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The WiFi router that rocks! – Xiaomi Mi R3P (and English GUI tutorial)

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Xiaomi have recently presented the first router from their Pro-line. It’s called the R3p, it is dual band and supplies the impressive 2.600 mbits total throughput

It is powered by 1.4ghz dual core cpuIPQ8064 , combined with a dual-core network coprocessor

Offers support for disks up to 8TB via usb interface, compliant with the 3.0 standard

The four antennas that you see are promising phenomenal wall throughput and based on my testing the signal is significantly better than most of the routers I’ve used so far.

This is my first all metal router, and besides being heavy, you are right to think that this type of body will provide efficient cooling. During the testing time I had absolutely no issues with temperature. At no moment the body became even close to warm.

You’ve got three gigabit ports. The wan port is also gigabit capable

There’s a singled LED on the front, not easy to notice though. A power switch or button is missing, you only have a reset button and the rest is controlled by software. From your favorite settings you won’t find a wps button either.

It also lacks ipv6 support, which might appear at some point via firmware update.

Benefits are MU Mimo support (in short – simultaneous communication with multiple devices), Vpn support

And Up to 126 connected devices

The hotter topic is management. Your first option is to configure it via the mi wifi app, which is in English. It won’t provide all the options you mmight be looking for though. For a picky user like me, things like DMZ and port forwarding are quite important. Therefore the GUI access is needed.

And now, here’s the good news: My router was kindly provided by gearbest.com, and just like to every user mine was delivered in stock condition. A.ka Chinese interface

I will show you an easy to follow tutorial that will let you update the router’s firmware, and switch from Chinese to Taiwanese rom. The latter one supports English.

Just follow the steps on the screen and flash the firmware version you see. There is a download link in the description below.

The flash procedure should take around 3-4 minutes. It might be possible to do this via the mi wifi app, however I have never tried and cannot conform that it’s working. That’s something you can test and let me know whether it works via the description below.

Once English is the main language, the picture gets quite different. Clean menus. Overall – pleasing interface, which is based on the super popular LU Ci. And that probably rings a bell if you’ve ever used dd-wrt or openwrt. The first section is the status. Wonderful graphics and performance information. Storage is brought to a separate menu. That’s where you can utilize your attached disk. The app is currently in Chinese only and that ain’t be easy to use. Not for me at least.

Settings is of course the fun place. You do the configuration from here. There are plenty of options, including creation of a guest wifi. Security options and lan settings offer standard features – you have here a wide range of goodies.

The advanced features let you control qos, nat, port forwarding and vpn connections.

While I was condicting various tests, the router’s performance has pleasantly surprised me. Throughput is great. Since I am not specialized in wireless reviews, the values I got won’t be too accurate. A test wchich is legit thoug is comparing the router’s coverage versus my archer c7. And, surprisingly to me – it was isially between 20 and 50% better, no matter which sport of a room I was at. Just watch the graphs – the wall penetration is way better than on my tp link. On spots where I usually had to connect to my second router, the mi pro was giving me enough signal to surf without any issues.

As a conclusion – a very capable router, offering impressive coverage, lovely performance and top-notch features. If you can live with the few mentioned flaws and can go through the firmware upgrade procedure, you are likely going to be more than happy with it.

 

Here’s our video review and a range comparison to the TP-Link Archer C7

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  1. Hi
    Where can I find the file: miwifi_r3p_all_b9683_2.10.46_INT.bin for English GUI?
    Thank you in advance for cooperation.
    Benny

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