I haven't tried it. Jumbo frames not really necessary IMO since the CPU is beefy enough to handle high packet/second data rates.
Finally a cheap way to get data on&off a macbook air at speeds above USB 2. …
- Written by Bruce C from Kentfield
243 of 274 people found this useful
Just plug in the ethernet cable into this adapter and the adapter into the thunderbolt port and you are done!
The Mac Book Pro Re Just plug in the ethernet cable into this adapter and the adapter into the thunderbolt port and you are done!
The Mac Book Pro Retina laptop just silently added it in the background. I went into my system to check to be sure it added it and it was there.
No pop-up and easy to use.
I am very satisfied as I always am with Apple products and service. …
- Written by Madonna R from OSWEGO
Works great for 10mins
Unfortunately, when using this adapter on a 2013 Retina MBP, I get about 10mins of use before the connection drops - this happens Unfortunately, when using this adapter on a 2013 Retina MBP, I get about 10mins of use before the connection drops - this happens no matter the location: at home, at work or traveling using hotel internet.
There seem to be a small number of people experiencing similar issues. The USB 3 to Ethernet adapter does not exhibit this behaviour and works flawlessly - bummer! …
- Written by Ben S from AUCKLAND
Worked great at first with no issues and then after about 2 months it became unreliable. If my internet cable was moved at all it Worked great at first with no issues and then after about 2 months it became unreliable. If my internet cable was moved at all it would disconnect. Now it doesn't work at all. The port also gets very hot. …
- Written by Angela D from Smiths Station
4 of 4 people found this useful
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
Will Windows 7 (bootcamp) recognize a thunderbolt ethernet adapter?
- Asked by Jason R from Brookfield
The previous "yes" answer is correct, it does indeed work under Wndows 7 Bootcamp, but the answer is The previous "yes" answer is correct, it does indeed work under Wndows 7 Bootcamp, but the answer is a bit light on detail for a couple of the steps. Here's a fuller explanation:
1) download the driver per the instructions in the previous answer
2) unzip the drivers to a temporary folder on your hard drive
3) connect the adaptor to the thunderbolt port
4) reboot Windows
Windows should automatically detect the adaptor now and install it. You may need to point the installer at the location where you unzipped the drivers.
If Windows doesn't automatically install the device...
1) go to Start > Control Panel > Hardware & Sound and open Device Manager
2) click the name of your computer at the top of the device tree
3) click Action at the top of the window and choose Add Legacy Hardware
4) Click Next
5) Select "Install hardware that I manually select..."
6) Choose Network Adaptors
7) Choose "Have Disk"
8) Browse to the location of the drivers you unzipped earlier.
9) Click the .inf file
10) Select Broadcom NetXtreme Gigabit Ethernet from the list of drivers available
11) OK and install
You may need to reboot again with the adaptor plugged into the Thunderbolt port to finish the job, …
- Answered by Benjamin C from London
Sonos Bridge and Play 3 compatability with Macbook Pro and this Thunderbolt to ethernet adapter?
- Asked by Robert W from Tonka Bay
I want to connect my 4TB G Raid thunderbolt hard drive to time capsule to use it wirelessly at times?
- Asked by Kyle R from Brisbane
Does the Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter cable work with MacBook Air 11-inch Late 2010 with mini display port (and not thunderbolt)?
- Asked by Barbara S from Kansas City
No; only display devices will work with the DisplayPort. You should probably get the USB version of No; only display devices will work with the DisplayPort. You should probably get the USB version of the Ethernet adapter. (and get a USB hub if you are out of USB ports) …
- Answered by Mike P from Roseville
Will it work with parallels windows virtual machine ?
- Asked by Achillefs P
Once Apple updates and re-releases the Thunderbolt driver for the gigabit adapter, it will be a supp Once Apple updates and re-releases the Thunderbolt driver for the gigabit adapter, it will be a supported ethernet interface on the Mac and will support passing that through to Parallels and VMs hosted there. …
- Answered by Jay D from San Marcos