I’ve mentioned this (too) many times before, but I’m getting so tired with Apple’s lousy software quality lately.
The fact that 11.3 is already at beta 6 and still not ready for release is not a good sign in my opinion. And in the meantime, my ethernet connection keeps on dropping on my $$$ 2017 15" MBP. A problem that started with the macOS 11.2.x update. You know, the one that was needed because USB peripherals could damage a Mac (how could that possibly slip through QA!?).
And no, this doesn’t look like a hardware issue. The dock functions properly. Everything that’s connected to that dock works fine: display, (usb) speakers. Everything but ethernet.
Oh yeah, and sometimes ethernet just works for a longer time. But I found out why: the machine doesn’t get to sleep anymore, for some mysterious reason. And since Apple removed all controls for the sleep setting, there is no way to make any changes here. FTR: there are no processes preventing the machine to sleep; pmset -g doesn’t return anything.
A new user account that I created had the exact same problems. The times that I cleared all caches, and reset the SMC are countless. All without effect.
Sometimes a restart of the machine brings back ethernet. But even that is not a sure thing. Many times several restarts and repluging the dock are needed to revive the (wired) ethernet connection.
I know this sounds like - or actually is - a rant. But i somehow hope that this message gets to Apple somehow. The quality of macOS is really below par for quite some time.