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Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter

B&H # APMD463ZMA Mfr # MD463ZM/A
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You Pay: $27.99
Product Highlights
  • Supports 10/100/1000BASE-T Networks
  • Mac OS X v10.7.4 or Later
  • Small & Compact

The Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter makes it possible to connect to a high-performance Gigabit Ethernet network. The adapter plugs into the Thunderbolt port on your Mac computer and provides an RJ-45 port that supports 10/100/1000BASE-T networks. The adapter is small and compact for maximum portability.

Compatibility OS X v10.7.4 or later
Thunderbolt-equipped Mac computer
Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter
  • 1-Year Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    AppleThunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter
     
    4.6

    (based on 32 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (22)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast connection (15)
    • Easy to set up (14)
    • Fast (14)
    • Reliable connection (14)
    • Secure connection (7)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home network (11)
      • Large networks (10)
      • Small networks (9)
      • Networking (8)
      • Computer equipment (7)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • High bandwidth user (16), Quality oriented (10)
        • Primary use:
        • Business (16), Personal (14)
        • Computer Platform:
        • Mac (29)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Expensive, but nice

      This is a straightforward review for a pretty straightforward device. Because the MacBooks are now so thin that the standard RJ connector won't fit into the body chassis, anyone who wants the benefit of...Read complete review

      This is a straightforward review for a pretty straightforward device. Because the MacBooks are now so thin that the standard RJ connector won't fit into the body chassis, anyone who wants the benefit of cable-based ethernet speed must use an adapter.

      I installed a cat6-based network at home, so I definitely wanted to take advantage of its speed, and hence had to buy this adapter to make the MacBook utilize my speedy ethernet network.

      Yes, it's expensive for an adapter, but it's Apple brand. It turns out I couldn't find any third-party version (except for much more expensive thunderbolt boxes that provide a slew of connectors, which was beyond my need), so this adapter is the only game in town.

      Everything about the adapter reflects Apple design: simple, elegant, and works as it's supposed to without a lot of fuss. Plug it in and you're done.

      And a bit pricy, as everything is that carries that brand. I, for one, believe that you get what you pay for.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Works...Too Bad It's Necessay

      It's slightly annoying to me that our new Macbook Pro isn't thick enough for an ethernet jack. This unit fixes that problem, but it also uses up one of the 2 thunderbolt ports....Read complete review

      It's slightly annoying to me that our new Macbook Pro isn't thick enough for an ethernet jack. This unit fixes that problem, but it also uses up one of the 2 thunderbolt ports. I guess if this is the future, it's just something to get used to.

      Reviewed by 32 customers

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      5.0

      Needed connection

      By Uncle Donald

      from St. Joseph, MO

      About Me High bandwidth user

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Set Up
      • Fast
      • Reliable connection

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Large Networks

        Comments about Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter:

        Used to connect new Macbook Pro to network. Needed unless you have a new Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display which has ethernet connection. Anyway good to have for travel.

        • Primary use:
        • Business
        • Computer Platform:
        • Mac

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        5.0

        a necessary evil

        By nda

        from nyc

        About Me High bandwidth user

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Set Up
        • Fast

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Large Networks

          Comments about Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter:

          as is the case with phones.. i WIRED connection is always better than a WIRELESS connection. hence the case for this gig-e adapter... works in both mac and win. easy, simple, pnp.

          • Primary use:
          • Business
          • Computer Platform:
          • Mac

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          5.0

          It works

          By Johnny Vegas

          from Saipan, MP

          About Me High bandwidth user

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Set Up
          • Fast
          • Fast Connection Speed
          • Reliable connection
          • Secure Connection

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home network
            • Large Networks
            • Small Networks

            Comments about Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter:

            I used it for my 2013 Macbook Pro. I have no Ehternet port and so I bought this. I plug the cable to my laptop and it works automactically. Nothing to change in your computer. If you need it, just buy this product.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal
            • Computer Platform:
            • Mac

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            4.0

            Expensive, but nice

            By psbs

            from Puget Sound, WA

            About Me High bandwidth user

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Set Up
            • Fast Connection Speed
            • Reliable connection

            Cons

            • Expensive

            Best Uses

            • Home network
            • Large Networks
            • Small Networks

            Comments about Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter:

            This is a straightforward review for a pretty straightforward device. Because the MacBooks are now so thin that the standard RJ connector won't fit into the body chassis, anyone who wants the benefit of cable-based ethernet speed must use an adapter.

