Any alternative to USB adaptor?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by sahni130, Apr 26, 2012.

  1. macrumors 6502


    Jun 25, 2008
    Atlanta, Georgia, United States
    Hello everyone,
    is there a viable/cheaper alternative adaptor to Apple's own USB to Ethernet $29 one?

    I see numerous ones on amazon and ebay but i don't know how well they work.

    Any thoughts?

  2. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 11, 2009
    There have been threads about this. There are adaptors that work with Apple's drivers and others that need third-party drivers.

    One thing to note about Apple's adaptor is that it only does 10/100Mbit/s. I think there are others that will do 1000Mbit/s, though those will be bottlenecked by the maximum 480Mbit/s of USB 2.0; but that's still better than 100Mbit/s.
  3. macrumors 6502

    Dec 22, 2009
  4. macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    The D-Link DUB-E100 USB 2.0 Fast Ethernet Adapter is know to work on Lion without any additional device drives, it tends to run about $20 but it's ugly and clunky.

    My recommendation would be to pay the extra few dollars for the Apple one. after all it won't have to be replaced when you upgrade your Air.
  5. macrumors 68000


    Sep 8, 2011
    Boston, MA
    I use a Linksys / Cisco USB300M. It also works with Lion natively without any other software required. It's also only 100 speed, but for twice a year I use it, it's been enough.

    I've also heard good things about monoprice's gigabit offering.
  6. Guest


    Sep 19, 2011
    Ohio, United States
  7. jgc
    macrumors regular

    Feb 21, 2012
    Since the USB port can't benefit from 1000 Mbps internet, you don't even need to go for Monoprice's $18 gigabit ethernet adapter (although it looks prettier). These two things from Monoprice should do the trick:

    The adapter is a bit ugly and clunky thus the extra $0.85 cable to distance the bulk of the adapter from the MagSafe port. All in with shipping should be around $10.
  8. macrumors 65816


    Jun 10, 2011
    No, this is not entirely true. I would not recommend using a 100mbps adapter anywhere, anymore. There's a huge difference between 100mbps and the 480mbps that is the limit of usb when connected with a 1000mbps adapter. I know I've experienced a great difference after I replaced my Apple adapter with the Monoprice one.

    On a side note, are there any Thunderbolt ethernet adapters yet ?
  9. macrumors 68030

    Oct 9, 2007
    Yup. It's $1000 and comes with a free monitor. :D
  10. macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    And there's the announced Belkin Thunderbolt Express Dock.
  11. macrumors 65816

    Mar 13, 2012
    USB has a bit of overhead. With hard drives, it's quite high. So don't expect to get 480Mbps with a gigabit adapter.

    Also, depending on what you're doing - 100Mbps is just fine (web browsing, streaming videos, streaming music) as your bottleneck might be something else (i.e. internet).
  12. macrumors 68030

    Oct 9, 2007

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