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Cable Matters USB to Ethernet Adapter (USB 3.0 to Ethernet) Supporting 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet Network in Black

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USB 3 to Ethernet adapter adds network connectivity to a computer with a USB 3.0 port; The USB to Gigabit Ethernet adapter supports SuperSpeed USB 3.0 data transfer rate up to 5 Gbps for 1000 BASE-T network performance with backwards compatibility to 10/100 Mbps networks; Connect the USB NIC adapter with a Cat 6 Ethernet cable (sold separately) for the best performance
Wireless alternative USB to RJ45 adapter for connecting to the Internet in Wi-Fi dead zones, streaming large video files, or downloading a software upgrade through a wired home or office LAN; USB 3.0 to Ethernet adapter provides faster data transfers and better security than most wireless connections; Ideal solution for replacing a failed network card or upgrading the bandwidth of an older computer
Driver free installation with native driver support in Chrome, Mac, and Windows OS; The USB Ethernet adapter dongle supports important performance features including Wake-on-Lan (WoL), Full-Duplex (FDX) and Half-Duplex (HDX) Ethernet, Crossover Detection, Backpressure Routing, Auto-Correction (Auto MDIX)
Lightweight Ethernet to USB adapter weighs less than 1 ounce for easy portability in your laptop case; Add a standard RJ45 port to your Ultrabook or MacBook with a USB 3.0 port for file transfers, video steaming and gaming with this USB network adapter
Chrome & Mac & Windows compatibleUSB lan adapter for Windows 10/8/8.1/7/Vista and MacOS 10.8 and up; The Ethernet USB adapter does not support Windows RT


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Data Transfer Rate: 1 Gigabytes Per Second. Data Link Protocol: IEEE 802.3, USB, Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet. Item Dimensions LxWxH: 5.5 x 2.8 x 0.65 inches. Compatible Devices: Tablet. Color: Black. Operating System: Chrome OS. Hardware Interface: USB, Ethernet, USB 3.0. Brand: Cable Matters. Best Sellers Rank: #14 in USB Computer Network Adapters. Customer Reviews: 4.6 out of 5 stars 6,220 ratings 4.6 out of 5 stars. Date First Available: ‎February 5, 2013. Is Discontinued By Manufacturer: ‎No. ASIN: ‎B00BBD7NFU. Manufacturer: ‎Cable Matters. Color: ‎Black. Item Dimensions LxWxH: ‎5.5 x 2.8 x 0.65 inches. Product Dimensions: ‎5.5 x 2.8 x 0.65 inches. Item Weight: ‎1.44 ounces. Operating System: ‎Chrome OS. Item model number: ‎FBA_202013-BLACK. Series: ‎FBA_202013-BLACK. Brand: ‎Cable Matters. Wireless Type: ‎802.11bgn.

Specification: Cable Matters USB to Ethernet Adapter (USB 3.0 to Ethernet) Supporting 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet Network in Black

Weight 1.44 lbs
Dimensions 5.5 × 2.8 × 0.65 in

10 reviews for Cable Matters USB to Ethernet Adapter (USB 3.0 to Ethernet) Supporting 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet Network in Black

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  1. Ian Donovan

    DO NOT BUY. This adapter caused me multiple issues and almost a complete hardware failure on my Switch. I plugged everything in, tried setting it up, and the Switch didn’t recognize it was plugged in because the ethernet end was loose and needed to be pushed in further after the CAT6 clicked in. After figuring that out, the switch failed to identify a network and suggested a restart. I restarted, opened up Internet settings and it froze on a gray screen. I decide to shut it down and the screen shuts off but it doesn’t actually power down – controllers still connected, fan running for the first 10 seconds, and but still warm. Removing from the dock didn’t bring it back. I had to do a debug-level hard restart in order to bring it back, and it might have been seriously damaged if I hadn’t acted sooner. Reviews state it doesn’t work and that much is obvious, but an adapter that can potentially brick/damage hardware is not worth the few dollars saved compared to a quality adapter/buying first-party.Read more

