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Plugable USB 2.0 to 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN Wired Network Adapter for Windows, Mac, Chromebook, Linux, and Specific Android Tablets (ASIX AX88178 Chipset)

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Plug into any USB 2.0 laptop or desktop currently limited to 10/100 Ethernet, and benefit from faster transfers on your Gigabit Ethernet Network. USB 2.0 supports theoretical speeds up to 480Mbs. In practice, most machines will see up to a doubling of network speed by moving from 100Mbs Fast Ethernet to 1000Mbs Gigabit ethernet via USB. Also works on 10/100 Ethernet networks at their native speeds.

Common Uses

  • Add an additional network interface to any Windows, Mac, or Linux computer via a simple USB adapter
  • Improve the connectivity speed of your current 100Mbs Fast Ethernet computer when a Gigabit Ethernet network is available (see details below on Gigabit Ethernet over USB 2.0 speeds)
  • Improved connectivity speed vs. computers currently connected over Wifi/802.11 wireless networks

  • USB 2.0 male A to RJ45 female adapter supporting gigabit ethernet at USB 2.0 speeds
  • Drivers for Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP
  • Mac OS X 10.6-10.8: driver installation not required, uses OS X built-in driver.
  • Linux: built into kernel 3.2 and above, earlier kernels require download and compile.
  • Supports 10/100/1000 with auto-sensing (IEEE 802.3, 802.3u, and 802.3ab)
  • Supports auto MDIX (straight and cross cable auto-detection)
  • ASIX AX88178 Controller – Jumbo packets up to 9KB (Windows only), along with suspend mode and remote wakeup

Driverless Support
Works using in-built drivers (no software install required) on:
  • All Google Chromebook systems running latest updates (Chrome OS)
  • ASUS Transformer Prime and Infinity convertible tablets (Android)
  • NVIDIA Shield gaming tablet (Android)

The gigabit adapter does not have built-in drivers for the Wii or Linux prior to kernel 3.3.

Learn more about the Plugable Technologies USB2-E1000


Plugable Technologies


Changer Type
USB to Ethernet


Add an additional network interface to any Windows, Mac, or Linux computer via a simple USB adapter


Package Contents
USB to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter, and Quick Install Guide and Driver CD inside package between paper sleeves

Manufacturer Warranty

Limited 1 Year
Limited 1 Year


The gigabit adapter does not have built-in drivers for Wii or Linux prior to kernel 3.3.

Customer Reviews of the Plugable Technologies USB2-E1000

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  • Gregory N.
  • 5/4/2014 12:57:05 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
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5 out of 5 eggsGood ... So Far

Pros: Works without any problems.

Cons: Pricey for what this is.

Other Thoughts: Would have preferred something less expensive, but iMac compatibility was #1 requirement on the list. Fortunately, this adapter has been flawless so far.

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  • Frank T.
  • 12/14/2013 9:45:22 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Ethernet Adapter

Pros: -Purchased the adapter specifically for the NVIDIA Shield.

-Works as advertised; no drivers, just plug and play.

-Getting gigabit LAN speeds.

-Sale $25 and free 2 day shipping!

Cons: Priced higher than other ethernet adapters, however other adapters do no work with the shield. So technically not a CON.

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