The first Xiaomi Mi WiFi router brought the cost of 802.11ac WiFi to the masses, and it is now selling for less than $30 including shipping, but the company has now launched Xiaomi Mi WiFi 3 router with some improvements, including a total of 4 antennas and more storage, and sold on e-retailer such as GearBest and GeekBuying for just under $40.
- Wi-Fi SoC – Mediatek MT7620A @ 580MHz
- System Memory – 128 MB DDR2
- Storage – 128 MB SLC NAND Flash
- Protocols – IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
- Transmission Rate – 300Mbps max @ 2.4GHz 2X2 MIMO, 867 Mbps max @ 5GHz 2X2 MIMO
- Wireless Security – WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK encryption, wireless access control (black and white list), SSID hiding
- 2.4 GHz Channels: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13
- 5 GHz Channels: 149,153,157,161,165
- 5 GHz DFS (dynamic frequency selection) channels: 36,40,44,48,52,56,60,64;
- 4x external antennas
- Ethernet – 2x 10/100M Ethernet (LAN), 1x 10/100M Ethernet (WAN)
- USB – 1x USB 2.0 host port for external mass storage or 3GB dongle
- Misc – 3x LEDs, reset button
- Power – 12V/1A
- Dimensions – 195 x 131 x 23.5mm
- Weight – 220 grams
The router runs MiWiFi operating systems with configuration via its web interface, Android or iOS apps. I understand that the router’s web interface is only in Chinese, but the apps also support English. However, the original router also supports OpenWrt, and considering there aren’t that many differences, the new version should already or soon be supported. You may find more details on the product page in Chinese.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.