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Sonnet intros USB to 5GbE adapter for Mac, Windows and Linux

Sonnet Technologies has introduced the Solo5G USB 3 to 5Gb Ethernet (5GbE) adapter. Featuring NBASE-T (multigigabit) Ethernet technology, the Sonnet Solo5G adapter adds 5GbE and 2.5GbE network connectivity to an array of computers, allowing for superfast data transfers over the existing Ethernet network cabling infrastructure found in most buildings today.

Measuring 1.5 inches wide by 3.25 inches deep by 0.7 inches tall, the Solo5G is a compact, fanless 5GbE adapter for Mac, Windows and Linux computers. Equipped with an RJ45 port, the adapter supports 5GbE and 2.5GbE (5GBASE-T and 2.5GBASE-T, respectively) connectivity via common Cat 5e (or better) copper cabling at distances of up to 100 meters. The adapter’s USB port connects to a USB-A, USB-C or Thunderbolt 3 port on the computer and is bus-powered for convenient, energy-efficient and portable operation.

Cat 5e and Cat 6 copper cables — representing close to 100% of the installed cable infrastructure in enterprises worldwide — were designed to carry data at only up to 1Gb per second. NBASE-T Ethernet was developed to boost the speed capability well beyond that limit. Sonnet’s Solo5G takes advantage of that technology.

When used with a multigigabit Ethernet switch or a 10Gb Ethernet switch with NBASE-T support — including models from Buffalo, Cisco, Netgear, QNAP, TrendNet and others — the Sonnet adapter delivers performance gains from 250% to 425% the speed of Gigabit Ethernet without a wiring upgrade. When connecting to a multigigabit Ethernet-compatible switch is not possible, the Solo5G also supports 1Gb/s and 100Mb/s link speeds.

Sonnet’s Solo5G includes 0.5-meter USB-C to USB-C and USB-C to USB-A cables for connecting the adapter to the computer, saving users the expense of buying a second cable when needed.

The Solo5G USB-C to 5 Gigabit Ethernet adapter is available now for $79.99.


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