USB2-E1000 on windows RT??

Trying to get this adapter working on my Surface RT and Windows cannot find a driver. Any chance of one coming out?

Hi Shaun-

Unfortunately we’ve not had any reason to expect that Windows RT will be getting support for any of the gigabit adapters: for RT, the only adapter we’ve had any success with is the USB2-E100 (the 10/100 model, not the gigabit one):

I hope this helps, but please let us know if you’ve any other questions.

Best wishes-

Jeff Everett
MCITP Enterprise Support Technician
Plugable Technologies

That’s a great shame. I have just bought one to use with the RT so it will have to go back.

This article has a link to what should be the right driver, at the very end:…

Thanks Bernie. I will try this but is this not for the Fast Ethernet model? The E1000 has the AX88179 chipset I believe.

If I cannot get the E1000 to work I am tempted to try the Fast Ethernet model, though am concerned that Microsoft will release an update and it will stop working.

Is there a technical reason for Microsoft asking for the ASIX driver to be removed? The Surface RT is a fabulous device and it is a shame not to be able to use wired networking when available.

Hi Andrew, Ah, sorry! My fault, I misread your model. That driver is only for the AX88772 (10/100) model.

There has never been a driver for the gigabit model (USB2-E1000, ASIX AX88178 chipset). And we’re not expecting it – even in the case of the fast ethernet 10/100 adapter which had a RT driver built in before the Surface shipped, Microsoft removed it when the Surface RT’s shipped and when it got posted, asked that it be taken down.

So, again, sorry for the confusion – the answer is “no” as Jeff said, for the USB2-E1000 adapter.

Best wishes,

FYI, here’s Microsoft’s current Windows RT compatibility list, with a search for “ethernet”:…