Compact Black USB 2.0 to 10/100 Mbps Ethernet Network Adapter

Add a 10/100Mbps Ethernet port to a USB enabled computer system

Product ID: USB2106S

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  • A single 10/100 Mbps compatible RJ45 Ethernet port
  • Network Link/Activity and 10/100 Mbps LED indicators
  • Fully Compliant with IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u, IEEE 802.3x
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This compact USB 2.0 to 10/100 Mbps Ethernet USB Network Adapter offers convenient Ethernet connectivity - simply connect the network adapter to an available USB 2.0 port on your laptop computer, then connect the adapter to the Ethernet network.

Providing full/half duplex operation on both 10Mbps or 100Mbps Ethernet connections, this USB 2.0 Ethernet adapter supports data transfer rates of up to 200Mbps, providing a fully integrated, cost-effective and reliable solution to notebook users requiring Ethernet connectivity.

Applications

  • Replace a failed Ethernet port in a small form factor or laptop/netbook computer
  • Add networking capabilities to an old system with no Ethernet port

The StarTech.com Advantage

  • Small and compact form factor with no external power requirements; perfect for mobile users
  • Backed by a StarTech.com lifetime warranty and free lifetime technical support

Partner Numbers

  • ALSO DEUTSCHLAND GMBH 2776095
  • CMS Distribution V209549
  • CMS Distribution Ireland USB2106S
  • Esprinet USB2106S
  • Esprinet Italy USB2106S
  • Exertis 0010010513
  • Exertis IE STCUSB2106S
  • Ingram Austria V930771
  • Ingram DK V930771
  • Ingram Finland V930771
  • Ingram Germany V930771
  • Ingram IE V930771
  • Ingram Micro Belgium 1599839
  • Ingram Micro España V930771
  • Ingram Micro France V930771
  • Ingram Micro Italy V930771
  • Ingram Micro Netherlands 1599839
  • Ingram Micro Sweden V930771
  • Ingram Micro UK V930771
  • Ingram Switzerland V930771
  • Tech Data - Belgium 4428638
  • Tech Data - France 4428638
  • Tech Data - Italy 4428638
  • Tech Data - Netherlands 4428638
  • UPC 065030832366

Compatibility

  • Windows 8 logo
  • Linux logo
  • Windows Server 2012 logo
  • Chrome OS logo
  • Windows 10 logo
  • macOS Mojave (10.14) logo
  • Windows Server 2016 logo
  • Windows Server 2019 logo
  • macOS High Sierra (10.13) logo
  • macOS Sierra (10.12) logo
Windows® 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10
Windows Server® 2003, 2008 R2, 2012, 2016, 2019
Mac OS® 10.5 to 10.14
Linux 2.6.x to 4.11.x LTS Versions only
Chrome OS™

Specifications

Warranty Information Warranty 2 Years
Connector(s) Connector Type(s) 1 - RJ-45
1 - USB Type-A (4 pin) USB 2.0
Environmental Operating Temperature 0°C to 60°C (32°F to 140°F)
Storage Temperature 0°C to 60°C (32°F to 140°F)
Humidity 5% ~ 95% RH
Hardware Ports 1
Interface RJ45 (10/100 Ethernet)
Bus Type USB 2.0
Chipset ID ASIX - MCS7830
Indicators LED Indicators 1 - Speed and Link
Packaging Information Package Height 32 mm [1.3 in]
Package Length 17.5 cm [6.9 in]
Shipping (Package) Weight 0.1 kg [0.2 lb]
Package Width 14.3 cm [5.6 in]
Performance Maximum Data Transfer Rate 100 Mbps (Half Duplex) / 200 Mbps (Full Duplex)
Compatible Networks 10/100 Mbps
Full Duplex Support Yes
Physical Characteristics Form Factor Dongle
Weight of Product 21 g [0.7 oz]
Color Black
Material Plastic
Product Length 6.8 cm [2.7 in]
Product Width 26 mm [1.0 in]
Product Height 2.2 cm [0.9 in]
Software OS Compatibility Windows® 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10
Windows Server® 2003, 2008 R2, 2012, 2016, 2019
Mac OS® 10.5 to 10.14
Linux 2.6.x to 4.11.x LTS Versions only
Chrome OS™
What's in the Box Included in Package 1 - USB Ethernet Adapter
1 - Driver CD
1 - Instruction Manual

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Driver(s):

  • asix_mcs7830.zip
    • Windows 8 - 10, Server 2012 - 2016: 1.16.1.0
      Windows XP - 7, Server 2003 - 2008: 1.41.0.0
      Mac: 1.1.0
      Linux: 1.11
    • Language: EN

Manual(s):

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Frequently Asked Questions

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:\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.

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.

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 USB-MAC Controller, 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 folder below and open the 32-bit or the 64-bit folder, depending on your system type.

Note: Depending on your operating system, the folder will either be ASIX_MCS7830\Windows\Win7 - Vista - XP or  ASIX_MCS7830\Windows\Win8 - 8.1\Manual Drivers.

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

  1. Click the netmosu 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:\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 USB-MAC Controller, 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 ASIX_MCS7830\Windows\Win7 - Vista - XP 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. Open the XP folder.
  2. Click the netmosu (32-bit) file or the USBMAC64 (64-bit) file. Click OK, and then click Next.
  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.

The USB2106S USB network adapter is natively supported in Chrome OS. Simply connect the adapter to an available USB port and it will install automatically.

You can modify settings for the device by opening the Chrome web browser and navigating to chrome://settings.  In the "Internet Connection" section, you will see an Ethernet icon which you can click to assign a static IP address.

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.

Troubleshooting

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:

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.

How To

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.

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.

Compliance and safety

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Safety Measures

  • If product has an exposed circuit board, do not touch the product under power.
  • If Class 1 Laser Product. Laser radiation is present when the system is open.
  • 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.
*Product appearance and specifications are subject to change without notice.

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By: i604 - 01/30/2015
It just works. Used on an HP desktop with only one NIC. Now I can run Kerio Winroute on this desktop computer. I must add that this page and the support for this product are really encouraing me to check other offers, too.
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