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Speed Up Productivity 10X with the OWC Thunderbolt 3 10G Ethernet Adapter

OWC Thunderbolt 3 10G Ethernet Adapter

Introducing the OWC Thunderbolt™ 3 10G Ethernet Adapter. With real-world speed over 900MB/s, you can transfer a 50GB file in under a minute, perform video editing, and live stream gaming sessions.

Connecting the OWC Thunderbolt 3 10G Ethernet Adapter to your Thunderbolt 3-equipped Mac or PC adds warp speed file transfers to your workflow. Now you can access 10GBASE-T 10Gb Ethernet networks or Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices to transfer large multimedia files at over 900MB/s real-world speed. While improving project efficiency and workgroup collaboration with the quickest network connection available, the OWC Adapter is also backward compatible with other Ethernet standards, including 5GBASE-T, 2.5GBASE-T, 1000BASE-T, and 100BASE-Tx. 

Bottleneck-Free Editing Collaboration

Improving project efficiency and workgroup collaboration, the Thunderbolt 3 10G Ethernet Adapter keeps teams aligned and project budgets in check. It gives multiple workstations the maximum data capacity for sharing and editing creative content requiring large volumes of data like video, animation, and graphics. Editing can take place directly from files on a shared RAID storage device without the inefficiencies of downloading files to individual workstations.

Maximizes Small Office or Home Office Networks

Without having to incur the extra expense of a full 10Gb Ethernet network yet maintain optimum performance, creative professionals in SMBs or home offices connect to a 2.5-5Gb/s equipped router or switch. Unfortunately, these pros are often limited to Gigabit Ethernet (1Gb/s) speed by their computer. By merely adding the OWC Thunderbolt 3 10G Ethernet Adapter to their machine, photographers, videographers, musicians, and other creative pros can now enjoy greater signal reliability, stability, and security with up to 5x faster speed on 2.5-5Gb/s networks and up to 10x faster speed on 1Gb/s Ethernet networks.

OWC Thunderbolt 3 10G Ethernet Adapter sitting on a desk with a computer
If you’re a video editor, creative pro, musician, or gamer, you can experience blazing-fast transfer speeds with signal reliability, stability, and security wherever you work or play.

Dramatically Increases Performance and ROI of Existing Networks

With an ideal combination of affordability and performance, most wired local area networks installed over the past two decades utilize Cat5e or Cat 6 copper cabling. Those setups are limited to a maximum 1Gb/s speed. With built-in 2.5GBASE-T and 5GBASE-T technology (formerly NBASE-T), the OWC Thunderbolt 3 10G Ethernet Adapter can deliver up to 5Gb/s speed over existing cabling for up to a 500% performance increase and maximum infrastructure ROI.

Pro Audio Video AVB Ready 

Time-sensitive data such as audio and video media streams require Audio Video Bridging (IEEE 802.1Qav, AVB) ready gear. No sweat…the OWC Thunderbolt 3 10G Ethernet Adapter can stream high volumes of high-quality data in real-time to multiple destinations with very low latency over an existing network cable.

Access Your Work and Home Computer Anytime, Anywhere 

The Wake-on-LAN support can easily wake a hibernated Windows or sleeping Mac computer for remote system management, program use, and stored file access. Instead of having an “always on” system wasting energy and your hard-earned money, you can keep a work or home computer in a low power state of readiness that’s accessible anytime, anywhere.


  • Blazing-fast: over 900MB/s real-world-tested transfer speed for large file transfers, video editing, and live streaming gaming sessions
  • Compatible: use with any Thunderbolt 3-equipped Mac or Windows computer
  • Capable: Up to 100-meter cable distance with Cat6a for 10G, Cat6 for 5G, and Cat5e for 2.5G
  • Smart: supports auto-negotiation for 10Gb/s, 5Gb/s, 2.5Gb/s, 1Gb/s and 100Mb/s Base-T Ethernet standards
  • Accessible: Wake-on-LAN ready for remote access of home or work computer
  • AVB ready: perfect for use in pro audio and video applications where synchronization of data streams is critical
  • Cost-effective: 2.5GBASE-T and 5GBASE-T technology (formerly NBASE-T) provides up to 500% faster performance over existing cabling
  • Cool: ventilated aluminum heatsink housing maximizes heat-dissipating airflow
  • Easy setup: connect the included Thunderbolt 3 cable and connect to your network
  • Covered: 1-year OWC Limited Warranty


The Thunderbolt 3 10G Ethernet Adapter is available now at with an MSRP of $149.00.

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  • I just purchased a refurbished MacBook Pro 2013 and I need something to connect it to my Printer (that uses an Ethernet cord).

  • Does this device need a driver? I have had a bad experience with a Thunderbolt 3 multi-port adapter (purchased from OWC) that has an Ethernet port because a driver is needed to make that port accessible to the Mac, but the driver requires elaborate setup because it conflicts with Apple’s current “sandboxing” requirements and seems to have stopped working altogether after a recent MacOS update.

    • Hi William, no driver is needed for this device on a Mac. A driver is required for use with a Windows 10 machine.

  • This comment was posted on Appleinsider. Any response?

    FYI: If this adapter is like previously available 10gbe adapters, it uses a lot of power. Its use may prevent use of another dongle in the 2nd port of the same TB3 bus, and its use will impact battery life (when not on A/C, naturally).