Classroom Display Connections

iPad Display Connectors

30-Pin to VGA Adaptor (for Older iPads)

30-Pin to VGA Adaptor30-Pin to VGA Adaptor

  • $29.00 from the Apple Store
  • Use with iPad, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPod touch 4th generation
  • Connect to VGA-equipped TV, display, projector, or other compatible display in up to 1080p HD
  • Watch projected slideshows and video in up to 720p
  • Can mirror what is on your iPad or iPhone 4S screen, including apps, presentations, and websites.
  • Video mirroring is supported on iPad 2 or later and iPhone 4S
  • Video outputs in up to 1080p for iPad 2 or later, and up to 720p for iPad. Movies play at up to 720p

Lightning to VGA Adaptor (For Newer iPads)

Lightning to VGA adaptorLightning to VGA Adaptor, VGA side

  • $49.00 from the Apple Store
  • Use with iPad 4, iPad Air, iPad mini, iPhone 5, iPod touch 5th generation
  • Connect to your VGA-equipped TV, display, projector, or other compatible display in up to 1080p HD
  • Supports mirroring of what is displayed on your device screen including apps, presentations, websites, and slideshows.
  • Also outputs video content including movies, TV shows, and captured video
  • Simply attach your Lightning to VGA Adapter to the Lightning connector on your device, and then to your TV or projector via a VGA cable. Does not support audio output.
  • Note: Most of the Smart Room projectors at Cal Poly have a VGA type of port for connection. However, if the classroom has a TV for display instead of a projector, it most likely uses an HDMI port for connection.

Lightning to Digital AV Adaptor (HDMI Connection)

LIghtning to Digital AV AdaptorLIghtning to DV Adaptor Closeup

  • $49.00 from the Apple Store
  • Use with iPad 4, iPad Air, iPad mini, iPhone 5, iPod touch 5th generation
  • Connect to an HDMI-equipped TV, display, projector, or other compatible display in up to 1080p HD
  • Requires an HDMI cable (sold separately) for conneciton to your TV or projector. Supports both video and audio output.

Guidelines for Projecting from an iPad

Tips for Projector Connection to an iPad

  • The projector should be capable of projecting at a 1024 X 768 resolution.
  • The iPad uses a special iPad Dock Connector to VGA Adapter that can be purchased from the El Corral Bookstore or any Apple Store.

  • iPad dock to VGA adaptor
  • When connecting the iPad projector plug to a VGA projector (such as available in a campus SmartRoom), the iPad should be in sleep mode or completely turned off before connecting to the projector. There are no settings to change or adjust.
    • To place the iPad in sleep mode, press the sleep/wake button at the top of the iPad.
    • If the projector signal does not seem to recognize the iPad once you have connected it to the projector and brought it out of sleep mode, turn off your iPad by holding down the sleep/wake button until your iPad says "slide to power off" Then, slide the red arrow to the right and wait for your iPad to shut down.
    • Connect the projector cable to the iPad and the projector and then turn your iPad on by pressing the sleep/wake button and waiting for it to power up.

    • sleep/wake button
  • The iPad draws more power than usual when projecting out of the VGA port; thus, we advise that you have your iPad well charged before projecting, since you cannot charge the iPad while projecting.

Using Airplay with Apple TV & Other Monitors


  • iPad 2 (and later), iPad mini, iPhone 4s (or later), or iPod touch (5th generation)
  • Apple TV (2nd or 3rd generation)
  • AirPort Express
  • Wi-Fi (802.11 a/g/n) network

Enable Airplay Mirroring

  1. Connect your iPad (or other iOS device) and Apple TV (or AirPort Express or other Monitor) to SecureMustangWireless.
  2. Swipe up from the bottom of your screen to access the Control Center.
  3. iPad Control Center

  4. If the iPad and Apple TV successfully connected to SecureMustangWireless, the AirPlay icon (AirPlay Icon ) will appear. When you tap this, you should see available Apple TVs.
  5. Available AirPlay Devices

  6. Tap the name of the Apple TV you want to AirPlay to. You will have the option to toggle Mirroring on and off. Once you have done this, tap Done. After you have connected the devices, when you view photos, videos, or Safari, this information will be streamed to your Apple TV.
  7. AirPlay Mirroring

  8. When viewing the list of Airplay enabled devices, the images of a TV screen TV Screen Icon or a speaker Speaker Icon next to the device indicates the type of media content you can stream to that device.
  9. For more information, see Troubleshooting Apple Airplay and Airplay Mirroring.

 Troubleshooting Airplay

See: Troubleshooting Apple Airplay and Airplay Mirroring

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