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
616 of 745 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
508 of 588 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
336 of 378 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
7 of 7 people found this useful
Works really flawless
I got one today as i think my ethernet port is broken. The sales man said it could get the speed of USB 2 so i was thinking about I got one today as i think my ethernet port is broken. The sales man said it could get the speed of USB 2 so i was thinking about the 450Mbs but never really gets to that speed. did some tests. First day i got it it went to about 6.7 MB/s, today i just went to 4.7 MB/s. My wifi is even faster, only problem is i use this for my lacie cloudbox and using wifi makes the finder stop every time.
But the device works very easily, simply plugin n play. Im going to try a USB 2 10/100/100 as well and see what this does. Wish they hadnt put the ethernet port directly on the logic board. Pretty expensive repair for such a small thing!!! …
- Written by Rombout V from Willemstad
Works perfectly on mac mini
I have two of these for a 2011 mac mini that I use as a firewall and they both work flawlessly.
- Written by Jeremy M from Kamloops
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
does the apple usb ethernet adapter come with a cd to install it? and do i need to have lion or whatever for it to work or can i simply plug it in ?
- Asked by Shannon M from Mechanicsville
- Sep 3, 2013
Its plug n play. When inserted to USB systeem will automatically make a new connection under network Its plug n play. When inserted to USB systeem will automatically make a new connection under network location. Very user friendly …
- Answered by Rombout V from Willemstad
- Sep 4, 2013
When using this cable, will my AirPort Express recognize my external USB drive as a network drive?
- Asked by Dominic B from Hannover
- Jun 11, 2013
No answers yet
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
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
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
Is this compatible with USB 3 ports on the newest Macbook Air?
- Asked by Randy M from Kingston
- Jan 28, 2013
This works fine on my Retina Macbook Pro with USB 3 ports. I see no reason why it wouldn't work on This works fine on my Retina Macbook Pro with USB 3 ports. I see no reason why it wouldn't work on a Macbook Air. Someone else chime in if you know otherwise. …
- Answered by Michael M from Ewa Beach
- Aug 22, 2013