USB 3.0 to Gigabit Ethernet NIC Network Adapter

Add Gigabit Ethernet network connectivity to a Laptop or Desktop through a USB 3.0 port

Product ID: USB31000S

3,6 stars (8 reviews) |
  • USB to RJ45 adapter supports Gigabit networking over USB 3.0
  • IEEE 802.3, 802.3u and 802.3ab (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, and 1000BASE-T) compatible
  • Powered directly from the USB ports
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€32,99 EUR excl. VAT
€39,26 EUR incl. VAT

The USB31000S USB 3.0 to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter adds a single RJ45 Ethernet port to a USB-enabled computer system, with support for Gigabit network connections at full bandwidth, unlike USB 2.0 adapters.

This compact USB 3.0 network adapter is backward compatible with older USB 2.0/1.x computer systems (speed limited by USB bus), making it the ideal portable replacement network adapter or laptop accessory. Plus, with support for features such as Jumbo Frames, VLAN tagging and Wake on LAN (WOL), the adapter offers a versatile Gigabit network solution for home and business users alike.

The USB31000S USB 3.0 Gigabit adapter is backed by a StarTech.com 2-year warranty and free lifetime technical support.

Applications

  • Add Gigabit Ethernet capabilities to a desktop or laptop, without opening the computer or taking up an available expansion slot
  • Replace a failed integrated network adapter with an external, USB Gigabit Ethernet connection, instead of having to open a desktop or laptop computer case
  • Connects your laptop PC to a Gigabit network or backbone - perfect for small or home offices, departmental network applications and network gaming
  • Transfer very large files over the network with access to true Gigabit speeds that USB 2.0 adapters cannot provide

The StarTech.com Advantage

  • Compatible with Gigabit Ethernet networks and powered via USB for versatility and portability as an add-on or replacement
  • Uses built-in Checksum and Large Send Offload support and Jumbo Frames, the Gigabit USB adapter helps conserve system resources
  • Backed by a StarTech.com 2-year warranty and free lifetime technical support

Partner Numbers

  • ALSO DEUTSCHLAND GMBH 2763721
  • UPC 065030848404

Compatibility

  • Windows 8 logo
  • Windows Server 2012 logo
  • Linux logo
  • Windows 7 logo
  • macOS Sierra (10.12) logo
  • macOS Mojave (10.14) logo
  • macOS High Sierra (10.13) logo
  • Windows 10 logo
  • Windows Server 2019 logo
  • Windows Server 2019 logo
  • Mac OS X El Capitan (10.11) logo
  • Windows Server 2016 logo
  • macOS Catalina (10.15) logo
  • Chrome OS logo
Windows® XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10
Windows® Server 2003, 2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2, 2016, 2019
Mac OS® 10.6 to 10.15VLAN tagging is currently not supported in Mac OS
Linux Kernel 2.6.25 to 4.11.x LTS Versions only
ChromeOS 55+

Specifications

Warranty Information Warranty 2 Years
Connector(s) Connector Type(s) 1 - RJ-45
1 - USB Type-A (9 pin) USB 3.0 (5 Gbps)
Environmental Operating Temperature 0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104°F)
Storage Temperature -20°C to 60°C (-4°F to 140°F)
Humidity < 80% RH
Hardware Ports 1
Interface RJ45 (Gigabit Ethernet)
Bus Type USB 3.0
Industry Standards IEEE802.3i, IEEE 802.3u, IEEE 802.3ab, IEEE 802.3az, IEEE 802.1q VLAN tagging
Chipset ID ASIX - AX88179
Indicators LED Indicators 1 - Activity (Yellow)
1 - Link (Green)
Packaging Information Package Height 40 mm [1,6 in]
Package Length 16,5 cm [6,5 in]
Shipping (Package) Weight 0,1 kg [0,3 lb]
Package Width 13 cm [5,1 in]
Package Quantity 1
Performance Max Distance 100 m / 330 ft
Type and Rate USB 3.0 - 5 Gbit/s
Compatible Networks 10/100/1000 Mbps
Auto MDIX Yes
Full Duplex Support Yes
Jumbo Frame Support 4K max.
Physical Characteristics Form Factor Attached Cable
Weight of Product 28 g [1,0 oz]
Color Black
Material Plastic
Cable Length 135 mm [5,3 in]
Product Length 6,7 cm [2,6 in]
Product Width 26 mm [1,0 in]
Product Height 1,6 cm [0,6 in]
Power Power Source USB-Powered
Software OS Compatibility Windows® XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10
Windows® Server 2003, 2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2, 2016, 2019
Mac OS® 10.6 to 10.15VLAN tagging is currently not supported in Mac OS
Linux Kernel 2.6.25 to 4.11.x LTS Versions only
ChromeOS 55+
Special Notes / Requirements System and Cable Requirements Available USB port
What's in the Box Included in Package 1 - USB 3.0 Gigabit Adapter
1 - Driver CD
1 - Instruction Manual

