• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Waste of money!

    • Written by from Sevenoaks

    Absolutely pathetic adapter!
    I use this with a MacBook pro.
    I'm not sure if the magnetic connection is strong enough, as a slight (and I mean slight) adjustment in working position results in the network connection being lost.
    I generally love Apple products, but would seriously think twice before purchasing this adapter, especially if you're prone to moving your laptop whilst working (on your lap for instance).

    6 of 7 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.

    15 of 15 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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Gives a good boost to my internet speed :)

    • Written by from Bracknell

    Living in an area with a reasonably slow broadband speed, I decided to give my internet speed a bit of a boost, so I went and bought this adapter to join the other 6 adapters connecting to my MacBook Pro (Late 2013). Before I bought this, I got about 6 mbps, now I get around 7 mbps (both measurements with only one device connected to the router). It works fine with Parallels 9 running Windows 8.1, in case you were wondering. Just a tip before you buy- to make it actually work you need to turn your WiFi off via the bar on the top so your mac looks for the next available connection. I only bought this earlier (at time of post) but it works perfectly so far. I hope this helps :)

    2 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic (Using with Parallels)

    • Written by from Leeds

    Great product.

    Instantly was able to use this in Parallels in a Windows 7 VM over the Bridge setting.

    No configuration or drivers in Windows on the VM at all.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great!

    • Written by from Glen Vine

    No problems on my 13" MacBook Pro with Retina Display, works just as you would expect it to, no setup whatsoever. Very pleased.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    works great! for a while

    • Written by from Franklin

    I got the thunderbolt adapter for my Macbook air because the place I was going to be at for a few months didn't have wifi. For the first three months of my stay I had absolutely zero trouble with it, but this past month it will occassionally disconnect but then a few minutes later will reconnect. It's been really iffy recently, and I've been a little bit concerned about plugging it into my computer. Hopefully I won't need it for too much longer, I'm not sure if it is meant to last more than a few months!

    14 of 15 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fully Functional

    • Written by from Dublin

    Works perfectly with the Macbook Air!

    3 of 4 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.

    35 of 51 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works perfectly

    • Written by from Wigan

    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 quicker 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 .

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not work properly in Windows 8 with BootCamp 5

    • Written by from York

    Using this device in Windows 8 results in the Sleep States being disabled due to poorly written Apple Bootcamp Drivers. If you need this to work in Windows don't buy.

    18 of 25 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Very fast but.... (rMBP)

    • Written by from Uckfield

    It is a very fast adapter, bought it for my rMBP to use at uni. the issue is that it falls out VERY easily, which is somewhat of an issue for me. when working at a desk its fine, but at other times it gets knocked even just a little and it disconnects and takes a while to reconnect. This is annoying!

    38 of 41 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    not working with MacBook Air

    • Written by from Bucharest

    This is not working for me, I tried everything, could not install the update, is says "This software is not supported on your system." Do not buy it, waste of money!!!

    34 of 79 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Wicked Fast, but needs to be on power!

    • Written by from Airdrie

    I thought I had a faulty one, as on my MacBook Air it didn't work - it randomly came up as a thunderbolt device, but no ethernet, or not at all.

    I then tried it on power, and "pop" - it just worked, as expected... and it is very, very fast. copying files onto the Air with it's SSD I was getting a nice solid 45Mb a second.

    This is now part of my carry around kit for the laptop - excellent when you need a little more "oomph" than you can get with the Wireless.

    22 of 27 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great! (But don't buy it for MBA!!!)

    • Written by from Vancouver

    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 need 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.

    162 of 213 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Try checking for a Thunderbolt update if it doesn't work

    • Written by from CARDIFF

    When I first plugged the Thunderbolt to Ethernet adapter into my Macbook Air nothing showed up in the Network Preferences. Tried rebooting, 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.

    87 of 102 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Macbook air 2011

    • Written by from basingstoke

    Initially I couldn't get this to work as even though it was showing as connected in the system report and I could see the port on my network switch was up OSX was not seeing the adapter as a network interface.

    In the end I fixed it by downloading Thunderbolt update 1.21 from the apple site (software update claimed no updates available)

    I would have posted the link but it seems the review system won't actually let me.

    8 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works perfectly

    • Written by from Manchester

    Excellent addition to my Mid-2011 MacBook Air 13'' i5 4GB-RAM 128GB.
    I did install the Thunderbolt update from Software Update before 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.

    72 of 85 people found this useful