• 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.

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Appalling

    • 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

  • 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?

    29 of 37 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.

    29 of 31 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.

    42 of 44 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.

    32 of 42 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Disappointed

    • 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.

    35 of 36 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.

    17 of 42 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.

    22 of 45 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.

    55 of 70 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

    21 of 41 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

    22 of 27 people found this useful

  • 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.

    21 of 26 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.

    46 of 51 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.

    97 of 127 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

    20 of 24 people found this useful