Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter

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Hardware

The Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter carries the model number: A1433 EMC 2590

root #lspci -nnk
Ethernet controller [0200]: Broadcom Corporation NetXtreme BCM57762 Gigabit Ethernet PCIe [14e4:1682]
Subsystem: Apple Inc. Device [106b:00f6]
Kernel driver in use: tg3

Installation

Kernel

The recommended minimum version of Linux to use is 4.3. This release fixes an issue that prevented the hot-plugging of Thunderbolt Ethernet devices on Apple hardware[1].

KERNEL Enabling Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter support
    Device Drivers --->
      [*] Network device support --->
            [*]   Ethernet driver support --->
                    [*]   Broadcom devices
                    <*>     Broadcom Tigon3 support
            <*>   PHY Device support and infrastructure --->
                    <*>   Broadcom PHYs
KERNEL Enabling Thunderbolt hot-plugging support for Apple hardware
    Bus options (PCI etc.) --->
      [*] PCI support
      [*]   PCI Express Port Bus support
      [*]     PCI Express Hotplug driver
      [*] Support for PCI Hotplug --->
    Device Drivers --->
      <*> Thunderbolt support for Apple devices
KERNEL Enabling Thunderbolt hot-plugging support for non-Apple hardware
    Bus options (PCI etc.) --->
      [*] PCI support
      [*] Support for PCI Hotplug --->
            [*]   ACPI PCI Hotplug driver

References

  1. Knuth Posern. [PATCH] thunderbolt: Allow loading of module on recent Apple MacBooks with thunderbolt 2 controller, LKML, September 20th, 2015. Retrieved on December 3rd, 2015.