• 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!

    13 of 19 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Do not buy this product

    • Written by from Newport Beach

    Fast connection when it works. But it rarely work. So unreliable. Returned it after 2 days.

    7 of 8 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! =/

    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

  • 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

    Randomly disconnects

    • Written by from Wailuku

    I bought this to be able to backup 1 TB of data a bit quicker. So far it's not working, as it always looses its connection before the backup completes, making the backup fail. Not very impressive. No status light either, so you can't tell by looking at it if it's working or not - you have to pull up Network Preference and see if it's green. Plugging it in and out works, sometimes, but this thing is a pain in the rear. My 6 year old macbook's built in ethernet is far more reliable.

    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

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Waste of money!

    • Written by from Sevenoaks

    Absolutely pathetic adapter!
    I use this with a MacBook pro.
    I'm not sure if the magnetic connection is strong enough, as a slight (and I mean slight) adjustment in working position results in the network connection being lost.
    I generally love Apple products, but would seriously think twice before purchasing this adapter, especially if you're prone to moving your laptop whilst working (on your lap for instance).

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Its easy. It works. Nothing to complain about

    • Written by from San Jose

    I just got a MacBook Pro and found out that it didn't have an ethernet port, so bad on the MacBook. However this review is for the Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter and the adapter works great. I plug the ethernet cable to the adapter and the adapter to the MacBook and thats it. Took less than 10 seconds and it works. Just needed to switch the internet source from wifi to ethernet.

    6 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter

    • Written by from Oehningen

    I had always problems with wifi when abroad in Hotels etc.. This Adapter solved my problem just perfectly. MBP 13" late 2013.

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Thunderbolt adapter feels loose but worked well for my needs.

    • Written by from Sun Valley

    For those experiencing difficulty in removing an ethernet cable from the device, it's actually very easy if you continue to push down on the release lever such that the whole connector rotates downward in the socket just a little bit -- enough to easily release it from the adapter's grasp. If you just try to push the lever only, it will remain firmly lodged in the adapter and be very difficult to remove. You'll feel an extra little click as it releases itself when you push down on the ethernet connector itself before attempting to remove it.

    Others have questioned whether it works with the migration assistant and yes, it worked just fine for that too (I went from a much older Macbook running 10.6 to a new 2012 Retina Macbook Pro running 10.8.4). No drivers needed to be downloaded on my rMBP.

    And while it did feel a little warm, it did not seem unusually warm to the touch.

    Finally, I wish the Thunderbolt part of the adapter felt more secure when attached to the Mac, but in my use it never came out. It just feels weird to have a connector that doesn't snap into place with a reassuring click. And because it is by nature a smaller plug, it just doesn't feel as solid when being wedged into its socket on the Mac. Sure other connectors like Firewire and USB get away without having a click, but they are bigger connectors and don't seem to suffer the fragile feeling associated with this particular Thunderbolt connector. But as I said, for my needs it worked fine.

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Macbook air 2011

    • Written by from basingstoke

    Initially I couldn't get this to work as even though it was showing as connected in the system report and I could see the port on my network switch was up OSX was not seeing the adapter as a network interface.

    In the end I fixed it by downloading Thunderbolt update 1.21 from the apple site (software update claimed no updates available)

    I would have posted the link but it seems the review system won't actually let me.

    8 of 12 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Thunderbolt ethernet is a piece of ...

    • Written by from Centralia

    When ever I unplug the adapter and use wifi and then come back the ethernet does not work, I always have to reboot the computer. I absolutely must have access to my gigabit network.

    I don't know if it's the adapter or the thunderbolt port but this is a piece of junk. Apple needs to bring back the built in ethernet port even if it means a fatter laptop.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works perfectly with rMBP w/ Boot Camp Win 8.1 & OS X Yosemite

    • Written by from New York

    This adapter is well worth the money, and it works beautifully. I am using it with a Boot Camp version of Windows 8.1 and OS X Yosemite. It supports sleep mode on both operating systems, contrary to what some people are claiming here. I am guessing this is because of new drivers released around August 2014 for Windows 8.1.

    Only con is that it is not hot pluggable with Boot Camp Windows 8.1 started. If you unplug it, you have to shut down Windows and restart it with the adapter plugged in. OS X supports this! For now, if you want to hot plug an Ethernet-adapter in Boot Camp Windows installations, you need to buy a 3rd party USB3 Ethernet adapter. I don't find it flimsy either, as some people here are stating. It fits snugly in the port.

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Don'y buy for use with Boot Camp and Windows!!!

    • Written by from Sunnyvale

    You must have the adapter plugged in before booting Windows for it to work.

    12 of 21 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Does the job

    • Written by from Hitchin

    Good product that does what it says. However, I have to knock a star because it does significantly reduce battery life. Prior to using this, I could use my macbook air all day with about 40% power left, when using this, my batter was flat just before the end of the day, so it uses like 70% more power. I am having to use this sparingly to conserve power.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great for 10mins

    • Written by from AUCKLAND

    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!

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic (Using with Parallels)

    • Written by from Leeds

    Great product.

    Instantly was able to use this in Parallels in a Windows 7 VM over the Bridge setting.

    No configuration or drivers in Windows on the VM at all.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Tried another brand without success

    • Written by from Bothaville

    Have MacBA, I needed connectivity to wire. Bought a Tr***Net USB adapter (the original Apple thingy was not available). After a small battle (because the MacBA has no CD/DVD drive), I got the TrendNet thing working.... for 3 days.
    Bought the original Apple adapter that you connect ...... and it just WORKS, and WORKS and....... still works.
    No hassels :-)

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best $30 I've spent in Apple Store

    • Written by from Fitchburg

    Dealt with spotty wireless connectivity on my MBA since purchase. Never sure whether ISP, router(s) or the MBA itself. After this purchase, convinced it is the wireless.

    This thing screams, and is vital to great HD video tx/rx. The firmware upgrade to 1.2 is real. Won't work without it.

    4 of 5 people found this useful