Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter

Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter

$29.00

3.0 out of 5 stars

Based on 95 reviews

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Product Information

  • The Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter 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 Adapter with built-in Thunderbolt cable
  • System Requirements

    • OS X v10.7.4 or later
    • Thunderbolt-equipped Mac computer

Ratings & Reviews

Rating Breakdown (3.0 average)
Number of stars Percentage Number of reviews
  • Works great on Retina MBP

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works perfectly fine on the new Retina MBP.

    • Written by from Hewitt

    468 of 530 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Works great on Retina MBP
  • Exceptional with the 2011 Macbook Air 13

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Installed the new Driver / Thunderbolt 1.2 Update from Software Update, plugged it in, and zoom. Works great, no longer wasting a 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 from White Plains

    375 of 423 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Exceptional with the 2011 Macbook Air 13
  • Works if you can find the Thunderbolt 1.2 update

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    This adapter requires an update to the AppleBCM5701Ethernet plugin to work. That update was present in the thunderbolt software u This adapter requires an update to the AppleBCM5701Ethernet plugin to work. That update was present in the thunderbolt software update 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 from Kentfield

    288 of 330 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Works if you can find the Thunderbolt 1.2 update
  • Don'y buy for use with Boot Camp and Windows!!!

    1.0 out of 5 stars

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

    • Written by from Sunnyvale

    0 of 3 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Don'y buy for use with Boot Camp and Windows!!!
  • Lasted for 48 hours

    1.0 out of 5 stars

    Lasted for 48 hours. Spent hours rebooting/reconfiguring network. Multiple restarts etc. etc. etc. The last thing I thought the pr 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?

    • Written by from Cheltenham

    9 of 12 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Lasted for 48 hours
  • Crashes daily

    2.0 out of 5 stars

    I have a relatively new Macbook Pro running Mavericks. When I arrive at work and plug in my ethernet adapter, my MacBook crashes. 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.

    • Written by from PALO ALTO

    13 of 13 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Crashes daily

Questions & Answers

Answers from the community

  • Best Answer:

    The previous "yes" answer is correct, it does indeed work under Wndows 7 Bootcamp, but the answer is 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
    • Jul 9, 2012
  • Best Answer:

    The easiest is to purchase a Thunderbolt to HDMI adapter. Apple makes Thunderbolt to VGA and DVI ad The easiest is to purchase a Thunderbolt to HDMI adapter. Apple makes Thunderbolt to VGA and DVI adapters, but for whatever reason has left it to 3rd parties like Belkin, Kanex, StarTech and others to sell (buy it from the Apple store if you are worried about compatibility and return issues).

    If this is your home TV and you simply want to use your Macbook, iPad or iPhone to display on the TV look at buying an Apple TV. It is the only Apple product with built in HDMI that will easily connect to to your TV or other HDMI device. You can then use Apple's AirPlay feature from any recent iPhone, iPad or Mac to mirror the desktop to the TV. Very cool feature and better than dragging cords around.

    • Answered by Stephen I from San Jose
    • Mar 19, 2013
  • Best Answer:

    If you own a Macintosh Computer with a Thunderbolt port, then I recommend the Thunderbolt to Gigabit 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
    • Nov 3, 2012