Consumers’ pursuit of a more portable, thin version means a sacrifice on the port, and the RJ45 Ethernet port is often the most vulnerable to vendor-cut because it hasn’t changed over the years. For some consumers, they prefer Wi-Fi wireless solutions, but for some they are more confident about the stability and high speed that traditional cables bring.
At this year’s CES show, Plugable introduced a new USB-C 2.5G network card with a suitable cable. “Plugable 2.5 Gigabit USB Ethernet Adapter is the best way to get your laptop and computer to enjoy faster wired connectionspeeds,” says Plugable. Plugable 2.5 Gigabit USB Ethernet Adapter is the only 2.5 Gigabit USB solution available for USB-C-to-USB-A port adaptation, allowing easy upgrade spree for any USB SuperSpeed (USB 3.0/3.1) laptop or computer. “
“Most devices and networks now use Gigabit Ethernet,” the company added. With hardware support (switches and routers), 2.5 Gigabit delivers more than twice as much performance as existing Cat 5e or higher-level cables. The adapter is backward compatible with earlier network standards such as gigabit (10/100/1000) networks, supports autonegotiation, and is compatible with full- or half-duplex networks, making it ideal for current and future network connections. “
Plugable offers the following specifications
Realtek RTL8156 chipset
USB connection: USB-C or USB 3.0 with additional adapter. Ultra-high speed USB 3.0 / USB 3.1 Gen 1
Transfer rate: 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T and 2.5GBASE-T (IEEE 802.3bz), with auto-negotiation
Compatibility: Windows 10, 8.x and 7, macOS 10.7 and later, Linux Kernel 3.2 and later
Plugable 2.5 Gigabit USB Ethernet Adapter will go on sale in q2 2020 for a retail price of $49.99.