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    Xx_Black-out's Avatar
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    Oct 02, 2012
    Greenville, SC
    15" rMBP with a 1.21jigawatt flux capacitor
    Question "Cheap" solution for extra USB ports on Macbook Pro Retina ???
    I'm looking forward to the Belkin dock, even at $200+ but until it comes out, I need a temporary solution. Is there any reason this wouldn't work?...

    Thunderbolt to Ethernet adapter


    Ethernet (male) to USB (female) adapter

    As crude as it may be, this essentially would turn a Thunderbolt port into a USB port capable of running a mouse or keyboard...right? I haven't tried it yet but plan on it, depending on feedback from this thread.


    Thunderbolt to Ethernet

    Ethernet (male) to USB (female)

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    bobtomay's Avatar
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    Dec 22, 2006
    Texas, where else?
    15" MBP '06 2.33 C2D 4GB 10.7; 13" MBA '14 1.8 i7 8GB 10.11; 21" iMac '13 2.9 i5 8GB 10.11; 6S
    You can't go "ethernet to usb" - that's not going to work.
    The signal has to be converted from ethernet to usb - there is no converter, that I am aware of, that will do this.
    Any adapter you find such as the above is a scam.

    Just get a powered USB hub if all you need are additional USB ports.

    (There are "usb to ethernet" adapters.)
    I cannot be held responsible for the things that come out of my mouth.
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