Setting Up Wired Internet on iPad

Apple's introduction of a new powered USB adapter is a game-changer for kiosk use, allowing you to connect your iPad to a power source and wired Ethernet at the same time.

While the powered USB adapter is marketed primarily as a camera adapter, Apple has also designed it to be compatible with Ethernet adapters and other powered USB accessories.

The Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adapter connects to any iPad with a Lightning port, including:

  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad Air
  • iPad 4
  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro
  • 9.7-inch iPad Pro
  • all versions of the iPad Mini

It includes a USB port and a second Lightning port to pass power to both the device and the USB port. The camera adapter can then be connected to Apple's USB Ethernet Adapter and through that to standard Ethernet cabling.

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.

No additional configuration is required on the iPad and the connection should work for any apps on your device, including 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 with no issue charging or internet connectivity in either test.

These cables work with all our current kiosk enclosures, 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.

Becca Rice
Becca Rice

manages software development and marketing for Kiosk Group. She can be found on Twitter @design_love.

posted on June 17, 2016

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