The Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adaptor 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 Adaptor with built-in Thunderbolt cable
- OS X v10.7.4 or later
- Thunderbolt-equipped Mac computer
Ratings & Reviews
Exceptional with the 2011 Macbook Air 13
Installed the new Driver / Thunderbolt 1.2 Update from Software Update, plugged it in, and zoom. Works great, no longer wasting a USB port, and its super fast! Will be perfect in those hotels with no WiFi. No compatibility issues with my 2011 MBA 13 inch I bought last year.
- Written by Sayantan N from White Plains
242 of 269 people found this useful
Works great on Retina MBP
Works perfectly fine on the new Retina MBP.
- Written by Rick R from Hewitt
222 of 255 people found this useful
Works if you can find the Thunderbolt 1.2 update
This adapter requires an update to the AppleBCM5701Ethernet plugin to work. That update was present in the thunderbolt software u pdate 1.2 package. Said update was pulled from the automatic update list due to it crashing non-thunderbolt systems such as old macbook pros. I haven't read a report of any problems for us macbook air users, and it works great on my 2011 macbook air. If you're lucky enough to have grabbed a copy of the update from apple's KB article before it was pulled from there as well, you should be able to use the adapter. Presumably apple will fix this big error in a day or so with a newer thunderbolt update.
If you know what you're doing, you could always backup your IONetworkingFamily kext before applying the update, and then restore just that kext it if your system crashes from the update.
Nice performance with this dongle - I get 900Mbps throughput. Driver (and broadcom's specs) indicate jumbo frame support, but I haven't tried it. Jumbo frames not really necessary IMO since the CPU is beefy enough to handle high packet/second data rates.
Finally a cheap way to get data on&off a macbook air at speeds above USB 2. …
- Written by Bruce C from Kentfield
184 of 203 people found this useful
First off, this works GREAT on Mac OS X.
However, when running bootcamp, the Driver has many issues.
If it is unplugged, the com puter must be restarted to connect again.
Driver, for some reason disables the computers abilt to enter sleep mode, only hibernate and shutdown …
- Written by Jack W from Auckland
Hangs bootcamp Windows 7 on lid close
Thunderbolt Gigabit Ethernet Adaptor DOES work on Windows 7, but requires a reboot after you connect it. The problem I have every time I close/reopen the lid, bootcamp doesn't come out of sleep/hibernation and you have to reboot again. …
- Written by Igor V from Brooklyn
4 of 4 people found this useful
Works perfectly with the Macbook Air!
- Written by Nigel K from Dublin
0 of 1 people found this useful
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
- Asked by Jason R from Brookfield
- 06 12, 12
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
- 07 10, 12
- Asked by Jarett E from Beavercreek
- 07 13, 12
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
- 11 3, 12
- Asked by Russell F
- 03 17, 13
Can the "lighting to USB cable" together with "USB to ethernet connector" allow ipad mini to browse the internet without using Wi-Fi / 3G/4G?
- Asked by Richard H from Wentworthville
- 11 18, 12
Can I use the Thunderbolt to Ethernet adapter w/ migrate assistant from an older mac to a current Macbook Air?
- Asked by Randy M from Kingston
- 01 27, 13
I used the Thunderbolt to Ethernet adapter and Migration Assisstant between 2012 MBPr and 2008 MBP w ithout any problems - just plug and play :-) …
- Answered by Iain M from Lavington
- 02 5, 13