Setting up wired Ethernet for Internet access
Redpark Ethernet Adapter
Redpark’s iPad Ethernet Adapter allows you to connect your iPad to the internet over a reliable, wired ethernet connection while simultaneously charging the device. When connected to an iPad or iPhone running iOS 10 or later, the adapter is recognized as a network connection that is configured in Settings on the device and usable by any app.
The adapter supports 10/100/1000 gigabit networking and provides bandwidth up to 225 Mbps (with the maximum bandwidth dependent upon the USB sub-system in the iPad or iPhone). There are two models available:
- Gigabit + PoE - uses power over ethernet (PoE) and requires a PoE-enabled ethernet hub or injector able to provide 15.4W of power to the adapter (not included) over standard Cat5e, Cat6 or Cat6A ethernet cables.
- Gigabit + Power - uses an external AC power adapter and is best suited for situations where a power outlet is readily available. It is compatible with any ethernet hub, switch, or port on another ethernet device.
The adapter connects to the iPad via a replaceable Lightning to USB Micro-B cable, which is available in 16” or 60” lengths. Both the adapter and cables are officially licensed through Apple’s Made for iPhone (MFi) program. Available for purchase here.
Apple Powered USB Adapter
Apple's introduction of a powered USB adapter was a game-changer for kiosk use, allowing you to connect your iPad to a power source and wired Ethernet at the same time. While marketed as a camera adapter, Apple execs took time at the March 2016 event where the adapter was introduced to call out the option to use it for Ethernet or other powered USB accessories, which means that this use case should be supported moving forward.
The Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adapter connects to any iPad with a Lightning port and includes a USB port and a second Lightning port to pass power to both the device and the USB port.
Please note that there is a previous version of this adapter that does not include the second Lightning port for power and which, in testing, was not a reliable solution for an Ethernet connection.
The camera adapter can then be connected to Apple's USB Ethernet Adapter and through that to standard Ethernet cabling.
No configuration is required on the iPad or within Kiosk Pro. We have tested this solution in-house, conducting multi-week tests with both an iPad Air 2 and a 12.9-inch iPad Pro, and saw no issues with charging or Internet connectivity in either test.
Both solutions work with our current kiosk enclosures from iPadKiosks.com, tucking away inside the head for a streamlined presentation that protects the cables from visitors and provides a stable, worry-free Internet connection for your iPad.