            I installed a cat6-based network at home, so I definitely wanted to take advantage of its speed, and hence had to buy this adapter to make the MacBook utilize my speedy ethernet network.

            Yes, it's expensive for an adapter, but it's Apple brand. It turns out I couldn't find any third-party version (except for much more expensive thunderbolt boxes that provide a slew of connectors, which was beyond my need), so this adapter is the only game in town.

            Everything about the adapter reflects Apple design: simple, elegant, and works as it's supposed to without a lot of fuss. Plug it in and you're done.

            And a bit pricy, as everything is that carries that brand. I, for one, believe that you get what you pay for.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal
            • Computer Platform:
            • Mac

            Share this review

             
            5.0

            Don't accept any substitute

            By Per

            from DC

            About Me High bandwidth user

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Set Up
            • Fast
            • Fast Connection Speed
            • Reliable connection
            • Secure Connection

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Video Streaming

              Comments about Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter:

              I needed this adapter for an important video streaming project. Newer laptops don't tend to come with ethernet jacks, so this was the perfect solution for my mobile events recording and streaming service. Worked exactly as intended without extra setup or difficulty.

              • Primary use:
              • Business
              • Computer Platform:
              • Mac

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              5.0

              Works Well!

              By cj

              from Texas

              About Me High bandwidth user

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Set Up
              • Fast
              • Fast Connection Speed
              • It Makes A Fast Connectio

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter:

                  have a MacBook Air that I needed to connect to a wired network *and* use my Thunderbolt RAID. I thought I was out of luck. Turns out you can plug this adaptor into the end of your Thunderbolt daisy chain so you get both Ethernet and Thunderbolt connection at the same time! It doesn't have to be directly connected to your Mac. Just make sure your Thunderbolt drive has two plugs so you can daisy chain it.
                  The speed of the data transfer through the connector is a bit hard to gauge in a 'normal' setting since I get almost 100 Mbps on my connection (thus I am not sure I would notice if the connection was slowed some due to the connector).
                  The connector is easy to use and mostly unobtrusive (see below). I am able to plug it in and nearly instantaneously have an internet connection. In addition, my internet connection is up and running as soon as I wake my computer up, which is not always the case with my wireless connection. I am particularly pleased with this re-connection speed.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Business
                  • Computer Platform:
                  • Mac

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                  5.0

                  Adds ethernet to the Macbook Air

                  By TVSBSC

                  from Bridgewater, MA

                  About Me High bandwidth user

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Fast Connection Speed
                  • Reliable connection

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home network
                    • Large Networks
                    • Small Networks

                    Comments about Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter:

                    Plug and play on OS 10.8. Machine added the network device and and connected without any configuration needed.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal
                    • Computer Platform:
                    • Mac

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                    4.0

                    Good

                    By Kds

                    from San Jose , CA

                    Comments about Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter:

                    Good

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                    4.0

                    Works as described

                    By Bill K

                    from Contra Costa County, CA

                    About Me Low bandwidth user

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Fast
                    • Fast Connection Speed
                    • Reliable connection
                    • Works As Described

                    Cons

                    • Difficult To Set Up
                    • Lacks Good Documentation
                    • Lacks Power On Indicator

                    Best Uses

                    • Apple To Pc Data Txfr
                    • Home network
                    • Small Networks

                    Comments about Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter:

                    The Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter worked OK, just as described, but due to lack of documentation and no indication of the device being on, I had to call Apple support to get help on how to set it up and use it. Once I was able to see and connect to my home network, I was able to transfer files back and forth between my Apple Macbook Air and my HP PC over the LAN network.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal
                    • Computer Platform:
                    • Mac

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                    5.0

                    I would buy again.

                    By maxbear

                    from san francisco

                    About Me High bandwidth user

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Fast
                    • Fast Connection Speed
                    • Reliable connection
                    • Secure Connection

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home network

                      Comments about Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter:

                      I purchased this because no other means is available for wired Internet using my Mac Book. Too bad at a 2500 cost unit but that's reality.
                      I was extremely pleased at B&H Photo for their great price, fast service, shipping and customer service.They have a customer for life and highly reccomend them for any and all purchases of products they carry.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal
                      • Computer Platform:
                      • Mac

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                      5.0

                      Works like a boss!

