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USB 3.0 to Gigabit Ethernet

Ever find yourself with a USB port but no network connection? For such situations, there's the USB 3.0 to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter from StarTech. As the name suggests, it connects any USB port to Ethernet, and on USB 3.0 delivers Gigabit Ethernet speed. Here in the CRN Test Center, the device is an indispensable tool when resurrecting old motherboards and systems. It's also great for adding a second NIC or Gigabit speed in a hurry. And with support for jumbo frames, VLAN tagging and wake-on-LAN, it's also suitable for long-term installations. The list price is $45.99; drivers are available for Linux 2.6 and higher, Mac OS 10.6-10.8 and all versions of Windows.