Xiaomi mi router pro review: beautiful, powerful but

Xiaomi may be best known for making smartphones, but that is not the only market the company focuses on. You can also find a xiaomi mi VR headset, drone, action cameras, TVs, wearables, power banks, headphones and, last but not least, Wi-Fi routers.

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Routers are a good fit in the mi ecosystem. In its lineup, the mi R3P is the fastest router that you can get, sporting AC2600 transfer speeds, and just lượt thích you would expect, it is also priced competitively. But is it worth your attention? I"ve tested the ngươi R3P to lớn find out.


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What"s in the box?

Xiaomi has done a really nice job with the packaging on the ngươi R3P. Looking at the box, you could be forgiven for thinking that it is a much more expensive product. The theme continues on the inside, as you take off the wrapper and hold the mày R3P in your hands.

The case is made of metal, except for the drilled plastic sides which allow for cooling. The kiến thiết is minimalistic, which I think makes it look better than most other routers, with no logos and a row of LEDs on the front.

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The mày R3P only has a single LED, which is discreet, khổng lồ let you know that it"s on. Personally, I think that"s the way to go these days, as, if you want more info, you can always open the tiện ích or browser to kiểm tra its status. Even that LED on the front can be disabled, if you want.

The four antennas, which stick out of the back, have a sturdy feel, requiring a bit of effort to change their direction. You can have them flat, at a 45 degree angle or perpendicular to lớn the router. You can also rotate them. There is no apparent way to remove the antennas, other than, I believe, taking the router apart.

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Inside the box, you will also find a power adapter and the usual documentation.

Specs

The mày R3P is a Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac router, with MU-MIMO support, which gives you transfer speeds of up khổng lồ 800Mbps over 2.4GHz connections & up to 1,733Mbps over 5GHz connections. Just lượt thích on other routers in this category, the label on the lid may say AC2600, but if you vị the math it"s actually AC2533.

In terms of ports, the mi R3P gives you three Gigabit ports lớn connect your devices và a Gigabit port for the WAN connection. To connect peripherals lớn it, there is a USB 3.0 port. If you want to lớn hook up an external storage device, you can use it to lớn make it available to lớn the network.

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Performance và stability

I have used the mi R3P just lượt thích I would any other router at home. That means having it in the hallway and the MacBook Air on my desk, in another room. My laptop is the only device on the 5GHz band, with all others connected via 2.4GHz. I believe that this thiết lập is ideal for reaching the highest transfer speeds on the laptop macbook Air.

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Used as such, the mi R3P performs better than an asus RT-AC66U running Merlin firmware, which is what I have used for the past couple of years. Khổng lồ put things into perspective, that is an AC1750 router that used khổng lồ be ASUS" flagship product. Here is what I have noticed.

First, my apple macbook Air lists high transfer rates more of the time when connected to lớn the mi R3P. I consistently get 351MBps or 468Mbps as the listed transfer rate when I"m at my desk, và when I move close lớn the router that goes up to the maximum that the máy tính xách tay can handle, which is 867Mbps.

When connected to the RT-AC66U, my apple macbook Air would peak at 351Mbps and it would drop to lớn lower transfer rates often in comparison. The laptop apple macbook Air"s Wi-Fi thẻ isn"t fast enough lớn max out neither the RT-AC66U nor the mày R3P, so the difference here comes from the router itself.

Since my mạng internet connection is slower than my laptop apple macbook Air typically lists, I cannot test how close the performance is to lớn that estimated transfer rate. In practice, however, I consistently get an average of over 20MB/s (160Mbps) when downloading files. There are no issues streaming 4K video via YouTube or watching TV shows and movies in 1080p on Netflix.

Also, it"s been extremely stable during testing. It"s been mix up khổng lồ offer the maximum performance over Wi-Fi, brought up to lớn date with the latest firmware, và left as such from day one. I have not reset it even once, nor mix it up lớn reset periodically. It"s worked consistently for well over a week, since I powered it on. That is more than I can say about the RT-AC66U, which would sometimes have connection issues over 5GHz.

Ease of use

The mày R3P, lượt thích other mi products, is designed for the Chinese market. What this means is that the web interface is in Chinese, with no option to lớn change it khổng lồ a different language. That is not really a problem, however.

That"s because mi also offers a mobile ứng dụng to configure & monitor the mi R3P, which is available in English and other languages. It"s called mày Wi-Fi and it works great.

There is nothing that you cannot bởi vì with it. You can set up the mi R3P using the app, configure all the features that it offers, install updates, and keep an eye on all devices that are connected lớn the router straight from your phone. If you have multiple routers, you can manage all of them using mày Wi-Fi as well.


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The router does not expose or have the sort of super advanced settings that you may find on third-party firmware lượt thích DD-WRT, but for trang chủ users it offers all the right features & options. & the phầm mềm makes it super easy to lớn access those, without worrying about the Chinese website UI.

Verdict

Overall, I am impressed with how the mày R3P performs & how stable it is. The functionality provided by the firmware is solid too. As long as you get past the web UI and use the app, it is really easy to set up & use. For around $110, the mày R3P is great value for money and a fantastic option if you are looking lớn get an AC2600 router.