Original Xiaomi Mi WiFi Router 3A 64MB, 1167Mbps 802.11ac Dual Band, White £21.49 @ Gearbest
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Original Xiaomi Mi WiFi Router 3A 64MB, 1167Mbps 802.11ac Dual Band, White £21.49 @ Gearbest

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Found 11th Mar
Experience smoother HD streaming and online gaming with this high-performance Original Xiaomi Mi WiFi Dual-band Wireless Router 3A.


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 3A 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 the large home!

Main Features:
The latest 802.11ac WiFi Standard: Get 3x faster 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.
● MT7628A processor
The


Mi WiFi Router 3A ( without USB 2.0 interface ) is 16MB NorFlash and


64MB DDR2 ( while the Mi WiFi Router 3 is 128MB SLC Nand Flash and 128MB


DDR2 ). And it is cheaper than Mi WiFi Router 3.
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Speed of Ethernet Port: 100Mbps


That's poor by anyone's standards...
Edited by: "Shambles" 11th Mar
justonemorepie1 h, 40 m ago

Xiaomi phones are the dogs *******. Everything Xiaomi that I own is good …Xiaomi phones are the dogs *******. Everything Xiaomi that I own is good quality stuff.


I'm looking forward to getting a Xiaomi wife off them
caverncity55 m ago

I'm looking forward to getting a Xiaomi wife off them


Make sure you state whether you want a male or female port.
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Can you flash DD-WRT on this?
How much are these normally
I’ve got the crap Vodafone router- is it a straight swap to use this or is it before technical to set up? Thanks
Speed of Ethernet Port: 100Mbps


That's poor by anyone's standards...
Edited by: "Shambles" 11th Mar
Xiaomi are making some great looking electronics, tempted to get their phone and their scooter as well as this router
malhal16 m ago

Xiaomi are making some great looking electronics, tempted to get their …Xiaomi are making some great looking electronics, tempted to get their phone and their scooter as well as this router


Xiaomi phones are the dogs *******. Everything Xiaomi that I own is good quality stuff.
Edited by moderator: "removed swear word" 11th Mar
LawoodlePie1 h, 12 m ago

Can you flash DD-WRT on this?


I don't think so unless something has changed recently. The only thing stopping me from purchasing this as it's a great price.
Is the other one in their website but labels the original English version 3 better than this 3a? It seems to be available for£25.98 including delivery from an eu warehouse I.e. no vat/customs charges and fast delivery
Shambles2 h, 5 m ago

Speed of Ethernet Port: 100MbpsThat's poor by anyone's standards...


Really depends what people are using it for, an average user with standard fibre broadband would be fine.
justonemorepie1 h, 40 m ago

Xiaomi phones are the dogs *******. Everything Xiaomi that I own is good …Xiaomi phones are the dogs *******. Everything Xiaomi that I own is good quality stuff.


I'm looking forward to getting a Xiaomi wife off them
Good router & you won’t get better for the money. I own a few xiaomi devices now & there all good quality
Shambles2 h, 27 m ago

Speed of Ethernet Port: 100MbpsThat's poor by anyone's standards...


What would you need more than 100mbps for? If your connecting many ethernet devices you need a switch anyway. So you can still send 1gb over local network on the Switch. The 100mbps is only for speaking to the Internet and it's more than enough for the majority of consumers.
Shambles2 h, 34 m ago

Speed of Ethernet Port: 100MbpsThat's poor by anyone's standards...



Yeah 1Gbps ports should be the standard by now, but if you only need it for the access to the internet and are on a BT fibre or lower connection, 100Mbps is more than enough for you.
caverncity55 m ago

I'm looking forward to getting a Xiaomi wife off them


Make sure you state whether you want a male or female port.
just on looks alone it gets heat from me, better than this ugly mofo home hub 5 i have
brendanhickey1 h, 14 m ago

What would you need more than 100mbps for? If your connecting many …What would you need more than 100mbps for? If your connecting many ethernet devices you need a switch anyway. So you can still send 1gb over local network on the Switch. The 100mbps is only for speaking to the Internet and it's more than enough for the majority of consumers.


You might need it if you have a local server etc
I'm a bit confused - which is best the 3 @ £24.46 or this 3A @ £21.49 please?
malhal3 h, 40 m ago

Xiaomi are making some great looking electronics, tempted to get their …Xiaomi are making some great looking electronics, tempted to get their phone and their scooter as well as this router


You might find this article interesting:

wired.com/sto…its
Presumably you'd also need an ASDL modem if using this for broadband internet?
LawoodlePie4 h, 30 m ago

Can you flash DD-WRT on this?


