• 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

    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.

    8 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! =/

    8 of 8 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.

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Internet gets choppy

    • Written by from Taylor

    Before buying this adapter I would just casually use Wi-Fi on my Mac Air and didn't really have any problems. I would play a few online games and my Ping would be higher than everyone else. I bought this adapter because it would be a direct internet connection to my computer and even though my Ping went down dramatically my internet connection while browsing the web got extremely choppy. Sometimes websites would not load or even take 3 minutes to load. When I disconnect the adapter, the internet would go back to normal and sites would load immediately. I don't know why but this adapter makes browsing the internet a hassle.

    8 of 9 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).

    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

  • 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

  • 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

    Tbolt to Gigabit adapter not compatible w cable modem

    • Written by from Inglewood

    Apple: please address! TWC is my ISP, I use a NetGear C3000 cable modem/router. My MacBook Pro is 4 weeks old. Wifi works lightning fast. However, when I use an ethernet cable and the Tbolt to Gigabit adapter, content takes forever to load, and after three or four pages, won't load at all. MBP detects the ethernet conn and shows it's connected, but I can't browse. Apple, NetGear, and TWC all unable to solve.

    7 of 9 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.

    14 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

    Recommended

    • Written by from Dunedin

    Put this to use upon its arrival, and installed my OS without a hitch. No complaints

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Adapter for amazing speed!

    • Written by from Tustin

    I think this is an amazing adapter, gives you the speed you want, and takes advantage of your WiFi capabilities on your Mac, love it. PS, it also bends to be at the right angle for the cable!!

    6 of 8 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