Whether you’re having temporary trouble with your WiFi or would like to set up a persistent network connection, follow along for how to use Ethernet with iPad over both USB-C and Lightning.

iPad’s capabilities have grown over the years and the switch to USB-C for more of Apple’s tablets has made it easier than ever to do things like using Ethernet for a stable internet connection. It’s also possible to get Ethernet set up with iPads that use the Lightning port.

Beyond personal use, setting up an iPad with Ethernet can be a great option for businesses or organizations using the tablet for kiosks and the like.

How to use Ethernet with iPad over USB-C or Lightning

2018 and later iPad Pro, 2020 and later iPad Air, 2021 iPad mini

  1. Pick up any USB-C hub that includes Ethernet if you don’t have one already (Anker from around $50, AmazonBasics from about $25, Satechi from around $80)
  2. Plug it into your iPad and plug in your Ethernet cable
  3. You should see an adapter icon show up in the top right corner of your iPad
  4. To double-check your Ethernet connection is working you can head to Settings > Ethernet

iPads with a Lightning port

  1. You can either use a Lightning to Ethernet adapter or a Lightning to USB adapter connected to a USB to Ethernet adapter (Apple sells Belkin’s for $100, also on Amazon, some MFi options go from around $20, USB to Ethernet adapters sell from around $15)
  2. Plug it into your iPad and plug in your Ethernet cable
  3. To double-check your Ethernet connection is working you can head to Settings > Ethernet

Here’s how these steps look on iPad:

how to use Ethernet with iPad walkthrough

After tapping USB 10/100/1000 LAN you’ll see your Ethernet network details:

how to use Ethernet with iPad walkthrough 2

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