iPad as second screen via USB

Discussion in 'iPad' started by blackbeezian, Jul 22, 2011.

  1. blackbeezian, Jul 22, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 22, 2011

    blackbeezian macrumors newbie

    Jul 3, 2010

    I've seen a few apps enabling the iPad/iPhone to be used as a second screen for your Mac or PC (iDisplay, Air Display, etc) over wifi.

    I've got an instance where I can't connect my machines on wifi - at the office. Is there any way to connect the two over USB? I've seen a guide for Air Display that suggests a method but it seems to be Mac only; I can't get this to work on my iPad 2.


    Any help much appreciated.
  2. sbddude macrumors 6502a

    Sep 27, 2010
    Nor Cal, USA
    What exactly is preventing you from doing it over wireless network at work?

    Is there a protected network that the ipad can't access?
    The PC does not have wireless access?

    From that article it sounds like the described method will work. Is your ipad jailbroken? Does it have MyWi?
  3. blackbeezian thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 3, 2010

    as is standard practice at pretty much all offices i go to, the internal network and the wifi are segregated. Thus you can't use the 'screen' across the networks. Plus USB makes sense for extended use (reduced lag, and it charges it up)

    Do have mywi but for some reason this won't create a network with my XP box. i guess i could explore this as in theory if i can get the ipad to create a network with the pc i should be able to 'tether' and Air Display will pick up the ipad.

    I'll try again with mywi, but any suggestions in the mean time or success stories would be ideal.
  4. blackbeezian thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 3, 2010
    Stop press - I've got it working and those previous instructions do work... it was MyWi playing up.

    This is an amazing new world.
  5. jace88 macrumors regular


    Jan 3, 2011
    Sydney, Australia
    The link to http://hijinksinc.com/2010/06/01/use-air-display-over-a-usb-cable/ doesn't appear to be permitted on my internet connection. Is it difficult to do on a Windows notebook and is it possible without a jailbroken iPad?

    I can't use wifi in my office because a) segregated network and b) some kind of firewall blocks my iPad from connecting to the PC anyway even when I connect to my home wifi network.

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