• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Just died out.

    • Written by

    My adapter just died out randomly after a month of treating it gently. I want my $30 back please

    9 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Do not buy this adaptor

    • Written by from Cheddington

    It simply does not work. Spent 14 hours trying to get it to work. DO NOT BUY AN AIR IF NEED ETHERNET CONNECTION.

    17 of 39 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Tried another brand without success

    • Written by from Bothaville

    Have MacBA, I needed connectivity to wire. Bought a Tr***Net USB adapter (the original Apple thingy was not available). After a small battle (because the MacBA has no CD/DVD drive), I got the TrendNet thing working.... for 3 days.
    Bought the original Apple adapter that you connect ...... and it just WORKS, and WORKS and....... still works.
    No hassels :-)

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Thunderbolt adapter feels loose but worked well for my needs.

    • Written by from Sun Valley

    For those experiencing difficulty in removing an ethernet cable from the device, it's actually very easy if you continue to push down on the release lever such that the whole connector rotates downward in the socket just a little bit -- enough to easily release it from the adapter's grasp. If you just try to push the lever only, it will remain firmly lodged in the adapter and be very difficult to remove. You'll feel an extra little click as it releases itself when you push down on the ethernet connector itself before attempting to remove it.

    Others have questioned whether it works with the migration assistant and yes, it worked just fine for that too (I went from a much older Macbook running 10.6 to a new 2012 Retina Macbook Pro running 10.8.4). No drivers needed to be downloaded on my rMBP.

    And while it did feel a little warm, it did not seem unusually warm to the touch.

    Finally, I wish the Thunderbolt part of the adapter felt more secure when attached to the Mac, but in my use it never came out. It just feels weird to have a connector that doesn't snap into place with a reassuring click. And because it is by nature a smaller plug, it just doesn't feel as solid when being wedged into its socket on the Mac. Sure other connectors like Firewire and USB get away without having a click, but they are bigger connectors and don't seem to suffer the fragile feeling associated with this particular Thunderbolt connector. But as I said, for my needs it worked fine.

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Works, but...

    • Written by from Riverton

    This works just fine, but it was nearly impossible for me to pull my ethernet cable out of it when I wanted to switch up computers. I know that it wants to grab it so that there are no accidental un-plugs, but it was seriously difficult to remove the ethernet cable from the adapter. Please consider an easier release mechanism or something, because it's not the ethernet cable's problem (I tried both sides on other ethernet ports.)

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works

    • Written by from Maple Grove

    Got this for my mid 2011 Macbook Air. Works perfectly. Not much more to say.

    1 of 2 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Does its job

    • Written by from Falls Church

    This adapter is small, light, and does its job with no fuss. Works well in hotel rooms that only have wired ethernet, transfer speeds are quite nice over thunderbolt to network shares on a gigabit network.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Fried after only a few weeks

    • Written by from San Diego

    My thunderbolt-ethernet adaptor just died in the middle of transmitting data from a brand new Retina MBP, 2 months after I bought it. Shame on Apple for removing time-proven robust and reliable internal Gigabit Ethernet and Firewire ports for the sake of unreliable Thunderbolt interfaces and slower WiFi.

    38 of 49 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Disappointed because this does not work with MBA 2010 and Later

    • Written by from Lantana

    When I bought the device I was so excited and thought this would be an excellent purchase. What I didn't know is that it is not supported on all Macs. I wish Apple had put a note on the package saying what machines are supported with this device. Needless to say, I now have a $30 paperweight. Does anyone know how to make this work or have workarounds been found for older Apple products

    17 of 33 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    lasted 1 month

    • Written by from madison

    Always ran hot, bad design or bad ICs not worth the money, All other brands have the same problem. this one lasted about 200 hours

    15 of 19 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best $30 I've spent in Apple Store

    • Written by from Fitchburg

    Dealt with spotty wireless connectivity on my MBA since purchase. Never sure whether ISP, router(s) or the MBA itself. After this purchase, convinced it is the wireless.

    This thing screams, and is vital to great HD video tx/rx. The firmware upgrade to 1.2 is real. Won't work without it.

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great product for MBP 15 Retina

    • Written by from West Hollywood

    Works great. Very pleased.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Hangs bootcamp Windows 7 on lid close

    • Written by from Brooklyn

    Thunderbolt Gigabit Ethernet Adaptor DOES work on Windows 7, but requires a reboot after you connect it. The problem I have every time I close/reopen the lid, bootcamp doesn't come out of sleep/hibernation and you have to reboot again.

