Original Xiaomi Mi WiFi Router 3- 1167Mbps 802.11 ac , dual band @ £25.24 @ Gearbest
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Original Xiaomi Mi WiFi Router 3- 1167Mbps 802.11 ac , dual band @ £25.24 @ Gearbest

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Found 15th Apr 2016
Quite a good spec router for the money?
Dual band, 802.11 ac, 1167Mbps etc

Tech blurb

Experience smoother HD streaming and online gaming with this high-performance Original Xiaomi Mi WiFi Dual-band Wireless Router 3. It comes with the latest 802.11ac WiFi technology which is 3 times faster than wireless N speeds and delivers a combined wireless data transfer rate of up to 1167Mbps. With 867Mbps wireless speeds over the crystal clear 5GHz band and 300Mbps over the 2.4GHz band, the Xiaomi Mi WiFi Dual-band Wireless Router 3 is the superior choice for seamless HD streaming, online gaming and other bandwidth-intensive tasks. Furthermore, four powerful high-gain external antennas give wider coverage and better performance when lots of devices are connected, making it ideal even for large home!

Main Features:
● The latest 802.11ac WiFi Standard: Get 3xfaster access and more reliable streaming for your home computers and mobile devices.
● Simultaneous dual band networks, 2.4GHz (300Mbps) and 5GHz (867Mbps).
● Four external antennas for faster wireless performance at greater distances.
● Manage your network settings easily with the Xiaomi MiWiFi APP.
● MT7620A processor, 128MB SLC Nand Flash ROM, 128MB DDR2 RAM: Stable and reliable.
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looks a good spec router for the money, any reviews of it ?
Any suggestions of a relatively cheap (happy to go down the used route) router that I can connect an external hard drive to to add to my home network? I'd rather go for a better router than the Sr102 Sky one I've got at the mo than buying a NAS drive (I'm not going to use it much anyway)
Any idea what the firmware is like? Looks great for the money but I have need of a few customisations that I suspect I'll need openWRT for.
HEAT!

Had a Mi R 2 with 1tb and this seems to be a brilliant update for Mi in the right direction to go with
all the other Mi gear they are bringing out this year ;-)
I use one as an access point - have to say am very impressed. The only issue is that all my menus are in chinese! But as long as you have google chrome (and you configure from a device already connected to the internet) then the chrome translate works very well. I've purchased another one (as I've given my one to my sister to use in her flat) which the seller claims has been flashed with english firmware, but I've yet to set that up!
woldranger

Any suggestions of a relatively cheap (happy to go down the used route) … Any suggestions of a relatively cheap (happy to go down the used route) router that I can connect an external hard drive to to add to my home network? I'd rather go for a better router than the Sr102 Sky one I've got at the mo than buying a NAS drive (I'm not going to use it much anyway)



​hi, try a BT home hub 5.
When will this 10/100 ethernet ports combined with ac wireless thing stop?
Gearbest warning - if you are buying from them, get tracked shipping, and/or buy insurance - I bought stuff from them and till today it hasn't reached yet, it is way past 25 business days but they told me to wait another month for it. So if you can't wait please be careful. Their shipping estimate is nowhere near what they claim it to be.
mogsog

When will this 10/100 ethernet ports combined with ac wireless thing stop?



​Check out the price, you get what you pay for. Most people use wireless only nowadays so you can't fault hardware makers who decide to capitalise on that market.
Beautiful design
possible to load DD-WRT?
meanmoose

possible to load DD-WRT?



Would be great if so but I'm not seeing anything.
thesmellyone

​hi, try a BT home hub 5.



homehubs cannot be configured to sky that i am aware
008

HEAT!Had a Mi R 2 with 1tb and this seems to be a brilliant update for Mi … HEAT!Had a Mi R 2 with 1tb and this seems to be a brilliant update for Mi in the right direction to go withall the other Mi gear they are bringing out this year ;-)



what else are they bringing out?
It's a shame they limited this with 100mbps ports, if it was Gigabit I'd buy one in an instant.

