Ethernet cable

Get Windows 7, 8 of Windows 10 (bootcamp) to Recognize a Thunderbolt-to-Ethernet Adapter

Note: This is a bit off-topic from my usual SharePoint ramblings, but I just needed to archive this information and most likely I’m not the only one with this issue.
I use a Mac, but have Windows 10 installed via bootcamp. That is not always without issues and don’t even get me started with battery life. Somehow I suspecting Apple to have written a faulty driver on purpose, so Windows will burn through the battery faster than OS X will. Another issue with using windows on a Mac via Bootcamp, is the Ethernet adapter is not installer as part of the Bootcamp drivers install. At least not, when you are using Windows 10. A little research revealed that there is a simple solution to this issue.

The problem:

Using a Thunderbolt-to-Ethernet adapter to connect to the Ethernet doesn’t work when you are on a Windows 10 (Windows 7 or 8 seems to have the same problem). There is no driver for the adapter installed in the Bootcamp driver-install on Windows 10.

The solution:

  1. Download “NetLink®/NetXtreme® I Desktop/Mobile/Server (x64)” from https://www.broadcom.com/support/ethernet-nic-netxtreme-i-desktop-mobile
  2. Unpack the zip file
  3. right-click on the “b57nd60a.inf” information file and select “Install”
  4. Leave the cable and adapter plugged into your mac
  5. Reboot
  6. Windows should recognize the adapter and use the driver you’ve just installed

Every time you wish to use the Thunderbolt-to-Ethernet adapter to get access to the network, you have to plug the cable and the reboot.

4 replies
  1. patmolitor
    patmolitor says:

    Hello, I must confess I am a windows newb, when I right click, the only options I get are to open the file or the other regular operations (copy, delete, properties etc). Could someone provide some insight please.

    Reply
  2. Sarah Page
    Sarah Page says:

    I am getting a message that “There is no application set to open the document “b57nd60a.inf”.” Any recommendations? Thanks!!

    Reply

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