Thunderbolt Bridge networking? Oh where are the HUBS?

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Stop the “New Interface Detected: Thunderbolt Bridge” Alert in OS X Network Preferences
Last edited by dcs. But this is not layer 2 stuff frames but instead layer 3 stuff packets if I'm not wrong? I wonder what the performance will be, though. So, now it seems like with the right setup you could assemble an Xsan using thunderbolt cables instead of FC- that would be a HUGE savings for those that are using Xsan particularly with six TB2 ports on the back of the Blac Pro. I did a real quick test this morning, trying what you said about the distribution of what networking service comes first in order. This is what makes me really want to give this a try.

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Honestly this is the first I've heard about it spoken positively, plenty of rumors though. That is actually something people are hoping for. In effect a low cost cluster solution from Apple. I have not however heard and details at all. For instance is a special TB cable required, a hub or some other component. Well in my case obviously not. If all this requires though is a TB cable this will be a huge feature for the Macs but especially the Pros.

Apple need to add more ports to its other hardware though. Imagine taking your MBP on a field assignment and coming back to the office to cluster with a couple of Pros to get a bunch of processing done. I upgraded to the GM yesterday and the first thing I did was go through all of the preference panes to see what had changed. When i got to the Network one, it told me a new interface had appeared. It's called Thunderbolt Bridge. I'd seen the earlier rumours with some kind of weird mockup-looking screenshots, but neither at the time, or any time since, have I been able to turn up any other information about it.

The help system knows nothing about it. I'm not sure what kind of links you're expecting, this doesn't appear to yet be documented anywhere and nobody has written about it.

Either nobody has noticed, or, more likely, everyone who has noticed is bound by the developer NDA: The "Advanced" config for the interface makes it look pretty much like a normal network interface i. The "Hardware" pane only has an MTU option and unlike an Ethernet interface, it doesn't actually seem to be possible to configure the MTU to anything but weird for a 10Gb interface.

Perhaps that is also because nothing is plugged in. The only other difference I can see vs a regular Ethernet interface is that the "Status" listed in the main Network prefpane is "Not Connected. None of the member interfaces are connected.

Click Advanced for details". I find it interesting that it says "none of the member interfaces" and that the new Advanced pane listed both ports. To me this suggests that not only can you do a point-to-point network across thunderbolt, but you can probably bond multiple thunderbolt connections into the interface. Having said that, the use of the word "bridge" worries me, that doesn't sound like it's a network interface. I can't help wondering if this is actually something for doing broadcast thunderbolt across a chain, so something like a single mac is capturing video, but multiple macs are receiving and storing it.

Or that some Thunderbolt accessories are going to start doing bonded links for extra throughput. I think Mavericks is about to force me to upgrade my MBP. It is a massive update and every time I log on to a Mac related site I have more reasons to upgrade. However if this means we can cluster a Mac with nothing more than a TB cable, at 20 Gb a second that will be huge.

Well I suspect that TB 2 is the probable cause too! Let's face it if this was another bump they would have slipped the machines in with the iMac release, so something is up. By the way, personally I don't like the retina MBPs design, it is too compromised for a pro machine when it comes to internal storage, it is also something Apple could have easily addressed with one more PCI Express storage slot. I really felt like they lost sight of one very important feature for a Pro machine which is storage.

However it would be silly of them to sell the next rev of the MBP without them considering that just about all of their machines now support some version of these "drives". Even so what I'm saying here is that the Pro machine needs at least two of these slots for the simple reason of achieving the bulk internal storage needed by many pro users.

In other words SSDs suck when it comes to capacity which is a huge problem if you only have one in a pro laptop. Use of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement and Privacy Policy. Log in or sign up in seconds. Posts must foster reasonable discussion. We may approve your post if it is a high-level issue that can't be found through searches. Self-promotion is allowed on Saturdays only. No content related to piracy or illegal activities.

No posts or comments relating to buying, selling, trading, giveaways or asking for advice about any of those topics. No posts about bugs in beta software. These belong in the beta subreddits listed below. I've tried all the drivers but no chance - ordinary Thunderbolt devices worked fine but when connecting the Mac to the PC the only thing happening was that Windows signaling sound but the networking feature remained greyed out and the Mac did not appear in the list of connected devices and computers.

By now ASUS has put up a firmware update utility NVM 28 but I ran into this over a year ago and it was quite frustrating resulting in having to "hunt" online for firmware updates since then they had not been listed yet. So to anyone who's having issues with Thunderbolt: Check if your controller's firmware version is up-to-date.

Apple didn't care that it didn't work since it affected a PC and ASUS then was unable to recreate the scenario since they wouldn't purchase a Mac just for bug fixing. I'm really dissatisfied with the state of things regarding the supply of Thunderbolt software and drivers.

Why can't there be a general listing in the Intel download center like there is for example for RST or chipset software that supplies customers with rhe latest releases? You don't have JavaScript enabled.

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May 02,  · Select “Thunderbolt Bridge” from the Network panel and click the gear icon; Choose “Make Service Inactive” Solution 2: Removing the Thunderbolt Bridge Network Interface. You can also choose to remove the Thunderbolt Bridge from an available networking interface. Nov 03,  · After pludging I've been going through the System Preferences to check things out. When going in to Network preferences there is a new Thunderbolt Bridge interface: IP over Thunderbolt! Adding, by hand, a new Thunderbolt Bridge service. Plugging the Thunderbolt Ethernet Adaptor into both ports on the MacBook Pro I have also tried setting the "Configure IPv6:" drop down to Link-local only".