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Frequently Asked Questions

How To

Virtual local area network (VLAN) tagging requires that the network interface card (NIC) and the router or switch that you use support protocol IEEE 802.1q.

Depending on the NIC, you can set your VLAN ID in Device Manager.  Not all NICs that support VLAN tagging have this option.

Setting your VLAN ID in Device Manager

Note: Log in as the local administrator before continuing.

To open Device Manager:

  • Press Windows key + R
  • Type devmgmt.msc
  • Click OK.
  1. In Device Manager, open Network adapters.
  2. Right-click on the NIC and choose Properties.
  3. Click the Advanced tab.
  4. Scroll down to VLAN ID.
  5. Set the ID that you would like the NIC to have and click OK.

Setting up your VLAN Tagging and Setting a VLAN ID

How you perform this task depends on your router or switch.  Consult the manual or manufacturer of your router or switch for more details.

In your router or switch, you can VLAN tag a device by the VLAN ID if you set one previously, or by the MAC address of the computer.  Your router or switch will list all IP devices by MAC address.

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To confirm that Windows detects your USB device, complete the following:

  1. Press the Windows key+R, type devmgmt.msc, and press Enter.
  2. In Device Manager, under the appropriate heading, confirm that your expansion card is listed and that there isn't an exclamation mark next to it.  For example, a USB controller card would be under Universal Serial Bus controllers.

Your USB device is listed according to the name of the chipset. To determine the name of the chipset of your USB device, navigate to www.StarTech.com and look on the Technical Specifications tab for your product.

StarTech.com does not support a Preboot Execution Environment (PXE) as this requires third-party software. However, our devices can be used as long as the following conditions are met:

  1. The BIOS must support PXE.
  2. The BIOS must see the card.
  3. The environment must have drivers for the chipset used in the card.
  4. If using a USB networking card, the environment must have support for USB devices as well.

Installation

Prior to installing this device, ensure that your operating system is up to date (for example, you have installed the most recent service pack).

To install the driver:

  1. Download the latest drivers from the StarTech.com website (http://www.startech.com/Support). You can find the part number and product ID on the product’s packaging.

Note: Windows will typically save the files to the Downloads folder that is associated with your user account (for example, C:\Documents and Settings\your_name\My Documents\Downloads).

  1. Once the download is complete, right-click the zip folder that you downloaded, select Extract All, and follow the on-screen instructions.
  2. Select the appropriate folder for your operating system.
  3. Double-click Setup.exe.
  4. Follow the on-screen prompts to install the device drivers and restart the computer when prompted.
  5. Your computer will automatically complete the driver installation and your device should be ready to use.
  1. Download the latest drivers from the StarTech.com website at www.startech.com/Support. The part number and product ID are on the product packaging.

Note: Mac OS X usually saves the files to the Downloads folder that is associated with your user account and is located on the drive where Mac OS X is installed (for example, Macintosh HD\Users\your_name\Downloads).

