• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Do not use if you want this to work with WIndows 7

    • Written by from marina del rey

    I dual boot my MBP to Windows 7 in order to do work on it. Although I can get this adapter to work in Windows 7, there are two major drawbacks. First is that the dongle has to be attached to the MBP AT BOOT or it will not see it. You cannot plug it in after it has booted and expect Windows to see it. Second is that once you do have it working, the laptop CANT GO TO SLEEP! It goes into hibernation mode, which is a deal-breaker. If you need a network adapter that'll work with Windows 7, this is NOT your product. I am very disappointed with Apple about this.

    49 of 63 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!

    38 of 41 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Very good product!

    • Written by from DIXON

    Now I can have ethernet port when my wifi is not working or when I am in hotels with wired connection only. At first it did not work, gave it a few minutes, plugged it again and then it is connected and ready to go! I have a Macbook Air 2011.

    34 of 36 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not working with 2011 Macbook Air

    • Written by from Saratoga

    Pick one up today at the retail store, I have a 2011 MBA (Thunderbolt port) 1.8GHz and 10.7.4, plugs into the TB port and nothing happens. Went into Network under System Preferences and tired to see if I can manually add, no go... Not sure if I have a defective one or what.... Need some confirmation from other users....

    98 of 164 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Save your money

    • Written by from Flushing

    I bought this shortly after they came out but just got around to running an ethernet cable to my desk in mid February. I was happy to have a wired connection to my Air finally but today I noticed a marked decrease in performance. After logging out, then restarting with no improvement, I checked the network to find I was on Airport. The Preference Pane said the cable was unplugged, but it wasn't. The adapter was significantly warm to the touch and unplugging and plugging it back in did not help. System Profile could see it but it just quit working, giving me a very short useable life; less than two months.

    31 of 33 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    works great (adds the port that should have been there)

    • Written by from Laguna Niguel

    I used with a MacBook Pro (Retina).

    I connected with a Cat 6 cable directly to a Mac Pro (2008) ethernet port. Using the Finder, can transfer files at about 100 MB/s (as seen in Activity Monitor during the transfer). This is way faster than the 7 MB/s I get when doing the same thing over the Airport Extreme network (WiFi 802.11n).

    Pros: works great. Way faster than WiFi. Adds a port I think should have been there (yes, even in 2012).
    Cons: Uses up a Thunderbolt port (no daisy-chaining this puppy). Is an additional thing to carry around.

    30 of 31 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great!

    • Written by from Tampa

    Got it because the wifi in my dorm was unbearable and now my internet is super fast.

    31 of 35 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    This adapter takes more battery juice than Wifi

    • Written by from Davao

    Is everyone experiencing this? I've tried testing both wifi and thunderbolt adapter. My conclusion was wrong.

    Using Battery Health app I got this:
    The watts usage after 1 minute:

    Wifi ~ 9.34 Watts
    Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet ~ 12.31 Watts

    I'm using ML 10.8.1 and MacBook Pro Retina.

    It's disappointing because I bought this to minimize battery usage in the first place.

    43 of 59 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Lasted for 48 hours

    • Written by from Cheltenham

    Lasted for 48 hours. Spent hours rebooting/reconfiguring network. Multiple restarts etc. etc. etc. The last thing I thought the problem would be was the Apple adaptor that I purchased 2 days previously. WOW! What has happened to Apple? Appalling!

    Why ditch the ethernet port in the first place?

    34 of 42 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Solid and fast.

    • Written by from North York

    Used on a MacBook Air mid 2011 (11"). All updates installed for 10.7.4 and the adapter got an IP address in less than thirty seconds after being plugged in.
    Constant network traffic for at least 7 hours straight and it never faltered.
    This adapter is not leaving my computer bag.
    All you need is to have your MacBook software up to date.

