• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Windows 7 Problems

    • Written by from Colorado Springs

    I have a Macbook Air that I installed bootcamp on and primarily use Windows 7 64bit for many reasons (one being my job). I purchased the Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter and assumed it worked flawlessly with Windows 7 and the Mac OS X. First I would like to clarify for the Mac OS X side, it works great, wish I could say the same for Windows. Here are the list of issues with Windows 7 and the Thunderbolt Ethernet adapter.

    1) If the computer is already turned on and booted into Windows, Windows will not detect new hardware, even if you search for new hardware under device manager. To get around this issue, you need to either plug in the adapter then reboot the computer into Windows or shut down the computer then plug in the adapter and then turn it on and boot into Windows.

    2) Windows 7 does not automatically find the driver, even if connected to the internet. For me this wasn't a problem as I am in the IT industry and was able to find the drivers in a short time, but for the average user, this can be problematic. Hopefully Apple will include the driver in a future patch for the Windows 7 Bootcamp Installer. I downloaded the driver directly from Broadcom's website (NetXtreme Desktop/Mobile drivers)

    3) Having the Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet adapter plugged into the computer disables sleep mode. Even if you plug in the adapter, use it then unplug it, the only way to re-enable the option to use sleep mode is to reboot the computer. Hopefully Broadcom will write a new driver that is S3 Sleep compatible.

    Hopefully this issue will be addressed shortly. I most likely will be returning this item and getting the USB to ethernet adapter which I'm not excited about since it has slower speeds then even 100Mbps due to the limitation of USB 2.0.

    96 of 106 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Very fast but.... (rMBP)

    • Written by from Uckfield

    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!

    30 of 33 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Works well. Minor flaw.

    • Written by from Port Moody

    The cable works very well, although it very easily disconnects itself from the computer.
    Any slight bump and the connection is lost... which isn't very pleasant when uploading files and getting the error: "file transfer failed".
    There should be a little clip to keep it in place because it's very irritating to have it disconnect every few seconds.

    22 of 25 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    works great! for a while

    • Written by from Franklin

    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!

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not work for me..

    • Written by from Eatontown

    I purchased this adapter for my MacBook Air, where i also have Windows XP installed through VirtualBox. thing is, Windows doesn't recognize this device at all. I did some searching and found out that some Broadcom driver works, but only on Windows Vista & 7. I need the adapter so I can use the ethernet port to connect to Extron and Crestron Devices such as MLC's and wall controls for miscelaneous high-end media systems. Those programming apps come only for Windows. and the Adapter doesn't work in Windows, which makes me go back and return the item. Unless anybody has some suggestions how to make this work.

    38 of 69 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Driver Issues

    • Written by from Auckland

    First off, this works GREAT on Mac OS X.
    However, when running bootcamp, the Driver has many issues.
    If it is unplugged, the computer must be restarted to connect again.
    Driver, for some reason disables the computers abilt to enter sleep mode, only hibernate and shutdown

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Draws more power than Wi-Fi

    • Written by from Pentool

    I bought this adapter for my new, late 2013 MacBook Pro. The adapter itself work great. However, I purchased it thinking it will draw less power than Wi-Fi does, so I save on battery power. NOT TRUE! Turns out, this little think draws more power than using Wi-Fi. I had not anticipated this and so I didn't search on this before I purchased it. But it turns out, other also complain that it draws more power than Wi-Fi.

    So if you plan to use the adapter while the laptop is running off the charger, then it's great. But when running off just the battery, it's better if you stick to Wi-Fi, if you have a good connection. I will be returning the adapter.

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesnt work on Lion on MacbookPro Retina

    • Written by from Auckland

    Couldnt get this to operate on macbook pro retina running the latest version of Lion
    The thunderbolt software update which claims to fix this also wouldnt run
    Upgraded to mountain lion and now everything works.

    0 of 1 people found this useful