• 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.

    0 of 3 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?

    9 of 12 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.

    11 of 13 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

  • 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.

    22 of 22 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Useless in windows, Good in OSX

    • Written by from Casselberry

    Without native plug and play support for windows this adapter is useless. It runs fine when using windows in a VM but i prefer to boot to windows as my primary OS when performing tasks that require heavy CPU. Very disappointing... If I could do everything i need to do in OSX it would serve me well, but sadly a large number of tasks are easier to accomplish in windows.

    There is a workaround to get functionality in windows but the adapter stops functioning when the computer is placed in sleep mode. After resuming you are required to reboot in order to get a functioning adapter again.

    24 of 32 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Disappointed

    • Written by from Chandler

    I love Apple products but they failed here. Stopped working reliably after a couple months and now it's bad. It worried me how warm it got and I think that's the problem.

    21 of 21 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    A bad dongle

    • Written by from Cameron

    If you have a Wacom Cintiqu 21 UX, sad news

    Apples dongle will not work, as it is missing the 4 pins around the little flat blade. Apples habit of make new dongle for every new computer is a real pain the neck and pocket book. It looks like I will stop upgrades to new systems when i have to scrap a very good $3,000.00 Wacom because I can't get a cable connector. The thunderbolt was a bad buy in my pocket book.

    13 of 35 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Do not buy this adaptor

    • Written by from Cheddington

    It simply does not work. Spent 14 hours trying to get it to work. DO NOT BUY AN AIR IF NEED ETHERNET CONNECTION.

    18 of 41 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Fried after only a few weeks

    • Written by from San Diego

    My thunderbolt-ethernet adaptor just died in the middle of transmitting data from a brand new Retina MBP, 2 months after I bought it. Shame on Apple for removing time-proven robust and reliable internal Gigabit Ethernet and Firewire ports for the sake of unreliable Thunderbolt interfaces and slower WiFi.

    40 of 53 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Disappointed because this does not work with MBA 2010 and Later

    • Written by from Lantana

    When I bought the device I was so excited and thought this would be an excellent purchase. What I didn't know is that it is not supported on all Macs. I wish Apple had put a note on the package saying what machines are supported with this device. Needless to say, I now have a $30 paperweight. Does anyone know how to make this work or have workarounds been found for older Apple products

    17 of 34 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Good interface, bad connectors

    • Written by from Fort Worth

    The thunderbolt interface is definitely fast. I can easily push over 900Mbps with this adapter on our LAN. The only problems I have are, as others have mentioned, that the connector does not fit snugly and the cable is very rigid and does not bend easily. The whole thing just feels fragile. If I had it to do over I probably would have just opted for a usb3 gigabit Ethernet adapter from a third party. IMHO if you don't need the speed just go with the apply usb2 adapter over this one.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    lasted 1 month

    • Written by from madison

    Always ran hot, bad design or bad ICs not worth the money, All other brands have the same problem. this one lasted about 200 hours

    16 of 21 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Hangs bootcamp Windows 7 on lid close

    • Written by from Brooklyn

    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.

    17 of 22 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Loose thunderbolt ethernet adaptor after five months

    • Written by from greenbank

    I have been using the Thunderbolt ethernet adaptor for five months now. While it worked well till up to this week, the connection to the laptop is getting loose and I lose connection to the internet. This is very frustrating. I miss not having the ethernet port directly in my new laptop. The price for the adaptor is high, considering that it loosens up and behaves unpredictably. I may have to purchase a new one every six months. I will try the USB adaptor, since it is a little wider and hopefully more stable. I also do not like the length of the adaptor. If it is not supported by a table, it puts quite a torque on it. I wish that it was smaller and without any movable parts. I love my new retina display laptop and if this bit of an inconvenience was resolved, I would be thrilled.

    36 of 41 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Expensive and flawed

    • Written by from Roma

    I can understand the removal of ethernet ports if it was for reasons of size (since the Retina is quite thin and I'm not entirely sure Ethernet would fit too well), otherwise not a very good decision.
    That said the adaptor does what it's mean to do, but it has some major flaws.
    First of all, the price tag. After having purchased a rather expensive computer, having to throw in another 30 just to be able to go online isn't really ideal. They could've thrown one in for free, but I guess that's not how Apple rolls.
    The second problem is that, despite being light and portable to bring behind when out, the cable part of the adaptor is quite thick and not very flexible, which can be pretty annoying if you're trying to work in cramped spaces (or just don't have 15cm to the left of your laptop). The cable part can, obviously, be bent, but I wouldn't be surprised if it would soon destroy the adaptor. I try not bending it as much as possible, and having had it for just over 4 months I can see it's getting pretty ruined.
    But the last, and definitely most annoying problem, is that the adaptor does not fit snugly in the port and wobbles. The slightest twitch can cause your connection to drop, forcing you to disconnect and reconnect the cable for it to be recognized again.

    64 of 86 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    This product Killed my MacBook Air

    • Written by from Dunstable

    I plugged it in and it froze my MacBook Air, on reboot my SSD drive was dead!! The Mac is now a Brick! Previously the Firewire Adaptor also froze the OS but I managed to recover the SSD that time with Disk Utility. I have posed this review a couple of days ago, but its been removed so here it is again.

    23 of 37 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not work with Windows 7 under Bootcamp

    • Written by from Bangkok

    Beware when buying this for use with Windows 7 running on Bootcamp - have tried fixes offered online and still does not work. Works fine under Mac OS.....

    Apparently the USB to ethernet works under Windows 7 on Bootcamp but only delivers 100Mbps

    17 of 21 people found this useful