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
669 of 814 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
537 of 634 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
355 of 403 people found this useful
Works until it doesn't
I bought a new Macbook Retina Pro. And this adapter, after two other "regular" USB/Ethernet products simply wouldn't work. So then I bought a new Macbook Retina Pro. And this adapter, after two other "regular" USB/Ethernet products simply wouldn't work. So then I had to buy the Apple one, surprise. And it was fine, for 8 months but over time the cord split & finally stopped working- because what moron would expect it to work with so much use & frequent bending. So I'm back, to donate another $30 to Apple to "upgrade" & get a Thunderbolt one. Which will do the same thing in approximately the same amount of time/use. Which I have to say, I don't appreciate laying out this much money & not having a regular wired ethernet option right in the extremely expensive machine itself. Or a free lifetime supply of these ridiculous cables. We don't care to have our wireless connection on day & night, preferring a wired connection. This is ridiculous. …
- Written by holly C from Lock Haven
8 of 9 people found this useful
I would give 0 stars if it were possible!
Does not work with updated MBAs without 3rd party drivers. I would have spent less mon I would give 0 stars if it were possible!
Does not work with updated MBAs without 3rd party drivers. I would have spent less money on a 3rd party adapter if I knew this was the case. I will be returning this piece of garbage in the morning for a full refund. Cannot begin to explain how disappointed I am with Apple's laziness and lack of patches for such a simple fix. …
- Written by Catherine Anne M from Tempe
7 of 8 people found this useful
not good for more advanced users.
This is great for browsing the web, but if you have custom network configurations or other than native DNS configurations this wil This is great for browsing the web, but if you have custom network configurations or other than native DNS configurations this will NOT work. The adapter acts like a separate device that simply shares and redistributes its internet to the laptop(therefore losing any extra info, including the set IP in the process). …
- Written by Austin S from Milwaukie
15 of 17 people found this useful
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
how can I plug into a wired internet connection using my iPad 2?
- Asked by Kimberly C from Mckinney
- Aug 25, 2011
Apple makes a small portable device called a airport express that can turn a wired connection into a Apple makes a small portable device called a airport express that can turn a wired connection into a wifi connection for iPads. …
- Answered by William B from Maryville
- Oct 23, 2011
Will this work with the new MacBook Pro with Retina display announced June 2012? It is not listed in the compatibility section.
- Asked by Zachary Y from Black Diamond
- Jun 11, 2012
Yes, but you are better off with the Apple Ethernet to Thunderbolt adapter which gives you gigabit s Yes, but you are better off with the Apple Ethernet to Thunderbolt adapter which gives you gigabit speeds (Cat 6 cable) vs the slower megabit USB solution (Cat 5) …
- Answered by Stephen I from San Jose
- Aug 15, 2012
Can this adapter be used to connect to the printer (that has just the USB socket) to use the printer via local Ethernet?
- Asked by Filip W from Krakow
- Feb 8, 2011
You will need a print server to connect your USB printer to an ethernet network. In addition to han You will need a print server to connect your USB printer to an ethernet network. In addition to handling the USB-ethernet conversion, it also handles the printer communications. A number of these servers are available from companies like Linksys/Cisco and D-Link, and they do not have to be Apple-specific. Note that most (if not all) will only access the print functions of multi-purpose machines (i.e., not the scan/fax functions).
Good luck …
- Answered by Ray H from Raleigh
- Feb 5, 2012
Will this work on a iMac 1999 bubble computer Apple USB Ethernet adapter
- Asked by Donna M from Dannemora
- Oct 5, 2013
No it won't. Those iMacs didn't have USB 2.0 ports on them, neither was OS X Tiger supported on thes No it won't. Those iMacs didn't have USB 2.0 ports on them, neither was OS X Tiger supported on these machines officially either. …
- Answered by Kim J from Belgium
- Jan 18, 2014
Does this Work in windows 7 Bootcamp or can i recognize it and if Yes do i still need to install something
- Asked by Jedrek N from Manila
- Sep 23, 2013
does the apple usb to ethernet work on the 13" macbook pro with retina display
- Asked by Henry M from Hampstead
- Aug 29, 2013
It does, but for the money, it might be better to get the Thunderbolt to ethernet adapter instead. Y It does, but for the money, it might be better to get the Thunderbolt to ethernet adapter instead. Your connection will be much faster. …
- Answered by Dillon A from Cumberland
- Sep 12, 2013