Thunderbolt Optical Cables by Corning use the power of light to transfer audio, video and data between your Mac and other devices at 10 Gbit/s speeds and over longer distances. These thin, light cables are amazingly durable and remarkably tough, yet they can be bent, squeezed and tangled.
Thunderbolt is a revolutionary I/O technology that supports high-resolution displays and high-performance data devices via one simple port and a cable that carries both DisplayPort and PCI Express data. And it’s standard on every Mac.
PCI Express is the technology that links all the high-performance components in a Mac. And it’s built into Thunderbolt, which means you can get PCI Express speed outside the box.
Thunderbolt gives you up to 10 Gbps in both directions, allowing for super-fast data transfer between peripherals. You also have enough bandwidth to daisy-chain multiple high-speed devices without using a hub or switch.
Thunderbolt also provides double the power of USB 3.0, delivering 10 watts to peripherals for improved performance on the go.
- 10 Gbit/s bi-directional, dual channel with Thunderbolt
- Compatible with Thunderbolt 2, 20 Gbit/s
- Data and video on a single cable
- Daisy-chain up to six Thunderbolt devices
- Ultra-slim, "zero-bend" radius cable
- Hot swappable
- Electrically isolated, noise-reducing design
- Class 1 Laser Product
Did you notice?The Thunderbolt Optical Cable lets you transfer a full-length HD movie in less than 30 seconds.
Apple Recommends ForConnecting your Thunderbolt-equipped Mac to hard drives and other devices at extended distances.
What's in the Box?
- Thunderbolt Optical Cable by Corning
- User guide
- Cable type: Thunderbolt
- Cable Length: 10 m/33 ft.
- Connections: Thunderbolt, Thunderbolt 2
- Width: 0.12 in./0.3 cm
- Weight: 3.35 oz./95 g
- Mfr. Part Number: AOCMMS4CVP10M20
- UPC or EAN No.: 021615020146
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Ratings & Reviews
Useful cable for longer Thunderbolt distances!
I picked-up one of these 10m optical Thunderbolt cables while in the US in December 2013, and it works perfectly!
As an idea o I picked-up one of these 10m optical Thunderbolt cables while in the US in December 2013, and it works perfectly!
As an idea of how and why one might want these longer-length Tbolt cables, see the set-up I currently use below...
Mac Mini (2012, with Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD for speed) -> THIS 10m optical tbolt cable (going from one room into a room next-door) -> Promise Pegasus R6 (24TB, 20TB in RAID 5) -> shorter copper Tbolt cable -> another Promise Pegasus R6 (24TB, 20TB in RAID 5) -> Apple Thunderbolt Display (has it's own built-in copper cable) -> shorter copper Tbolt cable (from Tbolt port in back of the display) -> WD 8TB Thunderbolt Duo.
(then I also use Apple's Wireless Keyboard and Magic Trackpad, using Bluetooth.)
This is really great, as it now means I can have the ultra-quiet Mac Mini in my main bedroom underneath a large 50-inch HDTV (plugged into the HDTV via the Mini's HDMI port) purely for HTPC usage (iTunes and Plex). Then have all the storage (which makes a bit of noise) connected via this long optical Thunderbolt cable into a separate cupboard in my other nearby bedroom, and also have the same Mini connected near the end of the chain into an Apple Thunderbolt Display, using a Bluetooth Keyboard/Trackpad, for work usage at a desk!
The only things I dropped a star for are the non-US availability (it was not available here in the UK or the rest of the EU at the time of buying, with Corning's website say UK/EU release is not planned until August 2014, for peats sake!!). And also the price; while it's around the same per-metre as copper ones, surely they should have been able to introduce some economies with the longer length (though I suspect they may be hard to produce at the moment, hence current higher pricing, that hopefully may improve once availability improves).
According to Corning's website, they plan on introducing even longer versions of this up to 100m in the future, if one needs such lengths — which those with bigger spaces just might!
Overall, absolutely brilliant cable, that solves a great deal of issues, and makes using DAS (directly attached storage) over a 10Gbit (or even 20Gbit Tbolt 2!) connection a better alternative to most 1Gbit Ethernet NAS (network attached storage) solutions.
Go get one! …
- Written by James S from Hove
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Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
Can this be cut to allow for an SC, LC, or ST connector placed in-between the Tbolt connection heads to support a fiber optic building infrastructure?
- Asked by Christopher P from Arlington
You would need to ensure that you maintain within the Rx spec for the transceiver. Also you would ha You would need to ensure that you maintain within the Rx spec for the transceiver. Also you would have to have the tools and skills to be able to splice the fibre and to terminate on to your chosen connector type. …
- Answered by Pantelis P
can i use this cable to connect my mba to thunderbolt screen for watching movies?
- Asked by Steven J
Yes, but this may be a very expensive alternative. Maybe try the apple one first.
- Answered by Joshua T
Does this Thunderbolt cable support Thunderbolt 2 at 20Gbit/Sec Bi-directionally if connecting Tbolt devices on both ends?
- Asked by Michael B from Cambridge
According to the manufactures web site, the cable is capable of running at both thunderbolt 1 and 2 According to the manufactures web site, the cable is capable of running at both thunderbolt 1 and 2 speeds, depending on the devices its connected to. As an example, if both machines support Thunderbolt Two it will run at the full 20Gb/s throughput, however if one of the two machines is Thunderbolt 1, the transfer speed will only be 10Gb/s between the machines. …
- Answered by Casey M from Warren
can i connect a thunder bolt display with a I mac 10m cable
- Asked by Timothy J F from Benton
Yes you can. As long as the cable is labelled as Thunderbolt, then you can have your iMac connected Yes you can. As long as the cable is labelled as Thunderbolt, then you can have your iMac connected to a Thunderbolt display no matter what length it is or what type of thunderbolt cable. …
- Answered by Michael L from Barrie