Connect Your MacBook to the Internet Using an Ethernet Adapter

  Matt Cone       January 20, 2021      Tutorials Mac Network


Using an ethernet cable has always been a popular way to connect to the internet, but newer MacBooks don’t have ethernet ports. Fortunately, with the help of a low-cost ethernet adapter, you can connect an ethernet cable to your MacBook. The ethernet adapter is a dongle that plugs into your MacBook’s USB-C port.

We recommend the Belkin USB-C ethernet adapter. This adapter works natively with your MacBook and macOS, and it supports gigabit internet speeds.

Mac ethernet adapter

Here’s how to connect your MacBook to the internet using ethernet:

  1. Connect the Belkin USB-C ethernet adapter to your MacBook.

  2. Connect the ethernet cable to your router, then connect it to the ethernet adapter.

  3. From the Apple menu, select System Preferences. The window shown below appears.

    Mac system settings

  4. Click Network. Your MacBook should already have connected to the internet via ethernet, as shown below.

    Mac network system settings

Congratulations! Your MacBook is now connected to the internet using ethernet.

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