    17 of 21 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Loose thunderbolt ethernet adaptor after five months

    • Written by from greenbank

    I have been using the Thunderbolt ethernet adaptor for five months now. While it worked well till up to this week, the connection to the laptop is getting loose and I lose connection to the internet. This is very frustrating. I miss not having the ethernet port directly in my new laptop. The price for the adaptor is high, considering that it loosens up and behaves unpredictably. I may have to purchase a new one every six months. I will try the USB adaptor, since it is a little wider and hopefully more stable. I also do not like the length of the adaptor. If it is not supported by a table, it puts quite a torque on it. I wish that it was smaller and without any movable parts. I love my new retina display laptop and if this bit of an inconvenience was resolved, I would be thrilled.

    35 of 38 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Expensive and flawed

    • Written by from Roma

    I can understand the removal of ethernet ports if it was for reasons of size (since the Retina is quite thin and I'm not entirely sure Ethernet would fit too well), otherwise not a very good decision.
    That said the adaptor does what it's mean to do, but it has some major flaws.
    First of all, the price tag. After having purchased a rather expensive computer, having to throw in another 30 just to be able to go online isn't really ideal. They could've thrown one in for free, but I guess that's not how Apple rolls.
    The second problem is that, despite being light and portable to bring behind when out, the cable part of the adaptor is quite thick and not very flexible, which can be pretty annoying if you're trying to work in cramped spaces (or just don't have 15cm to the left of your laptop). The cable part can, obviously, be bent, but I wouldn't be surprised if it would soon destroy the adaptor. I try not bending it as much as possible, and having had it for just over 4 months I can see it's getting pretty ruined.
    But the last, and definitely most annoying problem, is that the adaptor does not fit snugly in the port and wobbles. The slightest twitch can cause your connection to drop, forcing you to disconnect and reconnect the cable for it to be recognized again.

    61 of 80 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works fine on Mountain Lion and Win7 under Parallels

    • Written by from ORLANDO

    After reading some reviews here I was hesitant to get this. Some people had problems, especially when running Windows on their Mac. Fortunately, it worked fine for me, no hassles. I use a Retina MacBook Pro (mid-2012) running ML 10.8.3, and running Windows 7 under Parallels. No problems connecting to the Internet either on the Mac or the Windows side. Perhaps this was because, before plugging in the T-to-GE adapter for the very first time, I turned off my rMBP, inserted the adapter, then booted up. Maybe because it was in the system from the start, this worked better. Anyway, I had zero problems -- plus I like not having to take up a USB port.

    11 of 12 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not work with Windows 7 under Bootcamp

    • Written by from Bangkok

    Beware when buying this for use with Windows 7 running on Bootcamp - have tried fixes offered online and still does not work. Works fine under Mac OS.....

    Apparently the USB to ethernet works under Windows 7 on Bootcamp but only delivers 100Mbps

    17 of 20 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Thunderbolt to Ethernet Adaptor solved Roku and Apple TV ethernet access

    • Written by from San Jose

    Ok, this is not what most people buy the Apple Gigabit Ethernet Adaptor for, but if you travel with an Apple TV or Roku video streaming device and want to use it on the road this adapter along with your Mac solved my WiFi internet access issue.

    Apple TV and Roku don't have web browsers, so when you try to connect to the internet and need to click an ok or agree button to access the network these devices fail to login (all they can do is network name and password).

    If you use your MacBook to connect to WiFi and go to sharing in System Preferences you can choose to share your Ethernet over Thunderbolt. You can then plug in this adapter along with the Cat5e/6 ethernet cable to your Apple TV or Roku player and viola you can now use your device on any WiFi network that your Mac can log into, that your Apple TV or Roku couldn't. It is a great travel solution and a must carry adapter in my travel bag. Thank you Apple!

    14 of 18 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Defective Thunderbolt Ethernet adapter

    • Written by from Onex

    I purchase the adapter some 6 weeks ago. Everything was working fine although I can't really see a difference between my USB Ethernet adapter. This night it just stopped working. I though it might be the router or my network card but it's actually only the thunderbolt adapter which went defective. 6 week life cycle is a bit short... Not very happy with that... I have a D-Link power over ethernet switch behind my router. Could that explain the issue ?

    25 of 37 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Perfect

    • Written by from Drexel Hill

    Very good

    2 of 8 people found this useful