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
543 of 615 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
415 of 472 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
319 of 370 people found this useful
Would be great if it actually worked
I bought this adaptor with my new MacBook Air. It worked the first couple of times I tried it, but since a software update, nothin I bought this adaptor with my new MacBook Air. It worked the first couple of times I tried it, but since a software update, nothing. It sounds a lot like problems people were having a year or two ago, but I haven't found a solution. I'm really getting tired of buying apple products that are one software update away from not working. I've had a similar problem with Bose speakers and my iPhone. I've been a longtime Apple fan, but this is trying my patience (and my wallet) big time. …
- Written by Nancy G from Pleasant Hill
Do not buy this product
Fast connection when it works. But it rarely work. So unreliable. Returned it after 2 days.
- Written by Benson C from Newport Beach
1 of 1 people found this useful
Gets Gigabit speeds, but raises ping.
Works as advertised, capable of 1000mb up and down. Only problem is it significantly raises ping. Verified that a friends computer Works as advertised, capable of 1000mb up and down. Only problem is it significantly raises ping. Verified that a friends computer on the same cat6 cable can get 6 ping, yet mine is much higher at 28. While still pretty good, losing 22 ping is pretty significant. …
- Written by Nathaniel C from Metairie
8 of 9 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
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
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
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
What is the best way to connect a retina macbook with a new 2TB time capsule? USB/ethernet adaptor does not transfer data.
- Asked by Chris H from Marmong Point
- Dec 30, 2013