Thunderbolt Adapter & 17" MBP Questions!

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Bazzy, Oct 17, 2014.

  1. Bazzy macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2009

    Forgive the noob question but I have a Late 2011 17" Macbook Pro which has an Ethernet and/Firwire800(?) port & I have noticed even when connected directly to my Time Capsule via a Cat5e cable the transfer rate is woefully slow.

    I have seen the Apple Thunderbolt to Ethernet Adapter Cable & was wondering if I connect this to the Thunderbolt port & then connect a Cat5e cable from it to the Time Capsule, will it improve the data transfer speeds over just using the Cat5e Cable between the Firewire port on my mac & the Time Capsule?

    Any other way I can improve data transfer speeds on my Mac - unfortunately the USB ports are 2.0.

    Many Thanks!
  2. satinsilverem2 macrumors 6502a


    Nov 12, 2013
    Richmond, VA
    More than likely no. In my past experience the bottleneck is the TC itself. changing the ethernet interfaces will have no benefits.
  3. Altemose macrumors G3


    Mar 26, 2013
    Elkton, Maryland
    No. The Thunderbolt to Ethernet adapter is Gigabit, which is exactly the same speed as the regular Ethernet port on your MBP. The Time Capsule rarely achieves more than 30 - 40 MB/s.

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