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    Not sure whether this is the best section to post this, or if I would do better taking it to some other users' support site entirely. But I exhausted the scope of what they could suggest to me at a local Apple store, and some of you may have some good answers ?

    I have a 12.9" Ipad (Pro ?) that was purchased between 1 and 1.5 years ago. So, it does not have that newer-models' wireless connector underneath one long side. (That looked pretty good, for adding a keyboard they did sell at the Apple store . . . but I'm not going to scrap this Ipad and buy a new one just to get it.) I'd like to find a good, reliable example of the following, which I gather is going to have to be from some third-party manufacturer.

    1. A keyboard, preferably not Bluetooth-based. With the exception of the factory hands-free setup my car has for use with a cell-phone, I've found Bluetooth to be flakey, sporadically dropping connections for no apparent reason.

    2. A docking station, or alternative means for multiplexing the otherwise very limited In | Out connections, for things like USB devices. They make these things for laptops. Or even basic USB hubs, at least. The problem may be in having good compatibility with the Apple device, for something they don't themselves make or approve.
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    Thanks for your reply. I need to determine exactly of what Gen my Ipad is, for which finding the invoice or invoice date may provide a clue. But I think it likely predates the Nov. 2018 model (Gen 3), which may rule out the Kanex, or the competing solutions from Satechi or Hyperdrive. Your first link seems to be a proposed product, only.
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    Originally Posted by Seeker47 View Post
    I need to determine exactly of what generation my iPad is.
    Settings﹥General﹥About﹥Model name. That entry gives the marketing name and generation.
    Settings﹥General﹥About﹥Model number. That entry toggles between part number and model number when tapped.
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    Originally Posted by Case View Post
    Originally Posted by Seeker47 View Post
    I need to determine exactly of what generation my iPad is.
    Settings﹥General﹥About﹥Model name. That entry gives the marketing name and generation.
    Settings﹥General﹥About﹥Model number. That entry toggles between part number and model number when tapped.
    Thanks, Case.

    IPAD Pro 12.9 (2nd. gen.)
    Model # A1670
    Model (Part ?) # MP6G2LL/A
    Software ver. 12.3.1

    Still would like to find out -- for sure -- whether any of these are going to be compatible:

    https://www.frys.com/product/9401331?nearbyStoreName=false&site=frilanding072718
    {the most in line with what I was looking for, but I'd still need to get past the sole port
    thing . . . }

    http://matias.ca/aluminum/backlit/ {but it's Bluetooth, so likely not what I wanted}

    http://matias.ca/60/pc/

    The keyboards that the Apple stores have now are for a later gen. of hardware, with different
    connections.

    I inquired at the website for one of those docking station type deals, but did not get a
    definitive answer as to the compatibility.

    [EDIT: reviews were not so good on the Matias, so now looking for info re the older (wired) Apple
    keyboards that were originally intended for i-Mac but which may now only be available as refurbs,
    or a Satechi keyboard that required an adapter.]
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    Originally Posted by Seeker47 View Post
    but it's Bluetooth, so likely not what I wanted
    You iPad has bluetooth. Wireless keyboards are an option.
    Apple website lists their own new version wireless keyboards, and the Logitech and Belkin connected keyboard as compatible/fitting this model iPad.
    Apple Store - iPad Accessories - Keyboards - iPad Compatibility: iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2nd generation)
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  6. Bluetooth Keyboards usually work with your iPad...Lots of Good reviews on Youtube


    If you want a branded one that works , try the logitech one
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  7. newer-models' wireless connector underneath one long side.
    the connector you are referring to are smart connect dock.. similar to pogo plugs..
    https://fortune.com/2016/04/26/logi-base-ipad-pro-charging-dock/
    These propriety tech means expensive prices... Since the usually need certification to work with Apple ...
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  8. The keyboards that the Apple stores have now are for a later gen. of hardware, with different
    connections.

    I inquired at the website for one of those docking station type deals, but did not get a
    definitive answer as to the compatibility.
    thats the problem with apple.. they keep changing ports to keep sucking up the money of customers
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    Originally Posted by Case View Post
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    but it's Bluetooth, so likely not what I wanted
    You iPad has bluetooth. Wireless keyboards are an option.
    Apple website lists their own new version wireless keyboards, and the Logitech and Belkin connected keyboard as compatible/fitting this model iPad.
    Apple Store - iPad Accessories - Keyboards - iPad Compatibility: iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2nd generation)
    Thanks for that link. (And also to teodz1984.)

    I took the opportunity of Cyber Monday to order a trio of Satechi solutions, including a wired keyboard and a port expansion doohickey that may have previously been mentioned here. They seemed to have mostly favorable user reviews. Got a nice combo discount on them, now we'll see if they work. If not, there are now some alternatives to explore, thanks to you. I can report back on this in due course.

    Do people also use a mouse of some sort with their IPADs ? Not sure of how much value that might be: after all, the IPAD is essentially a tablet. That said, I recall the MicroSoft Surface was trying to have it both ways, as a tablet that could (with the right configuration) stretch itself into being a pseudo-laptop.
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    Originally Posted by teodz1984 View Post
    The keyboards that the Apple stores have now are for a later gen. of hardware, with different
    connections.

    I inquired at the website for one of those docking station type deals, but did not get a
    definitive answer as to the compatibility.
    thats the problem with apple.. they keep changing ports to keep sucking up the money of customers
    Much as MS keeps on arbitrarily renaming and relocating many previously familiar features in Windows -- for no good reason, or maybe just to frustrate us ? But I guess that helps to justify their selling a "new and updated" product that was perfectly fine in its earlier UI incarnation.
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