Sonnet Solo 10G Thunderbolt 3 to 10 Gigabit Ethernet Adapter with NBASE-T Support

Sonnet Solo 10G Thunderbolt 3 to 10 Gigabit Ethernet Adapter with NBASE-T Support

Sonnet Solo 10G Thunderbolt 3 to 10 Gigabit Ethernet Adapter with NBASE-T Support

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Product Highlights

  • Adds 10GBase-T 10 GbE Connectivity
  • 40 Gb/s Thunderbolt 3 Interface
  • Supports NBase-T Standard
  • Small Form Factor at 3 x 4.5 x 1.1"
  • Silent Operation
  • Bus-Powered
  • Windows & Mac Compatible
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Sonnet SOLO10G-TB3 overview

  • 1Description

Leverage the power of your PC's Thunderbolt 3 port to add 10 GbE connectivity to your Windows or Mac computer using the Solo 10G Thunderbolt 3 to 10 Gigabit Ethernet Adapter from Sonnet. This adapter comes equipped with a single Thunderbolt 3 connector and a single RJ45 network port. Additionally, it derives its power directly from the Thunderbolt 3 port, eliminating the need for a power adapter.

Inside this adapter, you will find a variety of features designed to provide a seamless network connection, including TCP, UDP, and IPv4 checksum offloading, and support for the energy-efficient Ethernet standard 802.3az, which reduces the strain placed on your computer's power supply. When finished, you can unplug this Ethernet adapter and take it with you on the go thanks to its small form factor and rugged aluminum case for enhanced durability.

Fast 10GBase-T Connectivity
The Thunderbolt to 10Gb Ethernet adapter - Sonnet's Solo 10G Thunderbolt 3 Edition adapter - is a powerfully simple solution for adding fast 10GBase-T 10 GbE network connectivity to any Mac or Windows computer with Thunderbolt 3 ports.
Enhanced Performance
The Solo 10G adapter is equipped with a single RJ45 socket, enabling it to connect to 10 GbE infrastructure via inexpensive Cat 6 or Cat 6A copper cabling at distances up to 180' or 328', respectively.
NBase-T Support for Faster Transfers Across Existing Cabling
Does your facility have Cat 5e wiring installed already? You can still get a great performance gain - from 250 to 500 percent over Gigabit Ethernet speed - without rewiring. The Solo 10G adapter supports the NBase-T industry-standard of 2.5/5 Gb link speeds, which enables greater than Gigabit Ethernet speeds over Cat 5e (or better) cabling when used with an NBase-T compatible (multi-Gigabit) switch or router. This capability allows you to deploy the same adapter across an organization for users supported by different Ethernet cabling infrastructures.
Advanced Features, Intelligent Operation
The Solo 10G Thunderbolt 3 Edition adapter attains its high throughput performance and low host-CPU utilization through functions such as flow control, 64-bit address support for systems using more than 4GB of physical memory; and stateless offloads such as TCP, UDP, and IPv4 checksum offloading. These processes enable your computer to perform better while large file transfers or high I/O operations take place. This Sonnet adapter supports Energy-Efficient Ethernet (IEEE 802.3az), which reduces the adapter's power demands on your computer.
Replaceable Captive Cable
Through the use of a captive cable, the Solo 10G adapter's Thunderbolt connector remains firmly connected to it at all times. Should the cable ever break, it can easily be replaced with an approved replacement cable available from Sonnet or a Sonnet-authorized reseller.
Safe and Secure
As a networked conduit into your computer, the Sonnet Solo 10G was designed with essential security features. Incorporating encryption in hardware, the Sonnet adapter is protected against malicious modification of its firmware. Any unauthorized attempt at firmware modification to facilitate surreptitious computer access would render the adapter inoperable. This secure design prevents the Solo 10G adapter firmware from being reprogrammed except by a manufacturer's update using a secure encryption key.
AVB Support
Audio Video Bridging (IEEE 802.1Qav, AVB) support makes the adapter perfect for use in pro audio and video applications where synchronization of data streams is critical.
Pocketable, Bus-Powered, and Silent
Unlike the vast majority of 10GbE adapters, the Solo 10G is pocketable - measuring a mere 3.1 inches wide by 4.5 inches deep by 1.1 inches tall - and it's bus-powered to enable truly portable use without a power adapter. Using the latest technologies and wrapping them in a rugged aluminum case, Sonnet designed a cool-running adapter that doesn't need a fan, allowing silent and energy-efficient operation.
Simple Setup
Connect the Solo 10G adapter to your computer, connect the adapter to the network switch or directly to 10GbE-enabled storage, and configure the adapter's settings through the Mac OS Network control panel or Windows Device Manager.
Advanced Features
  • Flow control support
  • MSI (Message Signaled Interrupts)
  • RSS (Receive-Side Scaling)
  • Interrupt coalescing
  • Multicast filtering
  • Energy-Efficient Ethernet (IEEE 802.3az)
  • AVB (IEEE 802.1Qav, Audio Video Bridging)
  • 64-bit address support for systems using more than 4GB of physical memory
Stateless Offloads
  • TCP, UDP, and IPv4 checksum offloading
  • TSO (TCP Segmentation Offload, AKA Large Send Offload)
  • LRO (Large Receive Offload)
  • RSS (Receiver Side Scaling)
UPC: 732311012488
In the Box
Sonnet Solo 10G Thunderbolt 3 to 10 Gigabit Ethernet Adapter with NBASE-T Support
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Sonnet SOLO10G-TB3 specs

