Xiaomi’s product range in India did not have many accessories except the headphones and fitness bands because the prime focus was all on the smartphones. It was for years that users have been waiting for TVs from the company in India but finally, we are seeing something quite useful coming into the market. The Xiaomi Mi Router 3C is official with an excellent design, decent specs, and an attractive price.|
It is easy to list out the specs of the router but let us actually go through every detail and see what the router is packed with and what makes it such a sweet deal.
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Specifications of Mi Router 3C
Processor: MT7628NROM: 16MB NorFlashRAM: 64MB DDR2Wi-Fi Protocols: 802.11n, 2.4GHz 2X2 (speed up to 300Mbps)No. of antennae: 4Heat dispersion mechanism: Fanless architecturePorts and buttons: 2x LAN port, 10/100Mbps (Auto MDI/MDIX), 1x RJ45 WAN port, 10/100Mbps (Auto MDI/MDIX), 1x Power port, 1x Reset button, Red/Blue/Yellow LED indicatorWi-Fi standards: IEEE 802.11b/g/n, IEEE 802.3/3uDimensions: 195mm x 178.9mm x 107mmWeight: 241 gramsSecurity: WPA-PSK / WPA2-PSK encryption, wireless access control (black list), SSID hiding, Anti-rub network
One of the quick questions from users was whether the four antennas here serve any purpose or are they only for aesthetic need?
No, they aren’t for good looks. Although they do look good with that color, that simple arrangement, and the shape, they are all functional ones and aid in the reception and transmission of the signals to and from the router. Two of the antennae are for reception of the signals and two are for the sending of data, and these are arranged alternatively on the router.
Is the Mi Router 3c good for ADSL connections?
No, this is not an ADSL router and thus, if you have such a connection, you should be connecting it to a modem for the connectivity. For the fiber optic connections, the wire can be directly connected to the Mi Router 3c and it will work perfectly.
How many devices can be connected to the router at once?
We are told that while it could easily take about 60 devices at once, not all should be the smartphones or laptops. Around 20 such devices and other IoT connected ones can be connected with a good stability.
How does one control the router? The standard way of typing in the IP address?
Remember Google Hub routers? They were called so cool for the way users could handle the settings – using the app. That’s the same case here. Xiaomi has a Mi Wi-Fi app that is available for both, Android and iOS smartphones. The app would help in setting up not just the router but a lot more, including the management of the network type, the security, and the additional limitations.
The app would also give the real-time monitoring of bandwidth usage, Wi-Fi boost, and the Quality of Service.
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What else can the router do that you don’t see on the regular routers?
First thing is – You don’t have to share the master Wi-Fi password with any guest because the router would give you some pre-configured guest sharing options. Also, there are parental controls as well where you can set the time, the sites to allow when sharing the Wi-Fi connectivity with a kid. This makes it possible to control child’s online activities when you are not at home.
The other features include a notification on the phone whenever a new device is connected to the router.
Can I use the Mi Router 3C as a repeater rather than the regular router?
Yes, to improve the Wi-Fi connectivity at your place, you can actually use the Mi Router 3C as a repeater. It has a great range and thus would be very useful.
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Is there a cooling mechanism involved here?
No, just like for most of them, there is no special cooling mechanism and it is the normal cooling through all these vents on the bottom of the router.
Does the Mi Router 3C have an option to include storage in any way?
Just to make sure you don’t confuse it with the Mi Router 3, which is the advanced version of the router, this does not have any storage option and it is a standard router with no extra functionality. It is the Mi Router 3 that has a capacity to have 1TB storage and work as a wireless hard drive.
What does the Mi WiFi app do?
The Wi-Fi app has a lot of options to optimize the network. You can, for first, turn on/off the LED light on the router. Other settings include the security settings, network settings where you can change the SSID and password, set the parental controls, and optimize the network for best performance.
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