                      By Richardlandrover

                      from Las Vegas, NV

                      About Me High bandwidth user

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Fast
                      • Fast Connection Speed
                      • Reliable connection
                      • Secure Connection

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home network
                        • Large Networks
                        • Small Networks

                        Comments about Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter:

                        Easy to install and the speed is just like having it built in.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal
                        • Computer Platform:
                        • Mac

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                        4.0

                        Good product

                        By Jenny

                        from Dallas,TX

                        About Me High bandwidth user

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Reliable connection

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter:

                            good overall quality.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Personal
                            • Computer Platform:
                            • Mac

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                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Works great!

                            By Electrolytes

                            from Los Angeles, CA

                            About Me High bandwidth user

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Fast Connection Speed

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Home network

                              Comments about Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter:

                              Got the ethernet adaptor so I can transfer huge files between computers. It does, however, get warm after use.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Personal
                              • Computer Platform:
                              • Mac

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                              (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              3.0

                              Works...Too Bad It's Necessay

                              By Zak Adams

                              from Coeur d'Alene, ID

                              About Me High bandwidth user

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Set Up
                              • Fast
                              • Reliable connection

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Home network
                                • Large Networks
                                • Small Networks

                                Comments about Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter:

                                It's slightly annoying to me that our new Macbook Pro isn't thick enough for an ethernet jack. This unit fixes that problem, but it also uses up one of the 2 thunderbolt ports. I guess if this is the future, it's just something to get used to.

                                • Primary use:
                                • Business
                                • Computer Platform:
                                • Mac

                                Share this review

                                 
                                5.0

                                Must Have

                                By J

                                from Providence, RI

                                About Me Multimedia Professional, Tech Professional, Tech Savvy

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Durable
                                • Fast Connectivity

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Laptops
                                  • Travel

                                  Comments about Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter:

                                  A must have for those who frequently travel or on-the-move.

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Business
                                  • Computer Platform:
                                  • Mac

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                                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Works Great

                                  By LJB

                                  from Vacaville, CA

                                  About Me Tech Savvy

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Fast Connectivity
                                  • Quiet
                                  • Reliable

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Laptops

                                    Comments about Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter:

                                    Plugged it in and worked great with my new MacBook Pro. The newer models of the 15" MacBook Pro does not have a Ethernet Adapter, so hooking up the Thunderbolt adapter worked great.

                                    • Primary use:
                                    • Personal
                                    • Computer Platform:
                                    • Mac

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                                    5.0

                                    Works great, looks great

                                    By Matt

                                    from Boston, MA

                                    About Me High bandwidth user

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Set Up
                                    • Fast
                                    • Fast Connection Speed
                                    • Reliable connection
                                    • Secure Connection

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Home network
                                      • Large Networks
                                      • Small Networks

                                      Comments about Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter:

                                      Pro's and cons to Thunderbolt:

                                      Pros:
                                      Small, Compact
                                      Wear and tear - Easy to Replace
                                      Expandability.. add a second!

                                      Cons:
                                      Dependency to Thunderbolt adapter

                                      • Primary use:
                                      • Personal
                                      • Computer Platform:
                                      • Mac

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                                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      5.0

                                      works well with my Mac Air

                                      By TimDH

                                      from Providence RI

                                      About Me High bandwidth user

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Set Up
                                      • Fast
                                      • Fast Connection Speed
                                      • Reliable connection

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter:

                                          I got this mostly for connectivity while travelling- being able to connect to a network where wifi is shaky or absent. It works very well for that. For fun, I also connected to my ethernet port at work and was able to download large files at much faster speed than wifi. So for those who have Airs and take them to work, this might be a good option if you have large file transfers.

                                          • Primary use:
                                          • Business
                                          • Computer Platform:
                                          • Mac

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                                          5.0

                                          will buy again!

                                          By chris

                                          from wpb, fl

                                          About Me High bandwidth user

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Fast
                                          • Fast Connection Speed
                                          • Reliable connection
                                          • Secure Connection

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Home network
                                            • Large Networks
                                            • Small Networks

                                            Comments about Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter:

                                            great apple quality. easy to use. durable. simple. does its job.

                                            • Primary use:
                                            • Business
                                            • Computer Platform:
                                            • Mac

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                                            5.0

                                            Excellent product!

                                            By Smile

                                            from Stanford

                                            About Me High bandwidth user

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Easy To Set Up
                                            • Fast
                                            • Fast Connection Speed
                                            • Reliable connection
                                            • Secure Connection

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Home network
                                              • Large Networks
                                              • Small Networks

                                              Comments about Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter:

                                              As always, Apple's items are quite pricey, but of great quality. I received it just recently and used the adapter very intensively. I simply like it very much!

                                              • Primary use:
                                              • Business
                                              • Computer Platform:
                                              • Mac

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