23 Mar '13, 1am

Comparing USB to Ethernet converters: Apple vs. Knock-off

Comparing USB to Ethernet converters: Apple vs. Knock-off

From the outside both devices look about the same. The internal differences start right away with a whole-board metal shield on the Apple dongle and none on the off-brand. But the hardware inside is actually quite similar. There’s an RJ-45 jack on the left, followed by the Ethernet isolation chip next to it. From there we start to see differences. The off-brand had a blank chip where Apple’s ASIX AX88772ALF USB to Ethernet bridge controller is located. There is also a difference with the clock; Apple is using two crystals with the other using just one.

Full article: http://hackaday.com/2013/03/22/comparing-usb-to-ethernet-...

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