Plugable USB Type-C Gigabit Ethernet Adapter

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

Common Uses

  • Upgrading a USB Type-C Dell XPS, HP Spectre, Chromebook Pixel 2015 and more to wired gigabit speeds.
  • Connecting to faster, more reliable wired networks to avoid reception issues with WiFi.
  • Anyone with a USB 2.0 Ethernet adapter on a USB Type-C system interested in improving connection speeds.
  • Sharing your internet connection to another device from a Windows PC.
  • Replacing a damaged Ethernet port without opening a PC case.

To maximize network access speeds, select a USB Type-C SuperSpeed Gigabit network adapter if your computer has a USB Type-C 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 USBC-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 Type-C male to RJ45 female adapter supporting gigabit Ethernet at USB Type speeds.
  • Supports all USB 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
  • Note: macOS 10.15 Catalina not supported at this time. See this blog post for additional details. 10.6 – 10.14 requires latest driver via download.
  • 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 USBC-E1000 driver installation page with driver downloads and additional driver versions.

Included in Package USB Type-C to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter with:

  • Standard USB Type-C connector to PC and female RJ45 jack to network
  • Quick Install Guide
  • Driver Disk for Windows and Mac

Device Compatibility
This USBC-E1000 adapter is compatible with all Windows 10 and 8.1 tablets with USB-C port. On Windows 10 and 8.x computers, the drivers are pre-installed. Apple macOS devices running 10.15 or later are not supported. Earlier versions (10.6 – 10.14) will require drivers to be installed. Linux OS with Kernel version 3.9 and newer have pre-compiled drivers built-in, older kernel versions will require manual kernel drivers to be compiled. Support in Android is determined by the device manufacturer as drivers must be included in the system build for the specific OS version and device build.


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

The orange link LED on the Plugable USBC-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 green 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?

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 port and the chipset on the USBC-E1000. Symptoms include sudden loss of connectivity and failing of transferring files across a network. The current workaround is to use the a USB 2.0 port. We are working with ASIX and Lenovo to resolve this known bug.