Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter
Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter
The Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter lets you easily connect to a high-performance Gigabit Ethernet network. Small and compact, it connects to the Thunderbolt port on your Mac computer and provides an RJ-45 port that supports 10/100/1000BASE-T networks.
What's in the Box?
- Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter with built-in Thunderbolt cable
- OS X v10.7.4 or later
- Thunderbolt-equipped Mac computer
Ratings & Reviews
Works great! (But don't buy it for MBA!!!)
Why? This is nothing wrong with the product at all and it works great! The problem is... if you are using Macbook Air and you ne Why? This is nothing wrong with the product at all and it works great! The problem is... if you are using Macbook Air and you need to connect to extra monitor with thunderbolt you are out of luck. Either have this or the thunderbolt to DVI/HDMI adpter. I never thought of this until I bought it went home and had the "Ahhhh moment". Get the USB version instead. If you never care about extra monitor ever at all or you don't need to do presentation on bigger screens then sure go ahead. …
- Written by Bono Kin Bong F from Vancouver
149 of 200 people found this useful
Try checking for a Thunderbolt update if it doesn't work
When I first plugged the Thunderbolt to Ethernet adapter into my Macbook Air nothing showed up in the Network Preferences. Tried r When I first plugged the Thunderbolt to Ethernet adapter into my Macbook Air nothing showed up in the Network Preferences. Tried rebooting, etc. but nothing.
Luckily I had a wireless connection available so tried Software Update and lo and behold there was a Thunderbolt Update available. Installed that and rebooted and the adapter worked perfectly. …
- Written by Barry D from CARDIFF
83 of 98 people found this useful
Excellent addition to my Mid-2011 MacBook Air 13'' i5 4GB-RAM 128GB.
I did install the Thunderbolt update from Software Update be Excellent addition to my Mid-2011 MacBook Air 13'' i5 4GB-RAM 128GB.
I did install the Thunderbolt update from Software Update before first using this adapter, but all works fine, great product and good use of thunderbolt connectivity, about time such an adapter exists.
Simply plugged it in to an ethernet cable and it worked instantly. I turned off wifi before first using just as a precautionary measure, to prevent any glitches or hiccups etc. after reading a few negative experiences first using this adapter, but all is fine.
All we need now is a thunderbolt to thunderbolt x 4 hub or a thunderbolt splitter to take full advantage of the blazing fast speeds offered. …
- Written by Norman L from Manchester
70 of 82 people found this useful
Waste of money!
Absolutely pathetic adapter!
I use this with a MacBook pro.
I'm not sure if the magnetic connection is strong enough, as a sligh 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). …
- Written by Ian M from Sevenoaks
2 of 2 people found this useful
works fine but it's a shame you need one
The adapter works fine connected to my macbook pro with retina display, and my macbook air, in that it allows you to plug your eth The adapter works fine connected to my macbook pro with retina display, and my macbook air, in that it allows you to plug your ethernet cable into the computer.
It's a shame however that the thunderbolt plug and socket are not nearly as sturdy as ethernet, and come out far too easily, which is very frustrating.
But the real issue is that the computer doesn't come with an ethernet port. I can understand in the case of the macbook air that they are all about thinness, and ethernet is fractionally thicker than thunderbolt. But a MacBook Pro should not be without ethernet. Professionals using these machines rely on ethernet all the time for transferring large amounts of data. The photography, film and music industries all use ethernet to transfer data to and from computers and servers. And carrying around a flimsy adapter that falls out of it's socket with a gentle nudge just isn't a viable option. But until Apple changes their "pro" design, I guess we're stuck with these silly, flimsy and overpriced things. …
- Written by Oliver G from Blandford Forum
10 of 10 people found this useful
Does the job
Good product that does what it says. However, I have to knock a star because it does significantly reduce battery life. Prior to u 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. …
- Written by Kalen S from Hitchin
3 of 3 people found this useful
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
What's the difference between Thunderbolt to gigabit ethernet and USB to Ethernet?
- Asked by Jarett E from Beavercreek
If you own a Macintosh Computer with a Thunderbolt port, then I recommend the Thunderbolt to Gigabit 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
Will Windows 7 (bootcamp) recognize a thunderbolt ethernet adapter?
- Asked by Jason R from Brookfield
The previous "yes" answer is correct, it does indeed work under Wndows 7 Bootcamp, but the answer is 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
Can I set up my airport time capsule direct to my I Mac
- Asked by Kenneth R
can i bridge my xbox one to my mbp retina to access the wifi in a hotel using this adapter?
- Asked by Brooks S from Elkhart
I want to connect time capsule to a thunderbolt external hard drive. Can I do that and what cables do I use
- Asked by Todd W from Brooklyn
There is no way to connect a Thunderbolt external hard drive to the Apple Time Capsule.
-connecti 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
Can two mac air be hard wired on a thunderbolt to gigabit ethernet adapter?
- Asked by Jacques C from Riverside
I would get the thunderbolt to ethernet adapter to connect the first MacBook Air to the hotel's inte 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