The original one came with Chinese but latest ones are English, however even if you get the Chinese version if you Google it there's lots of tuts on how to change language.
Looks really nice, intentionally apple-like.
I have Padavan firmware on it which is a great improvement, not easy to load though as you have to do it via a vm.
Regarding the 100Mbps ports, don't confuse the wan port with the lan ports. Although it is true that the internet side throughput is unlikely to tax the 100Mbps the lan side is something else; e.g if i have a USB stick attached i would like to transfer files on my local lan side as fast as possible and here the 100Mbps would be a restriction.
Edited by: "Andyzxyk" 11th Mar
Hi

Can this be used as an access Point or replace my sky router?
Right, I've seen fancy looking routers on here a few times. I am a geek, with a few access points set up in my house. Can someone explain what advantage these routers offer over those supplied by ISPs. Is it a marginal speed boost, marginal increase in range or something else I'm missing? More customisation for DNS, etc?

It's a genuine question. I'm not dismissing this or similar products, but I've not had any problems with ISP provided plus a couple of extra access points on same SSID.
Sumpte4 h, 0 m ago

Really depends what people are using it for, an average user with standard …Really depends what people are using it for, an average user with standard fibre broadband would be fine.


HUGE bottleneck. I'd not buy it.
Might seem like a stupid question but what is the point of a router? Can't you just use a normal one that your broadband provider has given you?
Would this be ok to use as a booster?What would the set up involve?We have switched to Virgin recently & daughter's bedroom doesn't get any Wi-Fi.asked them to send one out but they wouldn't.have to buy yourselves.was wondering if this would be any good🤔
savvyshopper65612 m ago

Might seem like a stupid question but what is the point of a router? Can't …Might seem like a stupid question but what is the point of a router? Can't you just use a normal one that your broadband provider has given you?


If you're happy with the one your ISP sends you then that's fine. 3rd party routers are for those that want higher performance WiFi and better networking capabilities.

Having said that, I have tried the Mi Router 3 (not 3A) and I don't think it's any better than those you get from your ISP anyway. It's pretty rubbish in my opinion. Networking is slow, and the AC band is unusable (too weak to be useful at any distance more than a few meters away).
I have the router 3 model which I bought from a seller in Hong Kong for £19. Its hanging off a talktalk router to provide wifi on our top floor, connected by lan cable. Works great and easy to setup as a second access point and also the 5ghz band.
the__cat1 h, 20 m ago

HUGE bottleneck. I'd not buy it.


It's only a bottleneck if your internet speed is faster than 100mbps (<95% of the country) or you do file transfers across the wired network. I'd wager that is practically no one outside of 'enthusiatsts' who wouldn't be buying a cheap router anyway.
Yeah, the people who are saying 100mbps ports aren't an issue don't know what they're talking about. What's the point in wireless AC with that bottleneck?
Sumpte1 h, 7 m ago

It's only a bottleneck if your internet speed is faster than 100mbps (<95% …It's only a bottleneck if your internet speed is faster than 100mbps (<95% of the country) or you do file transfers across the wired network. I'd wager that is practically no one outside of 'enthusiatsts' who wouldn't be buying a cheap router anyway.


Not entirely accurate but is true for some.

The fact is you're bridging a 100Mbps interface to a ~1Gbps interface. If the slower interface becomes congested the queueing method may not handle the flows well and that can cause problems. A 1Gbps wired interface will handle it a lot better.

There's no excuse for not including a 1Gbps interface these days. It costs pennies more.
the__cat14 m ago

Not entirely accurate but is true for some. The fact is you're bridging a …Not entirely accurate but is true for some. The fact is you're bridging a 100Mbps interface to a ~1Gbps interface. If the slower interface becomes congested the queueing method may not handle the flows well and that can cause problems. A 1Gbps wired interface will handle it a lot better.There's no excuse for not including a 1Gbps interface these days. It costs pennies more.


No, my post is accurate. I was quite specific.

The only way you would cause congestion bridging 100Mbps to 1Gbps would be to use more than 100Mbps. You would only do this if your internet speed is faster than 100Mbps, or you were doing file transfers over your network. For most people, that is not the case, and this router would be sufficient.

I don't disagree that 100Mbps interfaces should be phased out on routers, but the reason they aren't is that it's is sufficient for the vast majority of people right now.
soton2617 m ago

Yeah, the people who are saying 100mbps ports aren't an issue don't know …Yeah, the people who are saying 100mbps ports aren't an issue don't know what they're talking about. What's the point in wireless AC with that bottleneck?


As I explained, it's only a bottleneck for wired devices that need to communicate faster than 100Mbps, and has nothing to do with your Wi-Fi network. Your Wi-Fi speed is not bottlenecked by a slow wired device. If you're going to claim people don't know what they're talking about, make sure you have your own facts straight.
Sumpte31 m ago

As I explained, it's only a bottleneck for wired devices that need to …As I explained, it's only a bottleneck for wired devices that need to communicate faster than 100Mbps, and has nothing to do with your Wi-Fi network. Your Wi-Fi speed is not bottlenecked by a slow wired device. If you're going to claim people don't know what they're talking about, make sure you have your own facts straight.


