OWC Releases Industry’s Cheapest Ethernet Adapter – 10 GbE, With Thunberbolt 3 Interface

OWC releases the industry’s cheapest Ethernet Adapter 10 GbE with a Thunberbolt 3 interface.

OWC Releases Industry’s Cheapest Ethernet Adapter - 10 GbE, With Thunberbolt 3 Interface


OWC has started sales of its Thunderbolt 3 to 10 GbEcheapest Ethernet Adapter that is designed to add fast networking connectivity to modern PCs featuring Thunderbolt 3 ports. Compatible with both Macs and Windows PCs, OWC’s Thunderbolt 3 10G is the cheapest 10 GbE cheapest Ethernet Adapter with a Thunderbolt 3 interface announced to date. 

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The OWC Thunderbolt 3 10G is based on Marvell’s Aquantia AQtion AQC107S controller that works in concert with as Intel’s JHL6540 Thunderbolt 3 controller (also known as Alpine Ridge). 

Since the product is bus powered, it can work out-of-box, but needs a driver for Microsoft’s Windows. While the adapter can work with all systems featuring a Thunderbolt 3 port, it is not guaranteed to work with all USB-C hosts given the fact that it uses the Alpine Ridge chip.

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Faster Ethernet for every laptop

The Thunderbolt 3 10G is compatible with both emerging and existing Ethernet standards, including10GBASE-T, 5GBASE-T, 2.5GBASE-T, 1000BASE-T, and 100BASE-T over an RJ-45 connector using CAT-6 or CAT-7 cables.RECOMMENDED VIDEOS FOR YOU…

OWC’s Thunderbolt 3 10G adapter is essentially a rebadged version of Akitio’s T3-10G adapter released a couple of years ago, which is something to be expected given the fact that OWC acquired Akitio last year.

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Both products use the same enclosure and the same internals, so the new one is essentially a proven product under a new logotype available through some additional channels. 

The OWC Thunderbolt 3 10G is now available directly from the company and from its resellers for $149. While $149 may not seem as a bargain for a network dongle, keep in mind that TB3-enabled devices are generally not cheap, whereas 10GbE remains a prerogative of corporations and prosumers.

Originally published at Teachradar

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