Ethernet Adapter Solution?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by shabaz6, Jun 26, 2014.

  1. shabaz6 macrumors newbie

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    Hey. I have a 2014 Macbook Air, and i'm looking for an Ethernet adapter.

    I realize there are both USB and Thunderbolt adapters. However, after reading many of the reviews of both on Apple's website, many people have been complaining that either they stop working or have driver issues.

    Are there any pro's and con's to the different available adapters?

    I'm looking for the easiest, most efficient solution for my Macbook.

    To put this simply, I just need something that *will* work.

    Also, i'm not opposed to 3rd party adapters.

    Thanks
     
  2. Pharmscott macrumors 6502a

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    If you need it to really work and since you didn't mention a price barrier, why not just get the Apple branded one? Spare yourself the search and possible frustration.
     
  3. shabaz6 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Some of the reviewers on the Apple website complained that the adapter would not work out of the box. There solution was to find 3rd party drivers. Furthermore, many other reviewers claimed the product died within a month..

    If need be, I can also purchase the Apple branded model. However, if anyone has had a better experience with a 3rd party adapter i'd rather take that route.

    I suppose I came here to see if someone had already figured out a working solution as a whole. Specifically, a combination of drivers and adapter.

    Moreover, I was hoping someone could confirm/refute some of the negative claims made by reviewers on the Apple website.
     
  4. Serban Suspended

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    i have the thunderbolt to ethernet and i have absolutly no problem. But i suggest this only if you have very fast internet
     
  5. jeffgao macrumors newbie

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    I have been using the Apple Thunderbolt Ethernet Adapter on my MBA for over 2 years, almost daily. There was absolutely zero problem.
     
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  7. jg321 macrumors 6502

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    Just go for the official Apple Thunderbolt one. Know of people using them at work all day every day with no issues.
     
  8. motty2307 macrumors regular

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    I would just go with the Apple branded adapter. I have found that 99% of the time the "official" components work very well.

    If for some reason you purchase a dud, take it back to Apple and politely speak to them about it. Anytime I have an issue with any of my Apple products they have been more than happy to accommodate me.
     
  9. iknowtheanswer macrumors newbie

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    I have used both of Apple's ethernet adapters without issue.

    The USB adapter has the advantage of leaving the lone Thunderbolt port available for other uses. That can be especially helpful during presentations if you need to connect to an HDTV and display live content.
     
  10. Boyd01 macrumors 68040

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    I have been very happy with the Inateck USB adapter. I get over 100 MB/s connecting to my Mac Mini running file sharing. Price is the same as the Apple Thunderbolt adapter but it doesn't hog the thunderbolt port and you even get 3 extra USB ports in the bargain. The Apple USB adapter is slow, it only uses USB 2.

    See this thread: http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1731986
     
  11. ssmed macrumors 6502

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    Several used

    I have had no problems with the TB ethernet adapters, using several different Apple adapters in several different computers (Airs and rMBPs). The only problem, if any is that they take a little longer to establish the connection compared to those that are 'live' in the computer.

    Using the Apple USB connector has little advantage over wireless in many situations as wireless can often match the speed. However, if there are many devices attached to the wireless hub, USB ethernet can still give better results.

    HTH
     
  12. Boyd01 macrumors 68040

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    I use an big external monitor extensively with my MBA. And, pretty much, the only time I would want ethernet is when the MBA is on my desk and connected to the monitor. Screen sharing is one of my uses for ethernet, and also something I want a big screen for.

    So a thunderbolt adapter really isn't a good solution for me. But everyone has their own needs and usage patterns.
     
  13. 2IS macrumors 68030

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    I have the USB adapter (Apple) and have used it with all the OSX versions starting with Snow Leopard and never had a issue with it. Not even with preview release Yosemite which is what I'm running now.
     
  14. shabaz6 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I purchased the Apple USB to Ethernet adapter, and I can confirm that I had no issues, nor did I need to install any drivers on my 2014 Air.

    Thanks
     
  15. Boyd01 macrumors 68040

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    The only problem with the Apple USB adapter is that it is USB 2, and therefore cannot get anywhere near gigabit ethernet speeds. If you just use it to browse the internet, it should be fine. But it you are using it on a local network with servers to copy files or share screens, it will be a big limitation IMO.
     
  16. NT1440 macrumors G4

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    I've deployed 8 MBA's with their included TB to Ethernet adapters this month, haven't had one problem. These models range from 2012-1014 manufacture dates.
     
  17. Saturn1217 macrumors 6502a

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    I bought the thunderbolt to ethernet adapter straight from apple. I use it pretty frequently for work. It works flawlessly with my current 2013 MBA (which is nearly identical to the 2014 version) so I don't think you should have any problems.

    I will say I did have serious issues using this same adapter with the 2012 MBA but I never figured out exactly what the issue was (gave the computer to my sister and she never uses an adapter).
     
  18. scaredpoet macrumors 604

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    For this, I ended up getting a Thunderbolt dock. Gives you ethernet, some USB3 ports, Firewire, and another thunderbolt port to connect an external monitor, all in one TB connection.
     
  19. iAppl3Fan macrumors 6502a

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    The apple thunderbolt to ethernet adaptor works just fine.
     
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  21. Ronnoco macrumors 68030

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    Been using the Anker USB 3.0 Gigabit Ethernet Adapter for about 6 months when connected to my 27" ACD and it's been flawless. Lightening speeds, no issues.
     
  22. molala macrumors 6502a

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    I use the Apple USB ethernet adapter. I only use it at work and it's plugged into one of several USB ports on a Dell 23" UHM monitor. Works very well. I'm obviously using the thunderbolt port for the external monitor so USB is the only choice.
     
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