USB to Ethernet adapter.

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by stchman, Jul 16, 2012.

  1. stchman macrumors 6502a

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    Hello all.

    I just got my MBA and was wanting to know which is the least expensive Ethernet adapter.

    I realize that the Thunderbolt adapter for $29 that Apple sells is the best one, but $29 for something I will probably NEVER use....

    Also I was reading that MOST USB Ethernet adapters don't work OOB with OS X Lion, so does anyone have one that will.

    It doesn't have to be gigabit, 100Mb wilb be fine as I will just throw the thing in the bag and probably never use it.

    Thanks.
     
  2. oneMadRssn macrumors 68040

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    I have the Linksys USB300M, it works fine. I hear that people use the monoprice one just fine, and it's cheap.
     
  3. asting macrumors 6502

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  4. jamesnajera, Jul 16, 2012
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    jamesnajera macrumors 6502

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    USB2 to Ethernet will never get full 1000Mb/s, keep that in mind.

    Here is a cheap USB2 to Ethernet 10/100Mb/s for less than $7. I use this one and it requires no installation, just plugin and use (tested in lion and mountain lion).
    http://www.monoprice.com/products/p...=10311&cs_id=1031102&p_id=6150&seq=1&format=2

    Then there is a USB2 to Ethernet 10/100/1000Mb/s for just under $19. This one requires some type of driver installation, not sure if it works in mountain lion.
    http://www.monoprice.com/products/p...=10311&cs_id=1031102&p_id=5345&seq=1&format=2

    Also check out monoprice's thunderbolt to hdmi,dvi,display port and thunderbolt to vga adapter. Great prices.

    I went with the slower ethernet adapter because I figured I would wait till a USB3 to Ethernet 10/100/1000Mb/s adapter came out. That type of adapter will hit the full 1000Mb/s speed. Otherwise if you need a true 1000Mb/s Ethernet connection I recommend you get the Apple thunderbolt to Ethernet adapter, that will reach a true 1000Mb/s speed, just at the cost of the thunderbolt port.
     

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