Solo10G (Thunderbolt 2 Edition)
Solo10G (Thunderbolt 2 Edition)

Solo10G (Thunderbolt 2 Edition)

10GBASE-T Thunderbolt 2 to 10 Gigabit Ethernet Adapter with NBASE-T Support

Super-fast 10GBASE-T Connectivity Now at a Breakthrough Price for Thunderbolt 2

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 10GBASE-T 10GbE network connectivity to Mac® and Windows®(1) or Linux® computers with Thunderbolt 2 ports.

Computers with Thunderbolt 2 Ports

Connect to 10GbE Infrastructure

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.

Key Features

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Adds 10GBASE-T (Copper) 10GbE Connectivity

Adds an RJ45 10 Gigabit Ethernet port to your computer with Thunderbolt 2 ports.

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Cost-Effective

Low-cost adapter connects to 10GbE infrastructure via inexpensive Cat 6 or Cat 6A cables at distances up to 55 or 100 meters, respectively.

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20Gbps Thunderbolt 2 Interface

Connects to any Thunderbolt 2 computer port, or at the end of a Thunderbolt 2 device daisy chain.

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Supports NBASE-T (Multi-Gigabit) Standard

5 Gb/s and 2.5 Gb/s speeds supported over inexpensive Cat 5e (or better) cabling at distances up to 100 meters when used with a multi-Gigabit switch or router.

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Advanced Features

Audio Video Bridging (IEEE 802.1Qav, AVB) and Energy-Efficient Ethernet (IEEE 802.3az) supported.

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Easy Setup

Configure the adapter's settings using operating system tools.

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Small and Silent

Adapter is pocketable and uses no fan, perfect for use in noise-sensitive environments.

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Bus-Powered, Energy Efficient

Powered through its Thunderbolt connection, the Solo10G requires no power adapter.

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Rugged Construction

Aluminum enclosure withstands heavy use.

Free Lifetime Tech Support

Free Lifetime Tech Support

Sonnet was established in Irvine, California in 1986. Since then, we’ve pioneered and brought to market many innovative and award-winning products that enhance the performance and connectivity of Mac, Windows, and other industry-standard computers. Many of our employees (including engineers) have been with the company for more than 20 years (some have been here since the beginning). We have a wealth of knowledge about our current and past products. Should you ever need technical support on one of our products, contact us; we’ll be around to help you.

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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.

Simple Setup

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(2), or Linux command line (or graphical utility). How’s that for simple?

Advanced Features, Intelligent Operation

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.

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Connect your computer to the switch or device's 10GbE ports via inexpensive Cat 6 or Cat 6A copper cabling

AVB Support

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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.(3)

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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.

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20Gbps Thunderbolt 2 Interface

Solo10G (Thunderbolt 2 Edition) features a 20Gbps Thunderbolt 2 Interface that connects to any Thunderbolt 2 computer port, or at the end of a Thunderbolt 2 device daisy chain.

Replaceable Captive Cable

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.

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Secure First

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.

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Why Choose Sonnet for 10Gb Ethernet Networking?

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  • One Provider – Every 10GbE Option
  • Single- and Dual-port 10GbE Adapters
  • SFP+ (Optical) Adapters
  • Thunderbolt and PCIe Card Adapter Options
  • Adapters for both Thunderbolt 2 and Thunderbolt 3 Computers
  • We are 10Gb Ethernet Experts

10GbE Ethernet Networking Products Comparison Chart

Thunderbolt 3 and Thunderbolt 2 Adapters • PCIe Cards
Solo10G PCIe Card

Solo10G PCIe Card

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Interface(s)

  • RJ45 port

10G Support

  • Cat 6A (100m)
  • Cat 6 (55m)

5G/2.5G Support

  • Cat 5e (100m)

Controller

  • Aquantia AQC107S

macOS §

  • macOS 10.13.6+

Windows

  • Windows 10, 8, 7
  • Server 2016, 2012

Linux, FreeBSD, VMware

  • Linux
Solo10G SFP+ PCIe Card

Solo10G SFP+ PCIe Card

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Interface(s)

  • SFP+ Socket

10G Support

  • SFP+ SR Module Included

5G/2.5G Support

-

Controller

  • Aquantia AQC100S

macOS §

  • macOS 10.13.6+

Windows

  • Windows 10, 8, 7
  • Server 2016, 2012

Linux, FreeBSD, VMware

  • Linux
Presto 10GbE PCIe Card

Presto 10GbE PCIe Card

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Interface(s)

  • 2 x RJ45 port

10G Support

  • Cat 6A (100m)
  • Cat 6 (55m)

5G/2.5G Support

  • Cat 5e (100m)

