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Works Great on my MacBook Air and Linux workstation
on June 21, 2011
This is a fantastic addition to a MacBook Air. I have the latest MacBook Air (as of June 2011) and wanted to add wired Ethernet. I considered buying the Apple USB Ethernet adapter, but stopped because it is 10/100 Mbps only. This Plugable adapter is 10/100/1000 Mbps. It's important to note that the USB 2.0 interface limits the maximum throughput to 480 Mbps max -- so gigabit speeds (1000 Mbps) will never be possible, although I've found the increased performance over 100 Mbps is definitely worth considering this over the Apple adapter.
I just tested some file transfers from my home server to my MacBook Air, and they transferred at 312 Mbps. Keep in mind, this particular test was possibly limited by something other than the raw network speed, however writing to the Air's SSD and reading from the server's disk were probably not limiting factors. This just demonstrates that this interface is much faster than the 100 Mbps maximum available with the Apple adapter.
I strongly value reliability and consistency, and although I've used this device for only a couple days it has worked flawlessly.
Installation was straightforward, but required a driver to be downloaded and installed. There was even a little adhesive tag on my adapter saying "Download the drivers from ..." This was a painless process both on the MacBook Air, and later on a Linux workstation that I tried this device on.
I am very impressed with this device and have no reservations in recommending it to others.