Last week I caught this tweet from Blake Garner who is an active VMware Community member that I follow and I came to learn that Sonnet just launched their first Multi-Gigabit (1GbE, 2.5GbE & 5GbE) USB Network Adapter called the Solo5G.
Nice! 5Gbit adapter for under $100! https://t.co/Rt7e6EUeOI
— Blake Garner (@trodemaster) March 4, 2020
This of course piqued my interest for VMware Homelabs as last year we had just enabled the first Multi-Gigabit USB Network Adapter from QNAP supporting ESXi using the popular USB Native Driver Fling for ESXi. The QNAP device uses an Aquantia chipset and I had a funny suspicion that the Sonnet device might be using either the exact same or simliar chipset.
To confirm my theory, I reached out to the folks over at Sonnet and they were kind enough to send me a unit for validation which just arrived earlier this week. I had an Intel NUC 10 (Frost Canyon) already running and I just plugged it in and to my surprise it worked immediately since it already had the USB Native Driver Fling installed.
So there you have it, same chipset as the QNAP and best of all this device is only $79.99 USD which be purchased directly from Sonnet here. As of writing this blog post, the Solo5G is much cheaper than the QNAP. In fact, it seems the price of the QNAP has significantly increased since I had first blogged about it. I think multi-gig NICs both USB-based but also PCIe and respective switches is starting to become more mainstream, at least in the consumer markets and this is certainly an easy way to add additional bandwidth without breaking the bank. Big thanks to the folks at Sonnet and Blake for sharing the news!
Ricardo Matos says
Word of caution, those devices are USB 3.0. You can check on Amazon UK, a user bought one of these and couldn't push it beyond 3.2Gb/s. Based on the priced, the 2.5Gbe adapters deliver a better benefit/cost.
D. N. says
Would you happen to receive a "discount code" with this product? 🙂 I could use one! 🙂 Ask you rep.
Mohammed AlBalushi says
Best usb to Ethernet 5GbE for Intel NUC Kit NUC10i7FNH
Best usb to Ethernet 5GbE for
Intel NUC Kit NUC10i7FNH
1-Sabrent USB Type-A or Type-C to 5Gigabit Ethernet(NT-SS5G)
2-TRENDnet USB-C 3.1 to 5GBASE-T, TUC-ET5G, 2.5GBASE-T RJ-45, Integrated USB Type C
3-any things else please advice🙏
Jay Thompson says
I have Sabrent 5Gbe USB adapter hooked to Skull Canyon on VMware ESXi, 7.0.1, 17325551 and I show it running at 1Gbe and 5Gb on the QNAP switch. I validated Sabrent works on Synology 918+ using latest DSM but it seems Sabrent does not work.
Note that Sonnet has discontinued their 5GbE USB device so this is no longer an option.