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  2. WTL

    UPDATE 8/29/2020: Failed again. Although there is a 1-year limited warranty (whatever that means) when I click on product support I’m told that window ended in May 2020 – 6 months after I bought it. There is no way to contact the seller, in my case Cable Matters – their home page has no contact information – so I’m not clear on how to contact them about the 1-year warranty. I’ll try asking them a question from the Amazon seller page. UPDATE 3/21/2020: I got the Apple thunderbolt adapter, used it for a while, but kept this one as a backup. About a month ago I decided to see if this one wanted to work again: it did! It’s more convenient because of the thunderbolt in on only one side of the computer, and it’s the inconvenient side. So I used this one again for maybe a month, and it was fine. Then yesterday it failed again. Maybe it needs like a rest? Regardless, the build quality is poor, and I’m back on the thunderbolt. Not sure why I’m bothering though – ethernet gets up to 325mbps, but wifi is getting 260-290, and I don’t think I can tell the difference, and being wired isn’t all that convenient with a laptop. The great thing about ethernet is that computer wakes up instantly; with wifi there’s a delay of several seconds sometimes, and since it’s a Mac I actually have to shake it to wake it up. UPDATE 12/18/2019: the replacement is a bit better than the original one, but it failed too today, then started working again, then stopped – you get the picture. The speed, when it’s working, is still great – 325mbps – which tells me the manufacturers have the right idea, but not the best execution. My wifi speed is 250mbps +/- so it’s not like I totally need the extra speed. So I’ll start looking for another brand I guess, though this one got the best reviews. UPDATE 11/21/2019: 2 stars for quality, 5 stars for performance. It started working again several hours after it failed; I reported it here and to Amazon, and Amazon sent a replacement that I’m using now. The original one that stopped working has been working ever since, but I don’t trust it to keep going so I returned it. Don’t trust the replacement either really, but I raised the rating from 1 star to 3 stars – the port is still too shallow to accept the full ethernet plug, there’s no click as it attaches securely, and it still can disconnect easily if I happen to move the laptop, and reliability is in doubt, so 2 stars for quality. But when it’s working, the speed is indeed awesome – again at 325mbps when my ISP plan is limited to 275mbps, so 5 stars for performance. I wish Cable Matters had a Thunderbolt 1 and 2 to ethernet adapter so I didn’t have to reserve one of my two USB 3.0 ports for this adapter. I never use the Thunderbolt port otherwise but I need the USB ports for other things like phone charging. UPDATE 11/19/2019: it failed abruptly this morning. Tested it on 3 computers; didn’t work on any of them. Diagnostics showed no ethernet connection. I’m returning it for a replacement, then I’ll keep updating. Meanwhile, back to sleepytime wifi speed. And on my birthday yet! UPDATE 11/14/2019: the adapter’s ethernet port doesn’t accept the full ethernet plug – it’s too shallow to allow the clip to click in signifying it’s secure in the port – and so the cable can pull out very easily. Most of the time it stays connected because I’m not moving the computer around, but I do take it off my lap frequently and that’s when it can disconnect. I don’t know if this is a fault of the device or the cable, but it’s the only ethernet port I have that does this, and I can’t do anything about the cable, which is wired throughout the house. I can understand if ethernet plugs have recently become shorter or something, but really, anybody who makes something to accept ethernet cable should make it so it accepts ALL ethernet plugs of any age – how difficult can that be? So I’m knocking off a star – as long as it’s securely connected, it works. Original review: Xfinity says we’re supposed to get 275mbps – I get that and more on my iMac with ethernet, but on my MacBook Air on wifi, 40 feet from the modem (mostly open, just one open door and one wall), I’m getting only 50mbps. Finally got one of these adapters – thankfully my MBA is old (2013) and still has an ethernet port – hooked it up, and instantly I was at 325mbps! Not that 50mb is exactly slow relatively speaking, and some sites still are in the dark ages when it comes to loading (that’s when you find out how long 3 seconds is these days). 50mb is fast enough that my annoyance with it was more on principle than practice – if the ISP says 275mbps then by god gimme 275! Sometimes at speeds even of 50mbps you can’t really tell if you go to say, 100mbps – but to 325? Yes, I notice. Really notice. A bonus is that something like this is no wifi complications, no pairing, no nothing, just plug and play.Read more

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  3. Traintech86

    I was having a weird issue on my home network where my router (Thanks AT&T) was acting completely bonkers. I was having issues with ARP/IP addresses. I spent hours trying to diagnose this issue and I came to the conclusion that my NIC or the router was the issue. I decided that buying this lil guy would be useful for future network troubleshooting and I couldn’t really reset my router. I plugged it in and my router was yet again answering my computer again. I got the ok to blow away the router and start over. Now this nic sits in my tech bag to help troubleshoot future issues. Pro’s: – Price – The price on this makes it something that should be in every troubleshooting kit – Drivers – Windows 7 Ult seemed to have built in compatible drivers. I imagine windows 10 does as well. – USB 3 – with USB 2.0, you would be restricted to 480mbps at best Con’s: – I am not sure I can really answer this as I didn’t use it for an extended period of time. All in all, if you work in the IT field, this is a product you should own. You often times run into areas where an extra NIC can be useful. Since this can be used in laptops or desktops, is really cheap, and is very compact, I would highly recommend this. Now days, companies are releasing laptops that only include WIFI so this gives you a way to connect over a hard line. Also this works with Windows tablets. I should try it with android and see how it works.Read more

