USB to Ethernet Adapter Recommendation

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by docgerrard, Aug 31, 2011.

  1. docgerrard macrumors 6502

    Jul 21, 2011
  2. DESNOS macrumors 6502

    Aug 24, 2011
    Well, if you get it from Apple, you know they'll stand behind their product as they always do, so that's a plus. It's the reason I usually prefer to buy Apple products. The more of them you have, the more Apple's top notch customer support can do to help you if you have troubles. If you need it for business, I'd say it's the safe buy. No point in taking risks.
  3. jpl6 macrumors member

    Aug 1, 2011
    I use the Apple ethernet adapter. Haven't had any problems yet.
  4. ZipZap macrumors 603

    Dec 14, 2007
    I use the monoprice gigabit. Works fine with lion as long as you install the most recent driver.

    Plenty of other cheaper ones work as well.

    $30 from apple is simply a rip off.
  5. TheRealDamager macrumors 65816

    Jan 5, 2011
    I've bought cheaper ones and now 2 of the Apple ones. If you want to be constantly futzing with drivers, etc - then save $10 and get a cheaper one. But I highly recommend just buying the Apple one - it just works.
  6. ZBoater macrumors G3


    Jul 2, 2007
    Sunny Florida
    +1 for the Apple one. You plug it in, it just works. Plus its white and matches the charger. Just in case that kinda stuff is important to you. You know, being color coordinated and all... :cool:
  7. sloan47 macrumors member

    Aug 3, 2011
    I had one from monoprice and it gave me nothing but problems. The Apple one works and it works consistently.
  8. richpjr macrumors 68030


    May 9, 2006
    Go for the Apple and don't worry - though Monoprice usually has very good stuff.
  9. bravens52 macrumors regular

    Jul 16, 2009
    i also just bought the monoprice usb adapter .. is there a site i can download the driver for i.. i cant use the cd since the macboor air doesnt come with it
  10. weckart macrumors 601

    Nov 7, 2004
    That's really not true at all. Apple will cast your purchase adrift as soon as it is deemed obsolete without a second glance.
  11. bravens52 macrumors regular

    Jul 16, 2009
    where do you get the most recent driver?
  12. Tzuten macrumors 6502

    Sep 20, 2011
    Currently I'm in China on a business trip and I purchased a USB ethernet adapter for 3 USD. Plug and play no driver needed.. If it burns out. So be it.

    Additionally I purchased a smaller version of the airport express portable wireless router for 12 USD! Been using both for the past 2 weeks no hiccups.

    I'll try to post later the vendor name and website you can order. But I see 3 vs 29 dollars and 12 vs 99 dollars a risk I'd take. I'd just suggest doing a little research and checking out vendors online. While Apple products are quality, there are some deals to be had.
  13. macneubie macrumors regular

    Aug 8, 2011
    if the PRC adapter burns out no big deal, the concern is if the USB gets busted (requiring logic board replacement) as a result then is penny wise pound foolish.
  14. JTravers macrumors 6502a

    Jun 28, 2010
  15. GrendelsBane macrumors newbie

    Jun 1, 2011
    There is no choice. Get the Apple adaptor.
    I originally bought a cheaper one, can't remember the brand. I couldn't get it to work. Took it back and got the Apple one... worked straight away with no setup or fiddling required.
  16. blulite macrumors newbie

    Jul 2, 2011
  17. Queen6 macrumors 604


    Dec 11, 2008
    Land of the Unexpected
    I tend to agree I lived and worked in PRC for several years, and you can get the very best of quality to the absolute lowest. With the no name stuff you have to be very careful as it may work fine in the short term in the longterm it may fail and potentially cause damage.

    I am certainly not in the camp of all that is manufactured in the PRC is junk, it`s not, and some very elitest brands go to great lengths to conceal the origin of their product, I know from personal experience you can get tremendous deals, however you need to be careful...
  18. billy12 macrumors member

    Apr 16, 2008
  19. TheRealDamager macrumors 65816

    Jan 5, 2011
  20. rayjay86 macrumors 6502

    May 15, 2011
    Do you notice a substantial difference with the USB adapter or is this just for times when wifi is not available (which is very rare these days)?

    If so I'd be interested in looking into it since I download a lot and a substantial increase in speed from a wired connection would be great. If the speed improvement is only modest I will probably save my $30...
  21. deeddawg macrumors 604

    Jun 14, 2010
    Unless you have a 100Mbps internet connection or better, you should likely see no significant difference; your internet connection will be the bottleneck not your wifi. Where hardwired ethernet beats wifi is generally either in accessing a fileserver or NAS on your LAN, or if no wifi available. It's also handy for configuring devices such as a router if you have no other computer available with hardwired ethernet.
  22. buddybd macrumors 6502

    Jul 28, 2011
    I use this one too. And its not too big. If you're ok with carrying a charger around then this shouldn't be much of a problem either.

    I always have it with me in my carrying case along with the charger.
  23. billy12 macrumors member

    Apr 16, 2008
    It is bigger for sure, but it's not as bad as it looks. Plus you get a USB hub as well. I take it when I travel, and I don't find it to be a problem.
  24. psxp macrumors regular

    Jan 8, 2008
    yeah, like you say, very handy for copying LARGE files from macbook air to the NAS or another machine over gigabyte lan
  25. Daveoc64 macrumors 601

    Jan 16, 2008
    Bristol, UK
    You'd probably see a benefit if you have 30mbps+ internet and an 802.11g network (or an 802.11n network where the signal isn't great).

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