  1. Double-click the [ASIX88179] Mac USB Network Adapter.zip file.
  2. Press and hold the Control key and click the dmg file.
  3. To mount a drive on the desktop, click Open.
  4. Double-click the drive that you just mounted on the desktop.
  5. Press and hold the Control key and click the setup file.
  6. Click Open.
  7. Complete the instructions to install the device drivers, and restart your computer when prompted to.
  8. After your computer restarts, connect the device to your computer.

Prior to installing this device, ensure that your operating system is up to date (for example, you have installed the most recent service pack).

To install the driver:

  1. Download the latest drivers from the StarTech.com website (http://www.startech.com/Support). You can find the part number and product ID on the product’s packaging.

Note: Windows will typically save the files to the Downloads folder that is associated with your user account (for example, C:\Users\your_name\Downloads).

  1. Once the download is complete, right-click the zip folder that you downloaded, select Extract All, and follow the on-screen instructions.
  2. Select the appropriate folder for your operating system.
  3. Right-click Setup.exe.
  4. Click Run as Administrator.

Note: If the Run as Administrator option is not available, you might be attempting to run the installer from within the zipped file. Extract the files using the instructions in Step 2.

  1. Follow the on-screen prompts to install the device drivers and restart the computer when prompted.
  2. Your computer will automatically complete the driver installation and your device should be ready to use.

Starting in High Sierra 10.13, macOS enforces stricter security policies than previous revisions. As a result of these changes, software packages, like those used in this installation, will need to be allowed within the macOS Security and Privacy settings, immediately after the software has been installed, in order for the device to operate.

To allow the software, follow these steps after you've completed installation on your Mac:

  1. Open System Preferences.
  2. Open Security & Privacy.
  3. Click the Allow button near the bottom of the General tab.

Note: The option to allow the software will be available within the Security & Privacy settings for 30 minutes. If the software is not allowed within that time frame, the software must be reinstalled in order for macOS to grant the opportunity to allow it again.

Before you install the device, make sure that your operating system is current (for example, the most recent service pack is installed).

  1. Download the latest drivers from the StarTech.com website at http://www.startech.com/Support. The part number and product ID are on the product packaging.

Note: Windows usually saves the files to the Downloads folder that is associated with your user account (for example, C:\Documents and Settings\your_name\My Documents\Downloads).

  1. After the download is complete, right-click the zip folder that you downloaded, click Extract All, and complete the instructions.
  2. Press the Windows key + R, type devmgmt.msc, and press Enter to open the Device Manager.
  3. Right-click AX88179, which will have “!” or “?” next to it to indicate a driver issue.
  4. Click Update Driver.
  5. On the Hardware Update Wizard screen, click Install from a list or specific location (Advanced), and then click Next.
  6. Select the Don’t search, I will choose the driver to install option, and then click Next.
  7. On the Hardware Type screen, click Show All Devices, and then click Next.

Note: The Hardware Type screen does not appear on all systems. If you do not see this screen, skip this step.

  1. On the Select the Device Driver you want to install for this hardware screen, select the Have Disk option.
  2. In the Install from Disk dialog box, click Browse.
  3. Browse to the AX88179\your_operating_system\Manual Drivers\ folder and open the 32-bit or the 64-bit folder, depending on your system type.

Note: To view your system type, click Start. Right-click Computer, and then click Properties.

  1. Click the Ax88179_178a file. Click OK, and then click Next.

Before you install the device, make sure that your operating system is current (for example, the most recent service pack is installed).

  1. Download the latest drivers from the StarTech.com website at http://www.startech.com/Support. The part number and product ID are on the product packaging.

Note: Windows usually saves the files to the Downloads folder that is associated with your user account (for example, C:\Users\your_name\Downloads).

  1. After the download is complete, right-click the zip folder that you downloaded, click Extract All, and complete the instructions.
  2. Press the Windows key + R, type devmgmt.msc, and press Enter to open the Device Manager.
  3. Right-click AX88179, which will have a “!” or “?” next to it to indicate a driver issue.
  4. Click Update Driver.
  5. Click Browse my computer for driver software.
  6. Select the Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer option.
  7. On the Select your device’s type from the list below screen, click Show All Devices, and click Next.

