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Apple - Thunderbolt-to-Gigabit Ethernet Adapter - White

Connect your Thunderbolt-equipped Mac to a high-performance 10/100/1000Base-T network with this Apple® MD463ZM/A Thunderbolt-to-Gigabit Ethernet adapter that features a built-in cable for simple setup.
$29.99

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    • Apple® Thunderbolt-to-Gigabit Ethernet Adapter

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1714 out of 1766)

    Features


    Compatible with most Thunderbolt-equipped Mac computers

    Featuring an OS X v10.7.4 or later operating system for wide-ranging use.

    Connects to a high-performance Gigabit Ethernet network

    Through your Mac's Thunderbolt port. Integrated RJ-45 Ethernet port supports 10/100/1000Base-T networks.

    Built-in Thunderbolt cable

    Offers simple setup.

    Compact design

    Allows easy portability.

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    Customer rating

    Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 1766 reviews

    97%
    would recommend to a friend

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    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Performs fine but, really, Apply?

      Posted
      Justin
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      This adapter does what it says it does: lets you use wired ethernet with your MacBook. If that were the only aspect of this review, I'd give it a 5. Does what it says with no hassles. But there's two questions, both directed at Apple: 1) Why is this product even necessary? 2) Why does it cost $30? The rest of this review will mostly be a rant, just to warn. Other laptop makers have managed to make thin laptops with built-in ethernet ports, so it seems Apple isn't trying very hard or they just really want some extra cash. This thing can't cost more than $1 to make, $2 if you count the fancy box. Why is it $30? Oh, because Apple wants to sock to all us poor suckers who use "legacy connections." I have one of these in my office. I was out on a business trip and had to use a hardwire connection for a specialized purpose (connect to special hardware). I didn't have my adapter with me so I got to buy another one. Company paid for it but....$30 to forget an accessory that should never have been necessary? It's like Apple thinks we're back in the early 2000s video game era, where a the console alone wasn't enough. You needed to pony up $30 for a memory card, $50 for a second controller, and then another $40 for the component video cables if you wanted quality/HD output. Built-in hard drives and HDMI saved us there but Apple seems intent on regressing to the old days. So much for progress.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      What can I say, its an ethernet adapter, it works

      Posted
      Corpsman09355
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

      So, for my macbook air, I have the mid '12 model that only had 802.11n speeds, where as the next years model came with the 802.11ac speeds. I did the aircard swap with no problems, and with it came the ability to unlock my macbook with my apple watch which was annoyingly useful. Never had a problem the OS picked up the new card and ran without a single thought or issue except for one....if you ever need to boot into recovery with internet support or do a full on hardware test...something is missing that allows the mac to use the new aircard and it may not and in some cases does not allow you to boot under those circumstances with wifi support. SOOOoo...the way to get around this is to buy this handy little ethernet adapter and the macbook will boot into recovery internet and run a full hardware test from the ethernet adapter vs wifi aircard. We'll worth the effort, easy fix. Bonus...even though I can clock 50mps on the 802.11ac speeds...it does vary somewhat and as you increase distance from the router. Ethernet, wired, obviously much faster, but surprisingly, when both ethernet and wifi are enabled, it seems to mimo utilize both connections to mass move hundreds of gigabytes vs solelywired or solely wifi...which is nice and very fast.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      must-have

      Posted
      DoctorK
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      I love this item but even for a simple item I have some concerns- I am currently learning how to make the most of my 2 Macbook Pros and how to use computers full potentional- -hardwiring is worth it for internet performance. however, I also want to use external displays. I am moving to connect 2 external displays for maximum space. It appears I will need both thunderbolt ports to connect to displays. So using the thunderbolt port for ethernet reduces the possibility of 2 external displays down to 1. -I have been using a less expensive USB/ethernet adapter from Anker that also has 3 USB ports as well. It has worked and tested well. I have been using it with Service Electric 25/5mbps, Verizon FiOS 100/100mbps, FiOS gigabyte( 940/880mbps) plans and all three have tested at the pretty much the same speed with either the official Apple thunderbolt-ethernet and Anker USB-ethernet adapters. ....so I'm wondering if I need to be loyal to official Apple adapters and their increased cost.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Product works, but not how you might think...

