Does this allow the user to take full advantage of thunderbolt's speed?

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    Thunderbolt speeds are up to 10 Gigabits per second, whereas Gigabit Ethernet is 1 Gigabit per second. Therefore, this adapter doesn't take full advantage of Thunderbolt's speed, but it is definitely faster than the Apple USB to Ethernet Adapter, because not only is USB rated at only up to 480 Megabits per second (under half 1 Gigabit), but it is also a 10/100 adapter instead of this 10/100/1000 adapter.

    If you do not have a built-in Gigabit ethernet port on your Mac, such as the newer MacBook Air's and the 15" MacBook Pro with Retina Display, and you wish to have ethernet connection, I would highly recommend this product over other ethernet adapters because in most cases it will have better transfer speeds because of the use of Thunderbolt.

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  • This adapter will perform to the highest speeds of Gigabit Ethernet. This adapter is ideal for anyone with a thunderbolt port on their Macintosh Computer.

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