Note: The Select your device’s type from the list below screen does not appear on all systems. If you do not see this screen, skip this step.

  1. Select the Have Disk option.
  2. Browse to the AX88179\your_operating_system\Manual Drivers\ folder and open the 32-bit or the 64-bit folder, depending on your system type.

Note: To view your system type, click Start. Right-click Computer, and then click Properties.

  1. Click the Ax88179_178a file. Click OK, and then click Next.

Troubleshooting

If you are experiencing speed or connectivity issues, it is best to set a specific speed at half or full duplex in your settings.  You can set your network adapter to perform at a certain speed, but the device that the adapter is connected to (whether it is a router, switch, or computer) must also be able to perform at the same speed.

Note: You must log in as the local administrator before you continue.

To open Device Manager:

  • Press Windows key + R.
  • Type devmgmt.msc.
  • Click OK.
  1. Open the Networking adapters section.
  2. Right-click the network adapter that you want to change and select Properties.
  3. Click the Advanced tab.
  4. Scroll down to Speed & Duplex. By default, it is set to Auto-Negotiate. Select any of the speeds that you see in the list.
  5. Click OK and restart your computer.

If the USB device does not work after your computer has been in extended hibernation, it is likely that Windows has automatically turned off the USB Root hub to save power. 

The steps below outline how to configure the USB root hub to stay on during hibernation, to prevent this from happening.
 

Windows 10 / 8

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows key + X and select Control Panel.
  2. Click Hardware and Sound, then click Power Options.
  3. Click Change plan settings for the plan you want to change.
  4. Click Change advanced power settings.
  5. Click the plus sign (+) next to “USB settings” and “USB selective suspend setting” to expand the options and change the setting to Disabled.
  6. Click OK to apply the setting.

Note: You may need to disconnect and re-connect your USB device after applying these settings to re-establish the connection.

Windows 7 / Vista

  1. Click the Start button and select Control Panel.
  2. Click Hardware and Sound, then click Power Options.
  3. Click Change plan settings for the plan you want to change.
  4. Click Change advanced power settings.
  5. Click the plus sign (+) next to “USB settings” and “USB selective suspend setting” to expand the options and change the setting to Disabled.
  6. Click OK to apply the setting.

Note: You may need to disconnect and re-connect your USB device after applying these settings to re-establish the connection.

Windows XP

  1. On your desktop, right-click the My Computer icon and select Properties.
  2. Click the Device Manager tab.
  3. Expand Universal Serial Bus controllers by clicking the arrow to the left of it.
  4. Right-click the first USB Root Hub device and select Properties.
  5. Click the Power Management tab.
  6. Clear the box next to Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power.
  7. Click OK to apply the setting.
  8. Repeat steps 4-7 for any remaining devices in the Universal Serial Bus Controllers section with “Root Hub” in the name.

Note: You may need to disconnect and re-connect your USB device after applying these settings to re-establish the connection.

When you troubleshoot issues with a network adapter, there are some quick tests that you can complete to rule out potential problems. You can test to make sure that the following components are working correctly and are not the source of the issue:

  • Ethernet cables
  • Network devices
  • Computer system

To test your setup components, try the following:

  • Use the Ethernet cables, network devices, and computer system in another setup to see if the problem is with the components or the setup.
  • Use different Ethernet cables, network devices, and a different computer system in your setup to see if the problem persists. Ideally, you should test a component that you know works in another setup.

When you test your cables, it is recommended that you do the following:

  • Test each cable individually.
  • Use short cables when you are testing.

When you test the Ethernet cables, network devices, and computer system, it is recommended that you do the following:

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  • Wiring terminations should not be made with the product and/or electric lines under power.
  • Product installation and/or mounting should be completed by a certified professional as per the local safety and building code guidelines.
  • Cables (including power and charging cables) should be placed and routed to avoid creating electric, tripping or safety hazards.
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(5 Stars)

Works great

By: ThomasTF242 - 01/31/2014
No drivers needed on a Lenovo Yoga 13 IdeaPad with Win 8.1
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David S., Customer Support on 19/02/2014 15:59:25
Thanks for taking the time to let us know. Hopefully, not having to install drivers saved you some time!
(5 Stars)

Worked instantly and perfectly with Win10 T.P.

