The new iPad ethernet adapters from Redpark connect the iPad to ethernet and power. Plus they are instantly recognized 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 creates a tangle of adapters and cables!
The gigabit ethernet adapters from Redpark solve this problem — providing a simple and uncluttered way to connect iPad to ethernet.
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:
With a Redpark iPad ethernet adapter you can connect iPad to ethernet in 3 easy steps:
1 – Connect the iPad ethernet adapter to power
If you have a local AC power outlet plug the Redpark adapter into the power outlet using the power adapter that Redpark provides.
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 adapter to the iPad using a Lightning to USB Micro B cable
A Lightning to USB Micro B cable is available from Redpark 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 device
Once the ethernet adapter is connected to power and to the iPad, “Ethernet” will appear in the Settings app in between “Wi-Fi” and “Bluetooth” as shown below. (Requires iOS 10 or later.)
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 enter a Static IP address please click the Static IP button and enter the configuration settings for your device and network.
The ethernet connection is now ready to use!
Wireless connectivity works well in most situations. But Wi-Fi is not always available or reliable and it can be more complicated to install, configure and support. Wi-Fi can not match the simplicity, reliabilty and security of a wired ethernet connection.
Example ethernet use cases include:
Connect to local networks in buildings where Wi-Fi is prohibited or not available.
Reliably connect an iPad conference room schedule display to ethernet and power over a single cable.
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.