Questions & Answers for Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter
70 Questions from the Community
Will Windows 7 (bootcamp) recognize a thunderbolt ethernet adapter?
- Asked by Jason R from Brookfield
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The previous "yes" answer is correct, it does indeed work under Wndows 7 Bootcamp, but the answer is a bit light on detail for a couple of the steps. Here's a fuller explanation:
1) download the driver per the instructions in the previous answer
2) unzip the drivers to a temporary folder on your hard drive
3) connect the adaptor to the thunderbolt port
4) reboot Windows
Windows should automatically detect the adaptor now and install it. You may need to point the installer at the location where you unzipped the drivers.
If Windows doesn't automatically install the device...
1) go to Start > Control Panel > Hardware & Sound and open Device Manager
2) click the name of your computer at the top of the device tree
3) click Action at the top of the window and choose Add Legacy Hardware
4) Click Next
5) Select "Install hardware that I manually select..."
6) Choose Network Adaptors
7) Choose "Have Disk"
8) Browse to the location of the drivers you unzipped earlier.
9) Click the .inf file
10) Select Broadcom NetXtreme Gigabit Ethernet from the list of drivers available
11) OK and install
You may need to reboot again with the adaptor plugged into the Thunderbolt port to finish the job,
- Answered by Benjamin C from London
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What's the difference between Thunderbolt to gigabit ethernet and USB to Ethernet?
Just curious what the difference is between the two adapters and which one I need to buy for a standard network
- Asked by Jarett E from Beavercreek
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If you own a Macintosh Computer with a Thunderbolt port, then I recommend the Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet adapter because it has Gigabit speeds and works on a standard network.
- Answered by Joshua G from Ft Lauderdale
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Does the 'Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter' works on iMac (2014) and Mac Mini (2011)?
Both iMac (2014) and Mac Mini (2011) come with single gigabit ethernet port.
Is this 'Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter' able to add a secondary gigabit ethernet port/connection?
If so, is it able to create "teamed connection" using the onboard gigabit ethernet port and this 'Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter'?
- Asked by Anthony C
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how do I connect a hdmi display to thunderbolt
- Asked by Michael K from East Lansing
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The easiest is to purchase a Thunderbolt to HDMI adapter. Apple makes Thunderbolt to VGA and DVI adapters, but for whatever reason has left it to 3rd parties like Belkin, Kanex, StarTech and others to sell (buy it from the Apple store if you are worried about compatibility and return issues).
If this is your home TV and you simply want to use your Macbook, iPad or iPhone to display on the TV look at buying an Apple TV. It is the only Apple product with built in HDMI that will easily connect to to your TV or other HDMI device. You can then use Apple's AirPlay feature from any recent iPhone, iPad or Mac to mirror the desktop to the TV. Very cool feature and better than dragging cords around.
- Answered by Stephen I from San Jose
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Can I set up my airport time capsule direct to my I Mac
I've tried connecting direct from the airport time machine to the ethernet socket on my I Mac. I keep getting, no cable connection? I've also tried direct from the modem to the airport T M, Same result. I'm running out of options and need help
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Can I sync my Apple iPad to iMac computer using usb cable?????????
- Asked by Jean B from Ormond Beach
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Yes. OSX 10.7.2 up.
- Answered by Max W from Pacific Palicades
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System Requirements: OS X v10.7.4 or Later and Thunderbolt-equipped Mac computer
There is no way to connect a Thunderbolt external hard drive to the Apple Time Capsule.
-connecting a Thunderbolt to Enet adapter to a Thunderbolt external hard drive doesn't do anything useful. (no NAS support built-in to Thunderbolt hard drives)
-Apple Time Capsule doesn't support adding extra storage via enet or USB2 (although it could possibly support adding storage via USB2)
- Answered by Chris S from San Jose
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Can I use this cable to hook up a Time Capsule to my iMac?
I have a new iMac with a 2 Tb internal drive. I wish to now buy a Time Capsule, would this be a good way of connection to give me faster bandwidth on my iMac?
- Asked by Gillian K from Maryborough
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This adapter is not necessary to connect your iMac to your Time Capsule for internet access and for your Time Machine backups. Time Capsule and iMac can be connected via Wifi. In almost all cases, though, using this adapter with a decent ethernet cable (I recommend at least a Cat 5e ethernet cable) connected hard-wired to your Time Capsule will not only improve your internet speed on your iMac, but also your Time Machine backup speed. The actual improvement in speed of these things will depend on your current internet speed and distance between the iMac and Time Capsule along with other possible interferences. In most cases, though, I would say the average user would notice a slight increase in performance, and the power user to notice a significant performance increase.
If you deal with backup up many large files and are a heavy-bandwidth user, I woul definitely recommend using this adapter with either a Cat 5e or Cat 6 cable.
- Answered by Jeffrey Y from Westmont
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can it be used on an ipad 2
perhaps an extremely dumb question, but I will fully admit that I am far from tech savy. I'm going abroad and ethernet is all that is available...can I use this for my ipad 2? Also, what do I need to get to get this thing to work?
- Asked by Christina S from Mason
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why is thunderbolt adapter hot?
I use my Thunderbolt Gigabit adapter to connect to the internet. With in 15 minutes, the adapter is noticeably warm. I cannot tie this to any given activity, such as a prolonged download/upload, to video watching, or updates.
