Installing the LandingZone Ethernet Driver

For the 12-inch LandingZone, LandingZone DOCK, and LandingZone 2.0 PRO (macOS 10.9 to 10.15)

Establishing an Ethernet connect with the LandingZone requires the installation of the LandingZone Ethernet Driver.

Note: If you already have a version of the LandingZone Ethernet Driver installed on the MacBook, please uninstall the driver by following these steps before installing the latest LandingZone Ethernet Driver.

For Instructions on how to install the LandingZone Ethernet Drive for macOS 11 (Big Sur), please visit Here

LandingZone Ethernet Driver for macOS 10.9 to 10.15 (Catalina): Download Here

How to Install

  1. Undock the MacBook, unplug the Ethernet cable, and unplug the LandingZone Power Adapter from the docking station before installing the LandingZone Ethernet Driver on the macOS.
  2. Download the .zip file containing the LandingZone Ethernet Driver from this page or the Download Drivers page.
  3. Double-click on the LandingZone Ethernet Driver .zip file and a folder will be extracted.
  4. Double-click  “AX88179_178A.dmg” file in the extracted folder. A Disk Image device titled “AX88179” will appear in Finder (under devices) and also on the Desktop.
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  5. Double-click “AX88179_178A_v2.xx.0.pkg” and a driver setup dialog will appear. Click the [Continue] button to start the installation process and follow the instructions.
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  1. Under Installation Type, click [Install] to continue the operation. You might need to enter your MacBook computer’s username and password during this step based on your personal computer settings. Enter them if you are prompted.
  2. After you have entered your information, or if your computer is not password protected, you will immediately see the following:

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  1. Click [Continue Installation] to continue with the driver installation. Continuing will restart your MacBook so close any applications at this time.
  2. Restart the macOS system by clicking [Restart].
  3. After the MacBook has finished rebooting, connect the LandingZone Power Adapter and Ethernet cable, and then dock the MacBook to the LandingZone.
  4. Go to the Network Settings in the System Preferences and the AX88179 Ethernet connection should appear as “Connected” on the connections list to the left. It should display as “AX881…thernet” with a green dot next to it, as shown in the image below. You should also be able to see the IP address, router, subnet mask, DNS server, and Search Domain(s).
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  5. If it is not shown on the connections list, add the interface by clicking the“+” icon at the bottom of the list. Under the Interface drop down, select “AX88179 USB 3.0 to Gigabit Ethernet” and click “Create”. The connection should now appear in the connections list. Select it and click Apply to establish the Ethernet connection.
  6. If it does not show “AX88179 USB 3.0 to Gigabit Ethernet” under Interface, the macOS High Sierra may be blocking the Ethernet driver extension from loading. You may see an alert that says “System Extension Blocked”. If this happens click “OK” and approve the request to load the drive. To do so, go to “System Preferences” then “Security and Privacy”. At the bottom of the “General” tab, check if there is a system message stating “System software from developer was blocked from loading” or “System software from developer “WEI LU SU” was blocked from loading.”. If you see this message, please click on the “Allow” button. Once approved, the driver extension will immediately loaded and the Ethernet drive should work properly.

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