Your router does not provide Wi-Fi networks throughout the flat / house? Doors, walls, ceilings can suppress the signal from 2,5 to even 11dB. I live in a single-family house, I have a router on the first floor, unfortunately the signal of the router in the kitchen is already miserable. One end of range, on some devices disappears altogether. How much did the Xiaomi device help?
Xiaomi Wifi Amplifier is a solidly made device, I was a bit surprised by its size - I thought it was more similar to the size of a standard pendrive, but it is much longer, almost 10cm. It has one USB connector that can be rotated at 180 degrees. It does not have any "big" button, only a small reset which we have to press with a pin and one diode that informs about the state of the amplifier's operation.
For the device to work we must pair with our router, Xiaomi declares that it only works with routers from their ecosystem. However, I personally managed to connect with Linksy, other people did not have a problem with the D-LINK connection. In fact, the device works with 90% routers.
We configure the Xiaomi Wifi Amplifier in the Mi Home application that manages all devices from a Chinese giant. Connect the device via the USB port to any charger, powerbank or directly to the computer. In the upper right corner of the Mi Home application, you have to click on it and select Add Device, Android users have the Scan option, after a while the device will appear on the screen. Apple enthusiasts must find the Mi Wi-Fi Amplifier or type in the bar at the top to search the list of all devices. If the yellow notification lamp flashes on our device, select the options and click Next. If it flashes in blue, reset the Amplifier by pressing the reset button for three seconds using the pin located under the LED. If everything went well, the amplifier will detect the available Wi-Fi network, enter the password and confirm it. On the iOS system it is necessary to change the wifi network to the newly available xiaomi-repeater-v2-miap1652 (the name may vary slightly), Android users do not have this problem. In the case of iOS, after selecting the new network goes back to the Mi Home application, the amplifier will be automatically configured. it will last about a minute. When the configuration comes to an end the LED will turn blue, we can choose the room where you are strengthening, if our Xiaomi ecosystem is expanding it will help in house management.
The device works as an amplifier, we can also configure it by clicking on the newly added device on the "desktop" of the Mi Home application. The android system unfortunately has Xiaomi Wi-Fi Amplifier configurations in the "bushy" language, which is why I will show you the example of iOS, it looks the same.
The interface looks very clear, at the top is the name of the device we can change it freely. Below we receive informations with signal strength, Normal is on the corridors, so I do not have to rearrange. If it shows poor, I suggest that you move the amplifier closer to the router. The last information on a blue background is the name of the "mother" router from which the amplifier draws its signal. The Wi-Fi roaming option sets the same network name for "Mother Router" and the amplifier, suggests that you do not enable the options and operate separate network names. In the next option, namely Wi-Fi settings, we can just configure the name of the network, it is standardly the name of "mother" with the added _plus ending. Then the password and choosing whether to be available only to us or to be available to anyone who knows the password. Connected device info, displays all devices currently connected to the Amplifier from Xiaomi. By clicking on the three dots in the bottom right corner we get more options. Changing the device name, the ability to set a password for configuration, sharing other users with the Xiaomi ecosystem, unpairing via Disconnect options. There is also the Automation option, in all other Xiaomi devices, the Automation option allows you to connect a given device with another device in order for it to cooperate, eg a motion sensor will detect motion, turn on the socket. There is no option here, I think developers have added it from momentum. 😉
Is it worth buying a Wi-Fi amplifier? I think that the best argument will be a screenshot of the smartphone. No amplifier from Xiami in the kitchen I did not have a Wi-Fi network at all, or there was one line of coverage - the pages were loading for a very long time, sometimes interrupted due to a too long query. After using Xiaomi Wifi Amplifier, maximum range. Sufficient speed, it should be remembered that it is an extension of the signal - therefore it will not achieve the maximum transfer. In the summer it will be very useful, because my router also does not include the garden. The possibility of powering up with a power bank and placing it anywhere is a big plus. If you do not have a Wi-Fi network in your home area, the Xiaomi Wi-Fi Amplifier will be a very good proposition for you.
Xiaomi Wi-Fi Amplifier I bought in the store Gearbest for 7,5 $
Xiaomi has released a newer version of the amplifier Xiaomi WiFi Amplifier 2, has two antennas, the first model had one. Thanks to that the transmission has been raised from 150Mbps to 300Mbps.