Resolved Best Ethernet adapter for rMBP?

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  1. hepta, Aug 12, 2014
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    hepta macrumors newbie

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    I will need a way to connect my Ethernet cable to my rMBP. I know Apple makes a Thunderbolt adapter, but it has pretty poor reviews on the Apple Store website (42 five star ratings but also 30 one star ratings). Tek Republic has a USB 3.0 to Ethernet adapter on Amazon for only $20 and it has mostly five star ratings. Of course, the downside is that it would use one of my two USB ports. Can someone tell me if this is slower than Thunderbolt, or would it not make a difference? Does this seem like a better option, or would I be best taking a gamble with Apple's adapter? Thanks!
     
  2. Gary500 macrumors regular

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    Just get the thunderbolt, it works fine for me, and its the only one that supports gigabit ethernet.
     
  3. skyhawkmatthew macrumors member

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    +1 for the thunderbolt adapter working perfectly
     
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    Another Thunderbolt vote. I have it, and it works well.
     
  6. saturnotaku macrumors 68000

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    USB 3.0 supports gigabit.

    OP, you could get something like this which will give you additional USB ports should you need them. I would also go with USB 3.0 if you plan to install Windows through Boot Camp, as a driver problem with the Thunderbolt adapter prevents the system from going to sleep.

    If you only plan to use OS X, stick with Thunderbolt.
     
  7. pragmatous macrumors 65816

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    There's nothing wrong with the thunderbolt adapter.

     
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    +1 for the Thunderbolt.

    Works perfectly for me.
     
  9. mario-64, Aug 13, 2014
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    I'm using the Kanex Thunderbolt adapter which includes both a USB 3.0 port and gigabit ethernet port
     
  10. bax2003 macrumors 6502a

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    Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter

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  11. hepta thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I will be using Boot Camp, so I will look into something like that.

    Thank you everyone!
     
  12. diggy33 macrumors 6502

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    I use that adapter at work with the Henge vertical dock for my rMBP. Works like a charm. You will need to install the drivers for the ethernet port to work
     
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    This one I had for school last year. It is worth it. :apple:
     
  14. hepta thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ended up buying an Anker 3-port USB 3.0 hub that has an Ethernet connection. It was $24 and is very small, I haven't had a chance to test it out yet. The reviews are good though. I often use more than two USB ports so the hub will come in handy. Supposedly it has no issues with Windows and supports hot swapping so I think it will work well!
     
  15. zsrhusain macrumors newbie

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    FYI the Thunderbolt ethernet adaptor does work with Windows running boot camp. I have tried it out.
     
  16. maflynn Moderator

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    It does work, but it prevents the laptop from going into sleep mode. I ran into this problem and after much googling I discovered that it was the TB/Ethernet adapter.
     
  17. mario-64 macrumors regular

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    The Apple one or the Kanex one?
     
  18. psik macrumors 6502

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    Apple
     

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