Help! Which USB-Ethernet adapter is Mac-compatible?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by iMook, Jul 15, 2004.

  1. iMook macrumors regular

    Mar 7, 2003
    Hi, a friend of mine just broke two of the eight contacts in her 12" iBook's Ethernet port, and looked up the repair fee on the Apple site: ~$500.

    So, I'm trying to find an Apple-compatible USB-to-Ethernet adapter so she doesn't need to pay the $500, and still have an Ethernet connection.

    I'm a PC guy, so I really don't know which peripherals are compatible with Macs.

    Please help!
  2. iMook thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 7, 2003
  3. Jimong5 macrumors 6502

    Jul 22, 2002

    I had a good deal with them, and would recommend their service to anyone. They fixed my Powerbook for $159 when apple wanted $350 just for an estimate. I would (if the computer could be parted with for 3 or 4 days) buy the $49 box and get it checked out. then again, the ethernet port is on the logicboard, so that would be expensive.

    another question, exactly what 2 cables are broken? as far as im aware, a 10Mbps connection without the crossover mode only use 4 cables of the 8.

    another thing to add: have you considered airport? it may be a cheaper and more convenient alternative.
  4. iMook thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 7, 2003
    Frankly, I don't know which contacts are broken, since my friend hasn't told me exactly, but she HAS tried to connect her LAN, to no avail.

    As to Airport, I don't know how convenient that is to set up, and she's currently at college living on campus, and in no way a computer expert (and I know little about Mac setup), so I would hesitate to suggest Airport, esp. with the security concerns that go along with being on campus.

    Thanks a lot for the PowerbookResQ link!

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