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on 26 September 2016
Okay, so. Who is this product for? This adapter is perfect for those who want to get the fastest internet speeds possible to their Mac, and those who want to be able to access the internet as there is no Wi-Fi/ the signal is very weak. In my case, most of the time I need this cable as one of the essential things to pack when transporting my Mac, whether that be to a lecture or for just having for when I’m in a location where the Wi-Fi signal in my room is weak.

This cable proved to be more useful than I primarily anticipated. This is because I first purchased the adapter to obtain a more secure internet speed, in comparison to running on Wi-Fi, which worked a treat and I can now have good internet speeds like they should be when I’m on the right side of the house. But this was also useful as a cheeky way to get around my XI form’s Wi-Fi, where I could then access certain websites that were otherwise blocked on the Wi-Fi, such as YouTube, Spotify, SoundCloud and so on.

The adapter provides a male thunderbolt 2 connection on one side, so any Mac’s with a thunderbolt female available will be able to use this adapter, to an Ethernet female. In order to connect to the internet, you will have to provide your own Ethernet cable so that you can plug it into the female Ethernet connection on the adapter to your internet source, whether this be a modem or internet switch or anything else that you use to plug in your Ethernet cable.

Do I think that this product was worth the purchase? Yes. Do I think it’s worth its money? No. However, it seems although it seems contradicting, I would buy the product again in a heartbeat if I lost it, but It’s not worth the money I paid which was £25. There are other options on the market that sell this adapter much cheaper, that I’m sure does the same thing. I would question whether the build quality is as good as Apple’s adapter and if the internals will provide the same quality of internet speeds, as I believe some adapters, like modems can be not as powerful and not provide the same speeds even if using the same internet and Ethernet cable.

Although there are cons or should I say con of the price. It is a solid product and something worth looking into if you want a better internet connection to your Mac if it doesn’t have an Ethernet port available.

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on 20 September 2016
I tend to agree with a lot of other reviewers here. This Thunderbolt to Ethernet adapter does the job admirably (and I think it's a better option than using a USB to Ethernet adapter in order to keep as many USB ports free as possible as they're generally used more). But £25 for something that should really be distributed free with MacBooks (as they have no native Ethernet port) is ludicrous.

You should just be able to plug this in, turn off your wireless network and it should just work. But if you have any problems, go into System Preferences -> Network and check that a Thunderbolt Ethernet adapter is 'connected'. Unless you have specific requirements you probably just want the 'Use DHCP' setting for 'Configure IPv4'.

So, two stars dropped here simply because of the eye-watering price of this thing.
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on 18 March 2018
This thing works and saves you from tying up one of your USB ports if you're connecting to an Ethernet cable. I believe it also maximises your connection speed but I wouldn't know about that because I live in the British countryside where I'm lucky to get 4 MBPS on a good day, with the wind behind me. It's a solidly made item and does its job perfectly well. I can't give more than three stars however for two reasons. Firstly the price is preposterous and secondly it shouldn't be necessary to use one at all. I'd be happier if my Mac still had an Ethernet port. If you have awful internet speeds however and don't mind being surrounded by wires as though it's 1992 still then this is probably the best option for Mac users.
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on 5 March 2017
I purchased this in order to get ethernet for my macbook pro 13" 2015, this product does cost that apple premium, this could be avoided by buying a simple usb to ethernet adapter instead but that would use one of the usb ports on the macbook. I would have liked to see the industry-standard link and activity indicators on this adapter and I can only assume that those were not added for style. I do not think that the product should cost this amount of money and should come standard with all purchased macbook but since that is not going to happen I would purchase this again if required.
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on 10 January 2018
The quality you expect from Apple. As with other users, I wanted to make use of the bandwidth of Thunderbolt and keep my USB ports free but there are no third party Thunderbolt to Ethernet that I could find, so I bit the bullet and purchased this. As with anything Apple, you pay for a premium, but the quality comes with this. Only time will tell how well this item holds up, but so far, very impressed. As noted with other users, this adaptor does not come with the Link/Act lights usually found on a network port.
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Overpriced but it was the only option.

If you've got USB 3.0 then get a cheaper USB to lan but if you've got USB 2.0 & thunderbolt.

You must choose this as USB 2.0 hasn't got the bandwidth to deal with your lan speeds.
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on 2 September 2017
I still can't tell if it's a fake or not. Worked as intended, but very hefty price for a simple adaptor.
Quality is average, seemed loose at times. But did the intended job just fine. Need to wiggle and reinsert multiple times to get it to work at times.
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on 23 December 2017
Works fine but the usual Apple butt-rapingly expensive price. Nice quality but 2 stars off for price.
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on 11 February 2015
Brillaint thunderbolt adaptor. Works no problems at all and looks good.

The only downside is not the device itself but the fact apple MacBooks do not seem to work well when on wireless and lan. It *should* only go through the LAN when connected but it does not. Instead you get two IP Addresses which also stops the continuity working because you have two mac addresses on the network.

Good product but apple need to sort out these bugs!
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on 10 March 2015
Wireless is convenient when mobile or around the house, but when you are sat at you desk you cannot beat being connected for speed especially on Fibre Broadband. Other comments complain about the price for what it is which I can understand why they say this- however it is well made and plug it in it just works so no complaints from me.

order was quickly processed and delivered
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