For best network performance and coverage, wireless set-up is what we recommend for Milo. If you are currently content with your existing router's performance, you're in an excellent position to take advantage of the maximum coverage provided by Milo's wireless set-up configuration.
The Milo mobile app will help walk you through this set-up, or you can find instructions here.
Setting up Milo wirelessly via BaseLink gives it the opportunity to take full advantage of your existing coverage by allowing the base to "stretch its legs" away from the router. By not having the Milo Base connected via Ethernet cable, the Milo network can expand coverage well beyond its existing outer limits without amplifying signal in redundant, already-covered spots. However, some users may have Ethernet wired throughout their homes. If this is the case, feel free to connect your Milo Base unit wherever you have wired access!
In the example below, you can see that this home was given much more coverage (and much less overlapping coverage) by going with a wireless set-up configuration that doesn't require your Milo Base unit to be placed right next to the existing router.
An example of the Milo Wifi 2-Pack using Wireless Configuration
However, there are some cases in which Milo may actually work better if it's connected directly to your router with an Ethernet cable. Here are a couple questions you can use in order to determine whether a wired Milo configuration will work better for you:
- Does your current router seem to be underperforming?
- Are the wireless (wifi) network speeds you're getting out of your existing router lower than what you're paying for?
If you answered yes to one or more of these, going with a wired configuration and connecting Milo via an Ethernet cable will get you better results. One thing to be aware of: wiring your Milo Base unit to your router also means that you will have the option to have two separate wifi networks - your existing wireless network, and your Milo network. However, it is still possible to merge both networks, but some Milo users actually prefer having two.
Don't worry if you're still not EXACTLY sure which setup option is best for your space.
However you decide to set up Milo, you can change your mind at any time because switching configurations is super easy - when you rearrange Milo, it automatically re-optimizes and adjusts to stay up-and-running at peak performance.