• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not work with Windows 7 under Bootcamp

    • Written by from Bangkok

    Beware when buying this for use with Windows 7 running on Bootcamp - have tried fixes offered online and still does not work. Works fine under Mac OS.....

    Apparently the USB to ethernet works under Windows 7 on Bootcamp but only delivers 100Mbps

    19 of 23 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.

    15 of 22 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

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    It works, but not good enough

    • Written by from Hong Kong

    Pros: transmission rate is high, works consistently most of the time
    Cons: a lag of 30 sec to a minute before it connects to the network (can be really frustrating if you come back from a meeting and want to plug in for a quick internet connection); once in a while needs to disconnect and reconnect to refresh

    I have both the USB to Ethernet and this adapter. I'd say the USB adapter is preferred unless (1) you need Gigabit ethernet, or (2) you have no spare USB port on your MacBook Pro/Air, because the USB adapter doesn't seem to work on a hub

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Defective Thunderbolt Ethernet adapter

    • Written by from Onex

    I purchase the adapter some 6 weeks ago. Everything was working fine although I can't really see a difference between my USB Ethernet adapter. This night it just stopped working. I though it might be the router or my network card but it's actually only the thunderbolt adapter which went defective. 6 week life cycle is a bit short... Not very happy with that... I have a D-Link power over ethernet switch behind my router. Could that explain the issue ?

    29 of 42 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Perfect

    • Written by from Drexel Hill

    Very good

    2 of 8 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

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Stops working after unplug,MacBook sleep and plug back

    • Written by from SARATOGA

    Bought the Gigabit Thunderbolt adapter a few days back. Using it in combination with a DVI to MiniDisplay port adapter. Using this to do a pseudo-docking station with a MacBook Pro retina 13" with the lid closed. Scenario is to get to my desk, plug power, DVI adapter and Gigabit adapter and get to work with a wireless keyboard and mouse. Problem is that very frequently, after the MacBook has been sleeping for a good while and I plug the DVI and Gigabit adapter the Gigabit adapter stops working after a little while or doesn't work to begin with and there is no amount of unplugging and plugging that will make it work again, only a full shutdown. Not sure if this is a bad interaction with the DVI adapter or not. Basically renders this product worthless.

    19 of 23 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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    One Word-PERFECT!

    • Written by from Smithton

    Im not one to write reviews-but I think this product deserved one! I received it in the mail and was firstly taken back by its size! its so tiny! it suits my MacBookPro Retina perfect ally! the speeds achieved with this are amazing! I speed tested it with speedtest.net and compared with my my Lenovo R400 laptop both with gigabit connection over a Fibre NBN internet connection and the Mac was a full 20Mbps faster than the windows PC! But that was not really that surprising! :P One little feature I would love is hotplug compatibility in windows! I think all that would require is a driver tweak!
    All round great product! I would recommend for anyone who has recently acquired a MacBookPro Retina and needs a gigabit ethernet port!

    1 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    1 step forward 2 steps back

    • Written by from Portland

    Well Apple has the amazing ability to ignore the little things.. And they did it again.

    Got a new Macbook pro with retina a few weeks ago, love the machine.. But,,,

    First,,, why did Apple take the network port out? REALLY?? The world is NOT wireless yet.. Right now us IT folk still dwell in the data center with lots Of wire, and most network switches, power strips printers etc need some direct connection attention once in a while..

    Second,,, The Lighting Bolt network adapter ,,, its NOT an adaptive port like the older model MacBook Pro's had. So if your business is working with hardware you get to carry a hub with you or a flipped ethernet cable.. BOOOOOO! They had it right then "fixed" it..

    Darnit...

    72 of 114 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Stopped working

    • Written by from Denver

    This adapter worked fine for a month on a Macbook Retina and then stopped working. Just died. Waste of money and lots of aggravation.

    17 of 20 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

    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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Speeds

    • Written by from South Jordan

    At first I was hesitant based on the reviews but now that I've been using it for a month I couldn't be more happy. Backing up my 13"MBPr to a Network Attached Storage (NAS) device are so incredible fast compared to wifi. I do have a gigabit network setup. Moving large files or completed back-ups that used to take hours are now less than an hour.

    11 of 11 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    plug and play

    • Written by from Manchester Center

    Works on 2012 Macbook Air and mid 2011 iMac (EMC#2428) both with Mountain Lion (10.8.2). Plug and play, no drivers.

    Does NOT work with Wireshark! Wireshark does not recognize the thunderbolt ethernet adapter. Hence the 4 star rating. If you don't need wireshark or packet capture, then it's great. I prefer this over the USB to Fast Ethernet adapter because its faster (1000Mbps versus the 10/100 of the USB model), and it doesn't take up a precious USB port (since the Macbook Air only has 2 USB ports).

    Enjoy!

    15 of 15 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!

    26 of 29 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Energy Sucker

    • Written by from springfield

    I just bought a 2012 macbook air recently and I bought the thunderbolt to ethernet adaptor since my home network is hardwired. At first I couldn't get it to work but after some updates for OS X Mountain Lion it was working perfectly. I did notice my battery dying super fast when I use it.

    23 of 30 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Write Relevant Reviews

    • Written by from Brooklyn

    To everyone complaining about this not working in Windows... That's obvious. Apple builds its hardware to work with its own OS not windows. If you want to use accessories with Windows than make sure they are compatible with windows.

    16 of 47 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.

    23 of 26 people found this useful