How to Connect an iPad to Ethernet
08/28/2014 By Craig Lloyd
* Lightning to USB Camera Adapter – Buy
* USB Ethernet Adapter – Buy
* Powered USB 2.0 Hub – Buy (It can be any cheap hub, though. Just make sure it’s powered.)
* Ethernet Cable – Buy
* An iPad – Buy
The reason you need a powered USB hub is because the USB Ethernet adapter requires more power than the Lightning to USB adapter cable can provide, so if you don’t have the powered USB hub, you end up getting a popup saying the device cannot power the adaptor.
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Setting It Up
While this is quite a list of things you’ll need, setting it all up takes less than 30 seconds. I’ve embedded a video below that details the steps needed and demonstrates the hack, but here’s a step-by-step guide on connecting your iPad to ethernet:
1. First off, disable WiFi on your iPad, as well as cellular data if it’s an LTE model.
2. Plug one end of the ethernet cable into a free port on your router, and the other end into the ethernet port on the USB Ethernet Adapter.
3. Connect the USB end of the adapter to any of the USB ports on the USB hub.
4. Connect the USB cable that came with your USB hub to the hub. The cable should have a smaller connector on one end and the port for it should be on the back of the hub.
5. Connect the power cable for the USB hub to the hub and plug the other end into a wall outlet.
6. Connect the USB end of the Lighting to USB Adapter to the other end of the USB cable that came with your USB hub.
7. Lastly, plug the Lightning end of the adapter into your iPad.
You might have to give your iPad a few seconds to recognize everything, but after that, you can launch Safari and begin surfing the web.
From there, you can launch the streaming app of your choice, be it YouTube, Netflix, Hulu Plus, etc. You should get a much better internet connection than you would if you were just using a WiFi connection.
Furthermore, you can download an app called Speedtest that can see how fast your internet connection is on your iPad.