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Xiaomi Mi Mini WIFi router test

by 13. August 2015

Xiaomi does pretty much everything now and so Xiaomi also has a small router series on the market, which not only costs little but also promises a lot. Whether the Xiaomi router with the name "Mi Mini" is worth its low price, I'll tell you in the test.

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Manufacturer/Model

Xiaomi

Product

Xiaomi Mi mini router

Specifications

Type: repeater, wireless router
Interface: LAN, WAN
WiFi transmission protocol: 802.11ac, 802.11b / n / g
Security: WPA-PSK, WPA2-PSK

Scope of delivery

1x Xiaomi Mi Mini WiFi Router
1x power supply
1x user manual

Scope of delivery

The small Xiaomi Mi Mini Router is delivered in a well-known cardboard box without a lot of bells and whistles. A power adapter was included, but it comes with a Chinese connection. But most traders often add an EU adapter. Although there is an operating manual, it is completely in Chinese.

Overview of the Xiaomi router

The Xiaomi router has two LAN and a WAN port, as well as a USB port. In addition to the power connection, there is a reset button. A power button is missing completely. Unfortunately, the LAN ports and the WAN port only deliver 100 Mbit / s. Also with the USB port Xiaomi used the old USB 2.0 standard and not USB 3.0.

Many are now asking vlt. What should be so great at the little Xiaomi Mi router. Well, in the small part is the MT7620A chip for the frequency band of 2.4 GHz and the MT7612E for the 5 GHz band. These high-quality chips are usually found only in much more expensive routers. In addition, the Xiaomi Mini Router, the new AC protocol, which ensures a higher data rate and range.

commissioning

Once the Xiaomi router is connected, you just have to set it up via the web interface. The Chinese operating instructions can be found in the router's default LAN address, but everything else is in Chinese.

If you surf the Xiaomi Mi Mini, the surface is completely in Chinese. Here, however, the Google translator will help us. With it, the entire web interface can be translated into any language. If you have no internet at the beginning and the translator does not work, you should use a smartphone and translate it!

Once you have made the most important settings, I advise the router to update. Updates come out about every two weeks and can be directly on the surface, or manually import.

Web interface

Overview page
Here you can see which devices are connected, how much traffic they generate and how the router is busy (CPU and RAM). It also contains information about the MAC address and the current firmware.

Home-Cloud
On Mi router can connect a USB disk, which allows you to operate the mini as your own small home cloud. This allows you to stream movies and music, among other things. You can also move and save data within the network.

settings:
Here you can make the settings for the 2.4 and 5 GHz WLAN. You can change the signal strength, freely choose the encryption and the channels and even set up your own WLAN visitor.
In addition, you can make many other settings, as synonymous with standard routers.

Advanced Settings
Here you can choose the transmission rate of the individual devices, so-called QoS. QoS is particularly suitable for shared flats, where disputes can quickly ensue if the WG partner takes full advantage of the line. With QoS you could solve the problem.
In addition to DHCP, DDNS, UPnP and port forwarding, VPN services can also be entered. However, only PPTP or L2TP is possible.

OpenWrt

The highlight of the Xiaomi Mi router is that he OpenWrt capable. Anyone who is a bit tech savvy can easily install a fully functional OpenWrt on this little router. For those who do not know what OpenWrt is: OpenWrt is an open Linux distribution, which replaces the Xiaomi web interface.

I recommend, however, to install a modified OpenWrt version, which is used on comparable ASUS router models. The so-called "Padavan Firmware" has been compatible with the Mi Mini Router and can be compiled via git. This greatly extends the capabilities of the router and gives you a clean user interface because the source code is exposed. In addition, this firmware runs extremely stable and is constantly expanded by a large community.

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Summary

Personally, I'm convinced that the Xiaomi Mi Mini Router already supports OpenWrt for this low price, transmits on 2 frequency bands and can also be used as a home cloud. Also, the look and the processing make a lot optically.

What I noticed a bit negative, but for which I have found a solution, is the web interface, which comes only in Chinese. But with Google translator, that's no longer a problem.
The absolute highlight would of course have been if the Mi Mini Router supported Gigabit LAN and had a USB 3.0 port, but that was not to be expected at the price.

The range of the WLAN signal is neat. I have the Xiaomi router in the middle of the house and get loose to the end of my medium-sized garden a sufficient signal. The 5 GHz network is not so strong that it reaches into the garden, but the 5 GHz network is not designed for that either. By the way, there is also an Android app for the router that allows you to install additional plugins

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