A New Thunderbolt Strike From Sonnet



The latest product in Sonnet Technologies’ line of Thunderbolt 3 to 10 Gigabit Ethernet adapters is now available for public consumption.

Introducting the Solo 10G Thunderbolt 3Edition, which adds 10GbE network connectivity with any Mac or PC-based computer with a Thunderbolt 3 port.

This gives users the ability to connect their computer via copper cables to high-speed network infrastructure and storage systems using the 10GbE standard.

The Solo 10G Thunderbolt 3 adapter is equipped with an RJ45 port, enabling 10Gb connectivity via CAT 6 or CAT 6A copper cabling at distances of up to 55 or 100 meters, respectively. The adapter connects to a single Thunderbolt 3 port on the computer and is bus-powered. It measures 3.1 inches wide by 4.5 inches deep by 1.1 inches tall, and features an aluminum enclosure that eliminates the need for a fan.

“With content creation and output transitioning quickly to 4K and beyond, 10 Gigabit Ethernet has become the de facto data transfer standard for postproduction shared storage workgroups and other bandwidth-intensive workflows,” Sonnet CEO Robert Farnsworth said. “While very affordable 10 Gigabit Ethernet switches have significantly reduced the cost of setting up 10GbE infrastructure and accelerated its adoption, the cost of Thunderbolt to 10GbE adapters has remained the same since introduction. Now, for Mac and Windows computers, Sonnet’s Solo 10G Thunderbolt 3 Edition adapter is an equally affordable and powerfully simple solution for adding blazing-fast 10GBASE-T 10GbE network connectivity.”

The Solo 10G adapter also supports NBASE-T™ technology, a recent Ethernet standard that enables 2.5Gbps and 5Gbps speeds on existing CAT 5e (and better) cabling at distances of up to 100 meters.