Wednesday, December 28, 2016

MacBook Pro Ethernet Adapter Benchmark

Paul Haddad notes that Apple’s Thunderbolt to Ethernet adapter is slightly faster than Belkin’s USB-C to Ethernet adapter and uses much less CPU. Unfortunately, the former must be chained with the Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 adapter. I wonder how the various docking stations compare.

Update (2017-02-09): Marc Liyanage:

Unscientific quick test of 4 USB-C-to-Ethernet adapters. Top is connected to MacBook Pro directly, bottom though LG 5K, all in Mbps.

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Apple's Thunderbolt to Ethernet adapter is essentially a PCIe-based ethernet adapter, while Belkins is chip USB-based.
Surely enough, latter adds more overhead for the host.

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