QNAP ships Mac-compatible USB-C to 5-gig Ethernet adapter

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QNAP on Thursday introduced the QNA-UC5G1T, an adapter bridging USB-C Macs with Ethernet connections running up to 5 gigabits per second.

The UC5G1T connects to a Mac using either a pure USB-C cable or a bundled USB-C-to-USB-A option, QNAP said. It's roughly palm-sized, and fully USB-powered. The Ethernet end is standard, and can be used with switches, modems, and network-attached storage, but 5-gigabit bandwidth requires a Cat 6 cable, and appropriate infrastructure.

The product isn't compatible with macOS, Windows, or even Linux out of the box. Owners must download the Aquantia AQC11U driver here.

QNAP didn't immediately offer pricing, and retailers like B&H and Newegg have yet to put up listings. Amazon is selling the product for $212 plus $40 in shipping, but that's likely a temporarily inflated import price, since QNAP is based in Taiwan.