Short Circuit by Linus Tech Tips


Expanding Thunderbolt 3 Based Networks

CalDigit’s high-performance Thunderbolt 3 10Gb Ethernet Adapter brings next-level 10GbE to Thunderbolt 3 enabled Mac and Windows laptops. For users looking to connect their latest Thunderbolt 3 computers to a server or Local Area Network, the Connect 10G not only brings performance up to 10Gb/s, but it also connects over distances of 100 meters. A perfect solution to boost up Enterprise, SMB, Studio, Gaming, and Home Networking.

10X Faster

The Connect 10G offers 10x the performance of a traditional 1Gbps Ethernet port found on most computers. Transfer files faster and more efficiently than ever.

100 Meters

The beauty of LAN based networks is that you can transfer files over distances up to 100 meters. This makes the Connect 10G ideal for shared storage environments.

10Gbe Over Thunderbolt 3

Fast networking is no longer confined to desktop computers. Any Thunderbolt 3 laptop can benefit from a shared network.

4K Video

For professional video users working with 4K video in a shared editing environment, the Connect 10G will allow your Mac or PC workstations to join a shared storage environment for easier file access and collaboration.

Thunderbolt 3

The 40Gb/s throughout of Thunderbolt 3 makes it the ideal interface for a 10GbE Adapter. The extreme performance possible through Thunderbolt 3 means lightning fast performance.


Need to access your work computer from home? The Connect-10G features Wake-on-LAN that allows you to wake up your computer remotely to access your files.


Need to access your work computer from home? The Connect-10G features Wake-on-LAN that allows you to wake up your computer remotely to access your files.

Replaceable Thunderbolt 3 Cable

The Connect 10G includes a user-removable 0.5m Thunderbolt 3 cable that is certified to delivering a full 40Gbps bandwidth and charges up to 100W. Users can easily replace or swap Thunderbolt 3 cable on the fly.


No external power is required to use the Connect 10G. It draws power straight from the Thunderbolt 3 port.

Audio Video Bridging *

The Connect 10G features AVB over Ethernet. This means that the adapter follows a set of IEEE standards in order to ensure that audio and video are transferred in real time over the ethernet port without any delay

​*Your Network Switch or Router must also support AVB features.

Ethernet Cable Compatibility

The Connect 10G is compatible with a wide range of cables ranging from Cat 3 to Cat 7.

Connect-10G Compatibility Max. Transmission Speed
Cat 3
Cat 5
Cat 5e
Cat 6
Cat 6a
Cat 7

*Up to 55 Meters


If you already have an existing Cat 5e or Cat 6 twisted-pair copper cabling network set-up that cannot exceed 1Gbps over 100M, the Connect 10G features NBASE-T technology that will allow you to achieve data transfer rates that exceed 1Gbps without having to replace your existing Cat 5e and Cat 6 twisted-pair copper cabling network.

NBASE-T will allow existing Cat 5e and Cat 6 twisted-pair copper cabling users to achieve speeds of 2.5Gbps and 5Gbps.**

* NBASE-T is a trademark of NBASE-T ALLIANCE INC.
**Requires a network switch that can support NBASE-T.

Premium 10GbE Controller

Utilizing a powerful premium 10GbE controller, the Connect 10G is capable of high-performance throughput with optimum reliability for the most demanding 10GbE networks. Turn your MacBook Pro’s networking capability to iMac Pro’s level! 


Aluminum Chassis

The Connect 10G is a bus-powered network adapter and has a stunning aluminum build-quality. This allows its internal components to stay cool and remain quiet while securely connected to the host.

LED Indicators

A set of small LED indicators on the Connect 10G offers at-a-glance information on the status of your connection. The Connect 10G’s smart Speed LED indicators allows you to instantly know the status of your 10GbE connection. If the Connect 10G’s LED is Green, it indicates that it is connected to a 10GbE network, and if it is Yellow, it indicates performance under 10GbE.

Fast Network Performance for M1 iPad Pro

No longer are tablet users limited to WiFi or 1GbE wired network speeds.

The M1-based iPad Pro’s Thunderbolt port allows users to connect ultra fast 10GbE Thunderbolt adapters to their tablet for up to 10GbE performance.

Whether you need to connect your M1 iPad Pro to a 10GbE wired network, or to your 10GbE NAS storage, the Connect 10G’s versatility allows for compatibility with Thunderbolt tablets, as well as traditional Thunderbolt computers.

Mac & PC

Whether you’re using a Mac or Windows Thunderbolt 3 computer, you can connect to a powerful 10GbE network. Windows users require a one-time Windows Driver install available to download here.

  • Technical Specifications


1x Thunderbolt 3 (Type-C) Port
1x RJ45 10Gbps Ethernet Port


100 meters over Cat 6a at 10 Gbps
100 meters over Cat 5e at 5 Gbps/2.5 Gbps/1 Gbps/
100 Mbps (requires no change to existing cabling)


IEEE 802.3an/bz standard
Audio Video Bridging (AVB)
Wake-on-LAN (WoL)
Jumbo frames
     Windows: up to 16 Kbytes.
     macOS: up to 9000 bytes

System Requirements​*

Windows 10 or higher**
macOS High Sierra (version 10.13.6 or higher)
Thunderbolt 3 Computer or Thunderbolt iPad Pro

LED Indicators

Dual color Speed LED
Single color Link/Act LED

Power Supply

Bus-powered Operation – No Power Adapter Required

Dimensions and Weight

Length: 3.83 inches (97.4 mm)
Width: 2.79 inches (71 mm) 
Height: 1.69 inches (43 mm) 
Weight: 0.77 lbs (350g)


32°F ~ 104°F (0°C ~ 40°C)


* System requires Windows 10, macOS X 10.13.6 (High Sierra) or higher. Older versions of Windows operating systems may not be supported.
**Windows computers require the latest Windows 10 or updates, BIOS and Thunderbolt drivers to support this product. Check with your computer manufacturer for more information.