Best USB to Ethernet adapter other than the apple one

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by EggrollShop, Oct 30, 2010.

  1. EggrollShop macrumors member

    Jun 22, 2009
    I need one that works in both windows and Apple, I've been searching all over and I can't find one that is guaranteed to work with both. I was wondering if anyone is using a usb to ethernet and if anyone can point me into the right direction. Thanks for your input!
  2. ender21 macrumors 6502


    Jul 15, 2010
    Southern Cal
    I'm going to try this one.

    It has generally positive reviews, but some problematic ones as well. The only problem is that its listed compabitilities are only up to OSX10.4 and Win Vista. But for $30 I'm willing to gamble for a device rated for GigE rather than just 100BaseT.

    I went ahead and wrote to the manufacturer asking about support for 10.6 and above. The customer reviews seem to indicate little to no issues for Windows 7.

    I know, I know. We won't really get GigE speeds, but I saw the benchmarks on the Apple product and know that USB 2.0 is capable of transferring at greater than 100Mbps sustained. I would hope for anything in the neighborhood of 28-32MB/s with this device.
  3. EggrollShop thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 22, 2009
    Thanks! I might take a chance in getting it I'm really sick of not being able to plug into my ethernet connection in my room. Let me know how that one works out for you.
  4. mesca macrumors member

    Aug 31, 2008
    I ought you to look at aliexpress ( google to find it ), i have bought there an adapter similar to the Apple's one for only 7$ and free shipping.
  5. EggrollShop thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 22, 2009
    ^ Thanks for the heads up definatly will look into that.
  6. kamui macrumors newbie

    Jul 19, 2008
    I got this one from monoprice which is also gigabit (didn't arrive yet):

    Monoprice is pretty well known for their cables/connectors/adapters.

    One thing to keep in mind with gigabit usb adapters is that 450 Mbps is the max throughput. So while that's better than 100 Mbps with the apple adapter, it's not going to be as fast as true gigabit.
  7. allanchou macrumors newbie

    Dec 13, 2011
    You can search the part number (e.g. AX88772A) of ASIX USB to LAN solutions with Lion Mac OSX 10.7 driver supporting ( to find out a proper USB dongle product . JFYI.
  8. The Samurai macrumors 68000

    The Samurai

    Dec 29, 2007
  9. JHUFrank macrumors 6502a


    Apr 16, 2010
    I second the Monoprice one. I have three of the dang things, for different work areas. I love them.
  10. antonis macrumors 68000


    Jun 10, 2011
    One more vote for the Monoprice adapter. Works great (just make sure you install the latest driver) and I've already use it for some time now in various network environments for a lot of hours. Not a single problem so far.

    Also, it gives you higher speeds than apple adapter (and all other 100Mbit adapters out there) since it supports gigabit ethernet (you'll not get a full gigabit speed of course because of usb 2.0 limit, but significantly higher speeds than the 100 Mbit adapters). Highly recommend it at least until there are any thunderbolt ones.
  11. ctdw macrumors member

    Nov 7, 2009
  12. 2IS macrumors 68030

    Jan 9, 2011
    My Apple one works in Windows 7 64 bit just fine.

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