More and more laptops today are shipping without hardwired Ethernet networking ports, but the whole world isn’t covered in WiFi just yet. Thankfully, USB to Ethernet adapters have sprung up to fill that gap on both Macbooks and PC laptops, as well as Google Chromebooks. Here is an assortment of the best USB to Ethernet adapters we could find, as well as USB-C to Ethernet adapters:
Here’s a basic USB to Ethernet adapter. While it advertises itself as a USB 3.0 to Ethernet adapter, it also works perfectly well on regular old USB 2.0 ports if your laptop doesn’t have USB 3.0. It works on both Macbooks and PCs and has a small light which indicates network connectivity, once you’ve plugged in to your Ethernet cable.
If your laptop only has a couple USB ports, it can be tricky to sacrifice one of them just to plug in an Ethernet converter. Luckily, here’s a USB to Ethernet and USB 3.0 hub which plugs into your USB port and provides you with an Ethernet port and three additional USB ports. Works on Mac OS 10.6+ as well as Windows XP and higher.
Many new laptops like Chromebook Pixels and Macbooks are shipping with only USB-C ports which are smaller than the normal USB Type A ports that we’re all used to. So here’s a USB Type C to Ethernet adapter for laptops with these smaller ports. It works on Macs, PCs and Chromebook Pixels.
If your new laptop has only USB C ports, this is a great product. It provides you with three USB Type A ports (the normal rectangular USB ports that most external hard drives, mice and other peripherals still use) and a Gigabit Ethernet networking port. Works with Macs, Google Chromebook Pixel, and Windows computers running XP and higher.