What's the difference between Thunderbolt to gigabit ethernet and USB to Ethernet?
Just curious what the difference is between the two adapters and which one I need to buy for a standard network
- Asked by Jarett E from Beavercreek
- Jul 13, 2012
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2 Answers from the Community
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
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USB2 has a theoretical maximum speed of 480Mbs so the USB2 adapter can't support gigabit ethernet while the thunderbolt one can. If you're happy with 10/100 base-T networking go for the USB, otherwise you'll need the thunderbolt or a 3rd party USB3 - gigabit adapter (assuming your machine has USB3)
- Answered by Ben B
- Mar 14, 2013
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