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AppleThunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter
 
4.6

(based on 72 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (49)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to set up (47)
  • Fast connection (39)
  • Reliable connection (39)
  • Fast (35)
  • Secure connection (22)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (4)

Best Uses

  • Home network (38)
  • Small networks (30)
  • Large networks (29)
  • Networking (8)
  • Computer equipment (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • High bandwidth user (49), Quality oriented (10)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (32), Business (31)
    • Computer Platform:
    • Mac (62)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Quick and Reliable

I use this item with my Late 2013 MacBook Pro (Retina) running the latest OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 to connect to my home network since the Wi-Fi signal strength in my bedroom is...Read complete review

I use this item with my Late 2013 MacBook Pro (Retina) running the latest OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 to connect to my home network since the Wi-Fi signal strength in my bedroom is horrible. I installed a new 5-port gigabit switch and ran some Cat 6A wiring through my walls to my bedroom. Ever since I plugged the adapter in I've had nothing but awesome experiences! OS X automatically negotiated a 1000 Mbps connection with my switch within seconds, and my connection to both my internal network and the internet is faster and much more stable.I had read some reviews on Apple's forums saying that it is very unreliable, that even slightly bumping the Thunderbolt connector would disconnect it from the network. I never experienced this issue, I even intentionally moved it around while keeping network preferences open and a download going just to test it and it still maintained the connection. Some said that they wouldn't recommend you using this item while moving around (obviously!). If you're using a wired network, you shouldn't be moving around a bunch anyway. I sit at my desk while using this, and if I want to leave the room I just disconnect it and switch to Wi-Fi.Another problem I read about was that it gets extremely hot, that it even burned someone's hand. I use a LOT of bandwidth and it definitely doesn't get that hot. At the most it becomes slightly warm to the touch.Another issue I would like to address is the fact that you cannot use sleep mode under Windows. This one is true, and is unfortunate. However, Windows is not an Apple product therefore I cannot justify removing a star for this. I have also heard that removing the adapter while running Windows will cause a BSOD, however I have not had the chance to test this.Apart from that last issue, this product is awesome and I would recommend it to anyone who needs it!

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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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4.0

Great Adapter

By Tee

from Piscataway NJ

About Me High bandwidth user

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Large Networks

    Comments about Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter:

    It allow me to connect the network and it's faster then using wi-fi.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
    • Computer Platform:
    • Mac
     
    4.0

    Works Well

    By Mlev

    from Santa Monica,CA

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Set Up
    • Fast
    • Reliable connection

    Cons

    • Cost

    Best Uses

    • Home network

    Comments about Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter:

    IT works just as described. Only downside is the cost.

     
    5.0

    Important Accessary

    By AlHet

    from Plains, PA

    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:

      Important if you need it to access the internet from you Mac

      • Primary use:
      • Business
      • Computer Platform:
      • Mac
       
      5.0

      Convenient & fast

      By Jay D

      from Santa Clara, CA

      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:

        Gets the job done if you need to do transfers of large files, as the gigabit speeds are much better than you can get over even the fastest wifi.

        Its plug and play. Works like a charm the moment you plug in.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Computer Platform:
        • Mac
         
        4.0

        Just what I needed

        By ColleenCN

        from White Plains, NY

        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:

            Really needed way to connect to connect the Ethernet to my new MAC Book Pro. This fit the bill. Works perfectly.

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

            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Solid

            By adamxp

            from phila, pa

            About Me High bandwidth user

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Set Up

            Cons

            • Expensive

            Best Uses

              Comments about Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter:

              Not much more to say then it works as expected but as usual with these Apple adapters they gouge you on price.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
              • Computer Platform:
              • Mac
               
              5.0

              Works good

              By Schmaltzman

              from Detroit, MI

              About Me High bandwidth user

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home network

                Comments about Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter:

                Everything I was expecting.

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

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Simple and reliable

                By Nathan

                from Pleasant Hill, OH

                About Me High bandwidth user

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • No Indicator Lights
                • Takes A Couple Of Seconds

                Best Uses

                • Home network
                • Large Networks
                • Small Networks

                Comments about Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter:

                Works great, no setup needed.

                I do wish it had indicator lights - it takes a few seconds before you're fully online, so I thought it was broken for a moment when I was first trying to use it.

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

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Genuine Apple

                By peroki

                from redondo beach, ca

                About Me High bandwidth user

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fast Connection Speed
                • Reliable connection

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter:

                    Works perfectly and does everything it is supposed to. Direct connection faster than my wireless connection for streaming online videos.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal
                    • Computer Platform:
                    • Mac
                     
                    4.0

                    It works as expected

                    By Bob from NJ

                    from NJ

                    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:

                      Recommended if you require fast and reliable connection to network storage. Some reviews mentioned that the cord is too stiff and doesn't band like other apple cables, but I don't see it as a problem. It's a copper wire and needs to support a high speed signal unlike power cord or headphones so deal with it.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal
                      • Computer Platform:
                      • Mac
                       
                      5.0

                      Does the job well.

