Ethernet backhaul, also called wired backhaul or ethernet backbone, can be enabled to create a direct connection from the AmpliFi router to a secondary AmpliFi router, otherwise known as a RAMP (Router as a Mesh Point) instead of connecting them wirelessly. Both routers will broadcast the same Wi-Fi (SSID) and all devices will be on the same network, regardless of location.
Note The HD, Instant and Gamer models are compatible among themselves; but our Alien devices are only compatible with the Alien line. Keeping that in mind, also remember that only standalone routers can be added as a RAMP to an AmpliFi mesh network. Please refer to our Compatibility Guide for details on possible ways to extend your network and a list of standalone devices.
To enable the Ethernet Backhaul feature please do the following:
1. Connect to the Wi-Fi network your AmpliFi router is broadcasting and launch the AmpliFi mobile app.
2. Power on the standalone mesh router and wait for it to power on.
3. In the System / Overview page of the app, wait for the "Add to Network" pairing message to appear. Follow these setup steps to first wirelessly connect the standalone unit to the main router.
4. Once the mesh router has been wirelessly paired, go to the app's System / Overview page and tap on the newly paired mesh router's icon to open its settings.
5. Toggle on the "Ethernet Backbone" option.
6. Save settings by tapping the check mark at the top right corner of the mobile screen. Once the settings have been saved, allow the router a moment to apply the new settings.
7. The RAMP will now say "connecting..." on its LCD screen. Plug in the Ethernet cable and the RAMP will recognize the cable connected.