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GAF-Lightning-PD Installation Manual


Welcome to the PoE Texas Manual for the GAF-Lightning-PD that gives you wired Power and Data!
The purpose of the manual is to help you quickly and effectively navigate the installation and functions of your new Power Over Ethernet Splitter.
Our goal is to make our products as intuitive and simple to use as possible, so we value your feedback and questions directly to us at service@poetexas.com.  Phone +1-512-479-0317.
Or you’re always welcome to leave questions or comments on our product page: GAF-Lightning-PD.

What’s Inside


  • 1 X POE Splitter (Power + Data in 1 cable)




Your new PoE splitter is designed to be simple to install and set up.  It is small and light enough to leave “inline” with your network cable.  


You may also choose to use the two M3 sized mounting brackets to secure the device to a wall or surface.


Once it is in place, simply follow these steps in order:

1 – Plug the RJ-45 end into an IEEE 802.3af PoE or 48-56 volt passive Power Sourcing Equipment (PSE) with a data source

2 – Ensure the iPad is on and log in

3 – Plug the lightning connector into the iPad

The device will automatically set up the network connection with an iPad and begin charging.  To confirm that, go to the General settings tab and look for the <…> symbol next to Ethernet.


In case you iPad loses its connection due to a reboot or an update follow these steps:


Take Care Handling the Lightning Connector

To allow our product to be installed in enclosures and tight spaces, we have designed the lightning head at a right angle.  However, that tight design does make the head easier to break if twisted in or out of the iPad. 


To insert the connector into the iPad:

  • Grasp the top an bottom between your pointer finger and thumb
  • Push straight in and pull straight out

Damaging the Lightning Connector

Twisting or jerking the lightning connector out to the side will damage the lighting connector.  At best, it will become intermittent.

At worst, the lightning connector will come out completely.


  • Do not remove by pulling on the cord
  • Do not lever side to side


Thank you for your care with this product!

Getting the Unlock iPad to Use Accessories warning?  

We’ll fix that in the configuration below.


Configuring Your iPad for Wired Data

There are a couple easy steps for configuring your iPad to get the best results when working with wired data.

First, we’re going to enable USB devices to allow charging even when the iPad is “off” or the screen is locked.  

If you you don’t have the most up to date iOS software, take this time to update to iOS 12.2 or later.  Otherwise, it will prevent any connected device from charging or communicating with it after the screen has been locked for an hour.  Here’s how to fix that:


  • Navigate to the Settings tab
  • Select Face ID & Passcode
  • Ensure the USB Accessories button is toggled to “On” meaning you see the green

You can still set up your iPad to not automatically lock on a timer.  When the screen locks if you would like the screen always on. 

  • Go to the Settings icon on your iPad
  • Select Display & Brightness
  • Select Auto Lock
  • Set the limit to Never

Best Practices for iOS Updates

Despite Apple’s excellent reputation for ensuring backward compatibility with their iPads and iPhones, practical experience with a recent iOS update has revealed that even they can miss things which can temporarily lead to disruption of service for your device.   If your device must be reliable 24/7, we recommend these following best practices:

  • Go to Settings -> General -> Software Updates -> Automatic Updates
  • Deselect “Install iPadOS Updates”
  • Before choosing to install the next update, please check into our iOS Compatibility Table to check whether we have finished testing the performance of an new iPadOS version

iOS Compatibility Table

  • Finally, to get emailed live updates on iOS compatibility, subscribe to our mailing list for iOS compatibility

In case of a reboot or shut down of the iPad, some iPad models will not reconnect the data connection of the GAF-Lightning-PD to the iPad.

  • Simply log into the iPad,
  • Disconnect the lightning connector to the iPad
  • Cycle on the PoE port either by disconnecting the network cable or cycling power through the PoE management.
  • Once you reconnect, your iPad will re-establish communications.

If you have remote control of your PoE ports, have someone log into the iPad, then reboot the PoE port.  It may require 2 reboots to reestablish connection.

The splitter will auto-configure the IP settings to default as soon as you connect it up including Dynamic IP addressing.


You can now update these settings with these steps:

Technical Specifications

Product Specifications

Cable connector length 3 Feet
Cable connectors Lightning Male
Data + PoE Ports 1 (Input)
Data Rate 10/100
Dimensions 6x1x1.5 in.
Input voltage 44 volts to 57 volts
LEDs Per Port 1 Green (power) / 1 Yellow (Data)
Max Power for Kit 12 Watts
Max Voltage 5 Volts (output)
Mount Type Wall Mount tabs
Operating Humidity 5% to 90%
Operating Temperature Range -10 – 60C
Output Voltage 5 Volts
PoE Standard IEEE 802.3af

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