• 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't Last

    • Written by from Smiths Station

    Worked great at first with no issues and then after about 2 months it became unreliable. If my internet cable was moved at all it would disconnect. Now it doesn't work at all. The port also gets very hot.

    11 of 11 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great for migrating data from one Mac to another

    • Written by from Menlo Park

    This adapter is extremely useful when migrating to a new Retina MacBook Pro if you don't have 802.11ac wireless. It allowed me to transfer files at roughly 800 Mb/s, compared with roughly 50-80 Mb/s over wi-fi.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Its easy. It works. Nothing to complain about

    • Written by from San Jose

    I just got a MacBook Pro and found out that it didn't have an ethernet port, so bad on the MacBook. However this review is for the Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter and the adapter works great. I plug the ethernet cable to the adapter and the adapter to the MacBook and thats it. Took less than 10 seconds and it works. Just needed to switch the internet source from wifi to ethernet.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter

    • Written by from Oehningen

    I had always problems with wifi when abroad in Hotels etc.. This Adapter solved my problem just perfectly. MBP 13" late 2013.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Useless in windows, Good in OSX

    • Written by from Casselberry

    Without native plug and play support for windows this adapter is useless. It runs fine when using windows in a VM but i prefer to boot to windows as my primary OS when performing tasks that require heavy CPU. Very disappointing... If I could do everything i need to do in OSX it would serve me well, but sadly a large number of tasks are easier to accomplish in windows.

    There is a workaround to get functionality in windows but the adapter stops functioning when the computer is placed in sleep mode. After resuming you are required to reboot in order to get a functioning adapter again.

    17 of 23 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Chandler

    I love Apple products but they failed here. Stopped working reliably after a couple months and now it's bad. It worried me how warm it got and I think that's the problem.

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Works okay but has a problem

    • Written by from bayside

    The Thunderbolt works okay but entry is on right side. When you plug in this long, rather stiff adapter in the machine, it blocks the mouse, if you are right-handed. Will buy a much less expensive USB adapter after I return this one. Have to use the USB (only the 2 on Air) port, or, l use an extender. Adapters need to be a lot smaller, or put in more ports..

    1 of 2 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Worked great-for a while

    • Written by from New Orleans

    Now it drops connection after a few hours and has to be unplugged and Mac restarted to get the port to recognize again.

    MBP retina

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Plug & Play. Excellent!

    • Written by from MIami

    No problem with this accessory. Just plug and play. Works like a charm

    0 of 1 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    1000BaseT on Retina MBP

    • Written by from San Jose

    -full 1000BaseT speed
    -no USB overhead
    -easy setup of static IP (as long as you know where to find the TB-Enet adapter's MAC address: SysPrefs/network/select TB-Enet/click "advanced" button/click "hardware" tab/copy MAC address and give that MAC address to your IT department so they can assign a static IP address to your TB-Enet adapter's MAC address)

    Other notes:
    -make sure all your computer's firmware is up-to-date: SMC, EFI, and Thunderbolt

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    A bad dongle

    • Written by from Cameron

    If you have a Wacom Cintiqu 21 UX, sad news

    Apples dongle will not work, as it is missing the 4 pins around the little flat blade. Apples habit of make new dongle for every new computer is a real pain the neck and pocket book. It looks like I will stop upgrades to new systems when i have to scrap a very good $3,000.00 Wacom because I can't get a cable connector. The thunderbolt was a bad buy in my pocket book.

    9 of 27 people found this useful

  • 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

    5 of 6 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.

    13 of 34 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.)

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • 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