It's become routine: Each new update of Mac OS X macOS breaks third-party drivers and applications. This time it's many popular third-party USB 3.0 Gigabit Ethernet adapters that don't work. But have no fear! It's a simple fix! I've got a few different USB 3.0 Gigabit Ethernet dongles: One from Cable Matters (from Amazon) and another by j5 Create (from Best Buy). Both … [Read more...] about USB Ethernet Not Working in macOS 10.12 Sierra?
I've really enjoyed experimenting with the Raspberry Pi, and have even deployed a few as UNIX servers in my home and office network. The quad-core performance of the latest Pi models is awesome, but serious I/O limitations remain. With just one USB 2.0 interface shared for all network and storage operations, you aren't going to be able to do much with the Pi. That's why I was … [Read more...] about Here’s Something Your Raspberry Pi Can’t Do: Gigabit Ethernet and SATA in the Olimex A20-OLinuXIno-LIME2
After some frustration with stability and latency connecting my virtual pfSense router to my cable and DSL modems, I decided to switch to a physical box. I selected the Netgate RCC-VE 2440 as my hardware platform, since it's the same box that pfSense themselves use as their OEM bundle. It also checks all the boxes with a dual-core Atom CPU, four Gigabit Ethernet ports, and … [Read more...] about The Ideal pfSense Platform: Netgate RCC-VE 2440
For the most part, inexpensive Ethernet switches are interchangeable. You buy whichever gigabit switch is cheapest and has the right number of ports for you. And they're amazingly cheap - I picked up an 8-port D-Link gigabit switch the other day for under $40! They're all the same inside anyway, and they're all merely adequate at sending packets hither and yon. But … [Read more...] about Review: TP-LINK TL-SG2424 Smart Gigabit Ethernet Switch for Home or Office
Dreaming of a single-cable docking station for my MacBook Pro, but not wanting to beta test the Belkin Thunderbolt dock, I decided to build my own using USB 3.0. This meant buying a sizable powered USB 3.0 hub (I chose the well-regarded Satechi "10 port" model) as well as a USB 3.0 Ethernet adapter. I already had a number of fantastic external drives, my Unicomp keyboard, and a … [Read more...] about Cable Matters USB 3.0 Gigabit Ethernet Adapter: Hands-On Review