Apple USB Ethernet Adapter
Apple USB Ethernet Adapter
Easily connect your MacBook Air computer to an Ethernet network with the Apple USB Ethernet Adapter. Small and light, it connects to the USB 2.0 port of your MacBook Air and provides an RJ-45 connector that supports 10/100BASE-T performance.
What's in the Box?
- Apple USB Ethernet Adapter with built-in 4.6-inch USB cable
- User's Guide
- USB 2.0
- 10/100 Base-T Ethernet
- Mac OS X v.10.4.8 or later
- MacBook Air computer with available USB 2.0 port
Ratings & Reviews
Now Only Works With MacBook Air
This little gem used to be the device of choice for adding a second Ethernet interface to a Mac Mini Server and I'd been using one This little gem used to be the device of choice for adding a second Ethernet interface to a Mac Mini Server and I'd been using one that way for about a year. After doing a software update to 10.6.6 it stopped working. Forewarned is forearmed – it appears that Apple is finally enforcing the MacBook Air system requirement. Bummer. Two stars for downgraded functionality. …
- Written by Douglas U from Port Orchard
864 of 1030 people found this useful
It just works, like all Apple products!
Purchased this for my MacBook Air and it works flawlessly! I use wifi 90% of the time, but for those rare occasions that wired is Purchased this for my MacBook Air and it works flawlessly! I use wifi 90% of the time, but for those rare occasions that wired is the only way to go, it's nice to know that I just jack right in and get to work. I work in IT so having access to both wired and wireless connections is a MUST for my line of work!
By the way, a quick word about the the adapter only being 10/100 vs Gigabit capable. This is not due to Apple being "cheap" or controlling, but rather has to due with the inherent limitation of the USB connection itself. See, by definition, USB 2.0 has a theoretical maximum bandwidth of 480 Mbps. This means that USB 2.0 - at a maximum - is capable of less than half of the maximum Gigabit speed (1,000 Mbps). So even if Apple would've included this feature in the device itself, the bus the USB connects to internally would prevent it from ever reaching anything near that speed, plus, the device probably would've cost about 300% more since most Gigabit-enabled products usually cost approx. that much more for that capability.
My only (slight) complaint is the lack of status/link lights on the device. Again, from an IT standpoint, that feature is a welcome addition, however, being an Apple product, Apple does not include these lights on any of their products (MacBooks, Apple TV, Mac Pros, etc.) so I didn't expect them to include it...just a personal preference is all! …
- Written by Jesus V from Hialeah
619 of 739 people found this useful
Excellent, Very Fast
I have good wireless at home and on campus, but thought I'd get this as a just-in-case accessory. Turned off Airport and connected I have good wireless at home and on campus, but thought I'd get this as a just-in-case accessory. Turned off Airport and connected the ethernet cable and the speed increase over our wireless was significant. Well worth the money and there when I need it. …
- Written by Don C from Bryan
420 of 480 people found this useful
Works Great with 2013 MacBook Pro!
This adapter works great on my 15" MacBook Pro Retina (Late 2013) with OS X Yosemite 10.10.1. It was immediately detected and rece This adapter works great on my 15" MacBook Pro Retina (Late 2013) with OS X Yosemite 10.10.1. It was immediately detected and received a DHCP address. Was also detected by VMware Fusion Pro 7.1 and was able to use it on my Windows 7 virtual machine. Normally I would use the Thunderbolt Ethernet Adapter, but when both of my Thunderbolt ports are occupied running DisplayPort monitors and I need an additional network adapter besides WiFi, this does the trick! …
- Written by Steven S from DeLand
2 of 2 people found this useful
We use these on a large scale in our company 70+. We haven't had any issues with them. (Sure some broke, but things break after a We use these on a large scale in our company 70+. We haven't had any issues with them. (Sure some broke, but things break after a lot of use) Some we have had for two years and are still going.
The people complaining about them breaking after 2 months are clearly just mistreating them. Leaving them plugged in when carrying the laptop in a bag, or resting the laptop on its side with it still plugged in. (I've seen this many times before). I'm sure if you take it to apple, and it is a genuine fault not caused by you they will replace it for you. …
- Written by Lloyd R from Barney
3 of 3 people found this useful
Really useful piece of kit.
I've had one of these for the last for the last 3 years with my Macbook air and it's been very reliable and quick. I would qualify I've had one of these for the last for the last 3 years with my Macbook air and it's been very reliable and quick. I would qualify this by saying that i use it infrequently when there is no wifi or if I need a fast hardwired connection. …
- Written by P R S from Reading
2 of 2 people found this useful
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
I need a Macbook pro retina model cable to connect to ethernet. Which one should I get?
- Asked by Debra T from Walla Walla
- Nov 21, 2014
Try using a Thunderbolt-Ethernet adapter.
- Answered by David F
- Nov 30, 2014
Will this work with OS X Yosemite 10.10?
- Asked by Prottay P from State College
- Jan 10, 2015
Yes, it works.
- Answered by Riccardo F from Savona
- Jan 20, 2015
Is it possible to down loads images from IPad/iPhone to memory stick using a apple USB Ethernet Adapter
- Asked by David C
- Dec 4, 2014
Does this adapter support VLAN tagging on the ethernet interface?
- Asked by Soo C
- Aug 29, 2011
It depends: It will do if you are using VMWare which allows this. I haven't seen any options to VL It depends: It will do if you are using VMWare which allows this. I haven't seen any options to VLAN tag the native OS interface. …
- Answered by Paul B from Coventry
- Oct 29, 2012
can this be used with an iPad and the camera accessory which allows you to connect a usb cable?
- Asked by Darlene C from Ridgewood
- Jan 20, 2011
where can i buy apple usb ethernaet adapter
- Asked by Ponnusamy R from Greenford
- Jul 24, 2013