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glen sinclair Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Does anyone know if my ipad will connect to the net via ethernet ? I'll be in Alaska for the summer and the only way to the net will be via phone line My question is will a usb to ethernet adapter get me on line with my ipad ?

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  • Kilgore-Trout Level 7 Level 7 (27,080 points)
    No - there is no wired network connection for the iPad.
  • glen sinclair Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks James, you'd think there would be an app for that !
  • Meg St._Clair Level 8 Level 8 (42,305 points)
    You could get yourself an Airport Express. Ethernet cable plugs into the Airport Express which then serves as a wireless router for the iPad. You would need a computer for the intial configuration of the Airport Express but not after that.
  • glen sinclair Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks Meg, Great Idea !!
  • Meg St._Clair Level 8 Level 8 (42,305 points)
    Always glad to help out a fellow clansman.
  • Kilgore-Trout Level 7 Level 7 (27,080 points)
    glen sinclair wrote:
    Thanks James, you'd think there would be an app for that !


    Not something an app could do, sadly.

    Meg's suggestion is probably your best bet.
  • knealy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Does this mean you have to bring a Mac with you wherever you go? Once you configured the Airport Express will it work in any hotel after that, or do you need to reconfigure it with a Mac every new place you go?
  • David M Brewer Level 6 Level 6 (9,265 points)
    Once the Airpot Express is configured it's read to go and can be anywhere.
  • knealy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Well I now have spoken to two different Apple Airport support techs (who I called on Friday and Monday) who have told me that it may connect or may not. Sometimes it may connect for about 1/2 hour and then stop working. They both said you should bring a computer with you.

    This is not a solution. If the iPad is supposed to be something you can take with you traveling, then there needs to be a better solution for Ethernet connections. Why not Airport Utility for iPhone and iPad?
  • ncaissie Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    The Airport should connect to any LAN without configuring it.
    The configuration is for the wireless security.
  • Coolmax Level 2 Level 2 (195 points)
    knealy wrote:
    Well I now have spoken to two different Apple Airport support techs (who I called on Friday and Monday) who have told me that it may connect or may not. Sometimes it may connect for about 1/2 hour and then stop working. They both said you should bring a computer with you.

    This is not a solution. If the iPad is supposed to be something you can take with you traveling, then there needs to be a better solution for Ethernet connections. Why not Airport Utility for iPhone and iPad?


    You should not be limited to just an Airport Express router. If you have an ethernet only connection, then why not bring a portable travel router made by many other network providers? I own a few of these, but the Asus WL-330GE or the WL3303G (travel WIFI router and 3G router) stand out because they are really small and light, take a LAN ethernet line and convert it to a WIFI hotspot or bridging if you want and can be powered via a USB port so all you carry is a portable surge protector that come with 2 USB charging ports. I routinely travel with my iPad 1 and Android tablet replacing my laptop using these routers without any problem if I'm stuck with an ethernet line.

    Hope this helps.
  • Richard Wallstein Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hello Coolmax,

    This sounds like a great idea! However, when I look at the specs for the 330ge, Asus say that the utilities only support various windows flavours. Is it possible to use the devicce without needing to use the utilities, eg, for device discovery? I am guessing that the answer must be yes since you use it with your iPad but wanted to check first. Thank you.

  • Macaby Level 3 Level 3 (910 points)

    knealy wrote:

     

    This is not a solution. If the iPad is supposed to be something you can take with you traveling, then there needs to be a better solution for Ethernet connections. Why not Airport Utility for iPhone and iPad?

    Ah, the iPad is designed for travel, either with wifi or 3G.  Yeah, the 3G is a tad expensive IF you're going to want streaming video or audio.  I suppose Apple could come up with a mini ethernet port.  They now sell a ethernet to USB dongle for the MacAir line.

     

    Personally, I like the iPad the way it is. However, the iPad 3 looms on the horizon and maybe that will address this area although I wouldn't bet on it.

  • BobTheFisherman Level 6 Level 6 (11,030 points)

    Richard Wallstein wrote:

     

    Hello Coolmax,

    This sounds like a great idea! However, when I look at the specs for the 330ge, Asus say that the utilities only support various windows flavours. Is it possible to use the devicce without needing to use the utilities, eg, for device discovery? I am guessing that the answer must be yes since you use it with your iPad but wanted to check first. Thank you.

    You can use any consumer router without installing anything onto the iPad. The router utilities are provided by the manufacturers because they think users may want to use the branded utilities instead of using the iPad or computer built in networking utilities.

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