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Sonnet launches Thunderbolt 2 Twin 10G network adapter

updated 02:20 pm EDT, Wed September 3, 2014

New device features failover, wake-on-lan, driverless installation

Sonnet Technologies today announced the Twin 10G Thunderbolt 2 to Dual-Port Copper 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) Adapter, a near-plug-and-play solution for adding 10GbE network connectivity to any computer with Thunderbolt 2 or Thunderbolt ports. Featuring 20Gbps Thunderbolt 2 technology, the Twin 10G enables users to connect to high-speed infrastructure and storage systems using the 10GbE standard -- offering up to 10 times the performance of Gigabit Ethernet.

Thunderbolt-certified for OS X and Windows, Sonnet's Twin 10G is equipped with two RJ45 and two Thunderbolt 2 ports. Using RJ45 connectors, the Twin 10G is able to connect to 10 Gigabit infrastructure via CAT-6 or CAT-6A copper cabling at distances up to 55 or 100 meters, respectively. Through one of its two Thunderbolt 2 ports, the Twin 10G connects to the computer through an included Thunderbolt cable; the second Thunderbolt port supports daisy chaining up to six devices.

Link aggregation of the device's two 10GbE ports increases throughput beyond what a single connection can sustain. Transparent failover between 10GbE ports keeps the computer connected in case a single cable is disconnected or one of the ports fails. Wake-on-LAN support enables users to remote wake the attached computer when needed, without otherwise wasting energy. The Sonnet adapter is configured through the OS X Network control panel or Windows Device Manager.

The Twin 10G (part number TWIN10G-TB2) will be available in October for $599.





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  1. danviento

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 12-28-05

    So will this allow thunderbolt-using mobile devices to connect to ethernet where CAT is available and WiFi is not?

  1. Mike Wuerthele

    Managing Editor

    Joined: 07-19-12

    Well, yeah, but it's super-overkill for that. A $10 USB adapter makes a lot more sense for that.

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