Plugable USB 3.0 Gigabit Ethernet Adapter

Note: macOS 10.15 Catalina not supported at this time. See this blog post for additional details.

Customer Reviews

  • “Windows 8 recognized it immediately and I was up and running.” W. Thompson
  • “I have used this product many times now and have found it to be of high quality and works flawlessly. I would recommend it to anyone needing a USB 3.0 to Gigabit Ethernet adapter.” Doolin23

Common Uses

  • Any Windows, Linux, or Chrome OS laptop lacking a built-in Ethernet port.
  • One of a limited set of adapters which works with the Nintendo Switch for faster, low-latency network connections
  • Sharing your internet connection to another device from a Windows PC.
  • Replacing a damaged Ethernet port without opening a PC case.
  • Connecting to faster, more reliable wired networks to avoid reception issues with WiFi.

To maximize network access speeds, select a USB 3.0 SuperSpeed Gigabit network adapter if your computer has a USB 3.0 port. USB 2.0 gigabit adapters are limited to maximum speeds of 480 Mbps by the USB 2.0 bus, while USB 3.0 bus allows the USB3-E1000 to realize the full potential of a Gigabit network, since it isn’t limited by the USB bus speed. Testing in the Plugable lab using the iperf application on a local server have yielded speeds up to 890 Mbps. However real-world speeds around 400-600 Mbps are more realistic. When accessing sites on the internet, the bandwidth provided by your Internet service provider will likely determine your ultimate speeds.


  • High performance packet transfer rate over USB bus using proprietary burst transfer mechanism (US Patent Approval).
  • USB 3.0 male A to RJ45 female adapter supporting gigabit Ethernet at USB 3.0 speeds.
  • Supports all USB 3.0 power saving modes (U0, U1, U2, and U3).
  • Supports 10/100/1000 with auto-sensing (IEEE 802.3, 802.3u, and 802.3ab).
  • IPv4/IPv6 checksum offload engine, crossover detection and auto-correction, TCP large send offload and IEEE 802.3az Energy Efficient Ethernet.
  • Supports dynamic cable length detection and dynamic power adjustment Green Ethernet (Gigabit mode only).
  • Click here for additional technical feature details.


  • Microsoft signed 32/64-bit drivers for Windows 10, 8.1/8, 7, Vista, XP
  • Drivers built into the Nintendo Switch
  • macOS 10.15 Catalina not supported at this time. See this page for details: USB Ethernet Adapter not working after macOS Catalina 10.15 Update? We can help!. 10.6 – 10.14 requires latest driver via download. If you have a USB-C Mac, we recommend our Plugable USBC-TE1000 with built-in drivers in macOS.
  • Linux kernels prior to 3.9 require rebuild of kernel module from source.
  • Chrome OS support with latest updates.
  • Not compatible with ARM-based Windows RT systems (MS Surface, Asus ASUS VivoTab RT).
  • Not compatible with Android tablets, Tivo Series 2, or Wii, although our other USB Network Adapters may work on these systems.
  • Click here to view the USB3-E1000 driver installation page with driver downloads and additional driver versions.

Included in Package USB 3.0 to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter with:

  • Standard USB type A connector to PC and female RJ45 jack to network
  • Quick Install Guide
  • Driver Disk for Windows


What do the green and amber LEDs on the Plugable USB3-E1000 indicate?

The green link LED on the Plugable USB3-E1000 is an indication that the Ethernet cable plugged into the adapter is live and it stays steady as long as the live cable is plugged in. The blinking amber activity LED is an indications that data is transferring through the adapter. Both these LEDs will not light up when:

  1. The adapter is not receiving enough power because it is plugged into a port that does not provide the required 900mA (max) of power.
  2. The drivers for the adapter have not installed properly or are corrupted.
  3. The Ethernet Cable plugged in is not live or is faulty.
  4. The adapter has failed.

Are there any known software conflicts?

macOS 10.15 Catalina not supported at this time. See this page for details: USB Ethernet Adapter not working after macOS Catalina 10.15 Update? We can help!

For Mac users, there is a known conflict with the Android File Transfer Program.

Are there any known hardware conflicts?

There is known conflict with the Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro’s USB 3.0 port and the USB3-E1000. Symptoms include sudden loss of connectivity and failing of transferring files across a network. The current workaround is to use the USB 2.0 port. We are working with ASIX and Lenovo to resolve this known bug.