Xiaomi Wireless Router Pro Review

Introduction
Yeah… I have a wireless router that support MU-MIMO (Multi-User – multiple-input and multiple-output) at last. Support simultaneous dual band 2.4GHz and 5.0GHz 802.11ac wave2 networks up to 2533Mbps. And loaded with 3 Gigabit Ethernet ports. Yup, Xiaomi Wireless Router Pro is the one that I am talking about now. As usual, it can be managed with Mi Wi-Fi App easily. How does it perform? Let’s find out…

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Package Content & Design
Xiaomi R3P Wireless Router Pro comes in a very nice and premium packaging. And well protected as you can see the router is covered with plastic. After take out Mi Wireless Router Pro, you can find US plug power adaptor and user manual in Chinese. Hmm… Will there be any issue with Chinese version? Let’s find out later…

Excellent build quality is what you can get from Xiaomi Wireless Router Pro. All thanks to metal frame body and solid plastic antenna (side and back body are plastic too). And 932.2g in weight. By the way, Pro version has the same design like Xiaomi Wireless Router HD (R3D) with internal hard drive. However, Pro does not have the ability to install HDD / SSD manually as the slot is replaced with large heatsink.

4 long antennas, 3 Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports, Ethernet WAN port, USB 3.0 port, power port and reset button are located at back.

4 anti-skid pads are located at the bottom. Don’t be fooled by their tiny sizes. They do provide strong grip and stability here. You need to apply quite some force in order to move the router.

Installation
Hurrah!!! You can install Xiaomi Wireless Router Pro in English with Mi Wi-Fi app (can be found at Play Store and App Store for both Android and iOS devices). Just like Xiaomi WiFi Router 3 that I have. Installation is the same – simple and fast. Basically, you need to power on Xiaomi Wireless Router Pro. Then connect your cable/DSL modem Internet cable to WAN port. Use mobile phone to connect to Xiaomi Wireless Router Pro Wi-Fi. Then use MiWiFi App to setup Wi-Fi network name & password (you can set different admin password too). That’s all. You can start to use Xiaomi Wireless Router Pro now and access to Internet.

FYI. If you don’t have MiWiFi App, you are stuck with web interface in Chinese then. But no worry, Google Chrome translator can help…

Software
Mi Wi-Fi English application can be used on Xiaomi Wireless Router Pro Chinese edition. Everything is working fine as it should and in English. However, there certain wordings are still in Chinese. No worry, that’s around 5 percent among all as you can see on below screenshots.

Xiaomi Wireless Router Pro has lot of useful features like guest network, security (firewall), Wi-Fi boost, photo backup, QoS, Wi-Fi timer, SAMBA, schedule reboot and lot more. Every settings can be set from the app too. You can set it as repeater and access point modes on top of normal router mode too.

Just like other Xiaomi router, built-in download manager (Xunlei) is there for you. With external USB hard drive, you can use Xiaomi Wireless Router Pro to download normal http, ftp and even BT torrent files. Yes, it can act as local NAS where all your movie, photo and music are stored there. With MU-MIMO, multiple devices can access it with ease and fast. Don’t forget fast USB 3.0 port too.

Performance Result
Outstanding!!! I am not expecting that Xiaomi Wireless Router Pro to beat my US$200 Asus RT-AC68U router. Seriously, it win in 2.4GHz range battle where Asus is very good in that. As usual, both of them are placed at the same spot on 1st floor. And screenshots below were taken while I was on ground floor. FYI, Xiaomi Wireless Router Pro only cost half of Asus RT-AC68U.

5GHz performance is almost on par. Yes, not far behind as you can see in WiFi Analyzer app. And in actual usage, I did not find any different at all between these two.

Here is the WiFi Analyzer time graph for your reference. As you can see, Xiaomi Wireless Router Pro 2.4GHz performance is always on top. And win by 10 dBm.

Yeah… I am getting network-attached storage (NAS) alike performance with USB hard drive on Xiaomi Wireless Router Pro through USB 3.0. That’s for reading from USB SSD through Gigabit Ethernet. Writing is limited at 22MB/s on Ethernet. Don’t know why as I can achieve higher writing speed through wireless.

Xiaomi Wireless Router Pro is powered by MT7621A MIPS dual core @ 880MHz. Loaded with 256MB SLC nand flash and 512MB DDR3 RAM. OS based on OpenWRT. As usual, I put it to test as Asus RT-AC68U replacement. Guess what? I am getting the same maximum file transfer rate performance with wireless and much better on Ethernet. Same apply to latency as real-time online games like Clash Royale is smooth as usual. iPerf3 results show the same best rate too. And does not slow down at all when someone is transferring file to/fro USB hard drive. All my 10+ devices are happy with it. Overall, Xiaomi Wireless Router Pro is a better wireless router at lower price.

