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I need another network card for my Macbook Air because of virtual OS which cannot use same network card as Yosemite. My friend says that he has Thunderbolt network card which he can use to connect to two internet through two OSes: one default and one virtual. I would like to get the similar tools.

Which are options to get second network card for Macbook air or similar Mac?

  • Do you mean that you just want an ethernet port? – William T Froggard Jun 30 '15 at 23:25
  • @WilliamTFroggard My friend says that he has Thunderbolt network card which he can use to connect to two internet through two OSes: one default and one virtual. – Léo Léopold Hertz 준영 Jul 1 '15 at 4:21
  • There is no place to insert a network card in a MacBook Air. There is however a Thunderbolt to Ethernet adapter that Apple sells that would give you another network port. – Steve Chambers Jul 1 '15 at 15:42
  • @SteveChambers Yes, my friend is using this thunderbolt connection. He connects through it another network card. – Léo Léopold Hertz 준영 Jul 1 '15 at 15:53
  • If you just need another ethernet port, apple's thunderbolt to ethernet adapter will do just fine. (Or any usb to ethernet if you want to go cheap) – Kevin Grabher Jul 2 '15 at 13:58
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If you'd like to add wired network (Ethernet) ports to your MacBook Air you have the following options:

  • A single or dual Thunderbolt network adapter. Apple makes one, the MD463ZM, but only with a single network port. There are third party adapters that provided more than one port - for example the Sonnet Twin 10G. There are also Thunderbolt docks that contain single Ethernet ports (for example from Sonnet, Belkin, CalDigit, etc).
  • One or more USB ethernet adapters.

Note - as the MacBook Air only has a single Thunderbolt port, if you use that port for an Ethernet adapter you cannot use an external display at the same time. One way to work around that is by using one of the Thunderbolt docks described above.

The most cost effective route is probably to get a single port Thunderbolt adapter and a USB 3.0 Ethernet adapter. If you'd like to use an external display at the same time as the two Ethernet ports, get a Thunderbolt dock instead of a Thunderbolt Ethernet adapter.

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