• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    It just works, like all Apple products!

    • Written by from Hialeah

    Purchased this for my MacBook Air and it works flawlessly! I use wifi 90% of the time, but for those rare occasions that wired is the only way to go, it's nice to know that I just jack right in and get to work. I work in IT so having access to both wired and wireless connections is a MUST for my line of work!

    By the way, a quick word about the the adapter only being 10/100 vs Gigabit capable. This is not due to Apple being "cheap" or controlling, but rather has to due with the inherent limitation of the USB connection itself. See, by definition, USB 2.0 has a theoretical maximum bandwidth of 480 Mbps. This means that USB 2.0 - at a maximum - is capable of less than half of the maximum Gigabit speed (1,000 Mbps). So even if Apple would've included this feature in the device itself, the bus the USB connects to internally would prevent it from ever reaching anything near that speed, plus, the device probably would've cost about 300% more since most Gigabit-enabled products usually cost approx. that much more for that capability.

    My only (slight) complaint is the lack of status/link lights on the device. Again, from an IT standpoint, that feature is a welcome addition, however, being an Apple product, Apple does not include these lights on any of their products (MacBooks, Apple TV, Mac Pros, etc.) so I didn't expect them to include it...just a personal preference is all!

    605 of 719 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent, Very Fast

    • Written by from Bryan

    I have good wireless at home and on campus, but thought I'd get this as a just-in-case accessory. Turned off Airport and connected the ethernet cable and the speed increase over our wireless was significant. Well worth the money and there when I need it.

    400 of 456 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works as advertised.

    • Written by from Las Vegas

    Unfortunately, folks don't always fully understand the numbers they read.

    First, this adapter works fine on a MacBook Air running Lion. Plug and play.

    Second, this isn't a 1000Mbps Ethernet adapter, and has never been advertised as one. The USB bus wouldn't support that kind of transfer speed. The adapter tops out at 100Mbps because that's the only common-denominator speed between Ethernet and USB; there's no such thing as "480Mbps Ethernet," so you can't "fully utilize" the USB bus potential. Ethernet is either 10, 100, or 1000 for most desktop/laptop computers; 100 is the fastest that USB can handle. If you purchase this (or did so already) expecting faster speeds, then you had bad expectations.

    So this works as advertised.

    67 of 73 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Just Works

    • Written by from Glen Burnie

    I have a connection now and it doesn't need any setting up. It just works.

    69 of 78 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works perfectly in Linux

    • Written by

    I'm not the usual Apple user, so my use is a bit odd. I wanted to share that these work perfectly under Linux (Fedora13+ at least). I've got three of these on a netbook running as an MLPPP (bonded DSL internet) and it works great. For $29 each, the price is surprisingly reasonable. They're on a cable, so putting multiple on tightly connected USB headers isn't a problem, either.

    58 of 65 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent piece of hardware!

    • Written by from Green Bay

    It does exactly what it's supposed to do. I knew ahead of time that it wouldn't give me gigabit speed. After all, it's utilizing a USB 2.0 port. However, it's still much faster than WIFI. FYI to the complainers, USB 2.0 speed is 480Mbps. That's all the faster that you will ever get with this, when using USB 2.0.

    I also read some reviews stating that the adapter doesn't work with Lion. That is false. I'm using it with the latest Macbook Air, running Lion. It's plug and play.

    I couldn't be happier! This is a very convenient little piece of hardware.

    52 of 56 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    It does work with Mac mini

    • Written by from Champaign

    As of now, 2/2012. I am using this on a Mac Mini (mini 3.1, 2009) with Lion (10.7.3). Plug and play, works great. Replaced a DLink DUB-E101 which does not work with Lion.

    There was a review that suggested that this no longer works for mini's after 10.6.6, and that this only works for Macbook air. I was worried about this when I ordered, but it worked fine for me. That reviewer reported using the server version of mac os, so maybe that is a different problem.

    50 of 53 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works with Lion

    • Written by from San Francisco

    Unlike the previous commenter, my experience with a 2011 MacBook Air 13" in Lion has been nothing but positive. I plugged the adapter in and it worked just as expected. Good stuff!

