Setting up wired Ethernet for Internet access
Apple's introduction of a 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 currently 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, 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.
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.
These cables also 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.