Xiaomi Mi Router 3C Review Features
Xiaomi Mi Router 3C Review Features The company launched its first router in India the Mi Router 3C a couple of weeks ago. Xiaomi has earned its reputation by offering good products at bargain prices. It boasts of four antennas for better range ample RAM for handling plenty of devices and a sleek monolithic design.
Xiaomi Mi Router 3C design and features:
The company has really made a mark on the Indian smartphone market but in China Xiaomi is known for a much wider variety of electronic products. The Xiaomi Mi Router 3C doesnt need a lot of space so it Is easy to squeeze it in anywhere. It Is only available in white so it probably wont blend in with most of your other home electronics.
Built from ABS plastic, the Mi Router 3C is fairly light at just 241 grams and looks quite nice. For a device that will mostly lie forgotten in some corner of your house we have to hand it to Xiaomi for going the extra mile with the design.
Around the back, we have a recessed reset button two 10/100 Ethernet ports one WAN port for your Internet connection and a power inlet. In the front there’s a single LED that changes colour depending on the network status. The base is vented in order to keep it running cool.
There are four antennas at the back of the router that can be adjusted according to how you place the unit. Like with most low-cost routers, these antennas are non-removable.The Mi Router 3C is one of the only routers in this price range to have four antennas, and we hope that this helps boost the range and overall stability of the connection.
The Mi Router 3C runs on MiWiFi OS which is based on the open-source OpenWRT platform.In the box you only get the router a power adapter and a user manual – there’s no Ethernet cable. The Xiaomi Mi Router 3C is a single-band 802.11 b/g/n router operating at 2.4GHz. It supports a maximum Wi-Fi speed of up to 300Mbps and has 16MB of ROM and 64MB of RAM, which is quite a lot for a router in this segment.
Xiaomi Mi Router 3C interface and performance:
To log in and change settings, you can either direct your PC browser to miwifi.com or download the Mi Wi-Fi app for Android or iOS devices. Setting up the router is a very simple process. You well be taken through a quick setup process where you ll set a password for the Wi-Fi (you can change the router admin password later and you’re all set.Once you plug your Internet line into the WAN port (either directly or through a cable or ADSL modem) the Mi Router 3C will automatically set up the rest.
The Mi Router 3C has one of the best looking UI we’ve seen in similar products.This might be a bit of a security risk, but it allows you to control and monitor your router from anywhere in the world. It’s clean and well organised.
On the homepage, you can monitor how many devices are connected and see details such as their MAC and IP addresses and for how long they’ve been connected. You can immediately disable a device’s connection, and the router remembers to block that device if it tries to connect again later. The main page also shows you how much bandwidth each device is consuming in real time, with an easy-to-grasp colour-coded pie chart.
As far as video streaming is concerned, the Mi Router 3C offers decent enough range so that buffering time is minimal at resolutions under 720p. When using a laptop in a room about 10 meters away from the router, with a wall and some glass partitions in between the two, we still managed to stream a 1080p YouTube file.
We used a single 1.39GB file as well as a folder of photos of roughly the same size, to test sustained and random speeds respectively. We got a sustained file transfer speed of 5.6MBps and random file transfer speed of 5.3MBps when we were in the same room with the router.
We could have used some more LAN ports as most routers available today have at least three or four. We also wish that Xiaomi had included a USB port as it would have made it so much e