    51 of 56 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works As Expected

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    It just works. I don't need this adapter normally, but it has proven handy in those rare circumstances when WiFi is unavailable or I need to transfer something large.

    With several other reviews complaining about the lack of gigabit, I feel obliged to point out that USB 2.0 is not fast enough.

    51 of 58 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Perfect

    • Written by from BRUNSWICK

    Product works as expected.

    To clarify something, I see people complaining about the speed only being 100Mbps. The reason apple did not waste their time putting a 1Gbps controller in this device is that USB 2.0 only supports a maximum transfer rate of 480Mbps. To put a Gigabit controller in this would only cause issues.

    42 of 45 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    For business travel

    • Written by from Lake Ridge

    sometimes hotel wifi is not that its all cracked up to be, i bought this for my airbook, worked instantly with no problems. very happy.

    38 of 40 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works on iMac

    • Written by from Ladera ranch

    Contrary to what the salesperson at the Apple store said (and what the online description would have you believe), this STILL works just fine on iMac's. I'm running 10.7.3 Lion and no issues.

    Plug in and you're online, doesn't get easier than that...

    31 of 32 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Does its job

    • Written by from Lincoln University

    Does its job without trouble. Total plug-and-play. 100% compatibility as expected.

    Some people have complained that it's not gigabit ethernet, but do realize that this is a USB adapter and no USB 2.0 device is going to get anywhere close to gigabit ethernet speeds. Don't bother with those - attempting to get drivers to work isn't worth the headache.

    32 of 38 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Worked out of the box

    • Written by from Santa Clarita

    I plugged this in and DHCP picked up an address right away. No configuration was necessary. I ran a LAN speed test using the following setup: Macbook air mid 2011 running OS X 10.7.2 with the network adapter plugged into a USB hub (built into my LA2405 display), VMware windows 7 virtual machine with a shared NAT network connection. I got a result of about 81Mbps write speed and 55Mbps read speed. This is not bad considering the layers I'm working through in my corporate network and we don't have a gigabit backend. I needed a solid connection because the wifi at work drops out if inactive for even a minute. This serves a very important purpose.

    Considering this item is more expensive than a non-apple product, I would still buy Apple because as an Apple product, I am confident that a high level of testing has occurred between the interaction of this and other Apple products. I like to think that Apple will be more inclined to fix any issues (and do it faster than a third party) should they arise in the future due to the interaction of one or more Apple products.

    34 of 43 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Very satisfied with the adapter

    • Written by from Nacka

    I have a Macbook Pro with a broken ethernet card and I cannot use wifi so I decided to buy this adapter. However, the package says MacBook Air only - and in the retail store (macoteket.se) they were not very helpful, they just said what was on the package and didn't event wanted to try the adapter with a different Mac. When I came home, I just plugged the adapter in and voila - my mac announced the USB Ethernet was found and that I can check it in the Network Preferences and I got connected.

    What I like on this adapter is the cable between the USB and ethernet sockets which makes it really more usable and prettier. The price is also VERY nice. My OS is Snow Leopard 10.6.7.

    25 of 27 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    good device to speed up

    • Written by

    this device speed up my connection to internet. no regret at all!!! easy to set up!!

    31 of 42 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome, No Problems

    • Written by from Newton

    I got a MacBook Air for my birthday last year and got this device. It works awesome no problem.

    16 of 20 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    works perfectly but requires drivers from manufacture

    • Written by from Woodstock.

    you will need to install additional drivers.
    Not the usual apple experience, plug and play stuff!
    once you have it installed it is a really neat little addition to any late macbook.

    11 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Very Reliable

    • Written by from San Francisco

    I bought this adapter in 2012 but have never wrote a review since then, because it has not malfunctioned. Obviously, it works well.

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Solved Streaming Problem

    • Written by from Harrisburg

    Excellent product. It worked immediately the first time that I tried it. No problems at all, and no set-up required other than plugging it in to my MacBook Air. It boosted my connection speed enough, compared to wifi, to overcome a problem that I was having streaming high-res content from an unusually demanding source. Highly recommended for any MacBook Air user who occasionally needs Ethernet.

    6 of 6 people found this useful