[Drivers macOS Sierra] AmazonBasics USB 3.0 Gigabit Ethernet

This is where to find the latest drivers for the AmazonBasics USB 3.0 Gigabit Ethernet Adapter which support Mac’s Sierra (10.12.x) OS (and beyond).

A good alternative for Apple’s own Gigabit Ethernet Adapter which consumes a Thunderbolt port — or the USB 2.0 device which only goes up to 100 Mbit/s.

AmazonBasics USB 3.0 Gigabit Ethernet Adapter

The box comes equipped with a driver installation CD — however, you may proceed to responsibly dispose of it as the latest drivers can easily be obtained online from the original manufacturer website. And who owns a CD drive anyway..?

AmazonBasics uses the chipset “AX88179” made by ASIX Electronics Corporation. Here are the simple steps to install drivers.

  • Proceed to official website of AX88179 Ethernet Controller
  • Scroll down for “Apple Mac OS X 10.6 to 10.12 Drivers Installer”
  • Download ZIP file and open the DMG container within, ex: “AX88179_178A.dmg”
  • Install drivers package, ex: “AX88179_178A_v2.8.0.pkg”
  • Reboot your Mac or Macbook
  • The new ethernet controller will be visible in the System Preference’s Network settings. It works like any Mac native ethernet port would.
  • Enjoy Gigabit speeds without sacrificing your Thunderbolt connection!
ASIX AX88179
ASIX AX88179 in working order..

 

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2 comments

  1. Hello
    After installing the most current driver;
    (AX88179_178A_Macintosh_10.6_to_10.12_Driver_Installer_v2.9-2.0_20170426)
    for the Amazon Basics Gigabit USB 3.0 Ethernet Adapter on my MacBook Air running OS Sierra 10.12.6, the lights both “Green and “Yellow” are on and I see the driver interface in the network preferences but I cannot connect to the network. Can you please help me?

    • Hi; what does your network settings say? See the screenshot.

      Also you can change the priority order of network devices (drag & drop) to make sure that it is using the ethernet controller connection.

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