To keep your hardwired devices with Plume, there are a two main setup options (with minor variations of each).
I. Add Plume to your current setup
You can leave your current wired connection setup as is, keeping your existing router to connect your wired devices and handle routing functions. Plug in one or more Plume Pods to each open Ethernet ports on your router or switch. Setting the Plume network mode to 'Bridge Mode' will enable both networks to see each other and Plume handles the Wi-Fi from there. We recommend you turn off the Wi-Fi on your old router once Plume has been setup.
A. Modem -> Router -> Plume Pod via Ethernet
B. Modem -> Router -> multiple Plume Pods via Ethernet
II. Connect the device or switch to a Plume Pod
Each Plume Pod comes with an Ethernet port. You can connect a device or switch to the Pod with an Ethernet cable. If your devices are located in the same room as the first Pod (connected to the modem), you can add another Pod to connect your wired devices. Please note you will need to power cycle the Pod withe device connected for it to be recognized on the network.
A. Modem -> Router -> Plume Pod
B. Modem/Router -> Plume Pod with additional switch Pod for your wired device
IMPORTANT: Make sure you never use the following configuration when hardwiring your Pods.
Pods should never be connected directly to each other by Ethernet, without the active* router in between them. Otherwise, this setup will result in a network loop.
*You should always avoid having more than one active router per network
Modem/Router -> Plume Pod -> Plume Pod -> Switch via Ethernet ->Plume Pod via Ethernet
Modem/Router -> Plume Pod -> Plume Pod -> Plume Pod via Ethernet