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How to Connect iPad to Ethernet

By Peter, 13/11/2017 - 16:40

Redpark Ethernet Adapters Make it Easy!

Connecting an iPad to ethernet has been difficult in the past. New iPad ethernet adapters from Redpark solve this problem. These adapters connect the iPad to ethernet and power -- and they are instantly recognised by iOS as a native network connection that can be used by any iOS app.

In recent years the only way to connect iPad to ethernet has been to plug together a handful of adapters — a USB camera adapter, a USB hub, a USB ethernet adapter, and an iPad power adapter (plus, of course, a Lightning to USB cable).

If you plugged all of these items together in exactly the right order you could get things to work. But this created a large mess of adapters and cables!

The new 2nd generation Redpark Gigabit Ethernet Adapters from Redpark offer a much easier approach. Two versions of the Gigabit adapter are available. One uses Power over Ethernet (PoE) as the power source. The other uses an AC power adapter as the power source. Both of these adapters are licensed under Apple’s “Made for iPhone” (MFi) program. In conjunction with the adaptor, an L90-B Series cable (purchased separately) of the appropriate length allows convenient placement of the iPad or iPhone in a suitable location (up to 3.0M away from the adapter).

There is also a third version called the Lightning to Ethernet cable. This connects an iPhone or iPad to ethernet without charging and is very handy for on-location work where security, speed or stability are required.

Connect iPad to Ethernet in 3 Easy Steps:

1 - Connect the Redpark ethernet adapter to power

AC power: If you have a local AC power outlet plug the Redpark adapter into the power outlet using the power adapter that Redpark provides.

PoE power: If you are using power over ethernet (PoE) as the power source use an ethernet cable to connect the Redpark adapter to a PoE enabled switch or PoE injector. A Cat 5e or Cat 6A ethernet cable is recommended.

2 - Connect the Redpark ethernet adapter to the iPad

Use a Lightning to USB Micro B cable to connect the ethernet adapter to an iPad. Redpark offers this cable in several lengths. Or you can use a Lightning to USB Micro B cable made by other brands (as long as the cable is MFi-certified).

3 - Configure the ethernet connection using the Settings app on your iPad

Once the ethernet adapter is connected to power and to the iPad “Ethernet” will appear in the "Settings" on the iPad. It will be located in between “Wi-Fi” and “Bluetooth” (Requires iOS 10 or later). If using DHCP, everything is fully automatic and the Ethernet connection will immediately become the default network connection for the iPad and the iPad will also be charging.

If desired, select “Ethernet” in order to access the ethernet configuration details. The Ethernet connection can be configured to use either DHCP or a static IP address. The default is DHCP and this does not need be revised in most instances. If you need to use a Static IP address please enter the configuration settings for your device and network.

How the Ethernet Adapter Works

The Redpark ethernet adapters are a specialized version of USB 2 to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter. They make use of support for ethernet that is built into the iOS operating system beginning with iOS 10. This means that the ethernet connection is available to be used by any iOS app!

The adapters communicate with the iPad using Hi-Speed USB and support connection to 10/100/1000 ethernet networks. When connected to a Gigabit ethernet network the adapter will provide bandwidth up to 225 Mbps. These adapters also charge the iPad.

There are two versions of the adapter available:

The Gigabit + Power Adapter uses an external AC power adapter (12V 1.6A) to charge the iPad.
The Gigabit + PoE Adapter uses power over ethernet (PoE) to charge the iPad. It draws 15.4W from a PoE enabled switch or PoE injector.

Why Connect iPad to Ethernet?

To secure point of sales systems where WiFi is congested and would be unreliable (eg shopping centres, conventions)

Reliably connect an iPad meeting room schedule display to ethernet and power over a single cable.

Connect to local networks in facilities where WiFi is prohibited or not available.

Provide a network connection and power to wall mounted iPads being used to control building automation.

Securely connect iPad to ethernet and power when using an iPad in a kiosk or point of sale (POS) system.

To learn more please select this link to our ethernet adaptors.

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