    26 of 26 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Worked for about a month

    • Written by from Carlisle

    Speed was fine. I used it constantly because we have no wifi here, and after the first time I unplugged it, I got a DNS error. Some random rebooting and unplugging fixed it, but after unplugging it a second time the same thing happened and nothing I've tried has fixed it. Looking around the internet, other people with mid-2012 macbook airs seem to be having the same problem with it. Fix this apple!

    28 of 31 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works.

    • Written by from Rochester

    Works perfectly with my new MBP with retina. Fast and effective.

    26 of 28 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Appalling

    • Written by from Newmarket

    I've replaced this once already and my second one in 6 months has now crapped out. Premium price point for a terrible and unreliable product. Furthermore, as others have noted, this does not work well in Boot Camp as you have to reboot after the computer goes to sleep to regain functionality.

    24 of 25 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Crashes daily

    • Written by from PALO ALTO

    I have a relatively new Macbook Pro running Mavericks. When I arrive at work and plug in my ethernet adapter, my MacBook crashes. It happens probably 7 times out of 10. I have two other colleagues with MacBooks, and the exact same thing happens to them. They have stopped using the adapter as a result. The kernel panic log refers to ethernet code, but there is no solution on the internet and no firmware update that I know of.

    23 of 23 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    JUST DOES NOT WORK...

    • Written by from NEW YORK

    Bought this to connect ethernet in my dorm on my Macbook with Retina Display. Since August, I have not been able to get any internet access. Why??? I don't get it! Never experienced such disappointment with an Apple product!

    38 of 53 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Insane fast

    • Written by from Bronx

    Thunderbolt has been around for so long, and only now are some accessories available. I own the 2011 13" Air, and I have been waiting for this for a long time. Finally I can free up the slow USB port, and use the insane fast Thunderbolt IO for gig ethernet.

    I downloaded the new update and applied it. Fast reboot and we were up and running.

    Crazy fast. Copying files from my NAS to my laptop, i saw transfer speeds of up to 100MB/sec. I use this mainly for work events, where we move large files a lot.

    The adapter does run a bit warm, but I guess that is normal. If you need to plug into wired gig networks, then you MUST have this.

    24 of 25 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Useless in windows, Good in OSX

    • Written by from Casselberry

    Without native plug and play support for windows this adapter is useless. It runs fine when using windows in a VM but i prefer to boot to windows as my primary OS when performing tasks that require heavy CPU. Very disappointing... If I could do everything i need to do in OSX it would serve me well, but sadly a large number of tasks are easier to accomplish in windows.

    There is a workaround to get functionality in windows but the adapter stops functioning when the computer is placed in sleep mode. After resuming you are required to reboot in order to get a functioning adapter again.

    32 of 42 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Product

    • Written by from Douglasville

    Bought it to connect a NAS via thunderbolt.. No Issues of any kind..... works like advertised......Apple Please Make a ThunderBolt To USB 3.0 Adaptor so users without usb 3 can use it also....

    22 of 22 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    lasted 1 month

    • Written by from madison

    Always ran hot, bad design or bad ICs not worth the money, All other brands have the same problem. this one lasted about 200 hours

    26 of 31 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple - it just works... NOT

    • Written by from HELENSVALE

    Picked one up today from my local Apple Store... nothing; doesn't work.

    The adaptor shows up in System Information, but just sits there inert:

    ___________________________________

    Vendor Name: Apple, Inc.
    Device Name: MacBook Air
    UID: 0x0001000C1C2DC7C0
    Firmware Version: 8.1
    Port:
    Status: Connected
    Link Status: 2
    Port Micro Firmware Version: 2.1.0

    Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter:

    Vendor Name: Apple, Inc.
    Device Name: Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter
    Vendor ID: 0x1
    Device ID: 0x8003
    Device Revision: 0x1
    UID: 0x0001000200362E20
    Route String: 1
    Firmware Version: 5.5
    Port:
    Status: Connected
    Link Status: 2
    Port Micro Firmware Version: 0.0.8
    ____________________________________

    40 of 59 people found this useful