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  4. Tony Manso

    I have a laptop I use as my desktop computer. I have a USB hub that has 2 extra monitors, keyboard, mouse, webcam, that I use as a docking station for my computer. For a long time, I connected to the internet via WiFi with this laptop but the connection wasn’t as reliable as I would like. So I bought this thing, plugged it into my USB hub, turned off WiFi on my laptop, and it has been running this way ever since. Recently I took my laptop with me somewhere and couldn’t figure out why it wouldn’t connect to the internet. Finally, I remembered that I turned off the laptop’s WiFi a looong time ago because I wasn’t using it. :-)Read more

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  5. mjpatey

    I plugged this into my MacBook Pro… as soon as I connected the cable from my home network, the adapter’s lights lit up as I’d hoped. Turned off WiFi, did a speed test, and voila! Full speed download and upload, no more wonky WiFi. 🙂 I’m now running it through an Anker powered USB hub, and it works seamlessly in that configuration, as well. tl;dr: This works instantly and perfectly with my MacBook Pro (2015), with zero configuration, even through a powered hub. A winner!Read more

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  6. Nils

    So, let’s be clear from the outset, the fact that this product even needs to exist is extremely frustrating , as brands like LG, Samsung etc fail to put 1Gb Ethernet into their TVs. Yes I know all you tech geeks will say so one needs that speed etc but for those who backup their Blu-Ray or capture video in over 4K, 100mb just doesn’t cut the mustard. Enter this little beauty. I added this to my my LG OLED CX, and after previously getting buffering intermittently on my built in Plex app, (to the point of transcoding content to lower resolutions) I’ve fallen in love with it all over again. Simply plug j to your usb , add your cat5/6 and all was solved (note the LG tv says no connection as it’s looking at its own Ethernet port for connection, but it’s definitely online and working) This is a great bit of kit and should be an upgrade for any one who has 4K media streamed locally. It’s frustrating that the small cost of adding this feature isn’t in any TVs but it is what it is. THANK YOU CABLE MATTERS! If you have an LG OLED CX – HIGHLY RECOMMENDRead more

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  7. James

    Next day delivery brilliant, I don’t usually do feed back, this is the first one in about 4 years, but this little USB ethernet adapter is a total steal at £10,anyone who has a LG oled or any recent TV that dossent have a gigabyte ethernet, honestly Get This, I was getting about 90mb download speed because LG cheaped out and didn’t put gigabyte ethernet in my LG oled b8 that I paid £2200 for, ridiculous LG outta be ashamed, someone recommended this adapter online, but I didn’t think it work as it was only 10 bucks, I’ve jst got it delivered, I’m now getting 180mb download speed, that’s a big improvement for 10 bucks, everything jst feels a lot quicker especially YouTube, I can’t recommend this enough, I didnt paid or anything to say this I’m jst a normal guy like ur ur selfRead more

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  8. Grumpy_William

    If any of you consume 4k or high res media at home, you’ll know that a lot of smart tvs only come with 100mbps network connections. Sure wifi can be more, but wifi is…. wifi, i.e. not as good as a cable. I installed it on my 4k LG TV 65UJ750V, and wow what a difference it makes to streaming! It doesn’t show up in the menu as a network connection, i.e. it’ll say “network not connected” but it lights up and transfers data – I can now stream netflix and all my local media server (I use Plex) without any buffering. I also used it on my laptop which has no lan connection, and it was achieving over 600mbps transfer rates – so all in all, very happy indeed.Read more

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  9. Brian Bathie

    Most modern smart TVs have LAN connections which are limited to 100mbs. I saw a brief article on u tube and decided to try it, l have a Sony AJ 90 Oled which was wired into the LAN connection with Ethernet cable. By disconnecting this from the tv and connecting it to this usb adaptor and then reconnecting it to a usb socket on the tv the internet connection speed magically and dramatically increases. Prior to using this my Netflix connection speed always showed about 93mbs. It is now between 200 and 240 mbs. Obviously your router must be capable of high speed. A well spent £11.99.A wireless connection would produce similar high speeds but wireless connections can be sometimes affected by interference.Read more

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  10. K. Momchev

    I bought one of these on the back of Vincent’s video (HDTVtest) to increase my LG OLED’s internet speed. Now my TV’s internet speed is not limited to 100mb/s but getting~150mb/s which is the max of my broadband package. Very happy with it. I guess similar items will work as well but decided to go with a tried item.Read more

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