      Posted
      Wilsn07
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      As far as the product goes, this adapter works just fine. Buy one if you need one. But I asked someone as Best Buy specifically if this one adapter would suit my Ethernet needs and she told me yes. I directly asked, "Will I be able to directly plug an ethernet cable into this adapter and use it on my new MacBook Pro?" Again, she told me yes. She was wrong. What this adapter is — had I done the appropriate research instead of consulting Best Buy employees — is an adapter FOR the adapter that worked on the old MacBook Pros. In other words, if you had the old Thunderbolt adapter for ethernet for the old models, you need this adapter for that adapter to work. I did not have the old adapter, so now I bought this one and had no use for it until I bought the older Thunderbolt. No doubt frustrating. Hopefully someone looking to buy this reads this review and saves themselves the disappointment of not getting what they thought. Buy both if you don't already have them.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Less is not better Apple. Should've came w/rMBP

      Posted
      vespa55
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member
      • Top 500 ContributorTop 500 Contributor

      Every year, Apple makes decisions in a "we know what's best for you" approach. First, they solder the RAM onto their Macbook motherboards. Then they eliminate the need for a SuperDrive and Ethernet connection (as if to say "BUT, you have a Retina display!"). I may not be the most tech savvy person in the world, but I know that wired connection is always more reliable (and at times, faster) than Wifi. Why I have to spend another $30 for a dongle after shelling out $1500+ on a Macbook Pro w/Retina display is unfortunate. Apple makes premium built products, but throughout my experience with this company, the wires, chargers, and dongles are fragile and are not very durable at all. This should have come with the laptops that didn't have an Ethernet port built in.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Excellent Product but Needs Better Design

      Posted
      RILawyer
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      I bought this product to record Google Hangouts On Air on my Mac Book Pro which requires a wired (not wireless) connection for smooth quality. It works great. However, this is a product meant to be used mostly with Apple laptops. If you put the laptop on your lap the dongle that comes out is just long enough to hook on the edge of whatever pants you are wearing. The dongle length either needs to be much shorter and less costly or it needs to be longer so that it does not catch on your pant leg if you are sitting down with your laptop. The designers failed to keep in mind that laptops are, in fact, often used on LAPS. A big mistake in my opinion since the catching on my pants is rather annoying. It's an annoying design issue that I hope they will correct in the future. $30 is a bit much for this little thing despite the technology inside. All in all I would recommend it if you absolutely need a Thunderbolt to Ethernet plugin for your internet connection to improve, your speed and quality of connection.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Using to connect devices that don't offer thunderb

      Posted
      MrBARK3R
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      I bought this thinking it would help me link my MacBook and Mac Mini which it does, but not quite in the way I envisioned. Which is no reflection on the product, just my lack of knowledge with setting up a home network. The product is great, it combines Ethernet with thunderbolt allowing you to connect devices that don't offer a thunderbolt connection. How I used it: I was saving a [large media] file from my MacBook Pro to an external hard drive connected to a Mac Mini in a different room. Wirelessly, it was going to take two hours to complete, so I walked into the other room connected the Mac mini to my MBP with this adapter and the download was done in minutes. I know I could have connected thunderbolt to thunderbolt, but I don't own one of those cables because I don't have many devices that offer a thunderbolt connection while in contrast, just about everything offers Ethernet so I figured I'd get more use and versatility with this Adapter.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Works like a charm on a mid-2015 MBP 15" retina

      Posted
      Atod
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      Works like a charm on a mid-2015 MBP 15" retina in OS X; this adapter can be plugged in at any time and will be recognized by the OS. Windows is a mixed bag--which is not this adapter's fault. I have discovered through trial-and-error that Thunderbolt devices are NOT hot-pluggable with bootcamp and Windows 10 (not sure about 7, 8, 8.1). If you have this device plugged in when booting your Mac in a Windows 10 bootcamp it will be detected and work flawlessly. If you unplug it, you must reboot in order to plug it in and use it again--this is a limitation of your MBP/bootcamp (not sure which), NOT the adapter's fault! Apple states on it's website that Macs built after 2014 can hot-plug Thunderbolt devices in Windows but this is not my experience w/ either this adapter or the Apple Thunderbolt monitor I use.

      I would recommend this to a friend




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