USB 2.0 to 10/100 Mbps Ethernet Network Adapter Dongle

Add a 10/100Mbps Ethernet port to your laptop or desktop computer through USB

Product ID: USB2100

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  • 10/100 Mbps Ethernet through USB 2.0
  • IEEE 802.3i and 802.3u (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX) compatible
  • Supports half / full-duplex operation
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$44.99 NZD excl. GST
$51.74 NZD incl. GST

The USB2100 USB 2.0 to 10/100 Mbps Network Adapter lets you add a Fast Ethernet port to your laptop or desktop computer through USB.

This compact USB network adapter offers a dongle design with a built-in cable to avoid cramped connections, making it a perfect solution for adding wired Ethernet connectivity to your desktop without opening the case, or to replace a failed onboard network adapter on your laptop system.

Providing half or full-duplex operation, this USB 2.0 Ethernet adapter supports data transfer rates of up to 200 Mbps. The adapter also supports features such as Wake-on-LAN (WoL) and VLAN tagging for added flexibility.

Backed by a StarTech.com 2-year warranty and free lifetime technical support.

Applications

  • Add a 10/100 Mbps Ethernet port to any desktop or laptop without opening the case
  • Replacement for a failed onboard Ethernet port on a desktop or laptop

The StarTech.com Advantage

  • Avoid crowded connections with the integrated USB cable
  • Take the adapter anywhere with a portable, USB-powered design

Partner Numbers

  • Ingram Micro New Zealand 2701106
  • UPC 065030856645

Compatibility

  • Linux logo
  • Windows 8 logo
  • Windows Server 2012 logo
  • Chrome OS 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
Windows® XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10
Windows Server® 2003, 2008 R2, 2012, 2016, 2019
Mac OS X® 10.6 to 10.15
Google Chrome OS™
Linux 2.6.x to 4.11.x LTS Versions only

Specifications

Warranty Information Warranty 2 Years
Connector(s) Connector Type(s) 1 - USB Type-A (4 pin) USB 2.0
1 - RJ-45
Environmental Operating Temperature 10°C to 40°C (50°F to 114°F)
Storage Temperature -20°C to 70°C (-4°F to 158°F)
Humidity 10~90% RH
Hardware Ports 1
USB Pass-Through No
Interface RJ45 (10/100 Ethernet)
Bus Type USB 2.0
Industry Standards IEEE802.3i, IEEE 802.3u
Chipset ID ASIX - AX88772C
Indicators LED Indicators 1 - Link
1 - Activity
Packaging Information Package Height 1.3 in [32 mm]
Package Length 5.7 in [14.6 cm]
Shipping (Package) Weight 0.3 lb [0.1 kg]
Package Width 6.8 in [17.2 cm]
Performance Maximum Data Transfer Rate 200 Mbps (Ethernet - Full-Duplex)
Max Distance 100 m / 330 ft
Type and Rate USB 2.0 - 480 Mbit/s
Compatible Networks 10/100 Mbps
Auto MDIX Yes
Full Duplex Support Yes
MTBF 76,600 hours
Physical Characteristics Form Factor Attached Cable
Weight of Product 0.8 oz [23 g]
Color Black
Material Plastic
Cable Length 5.9 in [150 mm]
Product Length 2.6 in [6.5 cm]
Product Width 0.8 in [20 mm]
Product Height 0.6 in [1.4 cm]
Power Power Source USB-Powered
Software OS Compatibility Windows® XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10
Windows Server® 2003, 2008 R2, 2012, 2016, 2019
Mac OS X® 10.6 to 10.15
Google Chrome OS™
Linux 2.6.x to 4.11.x LTS Versions only
Special Notes / Requirements System and Cable Requirements Available USB port
What's in the Box Included in Package 1 - USB 2.0 Fast Ethernet Adapter
1 - Driver CD
1 - Instruction Manual

Drivers/Downloads

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Frequently Asked Questions

Installation

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.

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 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.

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.
  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.

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 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

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.

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

  1. Click the Apple icon.
  2. Click About This Mac.
  3. Click More Info or System Report.
  4. Under the appropriate heading, confirm that your USB device is listed and that there isn't an error. For example, a network card would be under Ethernet Cards.

You may need to refresh the System Information page after you plug in your device.  To do so, press Command R with the System Information page open.

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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