If I were to use this, I would connect my router (in modem mode) via ethernet. So it would be limited by the ethernet port speed, wired and wireless. If it was acting as a WiFi extender/repeater not wired to the router, that's different.
Edited by: "rev6" 11th Mar
rev614 m ago

If I were to use this, I would connect my router (in modem mode) via …If I were to use this, I would connect my router (in modem mode) via ethernet. So it would be limited by the ethernet port speed, wired and wireless. If it was acting as a WiFi extender/repeater not wired to the router, that's different.


Which is why my comment explicitly states It's only a bottleneck if your internet speed is faster than 100mbps
Edited by: "Sumpte" 11th Mar
Sumpte52 m ago

No, my post is accurate. I was quite specific.The only way you would cause …No, my post is accurate. I was quite specific.The only way you would cause congestion bridging 100Mbps to 1Gbps would be to use more than 100Mbps. You would only do this if your internet speed is faster than 100Mbps, or you were doing file transfers over your network. For most people, that is not the case, and this router would be sufficient.I don't disagree that 100Mbps interfaces should be phased out on routers, but the reason they aren't is that it's is sufficient for the vast majority of people right now.


I was saying your assumption that the vast majority would be fine. In any case, file transfers and internet isn't the be-all and end-all. You listed two use-cases only.

Let's assume that you have 5 users... 100Mbps may be ok if they're all doing basic stuff. Now throw in a TV pulling UHD content (BT minimum line speed 45Mbps), one Fire pulling Amazon Prime 4K and someone else shifting a 4GB file between laptop and NAS (wired) all via wifi...

Maybe not an everyday occurrence but 100Mbps would struggle and your TV streams would suffer unless you employ an end-to-end QoS policy. With a 1Gbps port it'd be no problem.

If you only do internet and your circuit is <100Mbps, fine. For all other, use 1Gbps and be done with it. I'll bet a lot more people than you think do more than you assume.
Sumpte56 m ago

As I explained, it's only a bottleneck for wired devices that need to …As I explained, it's only a bottleneck for wired devices that need to communicate faster than 100Mbps, and has nothing to do with your Wi-Fi network. Your Wi-Fi speed is not bottlenecked by a slow wired device. If you're going to claim people don't know what they're talking about, make sure you have your own facts straight.


Oh but it is. Wifi to wired bridging is bottlenecked by the wired port. Wireless isn't isolated from wired.

You don't sound like you get it.

For clarity's sake, before you go throwing any more statements around like "make sure you have your own facts straight", I'm an architect for one of the world's largest Cisco partners. I do this for a living.
Got the 3G (Gigabit) for just under £20 in November although that was a brill deal and hasn't been repeated since. It's a good router but it's significantly better once you swap the software/firmware to Padavan, a lot more flexible and powerful, I run it on my older Mi Mini as well.

My main use for these is connecting to my main router via 802.11ac and then dishing the internet back out over Ethernet (and 2.4ghz). Padavan makes it easy to do.

My Mi Mini is currently connected at '702M' and the 3G is at '527M' - it's further away.
xtxb4 h, 10 m ago

Would this be ok to use as a booster?What would the set up involve?We …Would this be ok to use as a booster?What would the set up involve?We have switched to Virgin recently & daughter's bedroom doesn't get any Wi-Fi.asked them to send one out but they wouldn't.have to buy yourselves.was wondering if this would be any good🤔

This would do the job too these little things just plug into USB plug and place half way between your virgin media router and the dead spot ! Work well I have 2 in my house .

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pharmat17 h, 51 m ago

I’ve got the crap Vodafone router- is it a straight swap to use this or is …I’ve got the crap Vodafone router- is it a straight swap to use this or is it before technical to set up? Thanks


I had the same problem for months with Vodafone. Tried a couple of different brand VDSL routers costing over £100 each, WIFI was much better but had the same service dropout issues. Voda will not support any 3rd part modems connected to their service, so you'd be better off with one of these. I have something similar connected via home plugs and a cross over cable to my vodafone router. I've positioned it behind the TV so I can have the android box, games console etc.. all hard wired into my gigabit router.
In the meantime log into your vodafone router, switch to Expert mode and split your SSID. Give both the 2.4ghz and the 5ghz different names. Then under settings, set the 2.4ghz mode to 'Mixed 802.11g/n' and drop the bandwidth to 20hz. Set the channel to auto or whatever channel your 'wifi analyser' app on your phone says is free to minimize interference. My 5ghz channel is set to 'ac' mode with '20/40/80Mhz' bandwidth and auto channel selection.
the__cat8 h, 43 m ago

I'm an architect for one of the world's largest Cisco partners. I do this …I'm an architect for one of the world's largest Cisco partners. I do this for a living.


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