RJ45 Cat5e cable - Auto-MDIX, 10/100 compatible. Lightning connector for Apple end.
The cable is compatible with any iOS app that makes use of our RedSocket SDK. “Get Console” (terminal emulator) and “ENET Browser” (web browser) are now available in the App Store for use with the Ethernet Cable. Other third party developers are now working on additional apps.
This cable does not provide "generic" Ethernet connectivity for use on iPad or iPhone - your desired application must have support for it. Please fully read the below FAQ for more information.
Q: Why don’t all apps work with the Ethernet Cable?
A: Apple does not currently publish a way for accessories to access iOS’ native network stack via the Lightning connector. Therefore we needed to develop a 2nd network stack that is used by the cable. Only apps which use our RedSocket SDK are able to communicate with the 2nd network stack. So only apps which use this SDK are able to communicate with the cable.
Q: Are there functional disadvantages to using a 2nd network stack?
A: For the most part — no. In fact there are some advantages. However the network stack does not currently support SSL. (Note: Nothing prevents an app developer from adding support for SSL if this was important to a given use case.)
Q: Can I use the Ethernet Cable at the same time as WiFi?
A: Yes. Since the Ethernet Cable makes use of its own network stack — it does not impact your use of iOS’ native network stack.
Q: Can I develop my own apps?
A: Yes. The RedSocket SDK is available for free download from the Developer Tools page on this website. Apps that you develop may be deployed via the App Store — or they may be deployed privately under the terms of a Personal, Education or Enterprise Developers License.
Q: What version of iOS is required?
A: iOS 8.0.x or later.
Q: Why is the maximum bandwidth limited to 5 Mbps?
A: In order to comply with Apple Made for iPhone (MFI) power budget specifications, as we engineered the Ethernet Cable we made numerous design decisions that reduce power consumption. These power savings have a cost in terms of performance.
Q: Can I connect this Ethernet Cable to any Ethernet hub or switch?
A: The Ethernet Cable supports a 100 Mbps Ethernet connection. It is compatible with all hubs and switches that support 100 Mbps Ethernet.
Q: Does the cable have a unique MAC address?
A: Yes. Each cable is programmed with a unique MAC address during the manufacturing process.
Q: How can I tell if my iOS device recognizes the cable?
A: Open the “Settings” app on your iOS device. Select “General”, then “About”. If the Ethernet Cable is connected properly, it will appear in the list shown.
Q: How do I know what version of firmware the cable is using?
A: Once you have located the Ethernet Cable in the “Settings” App, select the Ethernet Cable to view its parameters.
This cable has been designed for use in field service applications. It enables field technicians to use Ethernet to connect an iPad or iPhone to equipment in the field.