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USB 2.0 Gigabit Ethernet adapter

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

  1. macrumors newbie

    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

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

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

    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

    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

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

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

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

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

    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

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

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


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