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Ethernet Adapters for Apple MacBooks

If you require a hardwired Ethernet network connection for your MacBook, you may need an adapter.

MacBooks with Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C)

Thunderbolt 3 uses USB-C connectors at each end of the cable. 

Macs with only Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports look like this:

These Mac models have Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports:

  • MacBook Pro (2016 - 2021)
  • MacBook 12"

Apple does not sell a first-party Thunderbolt 3 Ethernet adapter. For hardwired Ethernet connectivity, you will need the following third-party adapter:

Similar adapters are available from other vendors, but the Belkin adapter is recommended since Apple endorses it and sells it on their own website.

MacBooks with Thunderbolt 2

MacBooks with Thunderbolt ports, but no Ethernet port look like:

Identify the ports on your Mac - Apple Support

These Mac models have Thunderbolt ports:

  • MacBook Air (13-inch, Early 2015) and later
  • MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Late 2013) through 2015
  • MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Late 2013) through 2015
  • MacBook Pro (2011 through 2013)
  • MacBook Air (11-inch, Mid 2011) and later
  • MacBook Air (13-inch, Mid 2011) and later

If your Mac has Thunderbolt ports, but does not have an Ethernet port, you will need the following adapter:

This is a first-party adapter manufactured by Apple, and the only recommended option.

Earlier MacBooks

Earlier MacBooks may have Thunderbolt ports, but may also have an Ethernet port. They look like:

Since these models have a built-in Ethernet port, no adapter is required for a hardwired connection.

Additional Information

Apple's support article "About Thunderbolt ports and displays" at provides further detail.

Consult the "Technical Specifications" page for your model MacBook on Apple's site for more information on available ports and connectivity.

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