Lighting to USB 3 Camera Adapter

Lighting to USB 3 Camera Adapter
On Monday Phil Schiller, Senior Vice President of World Wide marketing at Apple, mentioned the new USB 3 Camera adapter. It became even more exciting news when he went on to say you could use an Ethernet adapter with it to connect to corporate networks. Apple’s site mentions it as well in the product description: 
“Add even greater capability and versatility to your iPad Pro by powering the Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adapter with a USB Power Adapter. Then you can connect USB peripherals like hubs, Ethernet adapters…”
Apple site says these models of iPad are officially supported but more than these work.
iPad with Retina display
iPad mini
iPad mini 2
iPad Air
iPad Air 2
iPad mini 3
iPad mini 4
iPad Pro (9.7-inch)
iPad Pro (12.9-inch)
Full details about the product is located at the link below:
Prior to iOs 9.X there was a way for iOS to connect to an ethernet network with a usb to ethernet adapter. It involved a Usb Hub but it was patched an no longer worked during testing on 9.2.  A great post about it can be found at: http://www.hcsonline.com/support/blog/entry/ios-connecting-your-ipad-to-ethernet
After Monday’s announcement I immediately purchased the new USB 3.0 to Lighting adapter from Apple and received it today.  I went ahead and tested the new USB 3.0 to Lighting adapter with an Apple USB 2.0 to ethernet adapter.  I did make sure that each device was running iOs 9.3 when I performed my final tests.  The products I tested were: iPhone 6S+, iPhone 6S, iPad Pro 12inch, iPad Mini 4th Generation, iPad Mini 3rd Generation , 1st Generation iPad Air , 2nd Generation iPad Air & a 5th Generation iPod Touch. I would have tested more but this is what I had in the lab at the time. 
I discovered several things. This is certainly not a definitive list but were observations I made in testing.
1.) It works on all the devices I listed above. Apple site doesn’t officially support iPod Touch and iPhone but it worked regardless.
2.) It doesn’t necessarily need 9.3. When testing the 1st Generation iPad Air it showed up and worked. It was running 9.2 at the time. I tried to on the 3rd Generation iPad Mini running 9.1 and it didn’t work.  Having said that I felt it’s best to update to 9.3.
3.) A charger is needed. On each device I was warned that it needed more power. A regular lighting cable with at least 10W charger was sufficient for it to dismiss the dialog window, saying it needed more power, and work properly. 
4.) It can be used during activation of device even if cellular and wifi aren’t present. Unlike a Mac you don’t have a place to select the wired collection. Visually the “next” dialog turns blue and you can proceed.
5.)No visual way to manage it. When you connect it you can see it in Settings/General/About. It does not show network information only hardware info about the adapter. I would love to see an Ethernet section Appear in Settings. Maybe in an update. You never know.
6.) When in Ariplane mode it still works. You can surf the internet and perform any network related actions.
7.) I tested it on a Cisco 802.11 AC 5GHZ network and a Cisco Gigabit Ethernet switch. When running a speediest it’s faster on ethernet…only slightly.
Overall this is exciting news for consultant and consumer alike. I am sure there are things I didn’t catch or see. Leave a comment and help the community learn how this product can be used more effectively in your environment.
For more great news and resources check out http://www.hcsonline.com/support/blog

Christopher R. Holmes
Senior Systems Engineer/Technical Training Specialist 
HCS Technology Group
2314 Kaliste Saloom Apt 708 Lafayette, LA 70508
T: (337) 476-2772 T: 866-518-9672 Ext. 702
Email:  cholmes@hcsonline.com 

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