There is no RJ45 / ethernet port on my macbook. Do I need a thunderbolt or USB or HDMI adaptor?

Or should I just buy a mini wireless router?


Your best bet is Apple's Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet adapter.

There are also assorted USB ethernet adapters available from various sources (including Apple), including a few Gigabit ones that use USB 3.0, but the Thunderbolt one will likely have the best performance, so unless you're using both Thunderbolt ports already, that's the better choice.

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  • Thanks - what is the benefit of this over a small wireless router? I am often hot-desking you see.. So need something portable. Is the thunderbolt a lot faster, and / or quantifiably more reliable? – Allan Bowe Apr 16 '13 at 18:56
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    Yes more reliable and yes, way faster. – bmike Apr 16 '13 at 19:04
  • Don't forget the mini router would almost certainly require another power supply to cart around. – Kevin Sep 30 '13 at 12:01

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