Apple USB Ethernet Adapter
Apple USB Ethernet Adapter
Easily connect your MacBook Air computer to an Ethernet network with the Apple USB Ethernet Adapter. Small and light, it connects to the USB 2.0 port of your MacBook Air and provides an RJ-45 connector that supports 10/100BASE-T performance.
What's in the Box?
- Apple USB Ethernet Adapter with built-in 4.6-inch USB cable
- User's Guide
- USB 2.0
- 10/100 Base-T Ethernet
- Mac OS X v.10.4.8 or later
- MacBook Air computer with available USB 2.0 port
Ratings & Reviews
Now Only Works With MacBook Air
This little gem used to be the device of choice for adding a second Ethernet interface to a Mac Mini Server and I'd been using one This little gem used to be the device of choice for adding a second Ethernet interface to a Mac Mini Server and I'd been using one that way for about a year. After doing a software update to 10.6.6 it stopped working. Forewarned is forearmed – it appears that Apple is finally enforcing the MacBook Air system requirement. Bummer. Two stars for downgraded functionality. …
- Written by Douglas U from Port Orchard
922 of 1104 people found this useful
It just works, like all Apple products!
Purchased this for my MacBook Air and it works flawlessly! I use wifi 90% of the time, but for those rare occasions that wired is Purchased this for my MacBook Air and it works flawlessly! I use wifi 90% of the time, but for those rare occasions that wired is the only way to go, it's nice to know that I just jack right in and get to work. I work in IT so having access to both wired and wireless connections is a MUST for my line of work!
By the way, a quick word about the the adapter only being 10/100 vs Gigabit capable. This is not due to Apple being "cheap" or controlling, but rather has to due with the inherent limitation of the USB connection itself. See, by definition, USB 2.0 has a theoretical maximum bandwidth of 480 Mbps. This means that USB 2.0 - at a maximum - is capable of less than half of the maximum Gigabit speed (1,000 Mbps). So even if Apple would've included this feature in the device itself, the bus the USB connects to internally would prevent it from ever reaching anything near that speed, plus, the device probably would've cost about 300% more since most Gigabit-enabled products usually cost approx. that much more for that capability.
My only (slight) complaint is the lack of status/link lights on the device. Again, from an IT standpoint, that feature is a welcome addition, however, being an Apple product, Apple does not include these lights on any of their products (MacBooks, Apple TV, Mac Pros, etc.) so I didn't expect them to include it...just a personal preference is all! …
- Written by Jesus V from Hialeah
645 of 776 people found this useful
Excellent, Very Fast
I have good wireless at home and on campus, but thought I'd get this as a just-in-case accessory. Turned off Airport and connected I have good wireless at home and on campus, but thought I'd get this as a just-in-case accessory. Turned off Airport and connected the ethernet cable and the speed increase over our wireless was significant. Well worth the money and there when I need it. …
- Written by Don C from Bryan
441 of 508 people found this useful
Constantly catching on edge of desk and ripping out
It functions just fine, but the design is terrible. The dangling end catches on the edge of the table or desk and it rips out. N It functions just fine, but the design is terrible. The dangling end catches on the edge of the table or desk and it rips out. Not impressed and I wish I had purchased an adapter somewhere else. …
- Written by Mary Beth S from Brick
0 of 1 people found this useful
Works with new USB-C Macbook
For the Macbook, this does what it says on the tin and works hooking USB to ethernet. The adapter's packaging says it only works w For the Macbook, this does what it says on the tin and works hooking USB to ethernet. The adapter's packaging says it only works with the Macbook Air, but it works with the new USB-C one-port Macbook with a USB adapter. …
- Written by E. Ross A from Houston
Limited products that it works for and not very fast. Crippled little thing. Overpriced.
- Written by Parker H from Westwood
2 of 4 people found this useful
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
can this be used to connect with USB-C adapter to connect Ethernet to the new Macbook?
- Asked by Joseph H from Toronto
- Mar 27, 2015
Yes - this (like the SuperDrive) works with the new MacBook and the Apple USB-C to USB adapters (the Yes - this (like the SuperDrive) works with the new MacBook and the Apple USB-C to USB adapters (there are 3 at launch).
Search Apple Support for these articles explaining that MacBook 2015 will work with these USB Apple adapters
Cheers. It's only 10/100, but it's shipping now and supported officially by Apple. …
- Answered by Michael B from Eden Prairie
- May 15, 2015
Does Apple USB Ethernet Adapter support 200Mbps?
- Asked by Philip T
- Feb 15, 2015
The description says 10/100Mpbs. Look like you need to go with Thunderbolt-to-Ethernet adapter inste The description says 10/100Mpbs. Look like you need to go with Thunderbolt-to-Ethernet adapter instead to get higher speeds. …
- Answered by Dmitri M from Los Angeles
- Apr 15, 2015
where can i buy apple usb ethernaet adapter
- Asked by Ponnusamy R from Greenford
- Jul 23, 2013
Does this adapter support VLAN tagging on the ethernet interface?
- Asked by Soo C
- Aug 29, 2011
It depends: It will do if you are using VMWare which allows this. I haven't seen any options to VL It depends: It will do if you are using VMWare which allows this. I haven't seen any options to VLAN tag the native OS interface. …
- Answered by Paul B from Coventry
- Oct 29, 2012
can this be used with an iPad and the camera accessory which allows you to connect a usb cable?
- Asked by Darlene C from Ridgewood
- Jan 19, 2011