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BIS
Mar 20, 2011, 08:42 AM
hi !

I bought USB-Ethernet adpater

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=230452632638&ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT

i connect it to MBA but nothing changes. Somebody know , is i need to install some drivers, or i need to make some settings to make it work ?

Can you help me with step by step guide.

Thanks in advance.



Hellhammer
Mar 20, 2011, 08:47 AM
Take a look at the user manual provided with the product. It appears that that there is a driver disc but obviously you can't use that with MBA. Maybe there are some instructions in the manual.

simsaladimbamba
Mar 20, 2011, 08:48 AM
So you connect the Ethernet cable to the adapter, then connect the adapter to the MacBook Air?
What does show up System Preferences > Network >> Ethernet?

Scottsdale
Mar 20, 2011, 09:01 AM
The Apple branded Ethernet adapter just works.

I know that says it's Mac compatible but have you looked up that model online and read about anyone who it has worked for the MBA? Perhaps you just got a bad one?

You did go in the system preferences under network to check the settings though I assume? For example if you're using DHCP or static IP address? That could be your problem too.

BIS
Mar 20, 2011, 09:01 AM
yes i connect ethernet to adapter than usb to MBA
preferences - networks show me

https://skitch.com/bolshakov/riwik/

J&JPolangin
Mar 20, 2011, 11:22 AM
...the monoprice.com adapter I bought also "just worked" and it was only $6.35 a couple weeks ago when I ordered it (I already had a short USB extension cable as well since I didn't want this fixed unit sticking out of the MBA USB port)...

http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=103&cp_id=10311&cs_id=1031102&p_id=6150&seq=1&format=2

J&JPolangin
Mar 20, 2011, 11:24 AM
yes i connect ethernet to adapter than usb to MBA
preferences - networks show me

https://skitch.com/bolshakov/riwik/

It also looks like your USB cable is bad if its not detecting the adapter = reboot your machine with the USB adapter cable attached and see if its detected?

BIS
Mar 21, 2011, 01:20 PM
I've found the solution: just download drivers here

http://yoomon.net/drivers/Umac/MAC10.X.zip

install
reboot
and after connecting adapter to MBA USB port, it open Network, find adapter and working fine.

Thanks for all !

P.S. Adapter for 6 USD much better than Apple Adapter for 30 USD

BeyondtheTech
Mar 21, 2011, 01:35 PM
Looks very similar to the packaging from DealExtreme.

If you don't mind waiting 2-3 weeks for it to arrive, $7.69 shipped from Hong Kong is an easy alternative.

http://www.dealextreme.com/p/usb-2-0-10-100mbps-rj45-lan-ethernet-network-adapter-dongle-34691

The drivers for this can be downloaded from http://www.moschip.com/mcs7830_downloads.php (site registration required), but if it's the same as the OP's ethernet adapter, then his link should work too.

chaoticbear
Mar 22, 2011, 09:41 AM
Somewhere on the internets (I'm at work and can't google it right now) there is an issue on the MBA regarding "Locations" under the network preferences. It suggested to create a new location for the USB adapter, and it should work fine.

ZipZap
Mar 22, 2011, 09:47 AM
Looks very similar to the packaging from DealExtreme.

If you don't mind waiting 2-3 weeks for it to arrive, $7.69 shipped from Hong Kong is an easy alternative.

http://www.dealextreme.com/p/usb-2-0-10-100mbps-rj45-lan-ethernet-network-adapter-dongle-34691

The drivers for this can be downloaded from http://www.moschip.com/mcs7830_downloads.php (site registration required), but if it's the same as the OP's ethernet adapter, then his link should work too.

@BIS your link seems to be to an older version which did not work for me. BeyondtheTech's link to MOSChip is newer and I will try that one when I get home.

If neither work, I will buy the Apple one.

jim.ryan
Mar 22, 2011, 02:21 PM
If you're looking for a new adapter that is compatible with Macs, get this from Monoprice if you have a Gigabit network, or think you'll have one in the future: http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=103&cp_id=10311&cs_id=1031102&p_id=5345&seq=1&format=2

USB2.0 is slower than gigabit, but faster than 100mbit ethernet, you'll probably see around 300mbits, still three times faster than a 10/100 adapter could ever get you.

Jim

jnachbar
Mar 25, 2011, 02:37 PM
I tried it using my wii usb ethernet adapter and it "just worked" great. I think those go for about $10...

Eddiecisco
May 6, 2011, 07:36 PM
Hi, I just managed to install this adapter on my macbook pro, following these steps, everything works great, but the problem arises when I try to shutdown or even restart my mac, it closes out but does not complete either process and hangs until I have to force shutdown holding down the power button for several seconds.

Any idea would be appreciate it.

martmac
Jul 21, 2011, 01:51 AM
i have the same USB adapter like OP has (Moschip MCS7830).

it worked perfectly fine on SL on MBA until I have it upgraded to Lion yesterday. Reinstalled the driver (version 1.0008) and still not working. It's detected when connected to the USB port but not active or "connected" in Network preferences.

Not sure what to do, maybe a new driver is required. I might end up buying the adapter from Apple which is four times the price!

Rankrotten
Jul 21, 2011, 05:23 AM
Sonnet are launching a Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet adapter soon
http://www.sonnettech.com/news/nab2011/

theSeb
Jul 21, 2011, 07:04 AM
Sonnet are launching a Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet adapter soon
http://www.sonnettech.com/news/nab2011/

When is soon though?