Add a network interface to your computer by way of USB. Common uses are for bettered speeds vs. 10/100 adapters and wireless networks, for replacing a broken internal network card, for adding a separately routable network interface, and for peer-peer file transfer over Ethernet. It is not a solution for connecting a USB device to a network.
Plug into any USB 2.0 laptop or desktop presently fixed to 10/100 ethernet, and gain from more quickly transfers on your Gigabit Ethernet Network. USB 2.0 supports theoretical speeds up to 480Mbs. In practice, most machines will see up to a doubling of network speed by moving from 100Mbs Fast Ethernet to 1000Mbs Gigabit ethernet by way of USB. Also works on 10/100 ethernet networks at their native speeds.
Microsoft signed 32/64-bit drivers for Windows 7, Vista, XP, 2000, ME, and Win98SE. Mac OS X 64-bit kernel and 10.6 and later ought to download the latest driver. Driver for Linux kernels 2.6.9+ (advanced users only: will have to download source from ASIX and build as a kernel module). Not compatible with Tivo Series 2, Wii, or most other non-PC devices.
Included in Package
USB 2.0 to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter with standard USB type A connector to PC and female RJ45 jack to network, Quick Install Guide, and Driver Disk for Windows, earlier Mac versions, and Linux.
- Color: black
- Brand: Plugable Technologies
- Model: USB2-E1000
- Dimensions: .75″ h x 1.25″ w x 10.50″ l, .9 pounds
- Add a network interface to your computer to replace a bad card, for higher performance, or for peer-peer transfers
- USB 2.0 male A to RJ45 female adapter supporting gigabit Ethernet at USB 2.0 speeds (480Mbs)
- Drivers for Windows 7, Vista, XP. Limited Mac and Linux support. Not Wii compatible.
- Supports 10/100/1000 with auto-sensing. Supports automati MDIX (straight and cross cable auto-detection)
- ASIX AX88178 Controller and Realtek RTL8211CL PHY – Jumbo packets up to 9KB on Windows. Suspend mode and remote wakeup
51 of 53 people found the following review helpful.
Works Great on my MacBook Air and Linux workstation
By Jeff Jacobs
This is a fantastic addition to a MacBook Air. I have the latest MacBook Air (as of June 2011) and wanted to add wired Ethernet. I considered buying the Apple USB Ethernet adapter, but stopped because it is 10/100 Mbps only. This Plugable adapter is 10/100/1000 Mbps. It’s important to note that the USB 2.0 interface limits the maximum throughput to 480 Mbps max — so gigabit speeds (1000 Mbps) will never be possible, although I’ve found the increased performance over 100 Mbps is definitely worth considering this over the Apple adapter.
I just tested some file transfers from my home server to my MacBook Air, and they transferred at 312 Mbps. Keep in mind, this particular test was possibly limited by something other than the raw network speed, however writing to the Air’s SSD and reading from the server’s disk were probably not limiting factors. This just demonstrates that this interface is much faster than the 100 Mbps maximum available with the Apple adapter.
I strongly value reliability and consistency, and although I’ve used this device for only a couple days it has worked flawlessly.
Installation was straightforward, but required a driver to be downloaded and installed. There was even a little adhesive tag on my adapter saying “Download the drivers from …” This was a painless process both on the MacBook Air, and later on a Linux workstation that I tried this device on.
I am very impressed with this device and have no reservations in recommending it to others.
26 of 28 people found the following review helpful.
Great customer service
By Cara Feeney
This device worked out of the box. Windows Vista recognized it automatically without using the install CD. Less than 30 days later the device quit working. Vista no longer recognizes the USB device. Initially I couldn’t contact Plugable via their website as they were having hosting issues. Plugable made contact with me via email and sent me a replacement adapter, without waiting for the defective adapter to be returned. The replacement device is working properly. I definitely would buy another product from Plugable based on my positive experience with the replacement.
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful.
Perfect companion for Macbook Air
By Nikolaus Brown
This is the perfect companion to my new Macbook Air. It is significant;y faster than the Apple 100Mbps adapter. No, you don’t get full gigabit speed from a USB2.0 device but it’s way better than 100Mbps.
It seems to max out on my air at about 38.2MB/s when pulling files from my NAS.
The ONLY downside is you have to install a driver from the manufactures website to make it work, but the driver works perfect in Lion once installed!
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