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
581 of 658 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
430 of 490 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
336 of 389 people found this useful
Excellent product but a bit pricey
Having read some of the reviews of having to upgrade the Thunderbolt driver, I was initially put off. But bought it on a sale-or-r Having read some of the reviews of having to upgrade the Thunderbolt driver, I was initially put off. But bought it on a sale-or-return basis to try it out. Have been working with it for a few hours now on my mid 2011 MBA running OSX 10.8.5. There are no problems. The speed is very good when compared to the wi-fi option. I use Tor and TorBirdy and sometimes use the Tor bridge which really slows down the communication traffic. With a direct connection to the ethernet through Thunderbolt the speeds are much enhanced now.
I have plugged it into the LAN port of Airport Time Capsule. Have also tried it through the LAN port of the router. It works fine on both machines.
It is however a bit pricey and there are no cheaper 3rd party choices either. I also had to buy a 5m cable to reach the router from my desk which was another expense I had to add to the price of the adapter. …
- Written by T K from Welwyn
Works perfectly with rMBP w/ Boot Camp Win 8.1 & OS X Yosemite
This adapter is well worth the money, and it works beautifully. I am using it with a Boot Camp version of Windows 8.1 and OS X Yos This adapter is well worth the money, and it works beautifully. I am using it with a Boot Camp version of Windows 8.1 and OS X Yosemite. It supports sleep mode on both operating systems, contrary to what some people are claiming here. I am guessing this is because of new drivers released around August 2014 for Windows 8.1.
Only con is that it is not hot pluggable with Boot Camp Windows 8.1 started. If you unplug it, you have to shut down Windows and restart it with the adapter plugged in. OS X supports this! For now, if you want to hot plug an Ethernet-adapter in Boot Camp Windows installations, you need to buy a 3rd party USB3 Ethernet adapter. I don't find it flimsy either, as some people here are stating. It fits snugly in the port. …
- Written by Philip F from New York
4 of 5 people found this useful
I bought this to be able to backup 1 TB of data a bit quicker. So far it's not working, as it always looses its connection before I bought this to be able to backup 1 TB of data a bit quicker. So far it's not working, as it always looses its connection before the backup completes, making the backup fail. Not very impressive. No status light either, so you can't tell by looking at it if it's working or not - you have to pull up Network Preference and see if it's green. Plugging it in and out works, sometimes, but this thing is a pain in the rear. My 6 year old macbook's built in ethernet is far more reliable. …
- Written by Wade B from Wailuku
5 of 8 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
is this cable MacBook Air to time capsule compatible?
- Asked by David K
- Nov 19, 2014
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
Can two mac air be hard wired on a thunderbolt to gigabit ethernet adapter?
- Asked by Jacques C from Riverside
- Jul 4, 2014
I would get the thunderbolt to ethernet adapter to connect the first MacBook Air to the hotel's inte I would get the thunderbolt to ethernet adapter to connect the first MacBook Air to the hotel's internet via ethernet.
You could then get the USB to ethernet adapter and plug that into the first MacBook Air and go into settings and share your internet connection (from thunderbolt-ethernet) to USB-ethernet and with a 2nd USB-ethernet adapter for the 2nd MacBook Air connect the two MacBook airs with an ethernet cable.
Practically speaking it'd be better to connect the first MacBook Air to the hotel's ethernet (via the thunderbolt to ethernet adapter) and then in Settings "Share" your internet connection via the Airport (built in to the first MacBook Air) - this creates a wireless (and password protected, if you'd like) wireless network that you can connect the 2nd MacBook Air and iPhones to.
Another option is to connect an AirportExpress to the hotel's ethernet and create a wireless hotspot for all devices to connect to.
Most hotels do not have super high-speed ethernet internet access so the benefits of hard wiring the devices is probably not really worth pursuing, but technically doable with several adapters (as outlined above). …
- Answered by Eric T from San Diego
- Jul 22, 2014