The Xiaomi Mi WiFi repeater (or extender) is a handy little device that extends the range of your WiFi network. Most of us know that WiFi networks are limited in range. If you have a large house with two or more floors, staying connected to your WiFi is a big problem. This is where WiFi repeaters or extenders come in; these devices ensure that you have strong Internet connection wherever you are in the building.
You might have bought the Mi WiFi repeater because you are sick of weak and spotty connections when you’re far away from the main router. In this guide, we’ll teach you how to setup and configure your Mi WiFi repeater to work with your router.
If you haven’t already done so, connect the Mi WiF repeater to a USB power source. If you don’t have a USB outlet, you can use a powerbank or a USB wall charger. A blinking orange LED light will indicate the repeater is already powered on.
Open the Mi Home app and choose China as the region. Selecting any other country may cause the setup to fail.
Tap the + (plus) sign at the top right portion.
There will be a notification to turn on Bluetooth. Tap “Turn on.”
Select “Devices nearby.” The app will detect the Mi WiFi repeater. Be sure that you are close enough to the repeater. If the Mi Home app is still unable to detect the Mi WiFi repeater, reset it by inserting a pin into the tiny hole in front of the device.
Select the router you want to connect to. Enter the WiFi network password and tap OK. Tap the NEXT button when you’re done.
Wait for the Mi Home app to configure the repeater.
If the setup keeps failing, you will have to bring the Mi WiFi repeater closer to the router. Just return to repeater to the intended location after the connection was successful.
The LED light will turn blue to indicate a successful configuration. Now, select the device location and tap “Use now.”
The device will start initializing. This might take a few minutes.
That’s it! Your Mi WiFi repeater has been successfully connected to your router. The SSID or network name for your extended network is your original network name followed by _plus.
To use the same network name as your original WiFi network, turn on Wi-Fi roaming as shown in the screenshot above. You will have to set the extended network name the same as the original network.
To change the network name and password, tap Wi-Fi settings.
You can also view the list of devices that are connected to the Mi WiFi repeater’s network, along with their MAC addresses and IP. Unfortunately, there’s no option to block or limit the Internet speed of the connected devices.
The Mi Wi-Fi repeater can even connect with other Wi-Fi repeaters or extenders such as Google Wi-Fi. It’s a nice option to extend the range of your Wi-Fi network without buying another router. And it’s cheap, usually priced at less than ₱400 or $8.
If you have any problems with the Xiaomi Mi WiFi repeater, post your comment below and we’ll do our best to answer your questions.