Need Ethernet port for Macbook 12

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by brentsg, Apr 14, 2017.

  1. brentsg macrumors 68040

    Oct 15, 2008
    I see that there are several USB-C to Ethernet adapters, but since we only have 1 port that doesn't allow for power. I own the official Apple dongle with HDMI, USB3, and USB-C for power.. Can anyone recommend a USB3 to Ethernet adapter that I can plug into this, or something to achieve my goal?

    I had a generic USB3 to Ethernet dongle here already but it doesn't work.
  2. paulopadopa macrumors regular

    Jun 13, 2012
    If the USB to Ethernet isn't working it might need a driver. Check the many games threes website. I just got one from ugreen and it needed one. Works great now.
  3. brentsg thread starter macrumors 68040

    Oct 15, 2008
    Well I just happened to have one on hand that's branded for Nintendo Switch by Hori. I was hoping it would work driverless, but nope.

    Anyone use the official Apple model?
  4. BeatCrazy macrumors 65816

    Jul 20, 2011
    Yes, I have. Works great. Only 10/100Mbps, but plenty fast for me.
  5. boltjames macrumors 601


    May 2, 2010

    I use this product and it's excellent. Not only do you get fast ethernet hard-wired through the USB port but it also serves as a wi-fi router meaning you can share the internet connection with your other devices. This gum-sized product sends out a wireless signal, your other devices will see it as a wi-fi connection.

    For me, I'm in Asia 6x a year, most times the ethernet internet is faster and more reliable than the wi-fi is. By plugging this one lightweight dongle into my 12" RMB and the hotel's ethernet cable I can immediately get my iPhone and iPad on the internet without having to enter userid's and passwords each time, it's a private wi-fi network, big time saver.

  6. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    I use an Inatech combo USB hub/Ethernet port for when I need a wired connection. The odd thing is that it doesn't work with the custom driver from Inatech but does work with the raw driver from the actual manufacturer. I just need to reinstall the driver with every Sierra update since the base driver must be overwriting a system file.
  7. brentsg thread starter macrumors 68040

    Oct 15, 2008
    Darn, looks like it pretty much doesn't exist anymore. Looks neat.
  8. Quddy, Apr 26, 2017
    Last edited: Apr 27, 2017

    Quddy macrumors member

    Jul 26, 2016
    When I bought my Macbook last year I chose to purchase the j5create multi-adapter instead of the official Apple one. More ports, more versatility, and cheaper so win-win. Has been working perfectly all this time including with Windows 10.

    I only use it at home, kind of like a docking station to use the Macbook as a desktop:
    - USB Type-C: plug into mains
    - HDMI: external 1080p monitor (with sound, haven't tested 4K but it supports at 30Hz officially)
    - Gigabit ethernet
    - USB port 1: USB 3.0 external HDD
    - USB port 2: USB 2.0 hub (adapter for wireless mouse, adapter for wireless keyboard, and USB pen drives)

    Maybe an option if you are willing to replace the Apple dongle or use both. I bought it in Singapore so I'm not sure if it's available where you are. There are probably alternatives.

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