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  • Melany Villeneuve

    March 20, 2021 at 2:54 pm

    We are using Promise Sanlink2 10G Base-T between QNAP TVS1282T3 and some old Mac Pro 2013. We bought a couple of Mac Mini would to integrate them in our facility.

    We have some unused Sanlink2 10G Base-T but the drivers does not support Apple Silicon computers.

    As I’m writing this, We have no clue if Promise will update their drivers nor compatibility with new Macs via TB3 ▶︎ TB2

    What would you guys do?


    Mel 😊


  • Bob Zelin

    March 21, 2021 at 3:26 pm

    Hi Mel –

    with Big Sur, it’s over. Up through 10.15.7 Catalina, I would go into recovery mode on the Mac, and disable System Integrity Protection, by typing into terminal “csrutil disable” and reboot the Mac. Then I could load Sonnet Twin 10G and Promise SanLink2 drivers. But with the introduction of Big Sur 11.x, that no longer seems to work. Apple has become very very aggressive about not allowing old “obsolete” hardware to work – probably because they want you to buy a new Thunderbolt 3 computer ! (no crying about how your 2013 Mac Pro is still working perfectly fine – Apple won’t have your tears !). So the only thing that is working on the old T2 computers is the Sonnet Solo 10G T2, which is $199, (I think it just went up in price) – and you will get HALF the performance that you got on a Twin 10G or SanLink2 – because it’s buss powered, and a T2 port can’t supply enough power to allow it to run at full speed. For a Thunderbolt 3 computer – the SanLink3, Promise Solo 10G T3, or the QNAP QNA-T310G1T will work at full speed – and those are buss powered (but you are now on a new Thunderbolt 3 computer).

    Listen Mel – you can’t win. You are going to have to buy new Apple computers. I don’t care if you don’t have the money. Tim Cook doesn’t give a damn if you and your family starve – he wants you to give him YOUR money, and buy a new computer. It’s 2021, and he needs a new helicopter !

    Bob Zelin

  • Melany Villeneuve

    March 22, 2021 at 1:19 pm

    Hello Bob,

    Great to have feedback from you especially. You are the one that help us a few years ago and as can see, you are helping again ! 😄

    We are using QNAP 1282T3 and everything works effortlessly. You proposed 3 different brand and they priced differently.

    $1249. Sanlink3

    $169. Sonnet Solo 3

    $189. Qnap

    Any advantage from one to another? Do they need to be installed with Rosetta 2 to works?

    Best

    Mel ☺

  • Bob Zelin

    March 22, 2021 at 2:44 pm

    either I was not clear (I often am not !) – or you did not understand my post. Those 3 products you list are for Thunderbolt 3 computers, not a 2013 6,1 Mac Pro that uses Thunderbolt 2. If you have Big Sur running on a 2013 6,1 Mac Pro, the ONLY product you can use is the Sonnet Solo 10G T2 (thunderbolt 2). You cannot use one of the T3 products, and stick a T3 to T2 adapter on it – there is no enough power on a T2 port to power any of these T3 adapters.

    If you have new Thunderbolt 3 computers, I would recommend the QNAP QNA-T310TG1T for $183. It’s just plugs in and works on a Thunderbolt 3 Mac running Big Sur. No drivers to install. And you better start to realize that no matter how perfect your 2013 Mac Pro is – you better start thinking about the reality that you are at the end of the road with this product.

    Bob Zelin

  • Melany Villeneuve

    March 22, 2021 at 3:11 pm

    Thanks Bob! Got it!

    I was not clear myself when I said that We bought new Mac Mini. Apple still selling Intel machine. My bad 😉

    So yeah, We will see how those little M1 machines will compete against a maxed out 7 years old Mac Pro.

    Thanks for your help Bob.

    Mel☺

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