I have the Xiaomi Mi Wifi Mini and it's a brilliant bit of kit, it has OpenWRT and Padavan support, Padavan is significantly better than OpenWRT, hopefully you'll get support from these firmwares on this hardware.

There are rumours that Xiaomi insert ads into webpages with the stock firmware, that was enough to make me wait for custom firmware before ordering.
hellop4nda

Gearbest warning - if you are buying from them, get tracked shipping, … Gearbest warning - if you are buying from them, get tracked shipping, and/or buy insurance - I bought stuff from them and till today it hasn't reached yet, it is way past 25 business days but they told me to wait another month for it. So if you can't wait please be careful. Their shipping estimate is nowhere near what they claim it to be.



Dear hellop4nda,
This is Gearbest Store Rep Alice
Apologize for the inconvenience regarding the delivery. Hasn't arrived until today ?
Could you please PM me your order number for checking ?
Best regards,
emsi2519

homehubs cannot be configured to sky that i am aware



​its possible but I've just attached mine onto act as an access point. gives me dual band coverage.
mogsog

When will this 10/100 ethernet ports combined with ac wireless thing stop?



​i agree, gig Ethernet has been around for ages, should be standard by now
thesmellyone

​its possible but I've just attached mine onto act as an access point. g … ​its possible but I've just attached mine onto act as an access point. gives me dual band coverage.



How is it poosible
Does this connect into the modem via ethernet cable?
thesmellyone

​hi, try a BT home hub 5.



​The WiFi signal on the hh5 is awful
Can anyone recommend good 'all-in one modem/router' replacement for a BT Home Hub 3 on fibre?
I've set up my old BT Home Hub as an access point at the other end of the house connecting via powerlines to a terrible Virgin 'super' hub. I ignore the Virgin wifi network completely and connect to the BT network which my phone sees at the end of the drive, 15m before the Virgin one and that's through 3 extra brick walls!
Gollywood

Does this connect into the modem via ethernet cable?



I was wondering the same thing. Surely not ideal if it does.
Can I use this with BT? Would I need the Openreach box too? Or will this replace the Openreach box like the HomeHub 5?
This would be good as an access point for the price configured with google chrome translation. Personally would not use one as a main router.
skykid3

Ha so, me likey velly much!


wow. just....wow
does this take a sim card ?
I'm no techie, but I never understood why people buy routers rather than use the one that just came with your broadband package. Any advantage?
SirSpanky

I'm no techie, but I never understood why people buy routers rather than … I'm no techie, but I never understood why people buy routers rather than use the one that just came with your broadband package. Any advantage?


To sum it all up: Control, reliability, more functionality.
Got a mi router 2 with 6TB HDD and it is amazing. You can control the router on your phone app. The bad side of it is the Android app is in chinese.
Can someone tell me if this is ok for Plusnet Fibre Broadband, last router I tried, was for broadband, but not compatible with Fibre broadband.
chaffordred

Can anyone recommend good 'all-in one modem/router' replacement for a BT … Can anyone recommend good 'all-in one modem/router' replacement for a BT Home Hub 3 on fibre?



If you have an ISP provided unit like the HH or the Superhub2 the Asus RT-AC68P is a good option.
Avoid the Asus units with build in modem (ASDL/VDSL) as there are issues. However the regular access points are very good. Lots of feature and software updates / custom firmware. Great build quality and range.
frownbreaker

If you have an ISP provided unit like the HH or the Superhub2 the Asus … If you have an ISP provided unit like the HH or the Superhub2 the Asus RT-AC68P is a good option.Avoid the Asus units with build in modem (ASDL/VDSL) as there are issues. However the regular access points are very good. Lots of feature and software updates / custom firmware. Great build quality and range.


Are there any cheaper alternatives available? Can I use this Xiaomi one?
SirSpanky

I'm no techie, but I never understood why people buy routers rather than … I'm no techie, but I never understood why people buy routers rather than use the one that just came with your broadband package. Any advantage?


