Thunderbolt networking over USB-C requires Thunderbolt 3

Mac systems support networking between two Thunderbolt hosts using a Thunderbolt cable between them. Thunderbolt networking over USB-C requires a host that supports Thunderbolt 3, such as the MacBook Pro (Late 2016) family.

If you're having issues with Thunderbolt networking, or if you were directed to this page when you connected a Mac to another host, check the following:

  • Verify that your system supports Thunderbolt 3 over USB-C. Check with your system's manufacturer if you think the message was shown in error.
  • Be sure to connect your Mac directly to the Thunderbolt 3 computer and not through a USB-C hub. USB-C hubs don't support Thunderbolt 3 connections between their ports.
  • Make sure that the USB-C cable that you're using supports Thunderbolt 3. Not all USB-C cables support the requirements of Thunderbolt 3. For example, a USB-C charge cable doesn't support a Thunderbolt 3 connection.

If you need more help, contact Apple support or schedule a Genius Bar appointment.

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