The SSID (Service Set Identifier) is the wireless network's name. It is the name you see when you select your Wi-Fi from a wireless network list on a client device, like a laptop or mobile phone. AmpliFi allows you to configure several elements of your network's SSID: its name, password and its band (2.4GHz or 5GHz). You also have the option to create a new SSID with different characteristics to suit your needs. Our different product lines will have different options for configuration. For AmpliFi HD, AmpliFi Instant and AmpliFi Gamer's Edition please continue reading to the next section. If you wish to configure the AmpliFi Alien, please skip to this section.
How to Create an Additional SSID
AmpliFi HD / AmpliFi Instant / AmpliFi Gamer's Edition
The main SSID on these models, will automatically broadcast on both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands, and this cannot be changed. If you need to broadcast on only one of these bands, you can create an additional SSID and select which band (2.4GHz, 5GHz or both) it will broadcast.
The additional SSID must be added to each of the devices making up your AmpliFi system. If you only add the additional SSID to your router, but not to your mesh points, your client devices will only be able to connect to that Wi-Fi network when they are in range of the router. You could also add the "additional SSID" to the router, and each of the MeshPoints if you wish. Find instructions on how to add an additional SSID to an AmpliFi router and MeshPoint below.
The password for any additional SSIDs will be the same as your main network. If you wish to remove one of your additional SSIDs, just follow the same path described in this article and toggle the feature off for every device that has it enabled.
Important When selecting a specific band for your Additional SSID, a -2g or -5g suffix will appear. At this time this cannot be removed.
1. Open the AmpliFi app
2. Tap on the main router to enter its settings
3. Tap on Wireless
4. Scroll down to the Additional SSID section and enable Additional SSID by tapping on the toggle button
5. Name the Additional SSID. This will be what users see when they are selecting a Wi-Fi network to connect to.
6. To switch the Additional SSID band from "Both" to 2.4GHz or 5 GHz specifically, tap the drop down menu for Additional SSID band and choose which band should be enabled in that SSID. When you select a specific band for the addition SSID, a suffix of "-2g" or "-5g" will be added to the SSID name. Currently, this cannot be removed.
7. Tap the check mark in the top right to confirm and save settings.
Adding an Additional SSID on MeshPoints
To configure an Additional SSID on the MeshPoints please follow these steps:
1. Select the mesh point icon.
2. Toggle on the additional SSID.
3. Configure the SSID and the band to either 2.4GHz, 5GHz, or choose both. Make sure to save the configuration by tapping the check mark in the top, right hand corner.
The AmpliFi Alien has multiple SSID broadcast options to provide the best possible configuration for your home environment.
Common SSID Name
By default, AmpliFi Alien has WiFi-6 enabled in the primary SSID. If you would like to separate the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands into individual networks, you can do so by disabling Common SSID Name. An example of when you would want to disable the Common SSID Name would be when you want to prevent your devices from roaming between the 5GHz and 2.4GHz networks. By disabling this feature and connecting your device to your desired network, you make sure they do not move from that band.
Note This is a global feature, and will be applied to the router and all mesh points on your network.
This setting will broadcast an additional SSID for each band selected.
Note This is a local feature, which means this setting must be applied to router and then to each mesh point that is part of your AmpliFi system. If you only add the additional SSID to your router, but not to your mesh points, your client devices will only be able to connect to that Wi-Fi network when they are in range of the router.
The password for all SSIDs will be the same as your main network's.
1. Open the AmpliFi app.
2. Tap on the main router to enter the Settings menu.
3. Tap on Wireless.
4. Turning off Common SSID Name will broadcast the 5GHz and 2.4Ghz bands independently, and you can rename them if desired. By keeping the Common SSID Name enabled, both bands will be broadcast under one dual band SSID.
An additional 5GHz AC radio can be enabled if needed.
5. Scroll down to the Additional SSID section and enable each additional band individually by tapping on the toggle button.
6. A default name will be generated, but it can be modified if you would like to change the additional SSID's name. By removing the suffixes -5X,-5G or -2G on the settings, they will be removed from the Wi-Fi network name.
Important If you wish to remove one of your SSIDs, just follow the same path described in this article and toggle the feature off for each setting.