Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter
Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter
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
- OS X v10.7.4 or later
- Thunderbolt-equipped Mac computer
Ratings & Reviews
Works great on Retina MBP
Works perfectly fine on the new Retina MBP.
- Written by Rick R from Hewitt
660 of 754 people found this useful
Exceptional with the 2011 Macbook Air 13
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 Sayantan N from White Plains
468 of 539 people found this useful
Works if you can find the Thunderbolt 1.2 update
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 Bruce C from Kentfield
371 of 435 people found this useful
Worth the money - works with MBP Retina
I purchased this cable to connect my NAS drive directly to my MBP Retina. It works seamlessly and is definitely worth the money as I purchased this cable to connect my NAS drive directly to my MBP Retina. It works seamlessly and is definitely worth the money as it takes WAY less time for me to copy or transfer files when I am using this. Instead of waiting 3 hours I wait 15 minutes... …
- Written by Marisa V from The Woodlands
1 of 2 people found this useful
Constantly being replaced.
I have now had three all of which have failed. Yes, apple replaced one free, but none should need replacing. No moving parts. Just I have now had three all of which have failed. Yes, apple replaced one free, but none should need replacing. No moving parts. Just fail after fail. Unimpressive from such a normally reliable company. …
- Written by Tim V from FORT SMITH
14 of 15 people found this useful
Doesn't work with macbook air
Apple broke this functionality in Yosemite and has refused to add it back in subsequent updates. They really should pay us all ba Apple broke this functionality in Yosemite and has refused to add it back in subsequent updates. They really should pay us all back for the $30 wasted on this crud. This is the first Apple component that ever made me consider that I should give up on the company. …
- Written by Edward R from Montreal
35 of 40 people found this useful
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
Are there drivers needed for the thunderbolt to gigabit adapter?
- Asked by Michael C from Frackville
- Jun 22, 2015
What's the difference between Thunderbolt to gigabit ethernet and USB to Ethernet?
- Asked by Jarett E from Beavercreek
- Jul 13, 2012
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
Will Windows 7 (bootcamp) recognize a thunderbolt ethernet adapter?
- Asked by Jason R from Brookfield
- Jun 12, 2012
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
will it work with ipad air
- Asked by Paul H
- May 19, 2015
No. The iPad Air does not have a Thunderbolt port.
- Answered by Kenneth H from El Paso
- May 28, 2015
Does the Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adaptor come with a plastic cap for the male Thunderbolt end?
- Asked by Redmond Y from Quezon City
- Feb 18, 2015
- Answered by Wout P
- May 24, 2015