All construction was discontinued on March 24th due to Covid-19's closure, but there are still a few things we can continue with, especially regarding plans for electrical 2nd repair.
IPad mounted on the wall
I don't think wall-mounted touchscreens are the way most of us would really control their homes most of the time. However, I wanted to make sure that we have a controller that is centrally located in the house and that we can use to access the entire smart home system. This is easy to achieve with the Loxone app, which runs on an iPad.
Just when we wanted to order the tablet, Apple announced a new model. This was an opportunity to get one of the 6th generation outbound iPads from the Apple Refurb Store and save a few pounds.
We also included one of the last 9.7-inch Loxone wall mounts (an updated model has been released for the latest 10.2-inch iPads since then). I preferred the anthracite-colored version to the silver version because I very much prefer the way the dark frame connects to the black bezels of the iPad.
PoE on iPad
Next, it was time to investigate how the tablet could be connected to provide data and charge it on the wall.
If you connect an iPad to the mains all day, the battery will no longer run out. As of iOS 11.3, Apple added a feature to protect cells that are constantly charging.
iOS has a charge management function to maintain the battery status if the iPad or iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max or iPhone XR are connected to the power supply for an extended period of time, e.g. B. if they are used in a kiosk or a point-of-sales system or are stored there, a loading wagon.
With all of our UniFi PoE kit, Power over Ethernet seemed ideal for this task, a single cable to power the iPad with power and data. This isn't the cheapest option, but it may be worth it for simplicity, super stable data connection, and no chance of a fun WiFi business.
The options here are limited, but this niche product fit the bill perfectly, so we ordered one of these GAF Lightning PDs from PoE Texas.
It costs about $ 90 and supports 802.3af PoE to power the iPad, while 10/100 Ethernet is provided on the same single cable.
You can now use an Ethernet cable to transfer power and data to your iPad at high data speeds up to 328 feet! This PoE adapter delivers 5 volts 12 watts of continuous power as well as wired 10/100 data to the iPad.
It is relatively small (6 "x 1" x 1.5 ") and we can place it in a tight space behind the block wall where the iPad is mounted (for setup information, see this page).
It works well when testing power and data delivery while simplifying cabling. The right-angled Lightning cable fits into the Loxone frame and offers little space. All in all, the Texas PoE device is a great solution.
iPad PoE alternatives
I also considered the Redpark Gigabit + PoE Adapter for iPad (L6-NETPOE). The USB2 variant of Ethernet used reaches a maximum speed of around 225 Mbit / s. It is more expensive than the PoE Texas device if you also add the required cable. However, some may prefer the extra speed it offers.
And here are two cheaper options that should also be considered. These solutions continue to send power and data to your iPad through a Lightning cable. However, they do not use a PoE, but instead require an external power supply.
iPad wall mounts
If you are not a Loxone household, but still have the idea of a high-quality touchscreen holder, then take a look at these Smart Things SDocks.
If you're looking for a cheaper option for your DIY smart home touchscreen, there are other inexpensive wall mount solutions too.
In a future follow-up post, we'll look at the tablet installation once we're in the house. Until then, it's been a while. In the meantime, check out our Instagram to follow the project and read the rest of Automated Home 2.0's blog posts.
Last update on May 21, 2020 / Affiliate links / Images from the Amazon Product Advertising API