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78 of 80 people found the following review helpful
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.
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
on September 30, 2010
This device worked out of the box. Windows Vista recognized it automatically without using the install CD. Less than 30 days later the device quit working. Vista no longer recognizes the USB device. Initially I couldn't contact Plugable via their website as they were having hosting issues. Plugable made contact with me via email and sent me a replacement adapter, without waiting for the defective adapter to be returned. The replacement device is working properly. I definitely would buy another product from Plugable based on my positive experience with the replacement.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on September 2, 2011
This is the perfect companion to my new Macbook Air. It is significant;y faster than the Apple 100Mbps adapter. No, you don't get full gigabit speed from a USB2.0 device but it's way better than 100Mbps.

It seems to max out on my air at about 38.2MB/s when pulling files from my NAS.

The ONLY downside is you have to install a driver from the manufactures website to make it work, but the driver works perfect in Lion once installed!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on October 8, 2010
It is easy to install, simply plug it into the USB device and let system find it; works very well with windows xp, vista, and windows 7. It is highly reliable, fast, and cool.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on January 13, 2012
Works wonderful on windows 7;
you will get full connection speed. which mine was 3mb sec.
The devise does not get warm, and nice little neat device.

thank you
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on June 29, 2012
I recently got a Dell XPS 13 ultrabook and needed an ethernet port for work. This product was truly plug and play. I was connected to the internet instantly.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on June 1, 2012
This adapter resolved my problem when my WIN 7 64-bit laptop's Ethernet port got zapped by lightning and quit working. I tried to simply use an Ethernet-to-USB connector but did not work. This device, which required a driver (included) got the job done, but only after numerous attempts at loading driver and installing adapter. Enclosed directions and online guide from Plugable could be clearer, particularly for non-geeks like me. I had to disable my Ethernet port in Control Panel for it to work - a solution I stumbled onto. Directions should have instructed me accordingly.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on February 25, 2011
Note: This is a complete revision from my earlier 1 star review.

The installation mini-CD has outdated drivers but the drivers on Plugable's site worked in all four of my laptops albeit using two distinct installation methods. The EXE driver installation was successful on two laptops but failed on the other two. However, installation on these two laptop was successful using the "hardware firet" method and pointing to the downloaded drivers.

Once installed the adapters worked flawlessly. Plugable support was tireless and committed to resolving my issues and they did.

Full disclosure: I worked with the president of Plugable in resolving this issue and was thanked for my efforts by the unsolicited gift of three adapters. Since the adapters work fine once installation is figured out, these gifts had no effect on either my new review or the updating of my old review. Potential buyers should have full information in any case from previous buyers.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on February 5, 2012
Works great connecting to my router at 1Gbps. My transfer speeds to my network hard drive are around 20MBps now, limited only by actual hard drive transfer speed.

Running this on Windows 7 64-bit. Driver would not automatically download. I had to find the driver online:
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 17, 2013
I picked up a Surface Pro, which has no Ethernet port on it. This USB Ethernet adapter works great and you can't beat the price! No drivers were necessary for Windows 8 Pro, just plug it in, and a few seconds later you have network access. One item I would note to folks is USB2 has an effective throughput of about 35MB/sec, which translates to roughly 280Mbits/sec. That means that you might get higher than 100Mbit/sec performance, but you will definitely not get full gigabit performance. For that, you might need to look for a USB3 adapter.
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