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USB 2.0 Gigabit Ethernet Adapter
Get Gigabit Ethernet speeds on your existing desktop or laptop PC or Mac computer by using this USB 2.0 Gigabit Ethernet Adapter from Monoprice!
Unless you have a newer PC, your built-in LAN port probably only supplies a 10/100 Mbps connection. This adapter lets you enjoy the faster speeds of Gigabit Ethernet (1000 Mbps) without having to replace your computer or open it up and add a new interface card. The adapter is at the end of a short cable, so the adapter body will not interfere with other ports or connections.
This adapter can be used with Windows 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7, and Mac® OSX® 10.4 and higher. It is compatible with the IEEE 802.3, 802.3u, and 802.3ab standards and supports both full and half-duplex operations in Fast Ethernet mode. It also supports jumbo packets up to 9 KB, plus suspend mode and remote wakeup via linkup or magic packet. It is compatible with USB 2.0, 1.1, and 1.0 ports.
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PROS: works with macbook air
PROS: Native support on Macbook Air running both Mavericks and Yosemite.
Native support on Windows 7 on Dell 7440.
CONS: A little bigger than other dongles
Top side cover snaps to bottom.
This is basically the same device as MP5345 in a new package.
PROS: Cheap, fully functional 10/100/1000Mbps Ethernet adapter
CONS: USB 2.0 sucks for real bandwidth needs, never can get close to 1000Mbps for ethernet much less "high-speed" USB 480Mbps, but is still better than "fast" 100Mbps ethernet.
Should have used AX88178A with integrated PHY to reduce cost, or better yet AX88179 for USB 3.0.
I intend to use this for my Surface Pro (not yet received so can't test this adapter yet) for fast connection, where available, since the Surface Pro doesn't have an ethernet port but does have an USB port.
PROS: * Works as advertized: gigabit network
* indicator lights are easy to see
* box is easy to open
CONS: * not a plug & play
* included driver was from 2009
PROS: Excellent throughput for the price!
PROS: Plug and Play on Mac
Plug and Play on newer PC's
Drivers are easy to find
CONS: They're so good, we buy too many of them
PROS: Slick fast ethernet adapter for newest slim machines (MacBook Air for me) with no ethernet port. Plug and play. Mac did not need any drivers.
PROS: The adaptor immediately connected me to my home network, using my MacBook Air running OS X 10.9.2. A great bargain !!
CONS: None that I see