simple device. seems to work as intended. tested on an older intel mac mini running snow leopard. a driver must be installed for OS X. driver CD supports older OS versions. otherwise look online for ASIX AX88178.
as of this writing, this chip is supported by the manufacturer. they have windows, Linux, and OS X drivers, at this URL http://www.asix.com.tw/products.php?op=pItemdetail&PItemID=8471100&PLine=71
i ran a load test on the network interface using "netstrain", compiled for OS X and was able to achieve approximately 320 megabits per second through this USB/ethernet adapter on my gigabit network. not bad considering USB 2.0 has a pretty high overhead. this adapter performs well.
while this adapter is something of a bottleneck on my gigabit LAN, it's not a problem for the applications this computer is used for - email, web surfing and streaming movies from netflix. as it is, the adapter far outperforms my DSL internet service (and my WIFI.)
i did choose this adapter because of the price and felt everything i've gotten from monoprice so far seems to work (mostly cables, that are decently built as well.) the motivation for getting this was so that i could disable the WIFI network connection on the mac mini (to cut down on microwave emissions inside my house.) this mac mini has a built in ethernet port, but that failed some time ago. this adapater thus provided a good alternative to a costly repair of the mini.
build quality seems OK, considering how cheap most things are made these days. the USB plug seems solid, it's cable secure, the adapter housing is shiny black plastic, and my CAT-5 ethernet cable snaps in normally, as expected. i don't expect any mechanical problems and to help that, i provide my own strain relief to the connections.
it's lasted a month so far. the mac mini locked up once and within a few hours of adding this device, but i was not able to determine the root cause. the system has been stable since then, so i would say i recommend this adapter.
PROS: - works on OS X 10.6. - driver CD included, for windows and OS X up through 10.5. - for OS X 10.6 - 10.8, driver must be downloaded. - Linux and windows supported as well. - seems to provide about the maximum bandwidth that can be attained when using USB 2.0. - features two LEDs, one for connection status and another indicating traffic.
I bought this after a previous reviewer mentioned that it was natively compatible with Mac OS 10.9. I use it with a Macbook Air (Core i7, 2011) and a Macbook Pro Retina 15 Inch (Core i7, 2012), both running 10.9.1. I plugged it in and in about 30 seconds it showed up in the Network Preferences as "USB Gigabit Ethernet".
I tested speed by transferring files to and from i5 Windows 8 machine with built-in gigabit ethernet. On the Macbook air I averaged 30MB/Sec and on the Macbook Retina I averaged 35MB/Sec. For sake of comparison, using Apple's Thunderbolt gigabit adapter I was able to get an average of 90MB/Sec with the Macbook Retina, but only 12MB/Sec using 802.11n.
Since this adapter is only USB 2.0 there is no way it could ever saturate a gigabit connection. Even still, it's much faster and more reliable than most 802.11a/b/g/n wifi connections.
I would recommend this to anyone who want a cheap ethernet adapter for their Macintosh computer. You can use it on you mac and still have it compatible with other operating systems you may use (which Apple's USB adapter is not).
PROS: It works out of the box with Mac OS 10.9.1 (Mavericks), no additional drivers required.
The USB lead is long enough so it doesn't block other USB ports.
Has separate activity light and link status light.
Cheaper, faster and more compatible than Apple's own USB Ethernet dongle.
CONS: Higher CPU utilization than other solutions (Thunderbolt, built-in or Wi-Fi).
Throughput maxes out at between 30 and 35 megabytes per second, only 30% of 1000BT ethernet maximum.
Works well on Android devices. The drivers appear to be native to the Android OS. Tested on Nexus 7 with Kit Kat and Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 with Jelly Bean.
PROS: The Monoprice 9467 gigabit connector works with Android Jelly Bean 4.1 OS and is plug and play with a micro usb to female USB adapter or, in the case of the older Samsung tablets, a 30 pin Samsung to female USB adapter. However, if you have a newer Android OS, then you may need to root the device. This is not the fault of Monoprice, Google has tightened up the permissions on the newer Android OS's.
CONS: Cons are really related to Google's permission tightening in OS's newer than Jelly Bean and the inability for the users to control permissions without rooting the device. I could not think of any cons for the Monoprice itself.
I dual boot a 2014 Macbook Pro with OSX Yosemite and Win 7 Pro. Both OSs had no problem finding the driver online so I didn't even need the included CD. I'm a sysadmin for a large campus and always have my computer with me and am very mobile. It's nice to have a gigabit adapter that I can just throw in my pocket. It also comes in handy when I'm having trouble diagnosing network connections and need a quick Ethernet adapter. I only wish the body was a bit smaller and the cable a bit shorter. I carry a lot of gear so space is a commodity.
PROS: Works in OSX and Win 7, gigabit, installs without included driver CD,
I bought a handful of these to replace some very cheap Chinese USB ethernet adapters. These Monoprice adapters came right up on our MacBook airs running both Yosemite and Mavericks. They didn't need any drivers or other configuration. I have found Macs to be finicky about generic ethernet adapters, so I was happy to find these natively supported. It is also nice that they can be left on the end of an ethernet cable and either Mac's or PC can use them.
PROS: Native support on Macbook Air running both Mavericks and Yosemite.