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Apple Thunderbolt Display requires NetDB entry

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Inside the recently released Thunderbolt Display from Apple is a fairly complete computer, including several controllers and other hardware trappings. The included Ethernet port on the rear of the display is not simply a passthrough, but requires a bona fide entry of its MAC address into NetDB. Yes, the display has a MAC address. Then again, doesn't your refrigerator?

This cost me 1+ hour this morning and an actual call to AppleCare, so hopefully this post can save others some headache.


ps For this interested, here are some teardown pics on the display: