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Thanks OP. Will be interested to see how this works with my MBP.
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These are good for troubleshooting, recently had a customer with frequent disconnects issue and this helped to figure out if it's a hardware or software issue. Worth $7 just for that.
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WTH, in for one.
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These are good for troubleshooting, recently had a customer with frequent disconnects issue and this helped to figure out if it's a hardware or software issue. Worth $7 just for that.
Yup, also good for flashing when in recovery/restore mode
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I have a couple of usb-c network adapters (not this model) and would suggest that you to avoid them in favor of the regular usb-a ones if you can. I've been using ubs-c daily for several years now on phones and computers, and I'm definitely not a fan.

IMO, USB-C is not a good interface on computers. It's inherently unstable and I'm actually surprised it made it as far as it did but I'm guessing the need to make things plug in either way overcame common sense and testing. For anything other than small devices (phones/tables, etc.) it's problematic; lacking depth, a broad connecting surface, and solid attachment capabilities you will begin having trouble at some point.

If you want to get this because you think it's cheap, great. Just remember to buy a usb-c to usb-a adapter at the same time so when the network cable is pulling on the weak, poorly connected network adapter and making you lose the connection, you can replace it and get back to work..
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I have a couple of usb-c network adapters (not this model) and would suggest that you to avoid them in favor of the regular usb-a ones if you can. I've been using ubs-c daily for several years now on phones and computers, and I'm definitely not a fan.

IMO, USB-C is not a good interface on computers. It's inherently unstable and I'm actually surprised it made it as far as it did but I'm guessing the need to make things plug in either way overcame common sense and testing. For anything other than small devices (phones/tables, etc.) it's problematic; lacking depth, a broad connecting surface, and solid attachment capabilities you will begin having trouble at some point.

If you want to get this because you think it's cheap, great. Just remember to buy a usb-c to usb-a adapter at the same time so when the network cable is pulling on the weak, poorly connected network adapter and making you lose the connection, you can replace it and get back to work..
Interesting - I haven't had the same issues on my Macbook. Were your experiences with Windows or Macs? The high price of Macs typically results in simply better hardware which alleviates some issues. Some Windows laptops in the name of keeping prices low, use cheaper hardware. What about higher end Windows laptops that have high-quality hardware?

Worth noting I'm a Mac fan but this isn't anti-Windows at all - merely a reflection more of the price point and the resulting hardware you get.
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I have a couple of usb-c network adapters (not this model) and would suggest that you to avoid them in favor of the regular usb-a ones if you can. I've been using ubs-c daily for several years now on phones and computers, and I'm definitely not a fan.

IMO, USB-C is not a good interface on computers. It's inherently unstable and I'm actually surprised it made it as far as it did but I'm guessing the need to make things plug in either way overcame common sense and testing. For anything other than small devices (phones/tables, etc.) it's problematic; lacking depth, a broad connecting surface, and solid attachment capabilities you will begin having trouble at some point.

If you want to get this because you think it's cheap, great. Just remember to buy a usb-c to usb-a adapter at the same time so when the network cable is pulling on the weak, poorly connected network adapter and making you lose the connection, you can replace it and get back to work..
Several? First computers and phones with usb-c came out sometime in 2015. Maybe you shouldn't use cheap, non-compliant usb-c cables.
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I have a couple of usb-c network adapters (not this model) and would suggest that you to avoid them in favor of the regular usb-a ones if you can. I've been using ubs-c daily for several years now on phones and computers, and I'm definitely not a fan.

IMO, USB-C is not a good interface on computers. It's inherently unstable and I'm actually surprised it made it as far as it did but I'm guessing the need to make things plug in either way overcame common sense and testing. For anything other than small devices (phones/tables, etc.) it's problematic; lacking depth, a broad connecting surface, and solid attachment capabilities you will begin having trouble at some point.

If you want to get this because you think it's cheap, great. Just remember to buy a usb-c to usb-a adapter at the same time so when the network cable is pulling on the weak, poorly connected network adapter and making you lose the connection, you can replace it and get back to work..
i have been in love with USB-c. so much better than any other type in the past, and i haven't seen any issues you describe... are you buying cheap cables?
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Interesting - I haven't had the same issues on my Macbook. Were your experiences with Windows or Macs? The high price of Macs typically results in simply better hardware which alleviates some issues. Some Windows laptops in the name of keeping prices low, use cheaper hardware. What about higher end Windows laptops that have high-quality hardware?

Worth noting I'm a Mac fan but this isn't anti-Windows at all - merely a reflection more of the price point and the resulting hardware you get.
A common but trite misconception by apple users about the quality of mac parts. I'm not an apple fan, but it doesn't matter. (OT - Why do you think apple has abandoned so many of it's "great ideas"?. A: because they really weren't "great" ideas...)

It's the physical size of the connector and you can't change it. It doesn't matter if you're using a mac or a windows computer, the interface is standardized and the physics don't change. Any movement that pulls on the cable will have a tendency to weaken/loosen the fit and connection. There are no hooks, features, etc. to counter act the smooth double sided connector leaving you with an easy to connect, but also easy to disconnect adapter.

