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.
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.
- Download “NetLink®/NetXtreme® I Desktop/Mobile/Server (x64)” from https://www.broadcom.com/support/ethernet-nic-netxtreme-i-desktop-mobile
- Unpack the zip file
- right-click on the “b57nd60a.inf” information file and select “Install”
- Leave the cable and adapter plugged into your mac
- 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.