MBA 2012 11" &*Apple USB to Fast Ethernet

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  1. meme1255 macrumors 6502

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    Does MBA 2012 11" &*Apple USB to Fast Ethernet work together? Please don't recommend Thunderbolt adapter, because that port is used by DP ->*VGA / DVI reduction :)
     
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    Yes
    You can use either adapter: the USB to Ethernet, or the Thunderbolt to Ethernet.
     
  3. MrGimper macrumors 601

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    I bought a similar adapter from amazon. Cost peanuts. Read the reviews tho as some need an additional driver download.
     
  4. meme1255 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks! If there was some cheap Thunderbolt hub, I'd recommend buying it ... But because AFAIK there's not one, only thing I could figure out as answer on question " How occasionally connect MBA both to wired network and external LCD?" was " Use USB to Ethernet ".

    100 Mbit is worse than 1Gbit, but 1Gbit would be much more CPU-demanding in USB edition, so it's understandable that it's only Fast Ethernet. 100 Mbit is still much more than 0 Mbit :)

    Thank you again.

    May I ask which one? I was thinking about original Apple one, as that one's function is guaranteed , but if there's cheaper and working solution...
     
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    This is the one I bought from UK Amazon. I've used it on my Air and now use it as a 2nd network interface on my iMac. Never had an issue and works really well.

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B008Y6SPN6/

    Edit: Here's the page to download the latest drivers

    ASIX USB3 Ethernet Drivers
     
  6. meme1255 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    That looks really good! How's it with CPU usage?

    Shipping from Amazon to Czech republic is too expensive and only few shops here offer it - only those without personal pickup -> I'd have to pay shipping that would make 1/4 of the adaptor price...

    But I've found this, and when I downloaded driver &*manual from manufactures's site... It's nothing else than AX88179/AX88178A :) :) ->*Same chipset, just OEM.
     
  7. MrGimper macrumors 601

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    Excellent... I think the chipset is quite popular and used in a number of products. TBH I didn't look at CPU usage on the Air. I use it on the iMac as a second adapter onto a separate "Media LAN" I set up at home. Running PS3 media server on the iMac and streaming 1080p to my PS3. Doesn't have any issues.
     
  8. smellalot macrumors 6502

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    Since you're from Czech Republic check out I-Tec. I think they make pretty good adapters and also USB 3.0 docking stations with DVI etc.

    http://www.i-tec.cz/?t=2&v=39&p=21
     
  9. meme1255 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    They use the same chipset. But thanks for that link, I might find some interesting "toy" :) .
     
  10. smellalot macrumors 6502

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    Yeah I thought so but also you might find one of the big docking stations more useful.
     
  11. meme1255 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I can't choose :D
    1) Ethernet only ( ~ 500 CZK ; 27,5 CZK = ~*1 €
    2) This one http://www.i-tec.cz/?t=3&v=337 (it costs 2750 CZK ) but usability is much better ...
    :confused: :D
     
  12. smellalot macrumors 6502

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    Sure they are much more expensive. But I don't know your situation. Maybe you'll find yourself buying a USB hub next week or you wish to connect two monitors in the future. All those adapters add up and it could make sense to buy the all-in-one solution. Also: only one cable to connect :)
     
  13. meme1255 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I'll probably buy only the USB <-> Ethernet adaptor and when'll need more I'll buy docking station – I'll always find some use for that adapter if I buy docking station ;)
     
  14. checkitout macrumors member

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    I don’t know what “cheap” means, but the Caldigit Thunderbolt hub works extremely well, provides a Thunderbolt out, as well as a Gigabit Ethernet, three USB 3.0, an HDMI out, and Audio, and is reasonably inexpensive. It is the closest thing the Mac world has to a docking station… If you have a Macbook, you want this.

    (Downside: It needs its own power. Upside: So it powers the USB and Thunderbolt ports… No current draw from the macbook.)
     

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