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Select Series USB-C to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter
USB-C is here and it is a real game changer!
- New reversible Type C connector plugs in the first time, every time!
- Use a single cable for power, video, networking, and data
- USB 3.1 SuperSpeed+ supports up to 10Gbps data rate
- Charge and power devices with up to 100 watts of power
Until this point we've had to deal with a number of different USB connector types with different shapes and sizes. One thing that is common among all the various USB Type A and Type B connectors is that they are all asymmetrical, which means that there is a top and a bottom, as anyone who has fumbled around trying to insert a USB cable by feel can attest. The old USB standards are also relatively slow and can carry very little charging power.
The USB 3.1 standard introduces the new symmetrical/reversible Type C connector. The new connector is only slightly larger than the older mini and micro Type B connectors, which means that it can be used on mobile devices, replacing the existing use of mini or micro connectors. Also, unlike the earlier use of different connectors for the host (Type A) and peripheral (Type B) devices, the Type C connector is used at both ends. Best of all, the connector is symmetrical, which means no more fumbling around to figure out which side is supposed to be on top. Just grab either end and plug it in!
In addition to the new connector, the USB 3.1 standard increases the data transfer rate to 10GBps, which is fast enough to carry full HD video and multichannel, uncompressed audio. The standard also increases the power handling capabilities to 100 watts, which means that USB C will replace existing power, video, networking, and data cables. Apple is taking this to the extreme, with the latest MacBook Air® featuring only a single USB C port for charging, video, and connecting peripheral devices.
This 4-inch Gigabit Ethernet adapter features a male Type C connector on one end and a female RJ45 connector on the other end.
|USB Standard||USB 3.1|
|Maximum Speed||Up to 1000Mbps|
|Type||USB Type C male to RJ45 female|
|Housing||PVC Mould, Full metal jacket assembly|
|Compatibility||Mac® OS X®, Chrome OS™, Windows®|
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PROS: • well constructed materials
• supports Gigabit Ethernet speeds
* doesn't require a 3rd party driver to be installed
CONS: • bulky design
• takes 30 seconds to power up and be recognized by computer (seems to be a common issue with 3rd party adaptors utilizing the Realtek chipset + Apple's native driver, based on my testing various other adaptors from other vendors)
PROS: - Full gigabit speed (110-118 MB/s).
- No driver required for OSX.
CONS: - Only appears to support a 1500 MTU (no jumbp frames). It's possible installing a different driver may fix this.
- USB-C plug height sticks up about 1mm higher than the edge of the new MacBook 2015.
PROS: Great Price, solid feel
CONS: USB-C end seems very malleable (easily bent) , dongle a bit longer than needs to be
PROS: Good design
CONS: Disconnects after 5 minutes or so