Oct 29, 2015

Video & Photo Gallery: Unboxing Xiaomi Mi WiFi Router & English Set up Guide

Gearbest.com just send me to unbox & review the Xiaomi Mi WiFi Router, one of the best consumer wireless-AC router available right now in the market. The new Xiaomi Mi Wi-Fi delivers high-speed connectivity and additionally offer a storage space of up to 6TB. My versiona is 1TB variant. The router supports 802.11 AC standard and is powered by a dual-core 1.4GHz Broadcom 4709c processor, clubbed with 512MB of RAM. The device increases the 2.4GHz and 5GHz dual-band performance by 100 percent and 30 percent respectively. As for storage, the Mi Wi-Fi router also has the ability to back up images from cameras or smartphones and store them. The router will support cameras from Sony, Nikon, and Canon, apart from both Android and iOS smartphones. Media stored in the router is also accessible remotely via the Android and iOS apps. Unboxing full photo album here.

BTW, you can read here about unboxing his little brother, Xiaomi Mi WiFi Mini Router.

You can now buy Xiaomi Mi WiFi Router 1TB version from Gearbest.com for only $168.63 with free shipping. You can now buy Xiaomi Mi WiFi Router 6TB version from Gearbest.com for $622.66 with free shipping.

The Xiaomi Mi Wi-Fi router 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 the white case of the router. The router has a very pretty and minimalistic design.  On the rear side we can see there is (from left to right): the Reset hole, DC 12V power port, Power button, an USB 2.0 port, four GigaBit LAN ports, and of course 2 big adjustable external WiFi antennas.

Xiaomi Mi WiFi Router Specifications
Brand: Xiaomi
Color: White
Type: Wireless Router
Interface: LAN, USB2.0
Transmission Rate: 1167Mbps
Transmission Frequency: 2.4GHz, 5GHz
Memory: 256MB DDR3-1600
WIFI Transmission Protocol: 802.11a/n/ac
Wireless Security: WPA-PSK, WPA2-PSK, Enable SSID Broadcast
Support System: Windows ME, Android, Windows 2000, IOS, Windows XP, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows 98, Windows 8.1, Windows Vista, Windows 98SE, Mac OS
CPU: BCM4709C Cortex-A9 Dual Core 1.4GHz
Product Weight: 1.280 kg
Package Weight: 1.650 kg
Package Size (L x W x H): 20.0 x 19.5 x 16.0 cm / 7.86 x 7.66 x 6.29 inches 

Package content
1 x All-new XiaoMi Mi WiFi Router with 1TB Storage Hard Disk
1 x Power Adapter
1 x User Manual 

Xiaomi Mi WiFi 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 Router apps' archive from here, here or here. (55 MB)
 'MiWiFi 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 http://miwifi.com and log-in everytime you need to change the router settings.

Xiaomi Mi WiFi Router came with firmware version 2.4.9 and the Android application found a new update - version 2.8.9.

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