                      By Tim

                      from Matthews, NC

                      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:

                        Even though I like wireless connectivity, I prefer Gigabit Ethernet most of the time since I am not wandering around with my laptop.

                        This adapter works well with my 13" MacBook Pro - good performance and doesn't get hot like many of the USB adapters I've used with other laptops.

                        • Computer Platform:
                        • Mac
                         
                        5.0

                        Excellent cable!!

                        By 4582 2010

                        from Argentina

                        Comments about Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter:

                        Very Good Product!!!

                         
                        5.0

                        Very beneficial

                        By PAP

                        from Downers Grove, IL

                        Comments about Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter:

                        Helps in response to download of large files and no loss of home network connection

                         
                        5.0

                        Just what I needed

                        By Franny Photographer

                        from Seattle area

                        Comments about Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter:

                        This adapter works perfectly. Excellent service.

                         
                        5.0

                        great item

                        By Ati

                        from Bay Area, CA

                        About Me High bandwidth user

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Fast
                        • Reliable connection

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Home network

                          Comments about Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter:

                          works as expected, plug and play. even with the esxi build on the Mac Mini.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Personal
                          • Computer Platform:
                          • Other
                           
                          4.0

                          Sad i have to buy this but...

                          By Isaac Ruiz

                          from San Juan, PR

                          About Me High bandwidth user

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                          • Price

                          Best Uses

                          • Home network
                          • Large Networks
                          • Small Networks

                          Comments about Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter:

                          To get faster transfer to my computer, is sad that apple's new laptops remove Ethernet from the computer but this is the alternative, product is good.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Business
                          • Computer Platform:
                          • Mac
                           
                          4.0

                          Hey, it works!

                          By BoloBoy

                          from Arizona

                          About Me High bandwidth user

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Home network
                            • Large Networks
                            • Small Networks

                            Comments about Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter:

                            Upon receipt of my 13" MacBook Pro with Retina Display, I was surprised to not find a Ethernet port on the side. This is due, of course to the slim, lightweight design of this laptop. With that, an accessory adaptor is required in one of the two Thunderbolt Ports to connect a hard Internet connection. It's a bit of a pain, but no matter. The light weight of the computer makes up for the slight inconvenience in this regard (and the Retina Display is incredible!). Of course, this review is for the adaptor. It works fine, and the standard Apple adaptor design is flexible, eliminating strain on the physical connection. I don't know if there is a 3rd party substitute for this one. For this accessory, like with all Mac computers, my advertising tagline would be, "Hey, it works!"

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

                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Fits Well Next to Other Connectors

                            By BHBuyer

                            from OH

                            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:

                              Fits into the MacBook Pro Retina Thunderbolt port firmly. Ethernet cable hooks up tight. The length of the cord keeps the larger piece out of the way of other peripheral connections like USB connectors, USB sticks, MiniDisplay Port, other Thunderbolt peripheral connectors, and MagSafe power connector.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Personal
                              • Computer Platform:
                              • Mac
                               
                              5.0

                              it's fine

                              By Eric

                              from Chicago, IL

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Set Up

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter:

                                  It works; that's all that matters for an adapter. The cable is heavier-duty than the usual Apple power cables; I wish they'd make their regular power block cables this thick.

                                  • Computer Platform:
                                  • Mac

                                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Quick and Reliable

                                  By RPG Tony

                                  from Navarre, FL

                                  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 use this item with my Late 2013 MacBook Pro (Retina) running the latest OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 to connect to my home network since the Wi-Fi signal strength in my bedroom is horrible. I installed a new 5-port gigabit switch and ran some Cat 6A wiring through my walls to my bedroom. Ever since I plugged the adapter in I've had nothing but awesome experiences! OS X automatically negotiated a 1000 Mbps connection with my switch within seconds, and my connection to both my internal network and the internet is faster and much more stable.I had read some reviews on Apple's forums saying that it is very unreliable, that even slightly bumping the Thunderbolt connector would disconnect it from the network. I never experienced this issue, I even intentionally moved it around while keeping network preferences open and a download going just to test it and it still maintained the connection. Some said that they wouldn't recommend you using this item while moving around (obviously!). If you're using a wired network, you shouldn't be moving around a bunch anyway. I sit at my desk while using this, and if I want to leave the room I just disconnect it and switch to Wi-Fi.Another problem I read about was that it gets extremely hot, that it even burned someone's hand. I use a LOT of bandwidth and it definitely doesn't get that hot. At the most it becomes slightly warm to the touch.Another issue I would like to address is the fact that you cannot use sleep mode under Windows. This one is true, and is unfortunate. However, Windows is not an Apple product therefore I cannot justify removing a star for this. I have also heard that removing the adapter while running Windows will cause a BSOD, however I have not had the chance to test this.Apart from that last issue, this product is awesome and I would recommend it to anyone who needs it!

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

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