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
831 of 990 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
605 of 719 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
400 of 456 people found this useful
I added this to my toolbox years ago and it sure has come in handy. Never had to configure it - It just works. One drawback, of co I added this to my toolbox years ago and it sure has come in handy. Never had to configure it - It just works. One drawback, of course, is that it is not Gigabit. If you have a machine with Thunderbolt grab the other adapter instead. …
- Written by Dave C from Binbrook
Works on my Mac mini, and Mac Pro
To end the discussion of this adaptor only working with the Mac Book air... it works fine on both my Mac mini early 2007 vers, as To end the discussion of this adaptor only working with the Mac Book air... it works fine on both my Mac mini early 2007 vers, as well as my Mac Pro early 2009 vers. I plugged it in and both computers recognised it in the network section of System Preferences. I was able to set it up as a static, or DHCP connection. Very fine product. …
- Written by Anthony T from Petaluma
3 of 3 people found this useful
This works on my iPad 4
That's right, it works on iPad 4. iOS 7.1
You'll also need the official Apple lightening to USB camera adaptor. And because of That's right, it works on iPad 4. iOS 7.1
You'll also need the official Apple lightening to USB camera adaptor. And because of the iPad's power requirements you'll need a powered usb hub. With all that in place its quite stright forward. The ethernet adapter goes into one of the slave ports on the hub. The camera adapter connects to the hub's main output. Then you turn off wifi and airport mode. The result is a faster secure internet.
So far no problems with the Ethernet adaptor. …
- Written by Christopher H from cardiff
5 of 6 people found this useful
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
I need a Macbook pro retina model cable to connect to ethernet. Which one should I get?
- Asked by Debra T from Walla Walla
- Nov 20, 2014
Try using a Thunderbolt-Ethernet adapter.
- Answered by David F
- Nov 29, 2014
Can this, or another Apple product, be used to allow my daughter to use her iPhone 5 with a wired connection? No wireless in her dorm.
- Asked by James S from Portland
- Oct 3, 2014
Purchase an AirPort Express and connect to the wired connection. Configure the AirPort using the wi Purchase an AirPort Express and connect to the wired connection. Configure the AirPort using the wired information provided by the dorm. …
- Answered by Michael W from Laguna Niguel
- Oct 7, 2014
does the apple usb to ethernet work on the 13" macbook pro with retina display
- Asked by Henry M from Hampstead
- Aug 29, 2013
Yes it does work...
- Answered by Minesh P
- Sep 9, 2013
Could this be used with an iPad using the USB adapter that's included with the Apple Camera connection kit?
- Asked by Joshua B from Waterford
- Mar 10, 2012
After seeing this done on youtube, i tried this and was able to connect this apple usb ethernet adap After seeing this done on youtube, i tried this and was able to connect this apple usb ethernet adaptor via a powered usb hub, to the apple usb camera adapter and finally to my iPad 4. It works. It mean faster internet for the security conscious out there.
It helps to test this set up by pluging the main usb lead from the hub into my 'mac'. Once i saw the IP address, it was a simple matter to unplug that main usb lead from the mac, and place it instead into the ipad's usb adaptor.
I'm told there are other uses for the usb camera adaptor besides importing pictures, midi keyboards etc, but this has to be done via he powered usb hub.
This works with OS 7.1 …
- Answered by Christopher H
- Oct 18, 2014
What settings do I use to connect my MacBook Air to the Ethernet? I have the USB adapter.
- Asked by Jim H from Cambridge
- Jul 21, 2014