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Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter

by Apple
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (502 customer reviews) 36 answered questions


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  • Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter for Mac OS X v10.7.4 or later and MacBook Air with Thunderbolt
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Product Information

Technical Details
Part Number MD463ZM/A
Item Weight1 ounces
Product Dimensions8.3 x 2.4 x 0.8 inches
OriginUSA
Item model numberMD463ZM/A
ColorWhite
Item Package Quantity1
Special FeaturesMac Compatible
Usagepersonal
Batteries Included?No
Batteries Required?No
  
Additional Information
ASINB008ALA6DW
Best Sellers Rank
Shipping Weight1.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
ShippingCurrently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
Date First AvailableJune 12, 2012
  
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Product Description

Product Description

The Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter lets you easily connect 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. Compatible with OS X v10.7.4 or later; MacBook Air with Thunderbolt; MacBook Pro with Retina display.

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


Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
113 of 125 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Damn fast, but double check it for your MacBook Air July 22, 2012
Color Name:White
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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43 of 48 people found the following review helpful
Color Name:White
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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44 of 51 people found the following review helpful
Color Name:White
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very useful February 10, 2013
Color Name:White|Verified Purchase
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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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars works good November 30, 2012
Color Name:White|Verified Purchase
i found the thunderbolt to gigabit ethernet adapter practical when needed, works okay for what it is, although it's a bit over priced.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter February 19, 2014
By Froy
Color Name:White|Verified Purchase
I bought this for my NUC-DC3217BY. It has no RJ-45 port and I've been using it with a intel mini PCIe Wifi adapter. It has a thunderbolt port so I took a chance and got this adapter. I could not not find out who makes the chipset so I started downloading drivers for NIC. Luckily I started with Broadcom. On the second try I found out that the driver for Netlink 57xx chipset 5781, 5786, 5787, 5788,5789 works fine for Windows 7 though it says driver for Windows Vista. So those who wants to use their thunderbolt port on intel NUC's for gigabit ethernet in Windows 7, this adapter will work fine. I am now getting gigabit speed fot my NUC. I was initially going to get a USB adapter but the Intel NUC has only 3 USB port and they are USB 2.0. Did not have USB port to spare.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Works fine June 24, 2013
Color Name:White|Verified Purchase
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Thought Apple would be better than generic--WRONG August 9, 2014
By glenk
Color Name:White
This is brand new, but keeps losing ethernet internet connection to my Apple laptop. I check all connections and they were good. Then I noticed that if the cable between the thunderbolt side and ethernet side of this adaptor is just mildly bent or straightened from it's current position, it will lose or re-gain internet connection. This happens quite frequently. If it needed to be rigid (I can't understand why that would be), it should have been made that way. Looks from these reviews, I'm not the only one with this experience.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Thunderbolt to Ethernet adapter essential connectors in your...
These adapters don't come cheap but you will need them to complete your networking kit! You only have so many ethernet ports and this gives you another one!
Published 23 hours ago by Paul R. Fontenot
5.0 out of 5 stars it has good quality and function
it has good quality and function. i think i need it . it is one of my favorite apple item.
Published 1 day ago by Jinlong Lin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
All good
Published 2 days ago by Cliente Amazon
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Works perfectly
Published 3 days ago by Justin Coleman
5.0 out of 5 stars Works great.
Working perfectly on my Macbook Pro 13" retina. Plug, play, smile.
Published 3 days ago by Darell Dickey
5.0 out of 5 stars Faster than your mama making breakfast on Saturday
it's fast. Real fast. Transferring between this and my thunderbolt drive has made hours of streaming sooo enjoyable. Highly recommend this. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Bill Bachman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Another great Apple product. Only complaint, expensive, but thats apple...
Published 4 days ago by Adepino
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a quality product up to typically excellent Apple standards
Still working perfectly after many months. I use this for work on my MacAir, so it's often connected and disconnected since I use it at different network locations. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Bkjet
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Worked well with my MacBook Pro with Retina Display.
Published 6 days ago by Manolo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very nice, works well.
Published 6 days ago by Kovacic
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