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Sep 23, 2012 2:43 AM

My daughter has a fairly new (less than 12 months) Mac Book Air - which is fine connecting to our home WiFi.

 

She has just started at University but the Halls of Residence have no Wifi and she need to connect it via a cable (ethernet I think)

 

The Mac Book Air has no such connection port.

 

What are the options to enable her to connect as easily as possible   (i.e. can she get an adaptor to the USB port or the Thunderbolt port ?)  are there any other options ? 

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  • AlexNubani Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Sep 23, 2012 7:13 AM (in response to Cheshire Blue Boy)

    yeah, you can use a converter (usb to RJ45), its available everywhere

  • stoopkidsgonnaleave Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Sep 23, 2012 7:16 AM (in response to Cheshire Blue Boy)

    They now have the Thunderbolt to Ethernet adapter ( something like $29 I believe) that should take care of this too. Once you plug it in, she may need some help from school configuring it under System Preferences > Network but behave similar to a regular ethernet connection at that point:

     

    Here's an article that explains all the available Thunderbolt cables and adapters:

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5299

     

    Hope that helps.

  • stoopkidsgonnaleave Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Sep 23, 2012 2:02 PM (in response to Cheshire Blue Boy)

    Well the thing about Thunderbolt is it's a platform that allows for wide range of other connectors to be attached, and it has very high transfer speeds when connected to other devices directly. You can get all sorts of things like usb, ethernet, firewire, hdmi to connect through a Thunderbolt port.

     

    Also devices with Thunderbolt ports like displays and external hard drives can be connected through this port ( still pretty expensive though).

     

    Thunderbolt isn't widely used still, and most peripherals for university students will be USB based. So keeping USB ports clear for items like printers, hard drives, thumb drives, etc would probably be more beneficial to her.

     

    Lastly, the USB to ethernet adapter is 100Mbps, while the Thunderbolt to Ethernet is 1000Mbps(Gigabit Ethernet). So using that one if the university has Gigabit ethernet speeds will allow for faster internet speeds. If they just have 100Mbps it'll handle that fine too and keep the USB ports open.

  • stoopkidsgonnaleave Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Sep 23, 2012 2:03 PM (in response to Cheshire Blue Boy)

    Apple also has a tech brief page on Thunderbolt here:

    http://www.apple.com/thunderbolt/

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