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Blazing-fast 10GBASE-T Connectivity
As network bandwidth demands for post-production and shared storage workflows have increased, 10Gb Ethernet has become the new data transfer standard. Very affordable 10Gb Ethernet switches have significantly reduced the cost of setting up a 10GbE infrastructure, resulting in very rapid adoption. Now, for computers with a Thunderbolt 3 port, there is an equally affordable Thunderbolt to 10Gb Ethernet adapter—Sonnet’s Solo10G (Thunderbolt 3 Edition) adapter, a powerfully simple solution for adding blazing-fast 10GBASE-T 10GbE network connectivity to any Mac®, Windows®, or Linux® computer with Thunderbolt 3 ports.
Connect to 10GbE Infrastructure
The Solo10G adapter is equipped with a single RJ45 socket, enabling it to connect to 10GbE infrastructure via inexpensive Cat 6 or Cat 6A copper cabling at distances up to 55 or 100 meters, respectively.
Pocketable. Bus-Powered. Silent.
The Solo10G is pocketable—measuring just 3.1 inches wide by 4.5 inches deep by 1.1 inches tall—and bus-powered to enable truly portable use without a power adapter. Wrapping the latest technologies in a rugged aluminum case, Sonnet designed a cool-running adapter that doesn’t need a fan, allowing silent and energy-efficient operation.
Connect the Solo10G adapter to your computer, and the adapter to the network switch or directly to 10GbE-enabled storage, and then configure the adapter’s settings through the macOS® Network control panel, Windows Device Manager(3), or Linux command line (or graphical utility). How’s that for simple?
Advanced Features, Intelligent Operation
The Solo10G (Thunderbolt 3 Edition) adapter attains its high throughput performance and low host-CPU utilization through functions such as flow control, 64-bit address support for systems using more than 4GB of physical memory; and stateless offloads such as TCP, UDP and IPv4 checksum offloading. These processes enable your computer to perform better while large files transfers or high I/O operations take place. This Sonnet adapter supports Energy-Efficient Ethernet (IEEE 802.3az), which reduces the adapter’s power demands on your computer.
Ethernet Networking Illustration
Connect your computer to the switch or device's 10GbE ports via inexpensive Cat 6 or Cat 6A copper cabling
Audio Video Bridging (IEEE 802.1Qav, AVB) support makes the adapter perfect for use in pro audio and video applications where synchronization of data streams is critical.(1)
NBASE-T Support for Faster Transfers Across Existing Cabling
If your facility has Cat 5e wiring installed already, you can still get a great performance gain—from 250 to 500 percent over Gigabit Ethernet speed—without rewiring! The Solo10G adapter supports the NBASE-T™ industry-standard of 2.5/5 Gb link speeds, which enables greater than Gigabit Ethernet speeds over Cat 5e (or better) cabling when used with an NBASE-T compatible (multi-Gigabit) switch or router. Now you can deploy the same adapter across your organization for users supported by different Ethernet cabling infrastructures.
Thunderbolt 3 – The USB-C That Does It All
Solo10G (Thunderbolt 3 Edition) features a 40Gbps Thunderbolt 3 Interface that connects to any Thunderbolt 3 computer port, or at the end of a Thunderbolt 3 device daisy chain.
Replaceable Captive Cable
Through the use of a captive cable, the Solo10G adapter’s Thunderbolt connector remains firmly connected to it at all times. Should the cable ever break, it can easily be replaced with an approved replacement cable available from Sonnet or a Sonnet-authorized reseller.
Safe and Secure
As a networked conduit into your computer, the Sonnet Solo10G was designed with essential security features. Incorporating encryption in hardware, the Sonnet adapter is protected against malicious modification of its firmware. Any unauthorized attempt at firmware modification to facilitate surreptitious computer access would render the adapter inoperable. This secure design prevents the Solo10G adapter firmware from being reprogrammed except by a manufacturer’s update using a secure encryption key.
- Mac (Intel® or M1) with Thunderbolt 3 ports
- macOS 10.13.6+
- macOS Big Sur compatible
- PC with Thunderbolt 3 ports
- Windows 10 (64-bit Edition Version 1809 or greater)
- Linux computer with Thunderbolt 3 ports
- Linux Kernel 5.0+
Thunderbolt 3 adapter
One RJ45 socket
- 10GBASE-T (100 meters using Cat 6A cabling; 55 meters using Cat 6 cabling)
- 5GBASE-T(2), 2.5GBASE-T(2), 1000BASE-T(2), 100BASE-TX (100 meters using Cat 5e [or better] cabling)
Maximum packet size: 16352 bytes (jumbo frames); 9000 bytes under macOS
Data Rates Supported
10 Gb/s, 5 GB/s, 2.5 Gb/s, 1 Gb/s, 100 Mb/s
- Flow control support
- MSI (Message Signaled Interrupts)
- RSS (Receive-Side Scaling)
- Interrupt coalescing
- Multicast filtering
- Energy-Efficient Ethernet (IEEE 802.3az)
- AVB (IEEE 802.1Qav, Audio Video Bridging)
- 64-bit address support for systems using more than 4GB of physical memory
- Wake-on-LAN support
- TCP, UDP and IPv4 checksum offloading
- TSO (TCP Segmentation Offload, AKA Large Send Offload)
- LRO (Large Receive Offload)
- RSS (Receiver Side Scaling)
0ºC to 35ºC (32ºF to 95ºF)
3.1 x 4.5 x 1.1 in. (79.5 x 114 x 27.2 mm)
0.54 lbs. (0.24 kg)
- RoHS 3 (Directive 2015/863)
- IEC62368-1 and IEC62368-2
U.S. Government Information Systems Compliance
Compliant with TITLE V; GENERAL PROVISIONS: Section 514 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018, Public Law 115-141
- Solo10G (Thunderbolt 3 Edition) adapter with captive 0.2-meter Thunderbolt 3 (40Gbps) cable