- Asked by Courtney N from Santa Clara
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The end of the adapter that connects to your Mac actually contains a tiny chip that handles the "translation" to/from the Ethernet and Thunderbolt ports. It's completely normal for it (or any other Thunderbolt connector) to become warm during use, so there's nothing to worry about. :)
- Answered by Jacob P from Meridian
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Can two mac air be hard wired on a thunderbolt to gigabit ethernet adapter?
Context of question: a hotel room anywhere where wifi is available along with a rj-45 internet source.
Hotel Wifi is unreliable, usually costs extra $$, is slower, and may have to be re-initiated at each connection time, in other words a big hassle; plus, like clockwork, it bogs down at peak use in the time zone you are in.
Users are two Mac Air and iPhone users.
The question is: from the single hotel rj-45 cable how do you hardwire the two Mac and establish a mifi for the two iphones, using existing Apple or Apple-compatible products?
Notes: I see 2 to 1 Cat 6 splitters available; I do not see Thunderbolt splitters; I see Airport Express has two ethernet ports, plus a usb port...
- Asked by Jacques C from Riverside
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I would get the thunderbolt to ethernet adapter to connect the first MacBook Air to the hotel's internet via ethernet.
You could then get the USB to ethernet adapter and plug that into the first MacBook Air and go into settings and share your internet connection (from thunderbolt-ethernet) to USB-ethernet and with a 2nd USB-ethernet adapter for the 2nd MacBook Air connect the two MacBook airs with an ethernet cable.
Practically speaking it'd be better to connect the first MacBook Air to the hotel's ethernet (via the thunderbolt to ethernet adapter) and then in Settings "Share" your internet connection via the Airport (built in to the first MacBook Air) - this creates a wireless (and password protected, if you'd like) wireless network that you can connect the 2nd MacBook Air and iPhones to.
Another option is to connect an AirportExpress to the hotel's ethernet and create a wireless hotspot for all devices to connect to.
Most hotels do not have super high-speed ethernet internet access so the benefits of hard wiring the devices is probably not really worth pursuing, but technically doable with several adapters (as outlined above).
- Answered by Eric T from San Diego
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is there a HDMI to Thunderbolt converter available ?
I have an iMac 21' which I brought in late 2013. Is there someway I can use it as a extended display for my non mac laptop using a HDMI to Thunderbolt converter ? Is such a thing available to start with?
- Asked by Vineeth J from Kollam
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How do i connect my fw800 devices to thunderbolt macbook pro?
firewire 800 to to thunderbolt?
- Asked by Markos A from Carss Park
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Apple will be releasing a FireWire 800 to Thunderbolt adapter this July.
- Answered by Dean S from Encino
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Can I use the Thunderbolt to Ethernet adapter to add a 2nd net port to my Mini? I want a dedicated line to a storage server plus independent intranet.
I have a RAID server that provides network storage. The bulk of my big file transfers are to the Mac Mini I'm using as a server. I'd like to keep those transfers from using bandwidth on the rest of my network, and I can live with my other computers accessing the RAID server via the Mini. I'd like the Mini to be able to talk simultaneously on both networks at close to full speed. I've seen other adapters that do this, but they cost hundreds of dollars. Will the Apple Thunderbolt to Ethernet adapter meet my goal?Best Answer:
Yes, this works fine and is also a useful solution for turning a Mac mini into a router. There is one caveat, however. Unlike the built-in Ethernet port, the adapter port does not support auto-MDIX, i.e., it is strictly an MDI connection and must be connected to an MDIX port on a switch/router, etc. or you must use a cross-over adapter/cable to swap the pairs.
- Answered by Erik L from Hillsboro
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how do i connect to the internet with a thunderbolt ethernet adaptor?
There are lots of more detailed questions about using this adaptor to connect to other computers and to gaming devices. My question is more basic.
My USB ethernet adaptor works fine on my Macbook Air, but I cannot get the thunderbolt adaptor to work. Thanks.
- Asked by William M from Saint Petersburg
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Do you need a special internet connection to use this or is it just like the USB ethernet adapter?
I have a MacBook Air and the USB ethernet adapter. I'm getting the new Macbook Pro with Retina display. So would this be a good idea to buy this adapter to Thunderbolt instead of using the the USB adapter? Would I get a better connecting? Would I need a special internet connection or will any due?
- Asked by Chase H from Saint Marys
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This product will work exactly like the USB 10/100 Ethernet Adapter, but instead use your Thunderbolt port. It does not need any special type of internet connection, just standard RJ-45 ethernet cabling. It will work with any new Mac with a Thunderbolt port, along with any Mac that has a Thunderbolt port (excluding MiniDisplay port).
This adapter will have much faster speeds than the prior USB version because it is Gigabit (10/100/1000 vs 10/100 for the USB Ethernet Adapter). As long as you have a Thunderbolt port, I would highly recommend using this one if you are debating between the two.
- Answered by Jeffrey Y from Westmont
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Most Thunderbolt Ext HDD don't have much processing power and just respond to calls from your computer to store data or send data.
There's no support for NAS (network attached storage) built-in to existing Thunderbolt Ext HDDs.
- Answered by Chris S from San Jose
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