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Apple Thunderbolt Gigabit Ethernet Adapter (MD463LL/A) Reviewed by Mikerose23 on Nov 24 . Rating: 4 Apple Thunderbolt Gigabit Ethernet Adapter (MD463LL/A) The Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter lets you easily connect to a high-performance Gigabit Ethernet network. Small and compact Connects to the Thunderbolt port on your Mac computer and provides an RJ-45 port that supports 10/100/1000BASE-T networks Requires OS X v 10.7.4 or later and a Thunderbolt-equipped Mac […]

Apple Thunderbolt Gigabit Ethernet Adapter (MD463LL/A)


Apple Thunderbolt Gigabit Ethernet Adapter (MD463LL/A)


The Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter lets you easily connect to a high-performance Gigabit Ethernet network.

  • Small and compact
  • Connects to the Thunderbolt port on your Mac computer and provides an RJ-45 port that supports 10/100/1000BASE-T networks
  • Requires OS X v 10.7.4 or later and a Thunderbolt-equipped Mac computer



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  • 11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Works perfectly well — AFTER you save changes to the Network panel., October 12, 2015
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    This works as advertised (no problems with a full-duplex Gigabit connection on my 10/100/1000 wired network), and requires no additional software installation on the Mac — the OS already knows how to use the device if it has Thunderbolt support at all. (According to the reviews I’ve read, every USB Gigabit Ethernet adapter apparently either does not work at all until you install drivers, or else works at vastly reduced speed/reliability until you install drivers. I don’t know why that should be the case, since the USB standard SHOULD permit a driverless network adapter, but this device has no such problem.)

    The only catch: when you initially plug in the device, it will not “just work”. Instead, the OS will prompt you to set it up in the Network panel of the System Preferences program. That’s not too difficult; the alert will open the program for you and it is automatically configured correctly — but the status display will not update AT ALL until you either click the “Apply” button at the bottom of the window, or close System Preferences (or leave the Network panel) and choose to save your changes to the network setup. This is a minor hidden trap for those of us who (like me) are used to built-in Ethernet ports; on a pre-configured built-in port, the status display will tell you whether the cable leads to a valid connection or not as soon as you plug it in, as long as the port is active. But when you plug this adapter in, until you apply the “changes” the device status will be that of having no Ethernet cable plugged in, rather than simply listing the device as “not yet activated” or some equivalent. (Since I didn’t know this, I was expecting it to tell me it had detected my Ethernet cable immediately, and wasted 15 minutes trying different cables before finally concluding the device was defective — at which point I closed the window, told System Preferences to save changes — and suddenly had a working connection.)

    There is no warning of this behavior in the packaging, which has an all-pictorial IKEA-style setup guide, so be forewarned: you MUST “apply” the setup or you might as well not have the device at all.

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  • 4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great speed., October 17, 2015
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    Chad

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    Works perfectly with my MacBook Pro. I use it in dental school and I’m super glad I have it for when everyone else is using up the bandwidth on wifi. I still have full speed while others are slowed down. Very happy.

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  • 1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Works perfectly, small, and easy to use., November 16, 2015
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    M. Patient (Boston, MA USA) –

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    The world is awash in USB Fast Ethernet (100Base-T) adapters. For the type of “plug my laptop into the rack to manage the new Mumbletron 5000′s configuration” jobs I got this for, gigabit is probably pointless overkill.

    But, that said, this is a fine little adapter that does its job perfectly and with zero compatibility/driver hassles when used with Apple laptops. In finest Apple fashion, it works like this:

    1) Plug the Thunderbolt end into your laptop.
    2) Plug a LAN cable into the RJ45 end.
    3) There is no step 3.

    It is also super-portable. (Compare the Thunderbolt 10GBase-T adapters if you’re in the mood for a laugh.)

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