Ethernet Adapter - Delay?

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  1. Void5150 macrumors member

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    Does the Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter cause any latency / delay in comparison to an ethernet cable plugged directly into a computer?

    Also, what are Thunderbolt ports used for? Will plugging in the adapter give me enough room to plug in whatever else the Thunderbolt uses?

    Thanks.
     
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    Sorry to resurrect this old thread, but I'm just wondering whether you or anyone else tested this. I've found a handful of posts online with people complaining about latency with the Thunderbolt Ethernet adapter, but there doesn't seem to be any information out there about whether it's a widespread issue or just something isolated.
     
  3. mfram macrumors 65816

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    I haven't noticed any weird latency from my TB-to-Ethernet adapter.
     
  4. Nermal, May 19, 2015
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    Thanks; that's good to hear. The new MBP looks nice, other than the lack of Ethernet, and I'm pretty close to biting the bullet :)

    Edit: *chew*
     
  5. Dan04MCS macrumors member

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    +1
     
  6. Freyqq macrumors 68040

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    Also look at third party USB 3 adapters with a built-in USB hub. I have one, and it gives me more USB without using up a thunderbolt port.
     
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    I've ordered the Thunderbolt adapter, and I'm not worried about using up a port. My 2011 had one port and the only device I had for it was an HDMI adapter. Now there's a separate HDMI port and two Thunderbolts, so I don't foresee any issues there.
     
  8. cookies! macrumors 6502

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    I've never had latency issues with either USB3 or TB. Either way, it's going to be a hell of a lot faster than Wi-Fi :)
     
  9. Nermal, May 27, 2015
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    OK, got my 2015 MBP today, with Thunderbolt adapter... and immediate 40 ms latency increase to World of Warcraft. That had me freaked out for a few minutes until I tried the old computer and found the same problem there - must be an ISP or server issue!

    It does indeed look like the Thunderbolt adapter doesn't introduce any delay :)

    Edit: Now resolved for two of the WoW servers that I play on but still waiting for the one I use most!
     
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    Booyah!
     
  11. Freyqq macrumors 68040

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    Thunderbolt is a direct line to the pcie bus, so lag should be very minimal.
     

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