I guarantee, it will become more of a widely known problem as the interface expands to more devices, but for all practical purposes that expansion is still in it's infancy.


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i have been in love with USB-c. so much better than any other type in the past, and i haven't seen any issues you describe... are you buying cheap cables?
If you call these adapters (mine were 3x+ more expensive) cheap cables, then yes, but I quickly learned how bad they were and I've ditched them for better ones. I use usb-c for charging my computer daily, connecting external SSDs, USB hubs, etc. The interface is weak and a good quality cable does not, and will NOT change it. It's a matter of physics.

Again, on a phone it's fine, on a computer where there's any chance of a pull, you're going to regret it and the interface will absolutely begin to wear.
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Several? First computers and phones with usb-c came out sometime in 2015. Maybe you shouldn't use cheap, non-compliant usb-c cables.

Hmmm, ok.... Did it ever occur to you that there are people that are way ahead of you and get devices that you can't, or haven't had? And yes, I've been using phones (I have two within 1ft of me now) with the connectors since 2015 and computers since early 2016 (models that others couldn't get at the time and typing on one now). It's now 2018. Do the math. Do you know the difference between an "interface" and a "cable"? Do you even have a usb-c device?

Someone with your limited experience and knowledge should probably not make foolish assumptions in a public forum... You just look bad...
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I'm always so wary of these posts since some of them are targeted advertising. I currently have a gigabit adapter from another company which requires a driver and the stupid thing won't push higher than 85Mbps.
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A common but trite misconception by apple users about the quality of mac parts. I'm not an apple fan, but it doesn't matter. (OT - Why do you think apple has abandoned so many of it's "great ideas"?. A: because they really weren't "great" ideas...)

It's the physical size of the connector and you can't change it. It doesn't matter if you're using a mac or a windows computer, the interface is standardized and the physics don't change. Any movement that pulls on the cable will have a tendency to weaken/loosen the fit and connection. There are no hooks, features, etc. to counter act the smooth double sided connector leaving you with an easy to connect, but also easy to disconnect adapter.

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but there are 'hooks' or whatever... my cables snap in and hold tight. i think you are using poor quality cables.
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but there are 'hooks' or whatever... my cables snap in and hold tight. i think you are using poor quality cables.
Oy.. You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make'em think....

I don't know what's wrong with people, but it's NOT the cables I'm talking about, it's the interface. If you want to call cables directly from Google, Dell (on expensive chargers), LG, Motorola, etc. cheap and poor quality then knock yourself out, but if you're even remotely suggesting that this $7 connector/adapter is high quality, then we have little to discuss.

I'm sure we've all used cheap cables purchased on Amazon, ebay, or wherever - often for lots of money - and have had them fail quickly, but cables actually have little to do with it. Look at the port adapter on the computer. See anything that grabs the cable? Of course not. Know what happens when leverage is asserted on a small, insufficiently attached cable? It begins to loosen, and after time, it will begin to pull out easily. The weight of a long Ethernet cable connected to a lap-held laptop can easily exacerbate the issue. The only way to mitigate this is by having a stationary desktop or using a laptop on a flat desk with no movement.

Don't believe me? Fine. Just try it over the span of 6 months, or years such as I've done, and you'll see.... Good luck with that...


BTW - I've used ridiculously cheap cables on my phones over the last 2-1/2+ years and while the cables may break and stop charging, they don't destroy the interface because there's rarely any leverage on the it. That's not the case with an actively used laptop or any device that can, and might be moved.
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Oy.. You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make'em think....

I don't know what's wrong with people, but it's NOT the cables I'm talking about, it's the interface. If you want to call cables directly from Google, Dell (on expensive chargers), LG, Motorola, etc. cheap and poor quality then knock yourself out, but if you're even remotely suggesting that this $7 connector/adapter is high quality, then we have little to discuss.

I'm sure we've all used cheap cables purchased on Amazon, ebay, or wherever - often for lots of money - and have had them fail quickly, but cables actually have little to do with it. Look at the port adapter on the computer. See anything that grabs the cable? Of course not. Know what happens when leverage is asserted on a small, insufficiently attached cable? It begins to loosen, and after time, it will begin to pull out easily. The weight of a long Ethernet cable connected to a lap-held laptop can easily exacerbate the issue. The only way to mitigate this is by having a stationary desktop or using a laptop on a flat desk with no movement.

Don't believe me? Fine. Just try it over the span of 6 months, or years such as I've done, and you'll see.... Good luck with that...


BTW - I've used ridiculously cheap cables on my phones over the last 2-1/2+ years and while the cables may break and stop charging, they don't destroy the interface because there's rarely any leverage on the it. That's not the case with an actively used laptop or any device that can, and might be moved.
You either just love to argue with people or are just hard on your things.

I'm in the same boat as everyone else. USB-C is superior pretty much in every way to USB-A. I've had my MacBook for almost a year and half and none of the ports are loose.

So yeah, I'm gonna say that you are in the minority here. Maybe just go back to USB-A if you have such an issue?
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