USB 2.0 Gigabit Ethernet adapter

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

  1. macrumors newbie

    Jan 11, 2011
    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:

    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, the chip manufacturer. Works great and much faster than Apple's fast Ethernet adapter or WLAN.
  2. macrumors member

    Jul 18, 2004
    The bottleneck is always doing to be the USB connection.
  3. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 11, 2009
    With GigaBit-adaptors, yes. With FastEthernet-adaptors it's the 100Mbit chipset.
  4. macrumors regular

    Dec 15, 2010
    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

    Jan 9, 2011
    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

    Jan 6, 2011
    Apple's adapters are only 10/100 so no gigabit.
  7. macrumors member

    May 19, 2008
  8. macrumors 68030

    Apr 10, 2003
    A hot desert
  9. macrumors 6502

    Mar 8, 2008
    OP posted in January 2011, ergo we don't know.
  10. macrumors 68040

    Nov 7, 2004
    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

    Apr 3, 2011
    There is a company that should release a gigabite thunderbolt ethernet adapter soon
  12. macrumors member

    Jun 18, 2011
  13. vat
    macrumors newbie

    Jul 2, 2007

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