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Computers with Solo10G SFP+ Thunderbolt 3 Adapter

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

Technical advances plus cheaper gear have enabled creators to capture and output more content than ever at 4K and higher resolutions. The resulting files are larger, too. When moving all that data between your computer and networked storage, a simple Gigabit Ethernet connection can negatively impact your productivity. For post-production shared storage workgroups and other bandwidth-intensive workflows, you need more speed—10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) is the new data transfer standard. Affordable switches have lowered costs for setting up 10GbE infrastructure; however, the price of adding fiber optic client connectivity has remained high. Now, there is an equally affordable 10GbE interface for your Mac® or Windows®(1) computer with Thunderbolt™ 3 ports—Sonnet’s Solo10G™ SFP+ Thunderbolt 3 Edition adapter, a powerfully simple solution for adding blazing-fast fiber optic 10GbE network connectivity at a breakthrough price.

The Solo10G SFP+ Thunderbolt 3 Edition adapter includes a 10GBASE-SR (short-range) SFP+ transceiver (the most commonly-used optical transceiver), enabling you to connect your computer to 10GbE infrastructure via LC optical cable (optical cables sold separately) at distances up to 300 meters.

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

Key Features

Adds 10GbE Connectivity—Powerfully simple way to add high-performance 10GbE connectivity via optical cable to your computer with Thunderbolt 3 ports

Cost-Effective—Low cost adapter includes 10GBASE-SR (short-range) SFP+ transceiver; supports connection up to 300 meters to 10GbE infrastructure via LC multi-mode fiber optic cable (sold separately)

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

Energy Efficient—Supports the Energy-Efficient Ethernet (IEEE 802.3az) standard to reduce the adapter’s power demands on your computer

Easy Setup—Configured through macOS Network control panel or Windows(1) 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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Computers with Solo10G SFP+ Thunderbolt 3 Adapter

10GbE IconSafe and Secure

As a networked conduit into your computer, the Solo10G SFP+ adapter 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 Solo10G adapter’s firmware from being reprogrammed except by a manufacturer’s update using a secure encryption key.

Replaceable Captive Cable

Through the use of a captive cable, the Solo10G SFP+ 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.

Captive Thunderbolt 3 Cable

 

Advanced Features, Intelligent Operation

The Solo10G SFP+ 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 also supports the Energy-Efficient Ethernet standard (IEEE 802.3az), which reduces the adapter’s power demands on your computer.

Sonnet SFP+ TransceiversAdditional SFP+ Transceiver Choices

Sonnet includes a short-range multi-mode fiber SFP+ module (up to 300 meters), part number G10E-SFP-SR, with the Solo10G adapter. Sonnet also offers a long-range single-mode fiber module (up to 10 kilometers), part number G10E-SFP-LR (sold separately); and a 10GBASE-T copper module (up to 30 meters using CAT 6A cables), part number G10E-SFP-T (sold separately). Alternatively, you can use cost-effective direct-attach Twinax copper cables up to 10 meters long(2).

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Rugged Aluminum Enclosure

Pocketable, Bus-Powered, and Silent

Unlike most 10GbE adapters, the Solo10G SFP+ is pocketable—measuring only 3.1 inches wide by 4.9 inches deep by 1.1 inches tall—and bus-powered to enable truly portable use without a power adapter. Designed using the latest technologies, and wrapped in a rugged aluminum case, the Sonnet adapter is cool running and doesn’t need a fan, allowing silent and energy-efficient operation.

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Simple Setup

How simple? Connect the Solo10G SFP+ adapter to your computer and 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(3) Device Manager.

 

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 AQC107S 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)
Linux
SFP+ Socket SFP+ SR Module Included   Aquantia AQC100S macOS 10.13.6+ Windows 10
(64-bit edition)
Linux
2x RJ45 Ports CAT 6A (100m)
CAT 6 (55m)
CAT 5e (100m)‡ Intel X550 macOS 10.12.6+ Windows 10
(64-bit edition)
Linux
2x SFP+ Sockets SFP+ Module*   Intel 82599 macOS 10.12.6+ Windows 10
(64-bit edition)
Linux

* 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.
¶ Linux supports Sonnet Thunderbolt 3 10Gb Ethernet Adapters, but does not support Thunderbolt 3 hot plug or hot unplug. Plug in Sonnet adapters before booting.

 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-SFP-T3 Solo10G™ SFP+ Thunderbolt™ 3 Edition 10 Gigabit Ethernet Thunderbolt 3 Adapter with Short-Range SFP+ Transceiver

G10E-SFP-SR

SFP+ Transceiver (Short-Range)
- Included

G10E-SFP-LR

SFP+ Transceiver (Long-Range)
– Sold Separately

G10E-SFP-T

SFP+ Transceiver (10GBASE-T)
– Sold Separately

Hardware  
Warranty 2-year
Form Factor Thunderbolt 3 adapter
External Connectors One SFP+ socket
10GbE Controller Aquantia AQC-100S
Network 10 Gigabit Ethernet
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, 5Gb/s, 2.5Gb/s, 1Gb/s
Advanced Features
  • Flow control support
  • MSI (Message Signaled Interrupts)
  • RSS (Receive-Side Scaling)
  • Interrupt coalescing
  • Multicast filtering
  • Energy-Efficient Ethernet (IEEE 802.3az)
  • 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 4.9 x 1.1 in. (79.5 x 124.5 x 27.2 mm)
Weight (approximate) 0.56 lbs. (0.25 kg)
RoHS Compliant Yes
Package Contents
  • Solo10G SFP+ Thunderbolt 3 Edition adapter
  • 10GBASE-SR (short-range) SFP+ transceiver
  • Documentation

 

Specifications subject to change without notice.

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Mac® Compatibility

Mac with Thunderbolt 3 ports

macOS High Sierra (10.13.6+)

macOS Mojave compatible

Windows® Compatibility(1)

Computer with Thunderbolt 3 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. All cables sold separately.
  3. Driver download and installation required for use with Windows.

 

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