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USB 2.0 Gigabit Ethernet adapter

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by guho, Jan 11, 2011.

  1. macrumors newbie

    #1
    Just wanted to share how well the Monoprice USB 2 gigabit ethernet adapter works on the new MacBook Air. It costs only $20. The speed I get is 30Mbyte/s over my wired home network. Here is the link: http://www.monoprice.com/products/p...=10311&cs_id=1031102&p_id=5345&seq=1&format=2

    For Mac OS X, you must use the drivers on the enclosed mini-CD as the default Apple ones do not work. For Bootcamp/Windows 7, download from www.axis.com.tw, the chip manufacturer. Works great and much faster than Apple's fast Ethernet adapter or WLAN.
     
  2. macrumors member

    #2
    The bottleneck is always doing to be the USB connection.
     
  3. macrumors 6502a

    #3
    With GigaBit-adaptors, yes. With FastEthernet-adaptors it's the 100Mbit chipset.
     
  4. macrumors regular

    #4
    What speed are the apple adapters? I bought one for my iBook a few years back and have just found it.
     
  5. 2IS
    macrumors 68030

    #5
    USB 2.0 has a maximum theoretical rate of 480mbps, though you'll never achieve this theoretical maximum. You'll effectively get about 320mbps max from USB 2.0 and that's assuming only a single device on the root hub. So it's faster than fast ethernet (100mbit) but slower than gigabit ethernet.
     
  6. macrumors newbie

    #6
    Apple's adapters are only 10/100 so no gigabit.
     
  7. macrumors member

    #7
    does anyone know if this works with Lion?
     
  8. macrumors 68030

    #8
    Op said it was a new MBA, ergo lion.
     
  9. macrumors 6502

    #9
    OP posted in January 2011, ergo we don't know.
     
  10. macrumors 68030

    #10
    My no-name Gb adapter works under Lion. The driver works under 10.4 - 10.7 equally well using the axis drivers.
     
  11. macrumors 6502a

    #11
    There is a company that should release a gigabite thunderbolt ethernet adapter soon
     
  12. macrumors member

    #12
    Well yeah, USB maxes out at 30MB/s.
     
  13. vat
    macrumors newbie

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