Plugable USB 2.0 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet Adapter

  • “It is highly reliable, fast, and cool.” – Kasra
  • “Quit beating your head against a wall if you’re having troubles connecting to the network, and, Buy!” – Yaron, PA
  • “Works Great on my MacBook Air and Linux workstation.” – Jeff Jacobs
  • “My plugable usb ethernet adapter works on my NVIDIA Shield! Syncing from Box is very fast!” – Josh McAllister

Plug into any USB 2.0 laptop or desktop currently limited to 10/100 Ethernet, and benefit from faster transfers on your Gigabit Ethernet Network. USB 2.0 supports theoretical speeds up to 480Mbs. In practice, most machines will see up to a doubling of network speed by moving from 100Mbs Fast Ethernet to 1000Mbs Gigabit ethernet via USB. Also works on 10/100 Ethernet networks at their native speeds. INCLUDED IN PACKAGE: USB to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter, and Quick Install Guide and Driver CD inside package between paper sleeves.

Common Uses

  • Add an additional network interface to any Windows, Mac, or Linux computer via a simple USB adapter
  • Improve the connectivity speed of your current 100 Mbs Fast Ethernet computer when a Gigabit Ethernet network is available (see details below on Gigabit Ethernet over USB 2.0 speeds)
  • Improved connectivity speed vs. computers currently connected over WiFi/802.11 wireless networks


  • USB 2.0 male A to RJ45 female adapter supporting gigabit Ethernet at USB 2.0 speeds
  • Drivers for Windows 10, 8.1, 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP
  • Mac OS X 10.5-10.15
  • For macOS 11 Big Sur only: As of macOS 11 Catalina, the ASIX-provided drivers for 10.15 are no longer functional. These changes are a result of Apple’s implementation of DriverKit and changed requirements for drivers and installation in 10.15. Additionally, ASIX has discontinued the AX88178 IC utilized in the USB2-E1000. We do not expect drivers for this device to be provided by ASIX in the future. For more information, please find our blog post here.
  • Linux: built into kernel 3.2 and above.
  • Supports 10/100/1000 with auto-sensing (IEEE 802.3, 802.3u, and 802.3ab)
  • Supports auto MDIX (straight and cross cable auto-detection)
  • ASIX AX88178 Controller – Jumbo packets up to 9KB (Windows only), along with suspend mode and remote wake on LAN.

Driverless Support
Works using in-built drivers (no software install required) on

  • All Google Chromebook systems running latest updates (Chrome OS)
  • Supported Android devices (see compatibility list below)

The gigabit adapter does not have built-in drivers for Wii or Linux prior to kernel 3.2. For these, choose our 10/100 adapter Plugable USB2-E100 which has in-built support for these earlier systems.

Installing Drivers

There are 3 easy options for installing drivers.

  1. On Windows 10, 8.1, 8, and Windows 7 systems with Windows Update enabled, just leave the network cable connected to a different network adapter (so Windows Update can be reached) and just plug in the USB side of the adapter. Windows will look for the best driver.
  2. Drivers for many platforms (including Windows, Linux, Windows CE, etc.) are available for download. The complete list of drivers and supported platforms for the AX88178 chip in the Plugable USB2-E1000 is available on the ASIX AX88178 driver download page.
  3. Or use the drivers from the included CD-ROM.


Q. The network throughput of this USB2-E1000 adapter is slower than the Ethernet port of my PC.
A. As far as we have tested this adapter under ideal circumstances and heard back from our customers, the maximum speed of this adapter is 250-300 Mbps. If the network port of the PC was 10/100 Fast Ethernet, this adapter will be faster. It will be slower than a Gigabit Ethernet port, though.

Q. The network throughput of this USB2-E1000 adapter is slower than the WiFi connection.
A. Even though the throughput is limited by USB 2.0, this adapter is faster than almost all Wifi speeds. Many cases, the network speed is the issue. If you are interested in more details, please read through this related blog post that covers speed issues pretty extensively.

Q. Are there any known software conflicts?
A. For Mac users, there is a known conflict with the Android File Transfer Program.

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