• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent product but a bit pricey

    • Written by from Welwyn

    Having read some of the reviews of having to upgrade the Thunderbolt driver, I was initially put off. But bought it on a sale-or-return basis to try it out. Have been working with it for a few hours now on my mid 2011 MBA running OSX 10.8.5. There are no problems. The speed is very good when compared to the wi-fi option. I use Tor and TorBirdy and sometimes use the Tor bridge which really slows down the communication traffic. With a direct connection to the ethernet through Thunderbolt the speeds are much enhanced now.

    I have plugged it into the LAN port of Airport Time Capsule. Have also tried it through the LAN port of the router. It works fine on both machines.

    It is however a bit pricey and there are no cheaper 3rd party choices either. I also had to buy a 5m cable to reach the router from my desk which was another expense I had to add to the price of the adapter.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works perfectly with rMBP w/ Boot Camp Win 8.1 & OS X Yosemite

    • Written by from New York

    This adapter is well worth the money, and it works beautifully. I am using it with a Boot Camp version of Windows 8.1 and OS X Yosemite. It supports sleep mode on both operating systems, contrary to what some people are claiming here. I am guessing this is because of new drivers released around August 2014 for Windows 8.1.

    Only con is that it is not hot pluggable with Boot Camp Windows 8.1 started. If you unplug it, you have to shut down Windows and restart it with the adapter plugged in. OS X supports this! For now, if you want to hot plug an Ethernet-adapter in Boot Camp Windows installations, you need to buy a 3rd party USB3 Ethernet adapter. I don't find it flimsy either, as some people here are stating. It fits snugly in the port.

    3 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Randomly disconnects

    • Written by from Wailuku

    I bought this to be able to backup 1 TB of data a bit quicker. So far it's not working, as it always looses its connection before the backup completes, making the backup fail. Not very impressive. No status light either, so you can't tell by looking at it if it's working or not - you have to pull up Network Preference and see if it's green. Plugging it in and out works, sometimes, but this thing is a pain in the rear. My 6 year old macbook's built in ethernet is far more reliable.

    5 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Would be great if it actually worked

    • Written by from Pleasant Hill

    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.

    12 of 13 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Do not buy this product

    • Written by from Newport Beach

    Fast connection when it works. But it rarely work. So unreliable. Returned it after 2 days.

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Gets Gigabit speeds, but raises ping.

    • Written by from Metairie

    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.

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Dunedin

    Put this to use upon its arrival, and installed my OS without a hitch. No complaints

    3 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Adapter for amazing speed!

    • Written by from Tustin

    I think this is an amazing adapter, gives you the speed you want, and takes advantage of your WiFi capabilities on your Mac, love it. PS, it also bends to be at the right angle for the cable!!

    4 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Newmarket

    I've replaced this once already and my second one in 6 months has now crapped out. Premium price point for a terrible and unreliable product. Furthermore, as others have noted, this does not work well in Boot Camp as you have to reboot after the computer goes to sleep to regain functionality.

    20 of 21 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Expensive and lack of Apple quality

    • Written by from Seattle

    When I first got the product, it worked great. It was fast, easy to use. The only issue I had with it was the stiffness of it. Later on, after about 1 month of use, the adapter stop working altogether. not sure what do to now.... $30 adapter RIP

    Honestly I think it is better just to get a wireless router.

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    'Garbage' & 'Junk' Come to Mind

    • Written by from Austin

    As many others have noted, this ethernet adapter is full of unpleasantries:
    -Cable far too stiff, causing dropped connections if bumped
    -Adapter runs far too warm
    -Does not hot-plug in Boot Camp Windows. This wouldn't be a major issue except that it drops connections often, so you can't just hot-swap-resume.
    -When plugged in, Boot Camp Windows will not wake from hibernate.
    -Occasional kernel panics when hot swapping in Mavericks
    -Does not work on 1st Gen Thunderbolt Macs (in my case, on a first gen thunderbolt MBA)
    -When plugged in, noticeably reduces battery life

    It seems odd that Apple - who pioneered hot-swap with the Bondi iMac way back in 1997 - would release a half-baked ethernet adapter, particularly since those users who might need it the most are corporate entities, which predominantly use Windows. There's nothing portable about a huge dongle hanging out the side of a sleek MBA.

