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Power and Data for iOS Via Redpark Gigabit + PoE Adapter

Power and Data for iOS Via Redpark Gigabit + PoE Adapter

How to Enable Data and Power to iPads, iPods and iPhones

Recently VidaBox began selling a revolutionary product called the Redpark Gigabit + PoE Adapter (only for iOS devices). This product allows for an iPad, iPod or iPhone to have both hardwired data and power delivered to the iOS device via the lightning cable port. The plug and play installation is simple and we’re here to show you just how simple it is.

Step 1 : PoE Switch Power Supply

The first thing to determine in the installation is the power supply. If you are using a new PoE switch, plug the power supply into an A/C outlet and the other end into the switch. Most clients will be using an existing PoE switch which has a power supply that is already plugged into an A/C outlet. With a fully powered PoE switch you will have enough power to supply to the Redpark Gigabit + PoE Adapter.

If you are only looking to power the iOS device and not transmit data, an alternative option is to use a VidaPower Cat5 Power Injector. Again this alternative will not support data transmission.

Step 2 : PoE Switch Data Supply / Router Up link

The second connection for the PoE switch must be the data up link. Connect your PoE switch to a router / modem / internet connection via  Cat5 or Ethernet cable.

Once you have connected your PoE switch to data and power your are ready for the third step.

Step 3 : PoE Switch to Redpark Gigabit + PoE Adapter

The next few steps are simple connections. Using an Ethernet or Cat5 cable, plug one end of the cable into the PoE switch ports labelled “POE” and the other into the Redpark Gigabit + PoE Adapter Ethernet port. If Steps 1 and 2 are done correctly, one orange and one green lights on the Redpark Gigabit + PoE Adapter will illuminate, confirming that the adapter is receiving both data and power.

Step 4 : Redpark Gigabit + PoE Adapter to iOS device

Using the USB Micro to lightning cable, plug the lightning connection into the iOS device lightning port and the then USB micro male into the Redpark Gigabit + PoE Adapter‘s USB Micro port. You should here a noise notification or vibration from the iOS device, confirming it is receiving power. You will not receive this notification if your device is on silent / Do Not Disturb mode.

Step 5 : Turn off Wi-Fi Connectivity

The iOS device will use Wi-Fi and not the hard wired data connection from the lightning port if Wi-Fi connectivity is still enabled. Wi-Fi can be disabled in only one way as of iOS 11. If you have an earlier version of iOS before iOS 11, you can disable Wi-Fi from the Control center by flicking upward from the bottom of the screen and tapping the Wi-Fi symbol.

Settings: From the the home screen, go into the “Settings”. Then go to “Wi-Fi”. From the Wi-Fi screen you’ll be able to toggle the switch to the left by tapping it. It will turn from green (connected) to white (disconnected). Alternatively, if you have never connected to a wifi network, the device should have no network to connect to. However, it is best to turn off Wi-Fi as there will be constant “Ask to Join Network” notifications.

Apple has posted these two support pages about how to connect and how to disconnect from Wi-Fi via the “Settings” menu.

The Grand Finale: Enjoy the Hardwired Data and Power Setup

All of the connections have been properly made for the new plug and play, hardwired Data and Power setup. This means there is nothing left to do but to enjoy the new setup for your iOS device or kiosk.

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