MacBook Air 11.6 and USB ethernet adapter ?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by canofbeens, Oct 26, 2010.

  1. canofbeens macrumors newbie

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    I am considering making the switch from PC to Mac, the desktop switch is easy, I would simply replace my Dell with an iMac, but I also need a portable computer to replace my netbook. I will be using it for Internet access, a lot of which will be via Ethernet, has anyone had any experience/problems using a USB ethernet adapter with the entry level MacBook Air 11.6 ?

    Thanks for your time.
     
  2. WardC macrumors 68030

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    You could always purchase an AirPort express to connect to your ethernet, that way you will have wireless access anywhere for your MacBook Air.
     
  3. canofbeens thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks, I just went and had a look at the Airport Express on the Apple site, but unfortunately it will add more weight and space in my already crammed backpack, and I need to plug directly into the network for what I do, so the USB adapter is really my only option. However, the Airport Express will solve another problem that I had, so thanks for your advice.
     
  4. elwood58 macrumors member

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    Ethernet Adapter

    I use the USB Ethernet Adapter on my 11.6 MBA. I have Bootcamp loaded, and have used it in both OSX and Windows 7.
     
  5. canofbeens thread starter macrumors newbie

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    That is great news, thanks for your reply, could you tell me which adapter you are using, is it the Apple USB to Ethernet adapter ?, and what speeds are you getting ? 10 Mbps, 100 Mbps ?

    Thanks.
     
  6. YMark macrumors 6502a

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    Don't purchase that adapter from Apple, they're a ripoff. Get one from Monoprice.com.
     
  7. canofbeens thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the tip, bookmarked. I don’t mind paying a higher price for a USB to Ethernet adapter as long as I get the 100 Mbps speed, that's my only concern. I read that someone with a 2009 MacBook Air was using a USB to Ethernet adapter on a 100 Mbps network but only getting 10 Mbps. Unfortunately I read the article last year and I cannot remember which adapter they were using.
     

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