Sep 1, 2015

Video & Photo Gallery: Unboxing Xiaomi Mi WiFi Mini Router & English Set up Guide just send me to unbox & review the Xiaomi Mi WiFi Mini Router, the cheapest consumer wireless-AC router available right now, and possibly one of the best in its class.

You can now buy Xiaomi Mi WiFi Mini Router from for only $28.99 with free shipping. 

The Xiaomi Mi Wi-Fi router Mini comes enclosed in a slideout cardboard box which is simplistic to the maximum and has no flashy illustrations like the traditional brands. On the back of the outer cardboard cover, is a sticker that mentions the specs and other details, albeit in Chinese. Sliding out the outer cover reveals a box with the router. The router is observed from top and bottom. The router has a very pretty and minimalistic design that is usually associated with Apple products. It is also very small and slim in size.

On the hindside, we can see there is (from left to right) a USB 2.0 port, two 100 Mbps LAN ports, one 100 Mbps WAN port and a DC 12V power port.

Xiaomi Mi WiFi Mini Router Features
- The mainstream of dual band 2.4GHz/5GHz AC intelligent routers
- Three times faster than traditional wireless routers. Support for the latest 802.11ac protocol, transmission rate up to 1167Mbps
- The real 2X2 dual band AC antenna, support ghost mode
- An intelligent home controller center to operate all the smart home appliances
- A key switch, the metamorphosis of universal relay let home WiFi coverage without dead angle
- Double protection more secure router
- Creative, direct and swift connection
- Adjustable dual antenna angles
- Dual defense and a far safety AC router to protect your exclusive WiFi zone and etc.
- Connect router with hard disk via USB to access files
- Fine and exquisite shape of Magic Trackpad 

Package content
1 x Xiaomi Mi WiFi Mini Router
1 x US Plug Power Adapter
1 x Chinese User Manual 

Xiaomi Mi WiFi Mini Router Set up
The Ethernet cable coming from the ISP’s end is connected to the blue WAN port, and my PC is connected to one on the LAN ports. The power adapter’s DC end is connected to the router’s power port. The router turns on immediately and the status light flashes. 

Meanwhile download Xiaomi 'MiWiFi Mini Router apps' archive from here, here or here. (55 MB)

'MiWiFi Mini Router apps' archive content:
- miwifi_setup_2.4.839.exe
- XMRouter_2.2.5.apk - latest version for Android, in English
- xqapp.apk
- xqapp_dev.apk
- xqmac_client.dmg
- xqpc_client.exe
- Millet router 2.3.0 - download it from here.

My PC automatically obtains an IP address in the 192.168.31.x subnet via DHCP, and shows the default gateway to be This (obviously!) states the LAN IP address of the router is

Opening on the browser takes you to the router’s webpage. At this point, a first time setup screen is shown, entirely in Chinese. For a non-Chinese user it might be a hurdle at the start but I’ll try to guide a little bit to set it up till one can use Google Translate.

I guessed the checkbox to be the option to “Accept end-user terms and license”. So I checked it and clicked the blue button.

The next screen asks for the PPPoE login details, you may either input it or click the link that says DHCP if you want to ignore it. After that, the screen that appears asks you to set a name for your WiFi access point and the access password. Fill in the details and click the blue button. The next page will show a QR code to download the Mi WiFi Android app for your phone. You can choose to close it. The next page will be the login page. Login with the same password you set for the WiFi AP and you will be greeted with the home screen that will show connection details like WAN speed, connected devices and the like.

If you are able to access the internet successfully, you can use Google Translate from now onwards to get the router control panel settings in English. If you still aren’t able to access the internet, click the second tab on the top, then click the WAN (globe) icon, then in the first section, click the first button. Choose from either the PPPoE, DHCP or static IP tabs, fill in your details and click the blue button. When everything is successful, you will be able to browse the internet. You can edit the WiFi settings by clicking on the WiFi icon, and you will be able to configure the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz networks separately, choose individual channels and transmission power. Once you are properly connected to the internet, the rest of the settings can be viewed with Chrome browser and Google Translate.

You can also access and log-in everytime you need to change the router settings.

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