Advantages

  • 4×4 MU-MIMO 802.11ac
  • Support up to 2533Mbps & Gigabit Ethernet
  • 100MB/s USB 3.0 HDD reading speed
  • Packed with lot features
  • Built-in download manager
  • Top-notch build quality

Limitations

  • Web interface in Chinese

Conclusion
Look no further, Xiaomi Wireless Router Pro is the one that suit both your need and budget. Perfect for home and small office use. Enjoy great wireless range and fast transfer rate. Don’t forget that it is loaded with lot of useful features too. Interested? Get yours at GearBest by as low as $85.99 now.

  • Kok Seong

    Can it works with TM Unifi?

    • Internet is working fine. No VLAN support for HyppTV. Need to wait for custom firmware for that.

  • Edwin

    Is this a modem router that can replace original Unifi modem? Or it just a router?

  • Alex Narvaez

    it has POE outs?

  • maxram23

    Thanks for good review. Interested to replace my router with this unit

    • A great investment no doubt. 🙂

  • Fatt Chyn Siew

    Hi Jayce,
    I can’t get my Xiaomi R3P to work with my Unifi. Connection from Modem to Router YES but Router to Internet NO. I have tried to setup using both Mi Wifi app and Ethernet connection but both failed. Mind to have your opinion on this?
    Cheers.

    • Hi Chyn Siew, I don’t have UniFi here. So can’t guide you with step by step. Can you use modem to connect to Internet? I mean use it to dial PPPoE.

      • Millz Ikhalifa

        Hi Jayce, i saw ur review and decided to get the xiaomi r3p to replace my current unifi router, i followed the instructions religiously , when put in my pppoe accout id and pw , and dial it doesn’t go through.. it fails.. i attached a screen shot, i called TM they reseted my pw but still the same.. i need your advice or help https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ea64181ecac1e008c73489c704a5dabb1ec59e007794629ba1f6f354caba441b.jpg

        • Hi Millz, can you use UniFi modem to dial PPPoE?

          • Millz Ikhalifa

            thanks for your swift response, no, i tried to use my unifi to dial PPPoE but i got this error : connection fail with error 651 ..

            when i dialed with my Mi R3P Router i get this error: 外网状态:无法连接服务器(678),正在尝试特殊拨号模式…(unable to connect the server (678)

            I also tried the Mac Address cloning feature on the Mi R3P Router to clone my old unifi router Mac address still didn’t work.. i am thinking of calling TM again to reset again and open the mac address.. i really don’t know whats wrong…

            • Sorry that I can’t help much as I don’t have UniFi here. Streamyx only and no issue to dial PPPoE with the modem directly.

              Worst case – use back unifi router + Mi R3P.

  • John

    Can you connect a exFAT hard drive to this router with no problem ?

    • exFAT is supported based on specs. But I did not try it with my NTFS drive.

  • John

    Sorry for asking too many questions, I’m interested in buying but I still have some doubts if it will suit perfectly for what I want …

    – Is it possible to download torrents through the router without having to have the PC working?

    – Is it possible to connect an external drive with two partitions?

    – How is the performance of the download manager?

    – Is it possible to control the router (Switch On / Off, Download Manager, Access external drive) out of home through the MiWifi app?

    – Can you test the exFAT format with a small pen or drive just to see if the router accepts?

    Again, thanks for the attention and continuation of a good job!

    • – Is it possible to download torrents through the router without having to have the PC working? Yes

      – Is it possible to connect an external drive with two partitions? Yes. Tested with NTFS + eXFAT.

      – How is the performance of the download manager? Depend on your Internet speed and sharing peers.

      – Is it possible to control the router (Switch On / Off, Download Manager, Access external drive) out of home through the MiWifi app? You need to use Mi Home + Mi WiFi apps

      – Can you test the exFAT format with a small pen or drive just to see if the router accepts? Tested. Working fine.

      • John

        Thank you so much !!

  • Alvin Fock

    Can I use the Xiaomi r3p as a repeater/extender?

  • John

    Hi !
    Have you ever made a Time Machine copy through this router?
    I am having some trouble, i connect my T3 EX-FAT and my Mac recognize it, but then fails to create a copy..
    Thanks for the attention!

    • Sorry, John. I don’t have Mac to test that…

  • antamil said

    do this router has wpa2-enterprise setting?

    • I don’t think so…

      • antamil said

        thanks for your reply…

        this is very nice router considering the price and the speed,..

        without wpa entreprise, this is not an option for office..
        but it is optimized for home use only…