StarTech.com Introduces USB 3.0 to Gigabit Ethernet Adapters with Pass-Through Ports

New adapters provide users with Gigabit network connectivity without reducing the number of available connection ports. By ChannelPro

StarTech.com has released four new USB 3.0 Gigabit Ethernet Adapters, each equipped with additional USB pass-through ports that enable users to connect USB peripherals in place of the port required for connecting the adapters to the host computer.

The adapters support the full bandwidth of a Gigabit network connection based on SuperSpeed USB throughput, providing users with a network connection without reducing the number of available connection ports. Ideally suited to Ultrabook and other laptop computers, the network adapters help users maximize their system expansion options for optimal system connectivity and capability.

"As laptops and Ultrabooks continually evolve towards a smaller footprint size, the availability of port connections to various peripherals is increasingly becoming very limited," says Carey Cline, senior product manager for StarTech.com's laptop accessories product line. "These network adapters make it easier for users to overcome those limitations, which extends the limited connectivity they have to multiple applications."

The new adapters are 1000BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, and 10BASE-T compatible and offer Jumbo Frame, Checksum Offload, and Large Send Offload support. The product release includes the following:

USB 3.0 to Gigabit Network Adapter

  • Available in White or Black
  • 1x Gigabit Ethernet Network port
  • 1x SuperSpeed USB pass-through port
  • Priced at $78.99 in the United States and $81.99 in Canada

USB 3.0 to Dual Port Gigabit Network Adapter

  • 2x Gigabit Ethernet Network ports for connection for dual or redundant networks
  • 1x SuperSpeed USB pass-through port
  • Ideal for dual-homed and multi-homed systems
  • Priced at $103.99 in the United States and $106.99 in Canada

USB 3.0 to Gigabit Network Adapter with 3-Port USB Hub

  • 1x Gigabit Ethernet Network port
  • 3x USB 3.0 hub ports
  • Hub ports can be used for charging mobile Apple or Android devices
  • Priced at $83.99 in the United States and $84.99 in Canada

The USB 3.0 to Gigabit Ethernet adapters are available from technology resellers including CDW, Newegg.com, Amazon.com, PC Connection, and Insight and will be distributed by Ingram Micro, Tech Data, D&H, SYNNEX and ASI.