Apple USB Ethernet Adapter

Apple USB Ethernet Adapter

$29.00

3.5 out of 5 stars

Based on 53 reviews

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Product Information

  • Easily connect your MacBook Air computer to an Ethernet network with the Apple USB Ethernet Adapter. Small and light, it connects to the USB 2.0 port of your MacBook Air and provides an RJ-45 connector that supports 10/100BASE-T performance.

  • What's in the Box?

    • Apple USB Ethernet Adapter with built-in 4.6-inch USB cable
    • User's Guide
  • Tech Specs

    Connections

    • USB 2.0
    • 10/100 Base-T Ethernet
  • System Requirements

    • Mac OS X v.10.4.8 or later
    • MacBook Air computer with available USB 2.0 port

Ratings & Reviews

Rating Breakdown (3.5 average)
Number of stars Percentage Number of reviews
  • Now Only Works With MacBook Air

    2.0 out of 5 stars

    This little gem used to be the device of choice for adding a second Ethernet interface to a Mac Mini Server and I'd been using one This little gem used to be the device of choice for adding a second Ethernet interface to a Mac Mini Server and I'd been using one that way for about a year. After doing a software update to 10.6.6 it stopped working. Forewarned is forearmed – it appears that Apple is finally enforcing the MacBook Air system requirement. Bummer. Two stars for downgraded functionality.

    • Written by from Port Orchard

    669 of 814 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Now Only Works With MacBook Air
  • It just works, like all Apple products!

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    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 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!

    • Written by from Hialeah

    537 of 634 people found this useful

    Was this useful? It just works, like all Apple products!
  • Excellent, Very Fast

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    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 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.

    • Written by from Bryan

    355 of 403 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Excellent, Very Fast
  • Works until it doesn't

    1.0 out of 5 stars

    I bought a new Macbook Retina Pro. And this adapter, after two other "regular" USB/Ethernet products simply wouldn't work. So then I bought a new Macbook Retina Pro. And this adapter, after two other "regular" USB/Ethernet products simply wouldn't work. So then I had to buy the Apple one, surprise. And it was fine, for 8 months but over time the cord split & finally stopped working- because what moron would expect it to work with so much use & frequent bending. So I'm back, to donate another $30 to Apple to "upgrade" & get a Thunderbolt one. Which will do the same thing in approximately the same amount of time/use. Which I have to say, I don't appreciate laying out this much money & not having a regular wired ethernet option right in the extremely expensive machine itself. Or a free lifetime supply of these ridiculous cables. We don't care to have our wireless connection on day & night, preferring a wired connection. This is ridiculous.

    • Written by from Lock Haven

    8 of 9 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Works until it doesn't
  • Garbage!

    1.0 out of 5 stars

    I would give 0 stars if it were possible!
    Does not work with updated MBAs without 3rd party drivers. I would have spent less mon I would give 0 stars if it were possible!
    Does not work with updated MBAs without 3rd party drivers. I would have spent less money on a 3rd party adapter if I knew this was the case. I will be returning this piece of garbage in the morning for a full refund. Cannot begin to explain how disappointed I am with Apple's laziness and lack of patches for such a simple fix.

    • Written by from Tempe

    7 of 8 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Garbage!
  • not good for more advanced users.

    1.0 out of 5 stars

    This is great for browsing the web, but if you have custom network configurations or other than native DNS configurations this wil This is great for browsing the web, but if you have custom network configurations or other than native DNS configurations this will NOT work. The adapter acts like a separate device that simply shares and redistributes its internet to the laptop(therefore losing any extra info, including the set IP in the process).

    • Written by from Milwaukie

    15 of 17 people found this useful

    Was this useful? not good for more advanced users.

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