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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Getting your Apple USB Ethernet Adapter to work on your Windows 7/8 64-bit computer

My dear spouse just came back from a business trip and bought me a "nice" present: a shiny Apple (remind me to somehow hide the logo) USB Ethernet Adapter. The people in the store told her it would work just fine with her computer (and mine - A Microsoft Surface Pro, which doesn't come with Ethernet, but which of course has USB). Of course, it didn't.

So, I plugged it in the Surface Pro. As expected, no drivers :-(

Searching the internet did not reveal immediately a (good) solution - I did find some hacked about archive containing drivers for Win98 to WinXP, but nothing suitable. Which got me thinking for 5 minutes. All these iSheep using their Mac with Bootcamp must be able to use this thing. So, I headed over to the Apple support website, where you can download the Bootcamp support software (http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1638). This is one huge archive containing all drivers you would need to get your Mac to work with Win7/8.

So, one task remained: finding out where the driver for my shiny new adapter was to be found. Again, this was made more difficult than necessary: Apple couldn't simply name the directories referring to the device names, but instead had to use the manufacturer of the chipset ... A little poking revealed that the driver I needed for this Apple thingy is found in the Asix folder. After you extract and execute the single .exe in that folder, you have your driver nicely installed. No need to play games with unsigned drivers and the like.

All in all, more difficult than necessary ... hope this helps someone else facing the same hurdles.

29 comments:

  1. Thanks for this post! I also installed on Surface Pro w/ Win8 and worked great.

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  2. So many unuseful info on the web about this... until we find you article. Thanks so much. AA

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  3. Works great. You save me hours of research.
    Thanks a lot!!

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  4. Thanks a lot!!!!! I've bought an Apple USB Ethernet Adapter and this is exactly what i need :)

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  5. Apple adapters are a help to people or say condolence to the deaths occured.

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  6. Thanks for posting accurate and helpful directions to make best use of other folk's investments in the fruit company! Saved me $30 :-) and works perfectly.

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  7. Thank you; I am going back to the iStore to get the dongle. Was there last night and all the techies failed to assist

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  8. hi..Im student from Informatics engineering, this article is very informative, thanks for sharing :)

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  9. Thank you a million times over!! This exact same issue came up for me at work and this post saved me hours of headaches trying to find the driver!

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  11. http://speedy.sh/SBBMg/AsixSetup64.exe this is the DL link for the correct driver so you don't have to download the whole bootcamp zip file. It works perfectly on my surface pro now! Thanks for the tip!!!

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  12. Brilliant idea. Works like a charm!

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  13. Bootcamp immediately came to mind when I saw it needed a driver, but thanks for doing the research and finding it, great post, thanks a million!!

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  14. Installed Windows7 on old HP/Compaq microtower and could not find any drivers for my old ethernet card. Have a MAC with un-used USB to ethernet which I installed using your procedure, and I am connected! Thanks!

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  15. Thanks for the info, the Staples guy said it wouldn't work... proved a 19 year old schmuck wrong!

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  16. thank ypu much, it works, many thanks

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  18. Thank you, very useful indeed.

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  19. This was really helpful - thank you!

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