• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Adapter for amazing speed!

    • Written by from Tustin

    I think this is an amazing adapter, gives you the speed you want, and takes advantage of your WiFi capabilities on your Mac, love it. PS, it also bends to be at the right angle for the cable!!

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Appalling

    • Written by from Newmarket

    I've replaced this once already and my second one in 6 months has now crapped out. Premium price point for a terrible and unreliable product. Furthermore, as others have noted, this does not work well in Boot Camp as you have to reboot after the computer goes to sleep to regain functionality.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Expensive and lack of Apple quality

    • Written by from Seattle

    When I first got the product, it worked great. It was fast, easy to use. The only issue I had with it was the stiffness of it. Later on, after about 1 month of use, the adapter stop working altogether. not sure what do to now.... $30 adapter RIP

    Honestly I think it is better just to get a wireless router.

    1 of 2 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    works fine but it's a shame you need one

    • Written by from Blandford Forum

    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.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    'Garbage' & 'Junk' Come to Mind

    • Written by from Austin

    As many others have noted, this ethernet adapter is full of unpleasantries:
    -Cable far too stiff, causing dropped connections if bumped
    -Adapter runs far too warm
    -Does not hot-plug in Boot Camp Windows. This wouldn't be a major issue except that it drops connections often, so you can't just hot-swap-resume.
    -When plugged in, Boot Camp Windows will not wake from hibernate.
    -Occasional kernel panics when hot swapping in Mavericks
    -Does not work on 1st Gen Thunderbolt Macs (in my case, on a first gen thunderbolt MBA)
    -When plugged in, noticeably reduces battery life

    It seems odd that Apple - who pioneered hot-swap with the Bondi iMac way back in 1997 - would release a half-baked ethernet adapter, particularly since those users who might need it the most are corporate entities, which predominantly use Windows. There's nothing portable about a huge dongle hanging out the side of a sleek MBA.

    0 stars. Pure garbage. Try again, Apple.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Don'y buy for use with Boot Camp and Windows!!!

    • Written by from Sunnyvale

    You must have the adapter plugged in before booting Windows for it to work.

    2 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Lasted for 48 hours

    • Written by from Cheltenham

    Lasted for 48 hours. Spent hours rebooting/reconfiguring network. Multiple restarts etc. etc. etc. The last thing I thought the problem would be was the Apple adaptor that I purchased 2 days previously. WOW! What has happened to Apple? Appalling!

    Why ditch the ethernet port in the first place?

    12 of 18 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Crashes daily

    • Written by from PALO ALTO

    I have a relatively new Macbook Pro running Mavericks. When I arrive at work and plug in my ethernet adapter, my MacBook crashes. It happens probably 7 times out of 10. I have two other colleagues with MacBooks, and the exact same thing happens to them. They have stopped using the adapter as a result. The kernel panic log refers to ethernet code, but there is no solution on the internet and no firmware update that I know of.

    15 of 15 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Hangs my Air

    • Written by from Bethel

    Any change in the configuration of the network causes all applications to hang and finder to become non responsive. All updates have been applied.

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent quality device

    • Written by from Maplewood

    This meets and or exceeds expectation...I mean it's an TB-Ethernet. What could go wrong? A helpful little thing would be to add a MAC Address Barcode or actual address itself to the package. That way we can scan them into our Learn/Trust database so when we deploy them, our users are not knocked off the network. We have to remove from the package, plug it in to a MBP or iMac to get the MAC and then send to the NOC for them to add manually. All other Mac equipment arrives with the Ethernet, Bluetooth, Airport/WiFI, FireWire etc., MAC Addresses on the outside of the boxes. Why not this?

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Crashes my laptop

    • Written by from Princeton

    I have to be careful when and into which Thunderbolt port I plug this into or it will cause a kernel panic on my mid-2012 MBPR. I assume this is caused by a bad driver or firmware. I've gotten it down to happening every other week or so. Other than that, it works great! =/

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Save your money

    • Written by from Flushing

    I bought this shortly after they came out but just got around to running an ethernet cable to my desk in mid February. I was happy to have a wired connection to my Air finally but today I noticed a marked decrease in performance. After logging out, then restarting with no improvement, I checked the network to find I was on Airport. The Preference Pane said the cable was unplugged, but it wasn't. The adapter was significantly warm to the touch and unplugging and plugging it back in did not help. System Profile could see it but it just quit working, giving me a very short useable life; less than two months.

    18 of 20 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Does the job

    • Written by from Hitchin

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Draws more power than Wi-Fi

    • Written by from Pentool

    I bought this adapter for my new, late 2013 MacBook Pro. The adapter itself work great. However, I purchased it thinking it will draw less power than Wi-Fi does, so I save on battery power. NOT TRUE! Turns out, this little think draws more power than using Wi-Fi. I had not anticipated this and so I didn't search on this before I purchased it. But it turns out, other also complain that it draws more power than Wi-Fi.

    So if you plan to use the adapter while the laptop is running off the charger, then it's great. But when running off just the battery, it's better if you stick to Wi-Fi, if you have a good connection. I will be returning the adapter.

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    High Price, very low quality

    • Written by from Singapore

    Totally unreliable product. With extremely light use, it started overheating (and not working) after 6 months or so.
    Totally unacceptable for the price you pay and of course for the standards of Apple.

    1 of 2 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Easy set-up

    • Written by from OSWEGO

    Just plug in the ethernet cable into this adapter and the adapter into the thunderbolt port and you are done!
    The Mac Book Pro Retina laptop just silently added it in the background. I went into my system to check to be sure it added it and it was there.
    No pop-up and easy to use.
    I am very satisfied as I always am with Apple products and service.

    3 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    connected for 5 seconds

    • Written by from Kota kinabalu

    bought this, expecting a more stable connection than the wifi. it turns out a total WASTE. it connect for 5 seconds, and then disconnected. tried restart, unplug and plug again.. same thing. what a waste of money buying such thing which now its gonna sit there collecting dust.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great for 10mins

    • Written by from AUCKLAND

    Unfortunately, when using this adapter on a 2013 Retina MBP, I get about 10mins of use before the connection drops - this happens no matter the location: at home, at work or traveling using hotel internet.

    There seem to be a small number of people experiencing similar issues. The USB 3 to Ethernet adapter does not exhibit this behaviour and works flawlessly - bummer!

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't Last

    • Written by from Smiths Station

    Worked great at first with no issues and then after about 2 months it became unreliable. If my internet cable was moved at all it would disconnect. Now it doesn't work at all. The port also gets very hot.

    27 of 27 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great for migrating data from one Mac to another

    • Written by from Menlo Park

    This adapter is extremely useful when migrating to a new Retina MacBook Pro if you don't have 802.11ac wireless. It allowed me to transfer files at roughly 800 Mb/s, compared with roughly 50-80 Mb/s over wi-fi.

    1 of 3 people found this useful