Plugable USB 3.0 Gigabit Ethernet Adapter Drivers

Note for Windows 10 users: Drivers for the USB3-E1000, the USBC-E1000, and USB3-HUB3ME (V1) are pre-installed in Windows 10, and there is no need to download drivers. Just plug in your adapter, wait a moment while the driver is set up, then access the network. If you have any problems with this, please contact us at

Click one of the buttons below to see drivers for that platform.



If you wish to pre-install drivers before your adapter arrives, just download and run the utility from the link below:

 Download Windows 8/8.1, 7, Vista, and XP drivers

After downloading, simply double-click on the .exe file to begin installation. You will receive a confirmation that the process has begun, and another upon successful completion- this should take less than a minute on most systems.

Note: ARM-based Windows 8/8.1 tablets such as the Microsoft Surface RT do not have drivers for the ASIX 88179 built in. ASIX does not provide a Surface RT compatible driver for installation.

Windows PC’s with internet access should automatically download and install drivers from Windows Update.

A driver CD-ROM* is also provided in the packaging with the product. *Please note that Windows 8/8.1 driver is not loaded on the CD, however it can be downloaded from the link above.


For macOS 10.6 through 10.14.x

To install the ASIX 88179 driver on macOS 10.6 through 10.14.x ONLY, download the driver from the link below:

 USB3-E1000 macOS 10.6 – 10.14.x Drivers v2.9 – 04/26/2017

  • macOS Universal Binary Driver (DMG file format)
  • For macOS 10.6-10.14.x
  • Note: macOS 10.13-10.14.x requires users to manually approve 3rd party extensions (drivers). Step-by-step instructions for doing so can be found in our blog post here
For macOS 10.15 Catalina and newer only:

As of macOS 10.15 Catalina, we no longer officially support ASIX USB Ethernet adapters in macOS due to a cumbersome installation process that does not meet our expectations, but, ultimately, is functional for most customers. These changes are a result of Apple’s implementation of DriverKit and changed requirements for drivers and installation in 10.15. For more information, please find our blog post here.

 USB3-E1000 macOS 10.15 and newer Drivers v2.16.0 Final Release – 01/30/2020

  • macOS Universal Binary Driver (DMG file format)
  • For macOS 10.15 and newer only
  • Instructions: We have written detailed installation instructions for assistance in this process due to the currently less user-friendly installation experience. The instructions can found in our blog post here

Linux kernels 3.8 and earlier require rebuild of kernel module from source. Recent distributions running 3.9 or later should have the driver built-into kernel.

 Driver source code (v1.8.0) for Linux kernel 2.6 and later (compile required)

Chrome OS

Chrome OS supported with latest software updates installed. The drivers are included as part of the kernel used by Chrome OS.

Latest drivers and other platforms

Please see the ASIX AX88179 driver download page for complete list of the latest drivers and supported platforms for the AX88179 chip in the Plugable USB3-E1000, USBC-E1000, and USB3-HUB3ME (V1), including minimal .inf packages for suitable for Windows deployment.