- Technical Specifications
Ultra-Fast 10 Gb/s Network Connection
With increasing demands for greater data transfer speeds and more bandwidth over shared networks, and with specialized applications such as HD video editing using high-performance shared storage systems, 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) use has skyrocketed. This high-speed wired networking standard offers ten times the performance of Gigabit Ethernet, the common wired network connection included with most computers today. Sonnet offers a powerfully simple way to add dual-port 10GbE connectivity to your Mac Pro® or Windows® PC—the Presto 10GbE 2-Port.(1)
The Presto 10GbE 2-Port 10 Gigabit Ethernet PCI Express 2.0 adapter card enables you to connect your computer to high-speed infrastructure and storage without stepping down in speed. Setup is simple—install the low-profile card into an available x8 or x16 PCIe slot in your computer, install a driver, connect to the switch or 10GbE port via LC fiber optic or copper cable (sold separately), and then configure the card through the OS X® Network control panel or Windows® Device Manager. This Sonnet solution is perfect for high-performance computing where low latency, high bandwidth, and low CPU overhead are required. Its increased throughput performance and low host-CPU utilization are achievedwith stateless offloads, allowing your computer to perform better while large files transfers or high I/O operations take place.With its dual ports, this Sonnet adapter supports transparent failover to keep your computer connected in case a single cable is disconnected or one of the ports fails. When used with a Mac computer, it even supports link aggregation!
Provides 10GbE Connectivity to Mac Pro and Windows PCs—Powerfully simple way to add high-performance 10GbE connectivity to your computer with PCIe slots
Connection Flexibility—Choose either a short-range or a long-range SFP+ transceiver (sold separately), or a SFP+ terminated "Direct Attach" twinax copper cable (sold separately) to connect the Presto card to your network or storage
Simple Setup—Low-profile x8 PCI Express card installs into an available slot, provides a simple driver installation, and configures through OS X Network control panel or Windows Device Manager
Supports Transparent Failover—Keeps your computer connected in case a single cable is disconnected or one of the ports fails
Supports Link Aggregation with Mac Computers—Increases throughput beyond what a single connection can sustain
Flexibility of Short-Range or Long-Range SFP+ Transceivers
Sonnet offers two SFP+ transceiver options (sold separately), a short-range module (up to 300 meters, part number G10E-SFP-SR), and a long-range module (up to 10 kilometers, part number G10E-SFP-LR) that connect the Presto card via LC fibre optical cable (sold separately) to a network switch or storage. Also, there is the ability to use cost-effective direct-attached copper (up to 7 meters).
Optimized for Thunderbolt™
Got a Thunderbolt connection, but no PCIe slot? Presto 10GbE 1-Port is ideal for use in one of Sonnet's Echo Express Thunderbolt expansion chassis or the xMac mini Server—the combo enables you to add an ultra-fast 10GbE network connection to iMac®, Mac® mini, MacBook Air®, and MacBook Pro® computers.
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Mac Pro® (with card slots)
OS X® 10.6.8+
OS X Server 10.6.8+
OS X Yosemite compatible
PC desktop (with PCIe slots)
Windows® 8, 7, Vista®
Windows Server 2008 R2, Server 2008
Mac or PC with a Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2 port via a Thunderbolt-to-PCIe Card Expansion System