Use a shared internet connection with iPad devices
To alleviate Wi-Fi bandwidth constraints, internet sharing is available from a Mac to physically connected iPad devices in the classroom. This feature allows a Mac to share its internet connection with many physically connected iPad devices and cache Apple content locally for faster downloads. It can reduce Wi-Fi demand or provide a network connection where there isn’t one. This is particularly useful for installing many large apps while preparing devices for the beginning of a semester or new school year.
The following are required for the Share Internet connection service:
All iPad devices must have iOS 10.3 or later installed.
The Mac must have macOS 10.13 or later installed.
The Mac must be connected to the Internet.
A Mac laptop should be plugged into a power source, because the Share Internet connection service prevents it from going to sleep.
How to enable internet sharing for iPad devices
Connect the Mac to the network. In the Sharing pane of System Preferences, enable the Share Internet connection, inside the Content Caching section. Depending on your internet connection, caching content may take some time.
Note: It is recommended that you also enable Content Caching to reduce bandwidth needs and improve download speed.
How it works with a mobile device management (MDM) solution
Your MDM solution can send a command to your physically connected iPad devices with a “requires tethering” option. When the devices are physically connected to the Mac, they check in with the MDM solution, notifying it that the device is now physically connected with the appropriate cable. This is particularly useful when downloading large apps and system updates.
How it works without a mobile device management (MDM) solution
Because this feature shares the internet connection from the Mac, you can initiate a software request for any app or iPad updates on one of the connected devices and get the benefit of sharing the internet connection with all the other connected devices.