    Form Factor Thunderbolt 3 adapter
    External Connectors 1 x RJ45 socket
    Controller 10 GbE Aquantia AQC-107S controller
    Network Support 10GBase-T
    328' / 100 m using Cat 6a cabling
    180' / 55 m using Cat 6 cabling

    5GBase-T, 2.5GBase-T(4), 1000Base-T(4), 100Base-TX
    328' / 100 m using Cat 5e (or better) cabling
    Packets Maximum Packet Size: 16,352 bytes (jumbo frames)
    9000 bytes under macOS
    Data Rates Supported 10 Gb/s, 5 Gb/s, 2.5 Gb/s, 1 Gb/s, 100 Mb/s
    RoHS Compliance Yes
    Operating Temperature 32 to 95°F / 0 to 35°C
    OS Compatibility Mac
    Mac with Thunderbolt 3
    macOS High Sierra (10.13.4+)

    Windows
    Computer with a Thunderbolt 3 port
    Windows 10 (64-bit Edition Version 1709 or greater)
    Dimensions 3.1 x 4.5 x 1.1" / 79.5 x 114.0 x 27.2 mm
    Weight 0.54 lb / 0.24 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.8 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.7 x 6.0 x 2.2"

    Sonnet SOLO10G-TB3 reviews

    Solo 10G Thunderbolt 3 to 10 Gigabit Ethernet Adapter with NBASE-T Support is rated 2.5 out of 5 by 6.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Works great. Windows 10 1803, downloaded and installed driver before connecting this to my Lenovo Carbon X1 6gen. Came up and would only negotiate to 100meg at first, but reconnecting it to the thunderbolt docking station clears it up and I'm now running near 10gig of actual throughout to an Aquantia NBASE-T NIC in my Linux file server. The thunderbolt dock is quite finicky anyway so I'm pretty sure the issues I have are there and not with this component. It also gets quite warm when running high bandwidth for any period of time... make sure this is exposed to plenty of ambient air.
    Date published: 2018-10-28
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Do not buy I used this thunderbolt 3 adapter with my 2018 Macbook Pro, and was getting a lot of kernel panics and shutting off.  Ive had it for 70 days, and was constantly getting messages that there was something wrong with my computer etc.  I disconnected the adapter from my macbook pro for a week, and had no issues at all.  It seems to have been the culprit.  Now that I have found this out B&H wont take the order back.  After speaking with Tony, he would not give me a refund.  So now I have a device, that causes problems that I have no use for.  I wanted to use this for faster internet connection, but after testing speeds the new 2018 Macbook Pro wireless card is extremely fast, and this is basically useless.  Thanks for the customer service B&H, this is definitely the last time I am using you.
    Date published: 2018-11-09
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent budget connectivity though not 10GBE: read specs Mr. 1 Star is a Windows 10 nincompoop; read the specs. Works well with windows 64-bit. Simple to install and get going after a reboot. Definitely recommend. Trying to buy more - B&H get some more in stock soon please.
    Date published: 2018-09-27
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Can't get it to work, Reinstalling Driver did NOT help. Terrible Windows 10 support. This is essneitally a Mac OS only device. If you have Windows 10 you're betting off just getting a PCIe SFP+ 10G nic instead, if you're using a Thunderbolt 3 Gaming Laptop like me, then you'll probably just need to consider getting a Thunderbolt 3 to PCIe enclosure then just adding a 10G nic. As no matter how many times I reinstall the driver then reboot, make wishes etc, it does NOT work.
    Date published: 2018-09-06
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from So far, so good Using this with an iMac 2017 i7 unit, connected through an ASUS Gig switch with two 10 GB ports, to a QNAP server with a single 10 GB port. Reliable 10 GB connection through the router, though I have not taken any throughput measurements. I can say that file transfers to an from the QNAP are quite snappy now, compared to before the upgrade. Though that is a subjective measure. Also, the max cable length with my setup is 25 feet.
    Date published: 2018-06-27
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from If you use a Macintosh DO NOT purchase this product. I purchased the Sonnet Solo 10G to link an iMac to a Synology. It works fine as long as the Mac does not sleep. As soon as the Mac attempts to sleep the entire computer crashes with a kernel panic. I contacted Sonnet technical support and after a week of back-and-forth, I got this response: "Thank you for your patience with this. We determined that the kernel panic links a specific memory address to the Aquantia chip used in the Solo, A MacOS subsystem component for PCIe (used for Thunderbolt, and, unloaded when the computer sleeps)"....."Regrettably, because our Solo uses the native Aquantia drivers in MacOS, the fix would have to come in the form of an update from Aquantia, Apple, Synology, or a combination of all of the above."..."Regrettably, we would have to recommend trying a different combination of devices and/or connections." In other words, Sonnet sold me this product through B&H, then told me it will not work but will not stand behind it. Neither Sonnet nor B&H will give me a refund because it is past their 30-day time period for a refund. I contacted Sonnet technical support within the 30-day period and it is now over the 30-day period only because it took Sonnet a week to understand the problem. Furthermore, rather than recalling the product, now that they know the product has a major problem with the Mac OS, they are still trying to sell it for use with a Mac. It is still available through B&H, Amazon and Sonnet and perhaps other retailers. Don't throw out your money.
    Date published: 2018-10-25
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