Yes a few

1) Range is much improved over the ISP provider units. Eg. Superhub 2 and 3 other access points replaces with a single Asus modem.
2) Improved connection stability. This is down to several factors the antenna design, RF design and the software and CPU used. The advanced units support beam forming and other tricks the basic ISP option cannot manage
3) Faster downloads. On the Superhub 2 I got 5-6mb faster downloads when the unit was switched to Modem mode (no wifi) this is because the CPU in the SH2 was now dedicated to being a modem + network router and all the Wifi work was done by the ASUS
4) Easier to change ISP. I moved off Virgin to plusnet (who sent me a very cheap wifi access point) and then to BT. All my network printer / media player and TV setting unchanges with each change. Indeed the change from PlusNet Fibre to BT Infinity2 was just a password change on the ASUS!
5) Reliability The ISP provided kit is cheap and in my experience does fail more than you might expect. The ASUS kit is very well made - High spec components, design and build.
6) Extra capabilities easy to add storage, printers, VPN, prioritises IPTV, manage traffic richer interface and Phone based apps to control the router. You can turn off the LEDs or the wireless just using physical switched on the unit ideal if you are going on holiday and don't want wireless left on etc...
mogsog

When will this 10/100 ethernet ports combined with ac wireless thing stop?



10/100 NIC is perfectly fine for home use.
nathan18k

Are there any cheaper alternatives available? Can I use this Xiaomi one?


The one the OP has posts is very good. I'm a huge Xiami fan their kit is top notch and an amazing price.
If you want cheap options look at the Tenda units on sale on AliExpress (use the UK site and get top cashback) and make sure you select one with English firmware.sub £20 delivered. I've order loads of stuff from AliExpress superb service.
http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Tenda-F1203-Dual-Band-WIFI-Router-1200Mbps-Repetidor-WIFI-Repeater-2-4G-5-0G-11AC-Roteador/32523731562.html

Tenda kit is really well made I've kit I purchase 9 years ago still working today running 24x7 bombproof and really feature rich. Good design and contruction at this price point. The ASUS kit is great but the price reflects the amazing build. Tenda is very good at the budget end. Both excellent options IMHO.

NOTE the ASUS and TENDA units may have bad reviews / comments check the dates there are normally when the units are new and the firmware is buggy. This is normal for WiFi units launched using a new "standard" as the bugs and compatibility take around a year to settle. This is not a feature of any particular brand or unit but a feature of the industry.

Edited by: "frownbreaker" 24th Apr 2016
Danny2009

10/100 NIC is perfectly fine for home use.


When the price differential for the different chipset goes, probably about 6-9 years. We just hit this for OLED screens which are now CHEAPER than the same size LCDs. When this transition happens you will see the change. With Access points its a bit more complex as there are chipsets to handle the entire workload and these tend to come in bands entry level (10/100 and cheaper Wifi, GB and the fance Wifi) that so given the fact that needs substantially more CPU power for the Wifi this gap may not close as the Wifi standard keep getting updated. Only when there is no change (like in ethernet for home) does component commoditisation take place to the level needed to support what you asked.
Danny2009

10/100 NIC is perfectly fine for home use.


If you are doing wired disk to disk copy it can be a pain but you are correct for most home uses it can be ok. That said with multiple wireless devices streaming HD at the SAME time the load on the switch can limit things. If you have >2 HD steams and other stuff on the network the gb units are almost essential. Depends what is going on in the home. Also now with smart TVs iPlayer etc even the wired network running 10/100 can be an issue for folk with Fibre / Cable
bubblegum2910

Can someone tell me if this is ok for Plusnet Fibre Broadband, last … Can someone tell me if this is ok for Plusnet Fibre Broadband, last router I tried, was for broadband, but not compatible with Fibre broadband.



The Xiaomi does not have a built-in ADSL/VDSL modem, so to be able to use it with fibre, it would have to be wired to an Openreach modem. The Xiaomi probably supports PPPoE protocol, so no reason why it would not work with Plusnet or BT fibre services.

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