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Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter

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Product Description

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Product Description

Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter MD463ZM/A Network Adapters - Wired

From the Manufacturer

The Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter lets you easily connect your MacBook Air or MacBook Pro with Retina display to a high-performance Gigabit Ethernet network. Small and compact, it connects to the Thunderbolt port on your Mac computer and provides an RJ-45 port that supports 10/100/1000BASE-T networks.

Thunderbolt Gigabit

Requires a Mac with a Thunderbolt port running OS X v10.7.4 or later.

What's in the Box

Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter with built-in Thunderbolt cable


Product Information

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Technical Details
Part Number MD463ZM/A
Item Weight1 ounces
Product Dimensions8.3 x 2.4 x 0.8 inches
OriginUSA
Item model numberMD463ZM/A
Size6.1in l x 2.5in w x 1in h
ColorWhite
Item Package Quantity1
Special FeaturesMac Compatible
Usagepersonal
Batteries Included?No
Batteries Required?No
  
Additional Information
ASINB008ALA6DW
Best Sellers Rank
Shipping Weight1.4 ounces
Domestic Shipping Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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Date First AvailableJune 12, 2012
  
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139 of 154 people found the following review helpful By M. Schaffer on July 22, 2012
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Granted, this product is nice but I'd advise anyone to think twice about their needs before purchasing. I realized after I got it that a MacBook Air can only take one thunderbolt adapter. And the reason I usually need an adapter is because I'm at a conference podium where the wifi isn't usable. You can't use both this and a display port adapter at the same time so I had to also get a USB adapter.

This adapter is super fast so I plan to keep it for any time I need to do big transfers. But definitely consider your needs a bit more carefully than I did.
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65 of 73 people found the following review helpful By A. Berke on January 23, 2013
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I use this cable with my 15" MacBook Pro with Retina display, which has two Thunderbolt ports. I am in a University setting where I get pervasive wireless coverage, but I prefer the hard-wired connection's speed, the constant connectivity, and the ability to access networked drives. It is expensive but I very happy with its performance.

Things I really like about this connector:
1. It makes a fast connection. The speed of the data transfer through the connector is a bit hard to gauge in a 'normal' setting since I get almost 100 Mbps on my connection (thus I am not sure I would notice if the connection was slowed some due to the connector).
2. The connector is easy to use and mostly unobtrusive (see below). I am able to plug it in and nearly instantaneously have an internet connection. In addition, my internet connection is up and running as soon as I wake my computer up, which is not always the case with my wireless connection. I am particularly pleased with this re-connection speed.

I do wish they would have used a slightly more flexible cable though. The cable that connects the computer side (the Thunderbolt connection) and the internet connection (the ethernet connection) side is fairly stiff and it unfortunately does not bend out of the way of other cables very easily. It does not interfere with the power cord at all (that connector is quite small), but if I plug in another thunderbolt connector in the real estate on the left side of my desk gets crowded.

A couple other things I have noticed, but that have not yet caused me any problems. The ethernet connection side gets warm during use, though not hot. Also, as other reviewers have pointed out, there is some wiggle room in my Thunderbolt port.
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59 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Navarro Parker on November 25, 2012
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I have a MacBook Air that I needed to connect to a wired network *and* use my Thunderbolt RAID. I thought I was out of luck. Turns out you can plug this adaptor into the end of your Thunderbolt daisy chain so you get both Ethernet and Thunderbolt connection at the same time! It doesn't have to be directly connected to your Mac. Just make sure your Thunderbolt drive has two plugs so you can daisy chain it.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Ma on February 10, 2013
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Gets the job done if you need to do transfers of large files, as the gigabit speeds are much better than you can get over even the fastest wifi.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Anonymous on June 24, 2013
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So far so good. I rather think that this should be part of the macbook instead of having to carry so many adapters. Thin and slim. You win some, you lose some.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dylon on February 12, 2014
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It works great with my Macbook Air. There is no ethernet port on my Macbook Air and I had to find a way to use it. I didn't choose USB to ethernet adapter since there are only two USB ports on the computer and I sometimes use two USB devises. The thunderbolt to ethernet adapter works great. No complains.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By H Peterson on June 22, 2012
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I am using the adapter on my 2011 Mac Mini as an additional network interface. I have a Synology 5 bay DS1511 NAS with two network interfaces and I wanted to use the TB ethernet adapter to connect as a private channel to the second NAS net interface. This all works as expected. I have an SSD as my main drive in the Mac Mini and have a 5 disk raid 5 on the NAS. I set the MTU for the NAS and the TB adapter at 9000. On transfer tests for large files I am seeing 118 MB/s peak / 110 MB/s average download speeds and 112 MB/s peak / 100 MB/s average upload speeds. This in the range of what I would expect on a 1Gbps ethernet.

I also got the adapter working booting into Windows 7 x64 with the Broadcom drivers. Similar speeds.

Basically everything works as expected (5 stars), however (-1 star) ...

My Mac Mini no longer stays in sleep mode. This is a known problem with this adapter - Apple's solution - don't use the adapter on the Mac Mini - use the built in ethernet port. I am not happy about this and hope Apple fixes this with software in the future. I really like having two ethernet ports but don't think I can go without the ability to put my Mac to sleep.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By B. B. on December 2, 2014
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Useless if running Windows on a Macbook pro. The Windows driver for this adapter has a terrible flaw. If disconnected, you will need to reboot the computer for this adapter to be recognized again. There is no hot swap feature/
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