Recently, we published a series on various USB 3.1 Gen1 to 5GbE network adapters. We decided to put together a summary of what we observed to make it easy for our readers to see the differences. We are pushing “faster than 1GbE” speeds in 2021, so this is part of our push to move the industry forward.
USB 3.1 Gen1 to 5GbE Network Adapter Guide
Here is a quick summary table of the units we have tested, are told are virtually identical to the units we reviewed (e.g. the StarTech US5GC30) or have inbound for testing.
We will update this chart in the future as we get more units tested. An example is that we received feedback on our recent review series that readers wanted to see the QNAP QNA-UC5G1T reviewed so we have those units inbound so we can test them on the same systems. We are also using Amazon pricing for each unit as our Purchase Price. There may be discounts that we did not receive or higher prices elsewhere.
Here is a quick video discussing the Sabrent, StarTech, and TRENDnet adapter versions:
That video discusses some of the key findings we had when reviewing the first three units. We expect subsequent units we test to generally follow the guidelines here.
USB 3.1 Gen1 to 5GbE Network Adapter Reviews
Here is a quick list of the units we have reviewed to date. We will keep this updated:
- Sabrent NT-SS5G Review USB to 5GbE NIC
- StarTech USB to 5GbE Adapter Review (US5GA30)
- TRENDnet TUC-ET5G USB Type-C to 5GbE NIC Review
A quick note here. We have the StarTech US5GC30 in the table above. We were alerted that this is the same unit except with a Type-C instead of a Type-A connector on the USB side. We also have the QNAP QNA-UC5G1T units inbound based on the feedback we received with the initial set of results. Many have said this unit is similar to the Sabrent unit, but we will verify this as we get further into the review process.
We know many of our readers want summarized information. At first, this was a series that was supposed to run bi-weekly on STH and without a video. That turned out to not be how they actually were published due to what we saw with the units and our desire to test on a number of systems.