Apple USB Ethernet Adapter

Apple USB Ethernet Adapter

NZ$45.00

3.0 out of 5 stars

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Product Information

  • 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
  • Tech Specs

    Connections

    • USB 2.0
    • 10/100 Base-T Ethernet
  • System Requirements

    • Mac OS X v.10.4.8 or later
    • MacBook Air computer with available USB 2.0 port

Ratings & Reviews

Rating Breakdown (3.0 average)
Number of stars Percentage Number of reviews
  • Now Only Works With MacBook Air

    2.0 out of 5 stars

    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 from Port Orchard

    732 of 884 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Now Only Works With MacBook Air
  • It just works, like all Apple products!

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    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 from Hialeah

    563 of 663 people found this useful

    Was this useful? It just works, like all Apple products!
  • Excellent, Very Fast

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    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 from Bryan

    368 of 417 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Excellent, Very Fast
  • cheap material

    2.0 out of 5 stars

    I have had no problem with the actual hardware of the adaptor. It always worked like a charm. But the quality of the cable is poor I have had no problem with the actual hardware of the adaptor. It always worked like a charm. But the quality of the cable is poor to say the least. I had the cable for almost 2 years now and the rubber has disintegrated, leaving the internals of the cable exposed. You might think, well 2 years... but £25 pounds for an adaptor for a macbook air (that does not have an ethernet port) I think it should last way longer than that! Also, considering I live in the UK there is not even the excuse of extreme heat that might have "cooked" the cable coating.

    Shame that some of those apple products are so poor and cheap.

    • Written by from LONDON
    Was this useful? cheap material
  • works perfectly but requires drivers from manufacture

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    you will need to install additional drivers.
    Not the usual apple experience, plug and play stuff!
    once you have it installed it you will need to install additional drivers.
    Not the usual apple experience, plug and play stuff!
    once you have it installed it is a really neat little addition to any late macbook.

    • Written by from Woodstock.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

    Was this useful? works perfectly but requires drivers from manufacture
  • Upgraded from macbook air to pro and got screwed

    1.0 out of 5 stars

    This adapter worked with my mid-2013 macbook air. I just purchased a late-2013 macbook pro and now this USB Ethernet Adapter no lo This adapter worked with my mid-2013 macbook air. I just purchased a late-2013 macbook pro and now this USB Ethernet Adapter no longer works!

    • Written by from SEATTLE

    5 of 5 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Upgraded from macbook air to pro and got screwed

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