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10GbE IconBlazing-Fast 10GBASE-T Connectivity at a Breakthrough Price

In recent years content creation and output have quickly moved from HD to 4K and beyond, making 10Gb Ethernet the new data transfer standard for post-production shared storage workgroups and other bandwidth intensive workflows. Very affordable 10Gb Ethernet switches with RJ45 (copper) have significantly reduced the cost of setting up a 10GbE infrastructure, resulting in very rapid adoption. Even the new iMac Pro™ includes 10Gb Ethernet as its standard network interface. Now, for computers with a Thunderbolt™ 3 port, there is an equally affordable Thunderbolt to 10Gb Ethernet adapter—Sonnet’s Solo 10G™ Thunderbolt 3 Edition adapter, a powerfully simple solution for adding blazing-fast 10GBASE-T 10GbE network connectivity to any Mac® or Windows®(1) computer with Thunderbolt 3 ports.

10x the Performance of Gigabit Ethernet

The Solo 10G adapter is equipped with a single RJ45 socket, enabling it to connect 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 priced at a level that seemed impossible even a year ago.

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

Through the use of a captive cable, the Solo 10G adapter’s Thunderbolt connector remains firmly connected to it at all times. Should the cable ever break, it can easily be replaced with an approved replacement cable available from Sonnet or a Sonnet-authorized reseller.

Safe and Secure

As a networked conduit into your computer, the Sonnet Solo 10G was designed with essential security features. Incorporating encryption in hardware, the Sonnet adapter is protected against malicious modification of its firmware. Any unauthorized attempt at firmware modification to facilitate surreptitious computer access would render the adapter inoperable. This secure design prevents the Solo 10G adapter firmware from being reprogrammed except by a manufacturer’s update using a secure encryption key.

Key Features

Adds 10GBASE-T 10GbE Connectivity—Adds an RJ45 10 Gigabit Ethernet port to your computer with Thunderbolt 3 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

40Gbps Thunderbolt 3 Interface—Connects to any Thunderbolt 3 computer port, or at the end of a Thunderbolt 3 device daisy chain

Supports NBASE-T 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 Solo 10G 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

Does your facility have 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 Solo 10G 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. This capability allows you to deploy the same adapter across an organization for users supported by different Ethernet cabling infrastructures.

CAT 5e with NBase-T Support

Advanced Features, Intelligent Operation

The Solo 10G Thunderbolt 3 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.

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)

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Rugged Aluminum Enclosure

Pocketable, Bus-Powered, and Silent

Unlike the vast majority of 10GbE adapters, the Solo 10G is pocketable—measuring a mere 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. Using the latest technologies and wrapping them 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

How simple? Connect the Solo 10G adapter to your computer, connect the adapter to the network switch or directly to 10GbE-enabled storage, and configure the adapter’s settings through the macOS® Network control panel or Windows Device Manager.

Solo 10G 10GbE Connected to MacBook Pro

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Sonnet 10 Gigabit Ethernet PCIe Cards & Thunderbolt Adapters

Sonnet 10GbE PCIe Cards and Thunderbolt Adapters Chart


 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-TB3

Solo 10G Thunderbolt 3 Edition 10GBASE-T/
NBASE-T Ethernet Thunderbolt 3 Adapter

Hardware  
Warranty 1-year
Form Factor Thunderbolt 3 adapter
External Connectors

One RJ45 socket

10GbE Controller Aquantia AQC-107S

Network Support

10GBASE-T
• 100 meters using CAT 6A cabling
• 55 meters using CAT 6CAT 6 cabling

5GBASE-T, 2.5GBASE-T(4), 1000BASE-T(4), 100BASE-TX
• 100 meters using CAT 5e (or better) cabling

Packets

Maximum packet size: 16352 bytes (jumbo frames)
9000 bytes under macOS®

Data Rates Supported

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

0.54 lbs. (0.24 kg)

RoHS Compliant

Yes

Package Contents
  • Solo 10G Thunderbolt 3 Edition
    10GBASE-T/NBASE-T Ethernet Thunderbolt 3 Adapter with captive 0.5-meter Thunderbolt 3 (40Gbps) cable
  • Documentation

Specifications subject to change without notice.

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Mac® Compatibility

Mac with Thunderbolt 3 ports

macOS High Sierra (10.13.4+)

Windows® Compatibility

Computer with a Thunderbolt 3 port

Windows 10 (64-bit Edition Version 1709 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. 10GBASE-SR, 10GBASE-LR, or 10GBASE-T SFP+ transceiver(s) required, sold separately.
  4. 2.5G/5G speeds are supported when used with NBASE-T compatible (multi-Gigabit) switches.
  5. Products with NBASE-T support 5Gb/s and lower speeds over CAT 5e (and better) cables.
  6. All products listed here are macOS High Sierra compatible. Sonnet recommends macOS 10.13.4+ when connecting via SMB protocol.



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