Gigabit + PoE Adapter

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Gigabit + PoE Adapter

The Redpark Gigabit + PoE Adapter connects Lightning iPads and iPhones to ethernet and uses power over ethernet (PoE) to charge the iPad. This enables an iPad to receive both data and power over a single Ethernet cable when connected to a PoE-enabled switch or a PoE injector.

This iPad ethernet adapter is instantly recognized as a network connection. The ethernet connection can be configured using the Settings app on the iPad when running iOS 10 (or later).

The adapter physically connects to the iPad or iPhone using a Redpark Lightning to USB Micro B cable (sold separately). It supports 10/100/1000 networking and provides bandwidth up to 225 Mbps.

  • $99
  • 013964221282
  • One year
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  • 10/100/1000
  • RJ45 Auto MDX connector

Power Over Ethernet

  • PoE (802.3af) Class 0 device
  • Power consumption: 15.4W


  • For use with all iOS devices with Lightning connector
  • Requires iOS 10 or later

USB Connection to iPad

  • Provides 2.1A 5V power to the iOS device
  • Connector: USB Micro B
  • Use Redpark MFI-certified USB Micro B to Lightning cable


  • Temperature Range: 0C – 55C


  • Dimensions: 3.25” x 1.75” x .95”


If the power LED is ON the 3 most likely causes of the problem are:

  • The Redpark Lightning cable that you are using is bad.
  • You chose to use a cable that is not a Redpark Lightning cable — and your cable does not work with the L6-NETPOE.
  • The PoE switch is not providing a full 15.4W to the L6-NETPOE. (The switch may be loaded with too many PoE devices and is unable to provide full power to the L6-NETPOE.)

If the power LED is OFF the 5 most likely causes of the problem are:

  • Your ethernet switch does not provide PoE. (If you are not sure, email the brand and model of the switch to us.)
  • You are plugged into a port on the switch that is not a PoE port. (Most PoE-enabled switches have PoE ports and non-PoE ports.)
  • There is a problem on your network between the L6-NETPOE and the switch. (Try plugging the L6-NETPOE directly into the switch using a short ethernet cable.)
  • The PoE port on the switch may be configured to power a lower power device (i.e. a VoIP phone) and provides no power to the L6-NETPOE (because the L6-NETPOE requires more power).
  • The switch provides a non-standard version of PoE. Ubiquiti, for example, sells switches that provide 24V PoE. These switches work with certain Ubiquiti devices but are not able to power the L6-NETPOE.
  • Cisco sells several series of switches that use UPOE — a Cisco extension of the PoE standard. Some early customers reported problems using the L6-NETPOE with a Cisco UPOE switch. In studying this issue with Cisco’s help we learned that UPOE switches use a proprietary method to detect powered devices. We revised the L6-NETPOE to ensure reliable detection by UPOE switches. The revised units have the code “0418” appearing on the label on the underside of the L6-NETPOE. These units have been in production since May 2018.


How do I configure the network connection?

Using the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad. Once the Adapter is connected to an iPad or iPhone, “Ethernet” will appear in the Settings app in between WiFi and Bluetooth. Both DHCP and Static IP addresses are supported.

What apps can I use with the Gigabit + PoE Adapter?

The network connection provided by the Gigabit + PoE Adapter is available to be used by any iOS app. Please note that the FaceTime, Messages and Wi-Fi Calling apps do not currently support ethernet.

What is the maximum bandwidth of the ethernet connection?

The Gigabit + PoE Adapter is a specialty form of USB 2 to Ethernet Adapter. It provides bandwidth up to 225 Mbps. The maximum bandwidth is dependent upon the USB sub-system in the iPad or iPhone.

Can I share an iPad’s or iPhone’s cellular data connection over the ethernet connection?

Not currently. Perhaps a future version of iOS will support this.

Does the Gigabit + PoE Adapter have a unique MAC address?

Yes. Each Adapter is programmed with a unique MAC address during the manufacturing process. The MAC address appears as the Serial Number in the Settings app. See General>Settings>About and select Gigabit + PoE Adapter.

How much power does the Adapter draw?

The Gigabit + PoE Adapter is an 802.3(af) Class 0 device. It requires the PoE-enabled switch or the PoE injector to supply 15.4W.

How much power is provided to the iPad?

Up to 2.1A (5V). This is enough to fully charge/power any model of iPad or iPhone.

Can the Adapter operate without drawing power from a PoE-enabled switch or PoE injector?

No. The Gigabit + PoE Adapter is not able to draw power from the iPad. It must receive power from PoE.

Can I connect the Adapter to any PoE-enabled switch or PoE injector?

You must use an switch or injector that provides 48V and 15.4W of power. The adapter will not work with injectors that supply 15V or 24V.

Can any type of ethernet cable be used to connect the adapter to the PoE injector or PoE-enabled switch?

Use Cat5e, Cat 6 or Cat 6A cables. If the distance between the Adapter and the PoE power source is 100 ft or more, we recommend Cat 6A cables.

Does the Adapter have LEDs to display network status?

Yes. There is a power LED as well as LEDs to display network link status and network activity.

Why does the Adapter have a Micro B USB port instead of a Type A USB port?

The Type A USB port is used on devices that function as a USB Host. This Adapter functions as a USB device so it must use a Type B USB port. We chose a Micro B version in order to save space on the circuit board in the Adapter.

What version of iOS is required?

iOS 10.0.x or later.

What is the size of the Gigabit + PoE Adapter?

The Adapter is 3.2″ x 1.7″ x .95″

Does the Gigabit + PoE Adapter support USB-C iPads?

No. This adapter supports Lightning iPads only. Apple did not simply change the connector on USB-C iPads. They also made other changes that require us to create a USB-C version of the Gigabit + PoE Adapter.


How can I tell if my iOS device recognizes the Adapter?

Open the “Settings” app on your iOS device. Select “General” then “About”. If the Gigabit + PoE Adapter is detected properly it will appear in the list shown.

I’ve connected the Gigabit + PoE Adapter to the iPad but I do not see “Ethernet” in the Settings app on my iPad. What do I do?

The first step in troubleshooting is to look at the power LED on the L6-NETPOE to see if the L6-NETPOE is receiving power from the PoE switch. (Power LED is located between the ethernet jack and the micro USB port.)