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I am running the 2011 Macbook Air which has a Thunderbolt port. It's running OS X v10.7.4 which is the latest and required. I also did a software update check and it found the update required for the Thunderbolt adapter to work. Pretty easy setup.
But who bought this to use on the Mac side anyways!
Here's how it went down on Windows 8 32bit Consumer preview. The same will apply to Windows 7 32bit users also. In order for the device to be found, you must have it plugged into the Thunderbolt port, then turn on your computer. I found no matter what I did, unless it booted with it plugged in, it would not work. The drivers will not auto install nor are they available from Windows Update. You must download them from Broadcom. Google "broadcom driver windows netxtreme desktop" and it is the first link since it cannot be posted here.
I used the Windows 7 drivers and they worked for Windows 8. Just go into device manager and update the driver that way, selecting the file you just downloaded.
Very simple process. Remember to have it plugged in before you boot into Windows. Also an FYI, the adapter gets surprisingly very warm to the touch.
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Initial post: Jun 22, 2012 6:42:41 PM PDT
How is the speed? Do file transfers reach gigabit speeds?
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 22, 2012 8:07:24 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 22, 2012 8:10:42 PM PDT
No consumer devices will truly reach Gigabit speeds as there are numerous factors that prevent it from ever happening. Mainly hard drive read/writes. Anywho, it did copy my files noticeably faster than the USB adapter I previously had.
Also, doing a Speedtest from the internet, it was 10% faster than my $3k custom built desktop.... Which once again, numerous factors go into why that's the case. It's a Asus Rampage IV Extreme Motherboard using built-in Intel Gigabit ethernet.
I love not having it take up a USB port which in itself is worth the price.
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