Sonnet has just announced today, the compact Presto Gigabit USB 3.0, a USB 3.0-to-Gigabit Ethernet adapter. The Presto adapter makes available to users a simple way to add Gigabit Ethernet-wired networking connectivity to their Mac and Windows computers with USB 3.0 ports while at the same time taking advantage of the 5 Gb/sec SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface to carry full Gigabit speed performance with duly prepared computers. Besides this, the Sonnet adapter is also backward-compatible with USB 2.0.
Ever since we have got thinner and lighter computers in the market, manufacturers persist to get rid of the ports that were once standard. As far as we recall, the first to go was the bulky RJ-45 connector for Ethernet, the wired networking interface standard. This connector is no longer found on popular computers such as the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and many Ultrabook devices. This gap has been removed by Sonnet’s Presto Gigabit USB 3.0 adapter facilitating wired file access and sharing at up to 1 Gb/sec.
The Presto Gigabit USB 3.0 adapter offers an added advantage 1000/100/10BaseT auto negotiation and full/half duplex communication, providing convenience to connect simply and easily with most of the networks. Other than this, it also provides jumbo packet transfers (compared to 1,500-byte standard packets) for maximum performance and compact overhead while transferring heavy files. This adapter is quite energy-efficient while in use, and burns down less power when no data is being broadcasted. It comes with a short USB 3.0 cable to keep the device close to the computer so that’s it is easy to keep a look on its power, link, and activity LED indicators.
It is now available at a retail price of $39.