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
Works great! (But don't buy it for MBA!!!)
Why? This is nothing wrong with the product at all and it works great! The problem is... if you are using Macbook Air and you ne ed to connect to extra monitor with thunderbolt you are out of luck. Either have this or the thunderbolt to DVI/HDMI adpter. I never thought of this until I bought it went home and had the "Ahhhh moment". Get the USB version instead. If you never care about extra monitor ever at all or you don't need to do presentation on bigger screens then sure go ahead. …
- Written by Bono Kin Bong F from Vancouver
65 of 82 people found this useful
Try checking for a Thunderbolt update if it doesn't work
When I first plugged the Thunderbolt to Ethernet adapter into my Macbook Air nothing showed up in the Network Preferences. Tried r ebooting, etc. but nothing.
Luckily I had a wireless connection available so tried Software Update and lo and behold there was a Thunderbolt Update available. Installed that and rebooted and the adapter worked perfectly. …
- Written by Barry D from CARDIFF
39 of 49 people found this useful
Excellent addition to my Mid-2011 MacBook Air 13'' i5 4GB-RAM 128GB.
I did install the Thunderbolt update from Software Update be fore first using this adapter, but all works fine, great product and good use of thunderbolt connectivity, about time such an adapter exists.
Simply plugged it in to an ethernet cable and it worked instantly. I turned off wifi before first using just as a precautionary measure, to prevent any glitches or hiccups etc. after reading a few negative experiences first using this adapter, but all is fine.
All we need now is a thunderbolt to thunderbolt x 4 hub or a thunderbolt splitter to take full advantage of the blazing fast speeds offered. …
- Written by Norman L from Manchester
33 of 43 people found this useful
Works perfectly with the Macbook Air!
- Written by Nigel K from Dublin
0 of 1 people found this useful
This product Killed my MacBook Air
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 Ad aptor 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. …
- Written by Trevor M from Dunstable
1 of 2 people found this useful
I bought this item for a MBA 13'' (Late 2012) . Upon plugging it into the MBA and network, it worked straight away . It is far qui cker than wireless and in the few hours that I've used it non-stop it hasn't caused any problems . I consider this to have been an excellent purchase and well worth the £25 price tag . …
- Written by Michael E from Wigan
1 of 2 people found this useful
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
- Asked by Jason R from Brookfield
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
- Asked by Jarett E from Beavercreek
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
- Asked by Russell F
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
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
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