Thunderbolt Adapter & 17" MBP Questions!

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

  1. Bazzy macrumors regular

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    Hi,

    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

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    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

    Altemose

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    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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