Controller

  • Intel x550

macOS §

  • macOS 10.8.5+

Windows

  • Windows 10, 8, 7
  • Server 2016, 2012, 2008 R2

Linux, FreeBSD, VMware

  • Linux
  • FreeBSD
  • VMware
Presto 10GbE SFP+ PCIe Card

Presto 10GbE SFP+ PCIe Card

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Interface(s)

  • 2x SFP+ Sockets

10G Support

  • SFP+ Module*

5G/2.5G Support

-

Controller

  • Intel 82599

macOS §

  • macOS 10.8.5+

Windows

  • Windows 10, 8, 7
  • Server 2016, 2012, 2008 R2

Linux, FreeBSD, VMware

  • Linux
  • FreeBSD
  • VMware
Solo10G (Thunderbolt 2 Edition)

Solo10G (Thunderbolt 2 Edition)

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Interface(s)

  • RJ45 port

10G Support

  • Cat 6A (100m)
  • Cat 6 (55m)

5G/2.5G Support

  • Cat 5e (100m)

Controller

  • Aquantia AQC107S

macOS §

  • macOS 10.13.6+

Windows

  • Windows 10 (64-bit edition)

Linux, FreeBSD, VMware

  • Linux Kernel 5.0+
Twin10G (Thunderbolt 2 Edition)

Twin10G (Thunderbolt 2 Edition)

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Interface(s)

  • 2 x RJ45 ports

10G Support

  • Cat 6A (100m)
  • Cat 6 (55m)

5G/2.5G Support

  • Cat 5e (100m)

Controller

  • Intel x550

macOS §

  • macOS 10.8.5+

Windows

  • Windows 10 (64-bit edition)

Linux, FreeBSD, VMware

  • Linux Kernel 5.0+
  • VMware
Twin10G SFP+ (Thunderbolt 2 Edition)

Twin10G SFP+ (Thunderbolt 2 Edition)

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Interface(s)

  • 2x SFP+ Sockets

10G Support

  • SFP+ module*

5G/2.5G Support

-

Controller

  • Intel 82599

macOS §

  • macOS 10.8.5+

Windows

  • Windows 10 (64-bit edition)

Linux, FreeBSD, VMware

  • Linux Kernel 5.0+
  • VMware
Solo10G (Thunderbolt 3 Edition)

Solo10G (Thunderbolt 3 Edition)

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Interface(s)

  • RJ45 port

10G Support

  • Cat 6A (100m)
  • Cat 6 (55m)

5G/2.5G Support

  • Cat 5e (100m)

Controller

  • Aquantia AQC107S

macOS §

  • macOS 10.13.6+

Windows

  • Windows 10 (64-bit edition)

Linux, FreeBSD, VMware

  • Linux Kernel 5.0+
Solo10G SFP+ (Thunderbolt 3 Edition)

Solo10G SFP+ (Thunderbolt 3 Edition)

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Interface(s)

  • SFP+ Socket

10G Support

  • SFP+ SR Module Included

5G/2.5G Support

-

Controller

  • Aquantia AQC100S

macOS §

  • macOS 10.13.6+

Windows

  • Windows 10 (64-bit edition)

Linux, FreeBSD, VMware

  • Linux Kernel 5.0+
Twin10G (Thunderbolt 3 Edition)

Twin10G (Thunderbolt 3 Edition)

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Interface(s)

  • 2x RJ45 ports

10G Support

  • Cat 6A (100m)
  • Cat 6 (55m)

5G/2.5G Support

  • Cat 5e (100m)

Controller

  • Intel x550

macOS §

  • macOS 10.12.6+

Windows

  • Windows 10 (64-bit edition)

Linux, FreeBSD

  • Linux Kernel 5.0+
Twin10G SFP+ (Thunderbolt 3 Edition)

Twin10G SFP+ (Thunderbolt 3 Edition)

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Interface(s)

  • 2x SFP+ slots

10G Support

  • SFP+ Module*

5G/2.5G Support

-

Controller

  • Intel 82599

macOS  §

  • macOS 10.12.6+

Windows

  • Windows 10 (64-bit edition)

Linux, FreeBSD

  • Linux Kernel 5.0+
* 10GBASE-SR, 10GBASE-LR or 10GBASE-T SFP+ transceiver(s), or SFP+ cable(s) required, sold separately.
† 5Gb/s and 2.5Gb/s speeds supported when used with NBASE-T compatible (multi-Gigabit) switches.
‡ Intel X550 supports NBASE-T only under Windows and Linux. A firmware update may be required.
§ All products listed here are macOS Mojave compatible. Sonnet recommends macOS 10.13.6+ when connecting via SMB protocol.
‖ VMWare supported in conjunction with Mac Pro 5,1.
See Tech Specs for footnotes.
Product specifications and information subject to change without notice. Computer hardware and accessories featured in photos that are not included with product are shown for illustration purposes; items sold separately.

Solo10G (Thunderbolt 2 Edition)