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

10GbE IconVideo 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®(1) computers with Thunderbolt 2 ports.

10x the Performance of Gigabit Ethernet

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. 

10Gb/s Speed - CAT 6 or CAT 6A Offers Up to 55 or 100m

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

Captive Thunderbolt 3 Cable

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. 

Lock IconSecure 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.

AVB Support

AVB Support

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.(2)

 

Key Features

Adds 10GBASE-T (Copper) 10GbE Connectivity—Adds an RJ45 10 Gigabit Ethernet port to your computer with Thunderbolt 2 ports

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

20Gbps Thunderbolt 2 Interface—Connects to any Thunderbolt 2 computer port, or at the end of a Thunderbolt 2 device daisy chain

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

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

Easy Setup—Configured through macOS Network control panel or Windows Device Manager

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

Bus-Powered, Energy Efficient—Powered through its Thunderbolt connection, the Solo10G requires no power adapter

Rugged Construction—Aluminum enclosure withstands heavy use

Thunderbolt Certified for Mac & Windows

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NBASE-T Ethernet bugNBASE-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.

 

CAT 5e with NBase-T Support

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.

 

Advanced Features


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Rugged Aluminum Enclosure

Pocketable, Bus-Powered, and 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.

 

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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 or Windows Device Manager. How’s that for simple?

Sonnet 10 Gigabit Ethernet PCIe Cards & Thunderbolt Adapters

Product
Interface(s)
10G Support
5G/2.5G Support
Controller
macOS§
Windows
Linux,
FreeBSD
RJ45 Port
CAT 6A (100m)
CAT 6 (55m)
CAT 5e (100m)
Aquantia AQC107S
macOS 10.13.6+
Windows 10, 8, 7;
Server 2016, 2012
Linux
SFP+ Socket SFP+ SR Module Included   Aquantia AQC100S macOS 10.13.6+ Windows 10, 8, 7;
Server 2016, 2012
Linux
2x RJ45 Ports CAT 6A (100m)
CAT 6 (55m)
CAT 5e (100m)‡ Intel X550 macOS 10.8.5+ Windows 10, 8, 7;
Server 2016, 2012,
2008 R2
Linux, FreeBSD, VMware
2x SFP+ Sockets SFP+ Module*   Intel 82599 macOS 10.8.5+ Windows 10, 8, 7;
Server 2016, 2012,
2008 R2
Linux, FreeBSD, VMware
RJ45 Port CAT 6A (100m)
CAT 6 (55m)
CAT 5e (100m) Aquantia AQC100S macOS 10.13.6+ Windows 10
(64-bit edition)
 
2x RJ45 Ports CAT 6A (100m)
CAT 6 (55m)
CAT 5e (100m)‡ Intel X550 macOS 10.8.5+ Windows 10
(64-bit edition)
VMware
2x SFP+ Sockets SFP+ Module*   Intel 82599 macOS 10.8.5+ Windows 10
(64-bit edition)
VMware
RJ45 Port CAT 6A (100m)
CAT 6 (55m)
CAT 5e (100m) Aquantia AQC107S macOS 10.13.6+ Windows 10
(64-bit edition)
 
SFP+ Socket SFP+ SR Module Included   Aquantia AQC100S macOS 10.13.6+ Windows 10
(64-bit edition)
 
2x RJ45 Ports CAT 6A (100m)
CAT 6 (55m)
CAT 5e (100m)‡ Intel X550 macOS 10.12.6+ Windows 10
(64-bit edition)
 
2x SFP+ Sockets SFP+ Module*   Intel 82599 macOS 10.12.6+ Windows 10
(64-bit edition)
 

* 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 conjuction with Mac Pro 5,1.

 Computer hardware shown in photos for illustration purposes; items sold separately. See package contents for items included with adapter.
See Tech Specs Tab for footnotes
Part No.  
SOLO10G-TB2 Solo10G™ SFP+ Thunderbolt™ 2 Edition 10GBASE-T/NBASE-T Ethernet Thunderbolt 2 Adapter
Hardware  
Warranty 2-year
Form Factor Thunderbolt 2 adapter
External Connectors One RJ45 port
10GbE Controller Aquantia AQC-100S
Network Support 10GBASE-T
100 meter using CAT 6A cabling
55 meters using CAT 6 cabling

5GBASE-T(4), 2.5GBASE-T(4), 1000BASE-T, 100BASE-TX
100 meters using CAT 5e (or better) cabling
Packets Maximum packet size: 16352 bytes (jumbo frames) 9000 bytes under macOS®
Controller Aquantia AQC-100S
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)
  • Interrupt coalescing
  • Multicast filtering
  • 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 (32ºF to 95ºF)
Dimensions (WxDxH) 3.1 x 4.5 x 1.1 in. (79.5 x 114 x 27.2 mm)
Weight (approximate) 0.54 lbs. (0.24 kg)
RoHS Compliant Yes
Package Contents
  • Solo10G Thunderbolt 2 Edition
    10GBASE-T/NBASE-T Ethernet Thunderbolt 2 Adapter with captive 0.5-meter Thunderbolt 2 cable
  • Documentation

 

Specifications subject to change without notice.

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Mac® Compatibility

Mac with Thunderbolt 2 ports

macOS High Sierra (10.13.6+)

macOS Mojave compatible

Windows® Compatibility(5)

Computer with Thunderbolt 2 ports

Windows 10 (64-bit Edition Version 1809 or greater)



Technical Notes

  1. Windows computers require the latest BIOS and Thunderbolt drivers to support this product. Check with your computer manufacturer for update information.
  2. Switch/router must support AVB to support this feature.
  3. VMWare supported in conjuction with Mac Pro 5,1.
  4. 2.5/5G speeds are supported when used with NBASE-T compatible (multi-Gigabit) switches.
  5. Windows computers require the latest BIOS and Thunderbolt drivers to support this product. Check with your computer manufacturer for update information.

 

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