Adapters for adding thicker ports are nothing new for Apple’s modern-day line of note pads. Even the high-end Retina MacBook Pro decidedly leaves out a direct Ethernet connection, and Apple’s MacBook Air and new ultrathin 12-inch MacBook are especially too thin for a wired connection to the Internet without counting on an adapter in the middle.
While modern-day WiFi is fine for the majority of everyday situations, even Apple acknowledges that a wired connection is essential in some instances. To fix this, it sells a $ 29 USB Ethernet Adapter and a much faster $ 29 Thunderbolt to Ethernet Adapter. The 12-inch MacBook has neither port, however, additionally needing Apple’s $ 19 USB-C to USB Adapter to deal with the slower adapter.
Thankfully with USB-C being a new industry requirement, device makers like Kanex prepare with options like the $ 29.95 USB-C to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter produced the brand-new 12-inch MacBook and other USB-C computers…
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At first glance you may mistake Kanex USB-C to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter for some sort of magical Lightning to Ethernet adapter for iPhones and iPads, however at its core it’s a USB 3.0 dongle with a super thin port end met a rather thick brickish end with an Ethernet port.
This is definitely the first time my MacBook has been linked to a wired Web connection given that it shipped in April. That appears crazy however it’s helpful to have a method to connect straight on occassion. Busy work days when streaming a spotty Apple live stream, when on the phone with technical support with my Access provider, and if I have to connect to another machine over the Ethernet line to call a couple of.
Kanex’s USB-C to Gigabit Ethernet adapter looks very just like Apple’s own adapters, although the plastic shell is a shade closer to gray than Apple’s intense white cables and adapters; my first idea is that this may combat blemishing with time. The RJ45 end of the adapter is a bit bulkier than Apple’s standard USB adapters, determining 1.25-inches wide by 2.5-inches long by 0.25 inches thick.
The overall length of Kanex’s USB-C to Gigabit Ethernet adapter determines 11.5-inches in total. In comparison, Apple’s USB Ethernet Adapter measures 8-inches long, or 12.75-inches long when connected to Apple’s USB-C to USB Adapter. The length of your data cable is exactly what’s most crucial when connecting directly to a router or modem, however Kanex’s adapter lets the RJ45 end hang freely from the USB-C end with flexibility.
While the majority of the adapter resembles the USB-C Charge Cable television bundled with the brand-new MacBook, the RJ45 end of it makes it obvious why the ultra thin notebook does not consist of an Ethernet port: it’s much thicker than even the thickest part of the entire MacBook. The thickness is equivalent to 2 iPhone 6s stacked.
Not evident till you see it in action, Kanex’s USB-C to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter hides two condition indicator lights within– something you will not find in either of Apple’s USB Ethernet adapters. Both indication lights glow soft green when linked. One probably shows connection in basic as it stays strong when linked, although it remained green when I got rid of the Ethernet cable between the modem and the router. The other indication light pulses at numerous speeds based upon information transfer speeds. A mostly idle machine shows a slower flash while opening several Safari tabs creates a continuous flash until all the pages have packed.
Kanex’s USB-C to Gigabit Ethernet works entirely as anticipated with the only surprise being the green condition indication lights. If flashing lights are too distracting and un-Apple for you, you can pay the premium and purchase separate USB-C to USB and USB to Ethernet Adapters, but Kanex’s option is among the very first readily available and provides a gigabit ethernet port for the exact same price that Apple sells its Thunderbolt Gigabit Ethernet adapter.
If you’re planning to add access to an RJ45 port on your new MacBook for regular or occasional use, specifically throughout conference season (and for quickly downloading brand-new software betas), Kanex’s option is a great one for a sensible cost. The biggest issue comes when you have to utilize both ethernet and power, as the MacBook showcases just one port; a hub-style adapter like Anker revealed this week would be ideal in this circumstances, although it may be reaching edge-case area.