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AppleThunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter
 
4.7

(based on 48 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (35)

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    (10)

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    (3)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to set up (28)
  • Fast connection (25)
  • Fast (23)
  • Reliable connection (23)
  • Secure connection (13)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home network (22)
    • Small networks (20)
    • Large networks (19)
    • Networking (8)
    • Computer equipment (7)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • High bandwidth user (31), Quality oriented (10)
      • Primary use:
      • Business (24), Personal (21)
      • Computer Platform:
      • Mac (43)

    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.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Works. Should've been included.

    It's a relatively expensive dongle to replace a port that I had built into my previous laptop. It works as described, but this is something that should've been built into the Mac or at...Read complete review

    It's a relatively expensive dongle to replace a port that I had built into my previous laptop. It works as described, but this is something that should've been built into the Mac or at the very least included in the box.If you use a home NAS, wireless is OK for casual use but isn't fast enough for serious data crunching. For that, you need either local drives or Gigabit Ethernet, and local drives don't cut it if you need truly reliable data storage.

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    3.0

    Works. Should've been included.

    By John in Danville

    from Danville, CA

    About Me High bandwidth user

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Set Up
    • Fast Connection Speed

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home network
      • Small Networks

      Comments about Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter:

      It's a relatively expensive dongle to replace a port that I had built into my previous laptop. It works as described, but this is something that should've been built into the Mac or at the very least included in the box.If you use a home NAS, wireless is OK for casual use but isn't fast enough for serious data crunching. For that, you need either local drives or Gigabit Ethernet, and local drives don't cut it if you need truly reliable data storage.

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

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      5.0

      Need one? Get one!

      By butteryourbacon

      from Austin, Tx

      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:

        Sometimes you need to plug-in and this is exactly what you need.

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

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        5.0

        Yep

        By JJackPro

        from Chicago, IL

        About Me High bandwidth user

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter:

            Does the job perfectly.

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

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            5.0

            Highly Recommended adapter

            By Hayden

            from TN

            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
              • More Secure Hotel Network
              • Small Networks

              Comments about Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter:

              We had Apple's USB to Ethernet dongle and it occurred to me that I was tying up a USB port for no reason. I mean, the Thunderbolt port was rarely used on the MacBook Air in question. I ordered this from B&H.

              Ethernet is a better setup with this dongle vs the USB dongle. Ethernet is faster through Thunderbolt.

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

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              5.0

              Works As it should

              By f30driver

              from Charlotte, NC

              About Me High bandwidth user

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Set Up
              • Fast
              • Reliable connection

              Cons

              • Not Secure

              Best Uses

              • Home network
              • Large Networks
              • Small Networks

              Comments about Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter:

              I've only used it a few times where I needed to be hardwired in. It works as it should and I had no problems with it. Just wish it wasn't $ for a little adapter.. Also it takes very little resistance to disconnect it.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal

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              5.0

              Works as advertised

              By Kendo

              from NYC

              About Me High bandwidth user

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Expensive

              Best Uses

              • Home network
              • Large Networks
              • Small Networks

              Comments about Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter:

              Sometimes Wi-Fi just won't cut it, especially if you need to move large files or just want a more secure connection.

              My only gripe is that it is quite expensive and there don't seem to be any third party alternatives.

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

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              5.0

              This is what i want

              By Samuel

              from Puerto Rico

              About Me High bandwidth user

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fast Connection Speed

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

              • Home network

              Comments about Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter:

              Apple products have been always a superior product. Good Quality, Good value

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

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              5.0

              Good accessory

              By CSURAM

              from Fort Collins, CO

              About Me High bandwidth user

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter:

                  Perfect little dongle to carry around for internet

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

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                  5.0

                  Just as expected

                  By deb

                  from Lakewood, Co

                  About Me High bandwidth user

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Set Up

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home network
                    • Large Networks
                    • Small Networks

                    Comments about Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter:

                    Used by our service desk tier 1 staff. Works perfectly... no problems.

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

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                    5.0

                    Works perfectly - smooth design

                    By Ben_R

                    from Santa Cruz, CA

                    About Me High bandwidth user

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Pricy

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter:

                      Plug and play, no questions asked - good addition to my Macbook Pro and Air after having unstable connection issues with smb network. Price a little steep but I guess you pay for what you get. Recommended.

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

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                      5.0

                      Does what it says it does.

                      By Me. Bob

                      from Arkansas

                      Comments about Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter:

                      This adapter works perfectly, and is a valuable addition to your macbook.

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                      5.0

                      Need more adapters

                      By Jay

                      from Chicago, IL

                      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:

                        Considering the lack of an ethernet port on the new MBP, this is fantastic. Buying the Apple version instead of a 3rd party product and being unsure of quality has definitely paid off. Connects without a problem and offers fantastic speeds. Going to get a VGA or DVI adapter at some point as well.

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

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                        5.0

                        Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter

                        By wyoherbty

                        from Tampa, FL

                        About Me High bandwidth user

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Small Networks

                          Comments about Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter:

                          As part of digital asset management system.

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

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                          4.0

                          Sucks You Need It...

                          By VideoEditorNJ

                          from New Jersey

                          About Me High bandwidth user

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Fast

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Home network
                            • Large Networks
                            • Small Networks

                            Comments about Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter:

                            Sucks that you need to purchase this, but works fine. If you work with corporate IT people ever, worth keeping in your bag for the price.

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

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                            4.0

                            I would buy this product again

                            By Deb

                            from Lakewood, CO

                            About Me High bandwidth user

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Set Up

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Home network
                              • Large Networks
                              • Small Networks

                              Comments about Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter:

                              Have not had any issues with this product, purchased for our Mac technicians on the service desk.

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

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                              5.0

                              Thunderbolt connector collection!

                              By Johnny Rumors

                              from Los Angeles, CA

                              About Me High bandwidth user

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Set Up

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Home network
                                • Large Networks
                                • Small Networks

                                Comments about Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter:

                                The Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter is the final addition to my thunderbolt connector collection. Maybe I'll never use it... But... the one time I really need one... for instance, to make a crucial ethernet connection to my macbook pro, in some far flung corner of the earth, and ultimately save the world... well, I'll be glad I have this connector. And so will you.

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

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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

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