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
634 of 721 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
457 of 524 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
359 of 419 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
2 of 2 people found this useful
Tbolt to Gigabit adapter not compatible w cable modem
Apple: please address! TWC is my ISP, I use a NetGear C3000 cable modem/router. My MacBook Pro is 4 weeks old. Wifi works lightnin Apple: please address! TWC is my ISP, I use a NetGear C3000 cable modem/router. My MacBook Pro is 4 weeks old. Wifi works lightning fast. However, when I use an ethernet cable and the Tbolt to Gigabit adapter, content takes forever to load, and after three or four pages, won't load at all. MBP detects the ethernet conn and shows it's connected, but I can't browse. Apple, NetGear, and TWC all unable to solve. …
- Written by Bret Q from Inglewood
4 of 5 people found this useful
Internet gets choppy
Before buying this adapter I would just casually use Wi-Fi on my Mac Air and didn't really have any problems. I would play a few o Before buying this adapter I would just casually use Wi-Fi on my Mac Air and didn't really have any problems. I would play a few online games and my Ping would be higher than everyone else. I bought this adapter because it would be a direct internet connection to my computer and even though my Ping went down dramatically my internet connection while browsing the web got extremely choppy. Sometimes websites would not load or even take 3 minutes to load. When I disconnect the adapter, the internet would go back to normal and sites would load immediately. I don't know why but this adapter makes browsing the internet a hassle. …
- Written by Eduardo G from Taylor
7 of 7 people found this useful
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
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
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
how do I connect a hdmi display to thunderbolt
- Asked by Michael K from East Lansing
- Feb 14, 2013
The easiest is to purchase a Thunderbolt to HDMI adapter. Apple makes Thunderbolt to VGA and DVI ad The easiest is to purchase a Thunderbolt to HDMI adapter. Apple makes Thunderbolt to VGA and DVI adapters, but for whatever reason has left it to 3rd parties like Belkin, Kanex, StarTech and others to sell (buy it from the Apple store if you are worried about compatibility and return issues).
If this is your home TV and you simply want to use your Macbook, iPad or iPhone to display on the TV look at buying an Apple TV. It is the only Apple product with built in HDMI that will easily connect to to your TV or other HDMI device. You can then use Apple's AirPlay feature from any recent iPhone, iPad or Mac to mirror the desktop to the TV. Very cool feature and better than dragging cords around. …
- Answered by Stephen I from San Jose
- Mar 19, 2013
can i bridge my xbox one to my mbp retina to access the wifi in a hotel using this adapter?
- Asked by Brooks S from Elkhart
- Sep 13, 2014
I want to connect time capsule to a thunderbolt external hard drive. Can I do that and what cables do I use
- Asked by Todd W from Brooklyn
- Aug 17, 2012
There is no way to connect a Thunderbolt external hard drive to the Apple Time Capsule.
-connecti There is no way to connect a Thunderbolt external hard drive to the Apple Time Capsule.
-connecting a Thunderbolt to Enet adapter to a Thunderbolt external hard drive doesn't do anything useful. (no NAS support built-in to Thunderbolt hard drives)
-Apple Time Capsule doesn't support adding extra storage via enet or USB2 (although it could possibly support adding storage via USB2) …
- Answered by Chris S from San Jose
- Aug 24, 2012