USB2 or Firewire-to-Gigibit Ethernet adapter?

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  1. MacVault macrumors 65816

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    Anyone know of a USB2 or Firewire-to-Gigibit Ethernet adapter? My iBook has only 10/100Mbps ethernet. Since the iBook NIC is not upgradable I'd like to get as close to Gigabit as possible.
     
  2. jeremy.king macrumors 603

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    Alright, I'll bite....whats your need for gigabit? If you are talking a one time transfer, you can network using firewire (with either target disk mode or TCP/IP)
     
  3. tdhurst macrumors 68040

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    Gotta be...

    Has to be a LAN party...but I don't know of any game requiring a gigabit ethernet connection that would run even remotely well on an iBook.

    And I am pretty sure the adapter you are looking for does not exist. Sorry.
     
  4. MacVault thread starter macrumors 65816

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    What?! You guys make it sound like I should have no need for Gigabit. Ha! It's not a one-time transfer and I never play games. What I want to do is upgrade my home network to Gigabit and have a NAS for file storage for movies, pictures, etc. Now isn't this a good use for Gigabit? I can upgrade my desktops with a Gigabit card, but the only hope for my iBook is a USB or Firewire adapter.

    Here's a mention of such a thing... http://www.asix.com.tw/gig-usb_ax88178.htm, but I haven't come across any finished product. The closest I've seen is a USB2-to-10/100Mbps Ethernet Adapter from DLink.
     
  5. homerjward macrumors 68030

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    too bad your ibook doesn't have a pc card slot cause there's plenty of pc card>gig-e adapters around. uhh...what about one of those 108mbps routers with a 108mbps usb wifi adapter? that's about as close as you'll get to gig-e, assuming the actual throughput is any improvement over fast-e...
     
  6. ITASOR macrumors 601

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    Couldn't you still update your network to Gig-E and just the iBook would access it slower than the other computers?
     
  7. jeremy.king macrumors 603

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    Not sure what to tell you.

    You will just have to tolerate the "slow" 100Mbps with your iBook and go on with life or you could always upgrade to a powerbook ;)
     
  8. x86isslow macrumors 6502a

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    just make sure its a 15 or 17, cuz the 12 doesn't have gigE
     
  9. dops7107 macrumors 6502a

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    Can someone do the maths... is a USB2 port even fast enough to support full gigabit ethernet? If I'm right, then USB2 tops out at 480 Mbps, far below 1000 Mbps. A manufacturer might not bother mking such an adapter if it immediately cripples the benefits of gigabit ethernet?
     
  10. MacVault thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Yea, I realize Gigabit is 1000 and USB2 or FW is 480/400. But for an old iBook that can't be upgraded to gigabit 400-480Mbps is much better than 100Mbps.

    And I do see chip makers that are making chips/spec specifically for USB2-to-Gigabit Ethernet adapters (http://www.asix.com.tw/gig-usb_ax88178.htm). I just haven't seen any that are finished products ready to use.
     
  11. dops7107 macrumors 6502a

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    Heh, I note it is backwards compatible with USB1... that oughta be fun! I guess what you want is just around the corner though.
     
  12. mmulin macrumors 6502

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    I wouldn't know of any product. USB-2-Eths are usually of the 100Mbs variety. However, you could easily do a TCP/IP over FW to your desktop and route the traffic their it appropriately.
     
  13. onetimeassassin macrumors newbie

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    USB 2 to "Gigabit" Ethernet

    You can get a Belkin USB 2 to Gigabit ethernet adapter on www.play.com :D

    "Wired Gigabit USB Network Adapter"

    Although quite how it can provide the full 1000mbps it claims is beyond me as USB 2 is max'd at 480mbps :confused:

    Still a shedload faster than the old school 100mbps you get with some old laptops.
     

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