Having Ethernet cabling in your home provides a large advantage in terms of the WiFi speeds you can achieve.
When Ethernet is not available throughout the home, which is the case of most people, our pods will use WiFi to backhaul the traffic to your modem. However, if you have Ethernet in your home, you can connect the pods to the Ethernet jacks in the home and the backhaul traffic will travel over the Ethernet cable. This leaves more airtime available for the WiFi network for increased WiFi speeds.
Also, because you are using the Ethernet to backhaul traffic instead of WiFi, you may be able to space the pods a little further apart since their connection to each other is no longer over WiFi. Just make sure you are not creating coverage gaps for your devices.
As of firmware 1.0.0 (SuperPods) and 2.2.0 (Pods), Plume now supports Ethernet backhaul! This means you can setup multiple gateways and connect pods directly together via Ethernet! This type of setup can be used for unique setups to deliver the fastest possible performance to your devices.
If you are not using the Ethernet port for backhaul connections, you can use the port for connections to your clients, like an XBOX or desktop PC.
You can use any quality Ethernet cable to hardwire your pods, although we recommend CAT 6 or CAT 7 to ensure Gigabit speeds over longer runs.