By: Happy Camper - 10/24/2014
I purchased this to upgrade my laptop that had 10/100 Ethernet. Later, I installed Win10 Tech Preview on my desktop, and the Intel driver for the I218v gigabit Ethernet adapter wasn't compatible. Dug this adapter out of a drawer, plugged it in to USB3, and instantly had gigabit Ethernet. It's a great performer - I'm impressed all over again. Thanks, StarTech!
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(2 Stars)

Doesn't work with current Linux kernels

By: ron049 - 08/17/2018
The datasheet says this works with Linux kernels up to 3.5.0. But the current version of Ubuntu uses 4.15.0. Is there a driver version that will work with current releases of Ubuntu? Strangely, it seems to work fine with Linxux Mint which also runs the 4.15.0 kernel.
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Nick, Customer Support on 20/08/2018 13:39:58
Thank you for your review. While our USB31000S may work in operating systems and kernels not listed, we're only able to offer support for the ones that are listed. In this case, we are only able to support LTS kernels between 2.6.25 and 4.11.x. We are not currently able to provide drivers for unsupported operating systems or kernels. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
(4 Stars)

trying to figure out how to use

By: tredf - 01/18/2019
just got this from Dell I have an outdated modem and can't figure out how to use this?? I've been trying all day and seems to be working but can't connect to internet. Help!!!
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(2 Stars)

Work Unstable

By: Anton - 02/28/2019
Unstable operation when connected to a laptop port work MacOs High Sierra 10.13.6 You have to reinstall the device driver all the time. Download and upload speeds are good for streaming.
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Malcolm, Technical Support on 07/03/2019 16:47:26
We're sorry to hear about the issues with our USB31000S requiring constant reinstalls, and don't expect this type of behaviour. One of our Technical Advisors will be reaching out to the email address you provided in your review so we can help troubleshoot this issue. Please also keep in mind our Technical Advisors are available 24 hours a day, 5 days a week at www.startech.com/support
(2 Stars)

Works - sometimes

By: Sailorsidney - 04/24/2019
At first it worked, later sometimes and now hardly. I think the driver has trouble coping with the W10 updates.
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Stefan, Customer Support on 25/04/2019 14:03:40
Thank you for taking the time the leave feedback on the USB31000S. We apologize for the issue you've experienced, and we want to help. We do expect this adapter to work normally in all builds in Windows 10. One step that may help is to reinstall the latest driver for the product found under the support tab on the products web page. A member of our support team will be reaching out to you by email shortly to assist, and please also keep in mind we’re available 24 hours a day, 5 days a week at www.StarTech.com/chat or 1-800-265-1844 for support.
(4 Stars)

Works good (after a little bit of effort)

By: PCTechJon - 10/20/2019
First install attempt was unsuccessful (I believe it's because I didn't use "Run as Administrator" when I first ran Setup.exe). I had no Link/Activity LED's. - Although the adapter may work for some without the drivers, they were required for my work laptop. - I had to uninstall the driver from Control Panel as well as the device from Device Manager. - I recommend installing the driver before plugging in the adapter. - Right-click the "Setup.exe" file and select "Run as Administrator" (even if your user account is Administrator, follow this step anyway) - Connect the adapter and then connect an ethernet cable to it. - Unplug/Plug the adapter from USB after the first connection if you don't have any Link/Activity LED's
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(5 Stars)

Really great product and support

By: robcdna - 08/28/2020
Bought the USB3 to Gigabit adaptor a few years ago when I was using a Windows laptop. Changed to Mac. Just downloaded the Driver Package, Followed the instructions and works like a dream. One problem (Mac) handled by StarTech support via Chat and then telephone. Both worked great. No connection in any way with StarTech but all my career in IT (60 years) and can not think of a better product and support experience.
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