Surely it will also come as a curiosity to connect iPad to the internet via cable Ethernet to let the iPad try, but also to give you the thrill of network speed. Obviously, this method of connecting the iPad to the Internet is not the ideal one for a tablet, as it is probably not even easier and less expensive to travel with a router and have all the necessary equipment to wire the iPad. But if you already have the necessary equipment, or you want to experiment with this connection method, then follow this guide.
A wireless connection is optimal for most operations on an iPad, but there are some things that would be better done with a wired Ethernet connection. Here's how to connect your iPad to Ethernet in order to get the best internet connection. If you are on a iPad with iOS 10.2 or higher, there are new features in Setup that favor connecting the iPad to Ethernet.
The iPad does not include an Ethernet port, so you will need to purchase some adapters and accessories. This is not cheap, but if necessary connect an iPad in an area where the WiFi does not take or at a fair, this is a purchase that deserves to be evaluated.
With the right accessories, you can connect your iPad directly to a modem or router with an Ethernet cable and in iOS 10.2 and later, making the appropriate changes to the Ethernet settings on the iPad or iPhone.
We have updated an earlier version of this guide that required a powered USB hub. If you use an iPhone with a Lightning adapter you should be able to use a normal Ethernet USB adapter without any powered hubs.
How to connect iPad to the internet via Ethernet cable
This process that we present can be defined as a trick, but officially supported by Apple and therefore does not invalidate the guarantee and there is no need to worry about ruining something.
Here's what you need to buy to use your iPhone or iPad with an Ethernet cable.
- An iPad
- A router
- A Lightning to USB adapter.
- USB Ethernet adapter – Buy
- Ethernet cable – Buy
You need to buy the original Lightning to USB Camera Adapter, but you can buy a cheaper USB Ethernet Adapter if you don't want to pay Apple's price.
How to set up an Ethernet connection on the iPad
Now let's see the varassasses to follow to use the Ethernet connection on the iPad. You can use the same directions for the iPhone. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to connect iPad to the internet via Ethernet cable.
If opening the Settings and you don't see the function Ethernet, don't worry, because if you have iOS 10.2 on your device, when you connect an adapter USB-Ethernet to iPhone or iPad, you will see the voice in the Settings below the section dedicated to the Wi-Fi connection. Let's see the procedure.
- First of all, turn off WiFi on your iPad, as well as cellular data if it's an LTE model.
- Connect one end of the Ethernet cable in a free door of the router and the other end to the Ethernet port of theUSB Ethernet adapter.
- Connect the end of the USB Ethernet Adapter to the adapter Lightning to USB.
- Insert the end of the Lightning side adapter into your iPad.
You can see a similar configuration in the video below, but you no longer need to use a powered USB hub to do this job.
After a few seconds, the iPad or iPhone will recognize the ethernet connection. If you are on an iPad with iOS 10.2 or higher, you can now go to Settings and you will see the option to set the connection Ethernet on your iPhone or iPad.
This is a recent addition to the iOS 10.2 version, which will allow you to connect more easily and have more control when you use the Ethernet network as the main means to connect your iPad to the internet.
Once you've attached all the adapters, open Safari from the iPad and see if the connection works perfectly before moving on to the other options.
This is a great way to use an iPad at a trade show or in another area where WiFi connections are often unreachable. The iOS 10.2 version has leaked this limit of the Apple device, coming to meet precisely this need of many users, facilitating the procedure to connect iPad to the internet via Ethernet cable, useful above all in the business sector.