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Plugable 2.5G USB C and USB to Ethernet Adapter, 2-in-1 Adapter Compatible with USB C/Thunderbolt 3 or USB 3.0, USB-C to RJ45 2.5 Gigabit LAN Ethernet Adapter Compatible with Mac, Windows, and Linux

4.3 out of 5 stars 194 ratings

Price: $30.95
Brand Plugable
Hardware interface USB, Ethernet, USB 3.0, Thunderbolt
Data link protocol IEEE 802.1Q, USB, Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet
Item weight 102 Grams

About this item

  • FASTER THAN GIGABIT - Add a new generation of Ethernet to your existing PC with more than double the performance of a traditional Gigabit Ethernet connection when used with switches or routers capable of 2.5Gbps
  • KEEP USB UNIVERSAL - This network adapter includes an attached USB-C to USB 3.0 adapter, allowing you to easily use it with any type of USB port you may have (USB 3.0 required for full performance)
  • USE EXISTING CABLING - 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet signals are designed to work on existing Category 5e cabling. Simply add 2.5Gbps-capable switches to your network and add these adapters for substantially faster LAN transfers
  • OS COMPATIBILITY - Works with all modern versions of Windows (10, 8.x, and 7), macOS (10.7 and above), and Linux (Kernel 3.2 and above). However, a driver download and install may be required on older OS and Kernel versions
  • 2 YEAR WARRANTY - We love our Plugable products, and hope you will too. This product is covered by a 24 month limited warranty as well as Seattle-based email support

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Product Description

Plugable, ethernet, adapter, USBC-E2500

Get the Most out of Wired Connection Speeds

The Plugable 2.5 Gbps USB Ethernet Adapter (USBC-E2500) is for users looking to move beyond Gigabit Ethernet speeds. With this 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet adapter, you can leverage existing Cat 5e Ethernet cables and use less-costly switches to more than double the performance of your local network, compared to traditional Gigabit Ethernet. The adapter has a USB-C port that works with USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 ports on your computer, it also includes an attached USB-C to USB 3.0 adapter so you can also use this adapter on computers that only have standard USB 3.0 ports.

Some common uses include:

  • Adding wired 2.5 Gigabit network support to Windows desktops, Ultrabooks, 2-in-1s, tablets, or notebooks—as well as Mac and Linux systems
  • Replacing or upgrading network adapters for your computer
  • USB network adapters can improve transfer speeds compared to 10/100/1000 adapters, and most wireless networks
  • Adding additional network interfaces, and transferring files peer-to-peer over Ethernet

Please note, this adapter is not a solution for connecting USB devices like printers, hard drives, etc to a network. This adapter cannot be used to share Ethernet, WiFi, or mobile data between multiple devices.

Ethernet, USBC, Adapter, Plugable

Technical Specifications

Inside the adapter is a Realtek RTL8156 chipset for fast 10/100/1000/2500Mbit network speeds and with all Thunderbolt 3, USB 3.0, 3.1, 3.2, and 2.0 hosts. (USB 2.0 will limit the performance of the adapter.)

Drivers built into Windows 10, 8.x, and 7 as well as macOS 10.7 and above (driver install requried for 2.5Gbps link rate and jumbo frames), and Linux kernel 3.2 and above.

In the Box

  • USB 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet Adapter with attached USB-C to USB-A adapter
  • Quick Install Guide

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Legal Disclaimer:

The Plugable 2.5GBPS USB Ethernet Adapter (USBC-E2500) is for users looking to move beyond Gigabit Ethernet. With 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet adapters, you can leverage existing Cat 5e Ethernet cables and use less-costly switches to more than double the performance of your local network compared to traditional Gigabit Ethernet. Whether you’re running Windows, macOS, or Linux, you can easily add 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet adapters to any system with an available USB 3.0 or USB-C port, thanks to the attached USB-C to USB-A adapter. Note: A driver download may be necessary on older operating systems or kernels. Most modern operating systems are plug-and-play. Features Chipset: Realtek RTL8156 Link Rates: 100mbps (100BASE-TX), 1000mbps (1000BASE-TX), and 2500mbps (2.5GBASE-T) with Auto Negotiation Additional Features: 9k Jumbo Frame Support, Auto MDI-X (Crossover Detection and Correction), and IEEE 802.1Q VLAN support (Depending on OS), and Power/Activity LEDs In the Box USB 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet Adapter with attached USB Type-C to USB Type-A adapter Quick Install Guide


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Reviewed in Australia on 29 January 2021
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Mick
5.0 out of 5 stars Bargain of the century (Works on iPad at 1Gbe)
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 October 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bargain of the century (Works on iPad at 1Gbe)
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 October 2020
My MacBook 16" has 10Gbe (OWC adapter), I have a 10GBE network via Unifi and Netgear switches and Cat8 cabling, Having invested in my network and NAS drives, my Surface Pro 7 felt a little left out, I had ordered the Qnap 5Gbe adapter and decided to try one of these so it could join in the fun.
I didn't expect much but, wow, it's a bargain, it works well, (Tip Windows will update the driver, but there's a much newer one available which lets you select Jumbo frames and seems faster Look for Realtek RTL8156 drivers).
For the price I am getting around 220-300 Megabytes per second transferring from my two NAS drives, its fast, stable and cheap and for the price is an incredible bargain.

I also bought the QNAP device (5Gbe USB adapter) and its around 50-80MBps faster, but over 3 times the price, so you pays your money and you take your choice, both are very good devices though.

I also tested this with my iPad Pro (2018), it works, (see pictures) but only at 1Gbe not 2.5Gbe. But if you need an ethernet adapted for your iPad that might be supported one day, look no further.
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mr paul draper
3.0 out of 5 stars beyond gigabit
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 August 2020
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Jonathan H
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good but with a couple of problems
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 January 2021
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John, Glasgow
5.0 out of 5 stars DOES work on Android 9 Pie+
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 3 September 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars DOES work on Android 9 Pie+
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 3 September 2020
So read this does not work on Android as no drivers available.

Plugged the USB C side into my Moto Z2 Force (Android 9 Pie) so should work on newer versions and connected via Ethernet cable and disabled my WIFI/DATA.

This is what i got in photo bellow.
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J B Harding
4.0 out of 5 stars Handy ethernet dongle
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 September 2020
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