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Video content creation and output has moved on from 1080p HD to 4K and beyond, ushering in 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) as the new networking standard for post-production shared storage workgroups and other bandwidth-intensive workflows. On the infrastructure side, low-priced 10GbE switches with RJ45 (copper) have cut the cost of set up, resulting in very rapid adoption. The problem is, most computers aren’t equipped to get you connected. For computers with a Thunderbolt™ 2 port, there is now an equally affordable 10GbE adapter—Sonnet’s Solo10G™ Thunderbolt 2 Edition, a powerfully simple solution for adding blazing-fast 10GBASE-T 10GbE network connectivity to Mac® and Windows® computers with Thunderbolt 2 ports.
Equipped with a single RJ45 socket, the Solo10G adapter connects to 10GbE infrastructure via inexpensive CAT 6 or CAT 6A copper cabling at distances up to 55 or 100 meters, respectively. Oh, and it’s the lowest-priced Thunderbolt 2 10GbE adapter available.
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.
Equipped with a captive cable, the Solo10G adapter’s Thunderbolt connector remains firmly connected to it at all times without it being soldered in place. Should the cable ever break, it can easily be replaced with an approved replacement cable available from Sonnet or a Sonnet-authorized reseller.
The Solo10G Thunderbolt 2 Edition adapter was engineered with security features essential to today’s users. Incorporating encryption in hardware, the Sonnet network adapter is protected against malicious firmware modification which could enable covert computer access—instead, any unauthorized attempt to modify the firmware renders the adapter inoperable. These security features prevent the Solo10G adapter from being reprogrammed, except by a manufacturer’s update using a secure encryption key.
The Solo10G Thunderbolt 2 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.
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.
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 or Windows Device Manager. How’s that for simple?
For more information head over to the Sonnet website.
|Form Factor||Thunderbolt 2 adapter|
|External Connector||One RJ45 port|
|10GbE Controller||Aquantia AQC-107S|
|Network Support||10GBASE-T100 meter using CAT 6A cabling55 meters using CAT 6 cabling
5GBASE-T(4), 2.5GBASE-T(4), 1000BASE-T, 100BASE-TX100 meters using CAT 5e (or better) cabling
|Packets||Maximum packet size: 16352 bytes (jumbo frames) 9000 bytes under macOS®|
|Data Rate Supported Per Port||10 Gb/s, 5 Gb/s, 2.5 Gb/s, 1 Gb/s, 100 Mb/s|
|Advanced Features||Flow control support
MSI (Message Signaled Interrupts)
RSS (Receive-Side Scaling)
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
|Stateless Offloads||TCP, UDP and IPv4 checksum offloading
TSO (TCP Segmentation Offload, AKA Large Send Offload)
LRO (Large Receive Offload)
RSS (Receiver Side Scaling)
|Operating Temperature||0ºC to 35ºC|
|Dimensions (WxDxH)||79.5 x 114 x 27.2 mm|
|Package Contents||Solo10G Thunderbolt 2 Edition10GBASE-T/NBASE-T Ethernet Thunderbolt 2 Adapter with captive 0.5-meter Thunderbolt 2 cable
|Mac® Compatibility||Mac with Thunderbolt 2 ports
macOS High Sierra (10.13.6+)
macOS Mojave compatible
|Windows® Compatibility||Computer with Thunderbolt 2 ports
Windows 10 (64-bit Edition Version 1809 or greater)
|Linux Compatibility||Linux computer with Thunderbolt 3 ports|
|Specifications correct at time of publication|