Can I use this to transfer my files/applications in my MBP to the new Mac Air?

Everytime I buy a new MacBook Pro I get to transfer my applications and files from my older MacBook to the new MacBook when I start up my new MacBook. I am buying a Mac Air in a few days and I need to do the same but the new MacAir has no ethernet port. Can I, therefore, use this accessory to transfer my files/applications from my current MBP to the new Mac Air which I will order?

Apple USB Ethernet Adapter

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    You should be able to.

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  • Yes, you could. But you probably wouldn't want to.

    The USB Ethernet adapter is a 10/100Mbps network adapter, meaning it's max speed is 100 megabits (Mb) per second.

    The current generation of MacbookAir has 802.11n wireless which has a max speed of over 200Mbps, if connected to an wireless-N network.

    So, if you have a MBP with wireless-N connected to an WiFi-N network, or if your MBP is connected via hardline to your WiFi-N router, than transferring over the wireless will be faster than using a hard line.

    However, if you don't have a router, or have a wireless-G or slower router, you'd be limited to 54Mbps on G or .. well, no connection without. So, you'd want to use this adapter. Either by connecting through a router/hub/switch, (MBA--hub--MBP) or with a crossover cable (MBA=x=MBP) though using a crossover cable requires some extra configuration and a crossover cable or adapter.

    Hope this answers your question!

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  • Clarification: a crossover cable is NOT required on modern Macs. Any ethernet patch cable will work. The onboard NICs on all Intel Macs have Auto-MDIX.

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