no Ethernet in 2012 MBP? bad move

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by PracticalMac, Jun 11, 2012.

  1. PracticalMac, Jun 11, 2012
    Last edited: Jun 12, 2012

    PracticalMac macrumors 68030


    Jan 22, 2009
    Houston, TX
    Too many businesses insist on Ethernet for security reasons.
    WiFi still far slower then Gigabit Ethernet.

    MBA is fine because it is designed for size (not meant for significant projects), but on a Pro machine?

    Forcing one to get (buy) a dongle to use a industry wide standard and expected connection on a business/pro level machine is bad practice.
    This is not about pushing advanced technology, its about supporting technology that is still top of line and ubiquitous.

    Dongles are also bad practice in industry, used only for very specific, limited reasons. They can get damaged, lost, stolen. Worse is damage to the Thunderbolt port itself. Remember why Apple went with MagSafe power connection?
  2. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    then get the updated pro:rolleyes:

    the only one with no ethernet is the retina model and that has dongles for ethernet
  3. mac jones macrumors 68040

    Apr 6, 2006
    It's not really a pro but a hybrid Air/Pro apparently.
  4. KylePowers macrumors 68000


    Mar 5, 2011
    Honest question - What businesses/companies do people work for that they'd notice the difference in speed between WiFi and ethernet? What would you actually be doing that would make the difference apparent?
  5. Havok83 macrumors regular

    May 12, 2012
    You do realize that ethernet is still an option for ALL MBPs? Thats what an adapter is for....
  6. beamer8912 macrumors 65816

    May 30, 2009
    Use the adapter
  7. PracticalMac thread starter macrumors 68030


    Jan 22, 2009
    Houston, TX
    AKA MacBook. ;)

    Video editors?
    3D models?
  8. m85476585 macrumors 65816

    Feb 26, 2008
    I wonder if the HDMI port supports ethernet. That would be nice because it would mean cheap adapters are possible. Otherwise I need to get a Thunderbolt ethernet adapter that costs who knows how much, and I need to keep track of it just for those rare inopportune times when there's no wifi.
  9. KylePowers macrumors 68000


    Mar 5, 2011
    I'm not too familiar with what they do (aside from the obvious implication of their titles). So you're saying their files are all stored remotely or something? I was under the impression it was all done on a computer, no internet connection really required?
  10. fisherking macrumors 603


    Jul 16, 2010
    ny somewhere
    thunderbolt port and an adapter cable for either firewire 800, or gigabyte ethernet.

    so all is well....(or well enough) :D
  11. guzhogi macrumors 68030


    Aug 31, 2003
    Wherever my feet take me…
    The only time I really need to use ethernet is for work (I'm an IT guy for a school. When we get new computers or a computer crashed & I need to wipe the hard drive, I just boot off a Netboot server and put y school's appropriate software on. Unfortunately, or Netboot system doesn't support Wi-fi. Fortunately, there's going to be adaptors. Probably $69 adaptors or something, but adaptors nonetheless.


    May have a NAS on the local network, not necessarily on the internet.
  12. KylePowers macrumors 68000


    Mar 5, 2011
    Sorry, that's what I meant... some type of network connection. Hmm, well interesting. Looks like people will have to go with the regular MBPs or get a Thunderbolt or USB 3.0 ethernet adapter.

    It's a good thing though. Once more companies nix ethernet, it'll force networking companies to pump out faster wireless and more secure routers. They'll stay relatively stagnant if no one pushes them, because there's really no profitable reason to push the boundaries.
  13. salmoally macrumors regular

    Jan 26, 2012
    Buy the normal MBP, ill be enjoying my thin retina MBP and use a dongle if (read never) required.
  14. TechieGeek macrumors member

    Mar 12, 2012
    I bet you could get one for under $10 on eBay...

    It's just wire. You don't need to get the Apple branded one that costs 5x more than it costs to build.
  15. Adamantoise macrumors 6502a

    Aug 1, 2011
    Honestly they really should have just included it. It costs next to nothing, but I guess they wanted it as thin as possible.

    I wonder how much that accessory will cost, probably $30 to $50 ... Lol. Apple gonna Apple.


    Lord have mercy.

    HDMI support Ethernet? Lol, just ... Lol. You guys are killing me here.
  16. jamesryanbell macrumors 68020


    Mar 17, 2009
    It SEEEMS old to have an ethernet port. Everything else is immediately second rate. Use wifi, make it secure.
  17. apolloa macrumors G4

    Oct 21, 2008
    Time, because it rules EVERYTHING!
    I'll tell you something that is bad, they appear to have not updated the Mac pro in anyway at all:

    !!! oh dear.... I can hear the Pro's running to Windows....

    As for ethernet, yeah it is VERY poor that they dropped it from a machine costing so much and then failed to include 802.11 AC wireless! That is what they should have done. But we will need to see how much the adapters are I guess.
  18. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    This is the direction that Apple is moving in anyways. It's more of an admission of failure to make inroads into the enterprise than anything else. Consumers usually just don't need an ethernet port.
  19. Martialis macrumors member

    Jun 11, 2012
    Seriously? Anything involving collaborating on very large files. :rolleyes:
  20. Ap0ks macrumors 6502

    Aug 12, 2008
    Cambridge, UK
    Go check the 1.4 spec before you laugh too hard (it has a 100Mb ethernet channel) ;)
  21. rdrr macrumors 6502a


    Nov 20, 2003
    Large file transfers to a server. Basic sysadmin work.

    Setting up Lights Out Server controls with a cat 5 cable. No servers I know of have wireless in the datacenter.
  22. Adamantoise macrumors 6502a

    Aug 1, 2011
    Whoa, I didn't know that!

    Still, 100Mb is pathetic in today's data heavy world ... It's a shame they didn't have the foresight to put in gigabit.
  23. wesk702 macrumors 68000


    Jul 7, 2007
    The hood
    Good point. Unless you work for rapidshare I don't really see the point.
  24. pragmatous macrumors 65816

    May 23, 2012
    The dongle will be faster than an actual port because it's going thru a 10gb bus.

  25. theluggage, Jun 11, 2012
    Last edited: Jun 11, 2012

    theluggage macrumors 68040

    Jul 29, 2011
    If you're only using WiFi to hook up to the Internet then its probably faster than your broadband connection, so that's fine. If you actually start file-sharing between machines, then its really not that fast at all, unless you've got a cutting-edge WiFi router and no interference. Neither 300Mbps WiFi or 1Gbps Ethernet actually gives you anything like that speed in practice, but I'd rather have half of 1000 than half of 300 thank you.

    Easy: Working with files over a network for sharing or backup. At home I have 2 or 3 systems hooked up with Gigabit, used for Time Machine backups (faster is better) or, when I bring my work machine home, I just plug it in and mount it over the network from my home machine and work on the files, rather than juggle displays and keyboards.

    At work, they only have 100Mbps Ethernet, but even that's faster than the WiFi there.

    As for the new MacBook Pro - if the Thunderbolt-to-Ethernet dongle isn't too overpriced (Edit: $30), its a solution, esp. considering that there are now 2 Thunderbolt ports and HDMI and 3 USB3 ports. On an old MBP with 2xUSB2 (not fast enough for 1Gbps and hard on the CPU) and only 1 Thunderbolt (which doubles as the only display output) it would have been a deal breaker.

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