    0 stars. Pure garbage. Try again, Apple.

    30 of 31 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Don'y buy for use with Boot Camp and Windows!!!

    • Written by from Sunnyvale

    You must have the adapter plugged in before booting Windows for it to work.

    12 of 21 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Lasted for 48 hours

    • Written by from Cheltenham

    Lasted for 48 hours. Spent hours rebooting/reconfiguring network. Multiple restarts etc. etc. etc. The last thing I thought the problem would be was the Apple adaptor that I purchased 2 days previously. WOW! What has happened to Apple? Appalling!

    Why ditch the ethernet port in the first place?

    28 of 36 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Crashes daily

    • Written by from PALO ALTO

    I have a relatively new Macbook Pro running Mavericks. When I arrive at work and plug in my ethernet adapter, my MacBook crashes. It happens probably 7 times out of 10. I have two other colleagues with MacBooks, and the exact same thing happens to them. They have stopped using the adapter as a result. The kernel panic log refers to ethernet code, but there is no solution on the internet and no firmware update that I know of.

    20 of 20 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Hangs my Air

    • Written by from Bethel

    Any change in the configuration of the network causes all applications to hang and finder to become non responsive. All updates have been applied.

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent quality device

    • Written by from Maplewood

    This meets and or exceeds expectation...I mean it's an TB-Ethernet. What could go wrong? A helpful little thing would be to add a MAC Address Barcode or actual address itself to the package. That way we can scan them into our Learn/Trust database so when we deploy them, our users are not knocked off the network. We have to remove from the package, plug it in to a MBP or iMac to get the MAC and then send to the NOC for them to add manually. All other Mac equipment arrives with the Ethernet, Bluetooth, Airport/WiFI, FireWire etc., MAC Addresses on the outside of the boxes. Why not this?

    3 of 6 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Crashes my laptop

    • Written by from Princeton

    I have to be careful when and into which Thunderbolt port I plug this into or it will cause a kernel panic on my mid-2012 MBPR. I assume this is caused by a bad driver or firmware. I've gotten it down to happening every other week or so. Other than that, it works great! =/

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Save your money

    • Written by from Flushing

    I bought this shortly after they came out but just got around to running an ethernet cable to my desk in mid February. I was happy to have a wired connection to my Air finally but today I noticed a marked decrease in performance. After logging out, then restarting with no improvement, I checked the network to find I was on Airport. The Preference Pane said the cable was unplugged, but it wasn't. The adapter was significantly warm to the touch and unplugging and plugging it back in did not help. System Profile could see it but it just quit working, giving me a very short useable life; less than two months.

    28 of 30 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Draws more power than Wi-Fi

    • Written by from Pentool

    I bought this adapter for my new, late 2013 MacBook Pro. The adapter itself work great. However, I purchased it thinking it will draw less power than Wi-Fi does, so I save on battery power. NOT TRUE! Turns out, this little think draws more power than using Wi-Fi. I had not anticipated this and so I didn't search on this before I purchased it. But it turns out, other also complain that it draws more power than Wi-Fi.

    So if you plan to use the adapter while the laptop is running off the charger, then it's great. But when running off just the battery, it's better if you stick to Wi-Fi, if you have a good connection. I will be returning the adapter.

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Easy set-up

    • Written by from OSWEGO

    Just plug in the ethernet cable into this adapter and the adapter into the thunderbolt port and you are done!
    The Mac Book Pro Retina laptop just silently added it in the background. I went into my system to check to be sure it added it and it was there.
    No pop-up and easy to use.
    I am very satisfied as I always am with Apple products and service.

    4 of 7 people found this useful