• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Worked great-for a while

    • Written by from New Orleans

    Now it drops connection after a few hours and has to be unplugged and Mac restarted to get the port to recognize again.

    MBP retina

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    This product Killed my MacBook Air

    • Written by from Dunstable

    I plugged it in and it froze my MacBook Air, on reboot my SSD drive was dead!! The Mac is now a Brick! Previously the Firewire Adaptor also froze the OS but I managed to recover the SSD that time with Disk Utility. I have posed this review a couple of days ago, but its been removed so here it is again.

    24 of 38 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works fine on Mountain Lion and Win7 under Parallels

    • Written by from ORLANDO

    After reading some reviews here I was hesitant to get this. Some people had problems, especially when running Windows on their Mac. Fortunately, it worked fine for me, no hassles. I use a Retina MacBook Pro (mid-2012) running ML 10.8.3, and running Windows 7 under Parallels. No problems connecting to the Internet either on the Mac or the Windows side. Perhaps this was because, before plugging in the T-to-GE adapter for the very first time, I turned off my rMBP, inserted the adapter, then booted up. Maybe because it was in the system from the start, this worked better. Anyway, I had zero problems -- plus I like not having to take up a USB port.

    11 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Thunderbolt to Ethernet Adaptor solved Roku and Apple TV ethernet access

    • Written by from San Jose

    Ok, this is not what most people buy the Apple Gigabit Ethernet Adaptor for, but if you travel with an Apple TV or Roku video streaming device and want to use it on the road this adapter along with your Mac solved my WiFi internet access issue.

    Apple TV and Roku don't have web browsers, so when you try to connect to the internet and need to click an ok or agree button to access the network these devices fail to login (all they can do is network name and password).

    If you use your MacBook to connect to WiFi and go to sharing in System Preferences you can choose to share your Ethernet over Thunderbolt. You can then plug in this adapter along with the Cat5e/6 ethernet cable to your Apple TV or Roku player and viola you can now use your device on any WiFi network that your Mac can log into, that your Apple TV or Roku couldn't. It is a great travel solution and a must carry adapter in my travel bag. Thank you Apple!

    14 of 18 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    From Leatherneck Afghanistan

    • Written by from Katy

    I just purchased the Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter and it works great with my MBA - plug and play. Money well invested.

    Thanks

    12 of 14 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.

    11 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent! Allows for two ethernet ports on a Mac Mini running Mac OS X!

    • Written by from Marysville

    I needed to set up my Mac Mini as a file server, connecting to an iSCSI RAID drive made by Drobo (a DroboPro to be precise). To do so, I needed to add another ethernet port to my Mini, so that I could have one port for connecting the Drobo, and one for talking to the network. To address this issue, I looked in to the Thunderbolt Ethernet adaptor from Apple. Unfortunately, no information that I could find would confirm that these adaptors would work with anything other than MacBook Airs. As such, I decided to take a chance, try it out on my Mini, and if it worked great, if not, I would return it.

    I purchased it and waited for it to arrive. Once it arrived, I immediately plugged it in to the Mini. Unfortunately, nothing changed in the Network Interface list in Network System Preferences...Darn - maybe it isn't supported....I thought. It also seemed very loose when plugged in to the port, much looser than a mini-display port adaptor. That seemed strange due to the fact that they were the same size plug.

    For the longest time, I couldn't realize why the Mac Mini would not recognize the presence of the adapter, while when used on my MacBook Pro it was recognized perfectly. Eventually, I placed a light back in the networking closet and realized that the adaptor wasn't pushed in all the way! Once I pushed in the adaptor all the way, it worked perfectly on my Mac Mini running Mac OS X 10.8. It was recognized instantly and the thunderbolt ethernet port automatically appeared in the network system preferences.

    I now have a connection to the Drobo RAID array that is at least 3x faster than before. This is a great little adaptor for use in Mac Mini computers running OS X.

    Highly Recommended, just make sure to push it in all the way, with a little more force than you might think is needed.

    12 of 15 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    FINALLY!

    • Written by from TUCSON

    I have a MacBook Air and have been waiting for a proper Gigabit Ethernet adapter using thunderbolt port (thunderbolt display aside). My wish has been granted.

    14 of 19 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Just died out.

    • Written by

    My adapter just died out randomly after a month of treating it gently. I want my $30 back please

    9 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not work properly in Windows 8 with BootCamp 5

    • Written by from York

    Using this device in Windows 8 results in the Sleep States being disabled due to poorly written Apple Bootcamp Drivers. If you need this to work in Windows don't buy.

    14 of 20 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Hangs my Air

    • Written by from Bethel

    Any change in the configuration of the network causes all applications to hang and finder to become non responsive. All updates have been applied.

    7 of 7 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

    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.

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works Perfectly

    • Written by from Newcastle

    This works perfectly for me on mac, and on windows 7 via bootcamp. It provides full gigabit ethernet speeds, where as a usb adapter cannot.

    For everyone complaining, no one is forcing you to buy a retina MBP, Apple stills sells laptops with ethernet ports. If you haven't noticed, the retina models are simply too thin to fit an ethernet port. Buy the model that fits your needs.

    9 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing speeds!

    • Written by from Champaign

    What can I say speedtest.net shows 90mbs download where over wifi before i was getting 40mbs.
    Awesome product!

    12 of 18 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple lacks when it comes to updates...

    • Written by from Gastonia

    I purchased the adapter for my MacBook Air the day it was debut. Held off for the first update due to the issues claimed. I use my Air for I.T. purposes daily and thankfully the USB 10/100 adapter I purchased still allows me to troubleshoot LAN based networks. The known fact "buying the first/new is not always best" should have made me pause during my purchase but when converting everything to Mac and going with an Air, having gigabit ethernet was the last piece of the puzzle I needed. It's been a huge curve dropping all things M$ and going Mac to maintain corporate environment domains, and though most all of the many locations have wifi installed that does not help in configuring networks when the router/firewall goes on the fritz. Get it together engineers and post the updated fix!!!

    25 of 44 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?

    9 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    It works.

    • Written by from Seattle

    Used with Macbook Air (2012). Does everything as advertised.

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Crashes my laptop

    • Written by from Princeton

    I have to be careful when and into which Thunderbolt port I plug this into or it will cause a kernel panic on my mid-2012 MBPR. I assume this is caused by a bad driver or firmware. I've gotten it down to happening every other week or so. Other than that, it works great! =/

    4 of 4 people found this useful