PoE Texas' new adapter can bring power-over-Ethernet to the iPad Pro 2018
Have you ever been terminally out of power outlets and really need to charge your USB type C-powered device? If there are IEEE 802.3at-compatible RJ45 ports in your home or office, that problem could have been avoided. PoE Texas is a company that is adamant that this form of charging still has a place in today's world. This, as it asserts, is because PoE can send power over 100 meters (or 328 feet), whereas USB type C cables for power are restricted to a tenth of this length.
To this end, it has launched a new variant of its PoE to USB Type C adapter. It has a powered Ethernet input at one end, and a USB type C as well as a second Ethernet port at the other. The main application of these products is to serve security cameras such as those made by Nest in locations out of reach for USB cables.
However, this adapter (the Rev 2 GAT-USBC) has the USB-Power Delivery (USB-PD) standard that can charge at up to 25.5 watts. Therefore, PoE Texas asserts that it can charge devices such as iPads Pro 2018, Microsoft Surface Gos or Samsung Galaxy Tab S6s. Its only disadvantage is that the same port does not transmit data; however, it is working on a successor to the GAT-USBC that will convert TCP/IP data to USB format.