Advice on MacBook converters by Apple
What kind of converter fits my MacBook?
A cable converter allows you to convert your connector into the connector you need to connect your devices. Some converters have multiple outputs. A cable converter helps you to connect and use multiple devices at once. Do you want to know which connectors your type of MacBook has? Have a look at the table below.
Screens and peripherals
Do you want to create extra screen space by connecting an external monitor? Of do you want to watch movies on your television via your MacBook? First check what kind of connectors your MacBook has. Also do this for your external monitor. Are the ports on your MacBook and your peripherals the same? Good, since you can connect them directly via a cable. If the ports are different, you'll need a cable converter. Check if you need an HDMI or VGA converter. Keep in mind that cables are often not included with converters. For example, you'll need to purchase a HDMI cable yourself.
You've purchased a new MacBook, but you still have older peripherals. You'd like to connect those, but the connectors don't match the ones on your MacBook. In this case, you'll need a cable converter to be able to use your peripherals such as your keyboard and mouse. Check the type of connectors on your MacBook (probably UBS-C) and on your peripherals (probably USB-A). In this case, you'll need a USB-C to USB-A converter.
Ethernet & FireWire
Connecting internet cable
Do you want to connect your MacBook to a fast Gigabit Ethernet network? Then you're going to need an Ethernet adapter. The type of converter you'll need, depends on your type of MacBook. There are several options. Do you have a MacBook Air? In this case, you need a USB to Ethernet adapter. For an Apple MacBook with Thunderbolt connector, such as MacBook Pro, you'll need the Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet adapter. You can use this adapter to easily connect your MacBook to a wired network and enjoy a fast Internet connection.
Connecting hard drive
Most hard drives work with USB, but there are also hard drives that work with FireWire. You don't simply connect a FireWire hard drive to your MacBook. You'll need a cable converter in order to use the hard drive. The Apple Thunderbolt to FireWire adapter allows you to connect the hard drive to your MacBook with a Thunderbolt connection. You'll need to purchase a FireWire cable yourself.