Today “guest” of our studio is one of the latest models of Xiaomi Mi AIoT Router AC2350. We will unpack it, explore it and show you how to set it up properly. And we will start from the characteristics of this model.
- Processor: Qualcomm CA9563;
- Memory: 128 MB;
- Wi-Fi 2.4 GHz: 3×3, protocol n, speed up to 450 Mbps;
- Wi-Fi 5.0 GHz: 4×4, ac protocol, speed up to 1733 Mbps;
- Antennas: 7 high gain external antennas + 1 internal AIoT antenna;
- Ports: 1 WAN port, 3 LAN ports;
- Indicators: system indicator, internet indicator;
- Protocol standards: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab;
- Management: web-interface, Android and iOS applications;
- Encryption: WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK, SSID hiding, intelligent protection against unauthorized access;
- Operating temperature: 0 to -40 degrees, humidity up to 90% without condensation;
- Dimensions: 286 x 186 x 46.8 mm;
- Price: from 59,99 $ to 65,99 $.
In the box is:
- Power Cable;
- Network cable;
- User Manual.
Inside the colorful box is a form of recycled cardboard, which is the router. In the photo below, the router is not dirty. In fact, all the stuffing is enclosed in a plastic cage, so it is visible through the inside.
The router is delivered already assembled. If you plan to transport, then either take your own photo, or remember the photo above, as in the box laid the antennas.
The router itself is made of plastic. I hate to characterize plastic as a budget, but, as I understand it, such a design and choice of plastic is due to the fact that the router is designed for heavy loads – apparently, it can be heated, and the way it cools, as stated in the instructions, is natural. For this reason, probably, they made such a lightweight case.
But the antennas of the router are metal.
There are only two indicators on the case. One shows the state of the system, the other reflects the state of the Internet. Orange – no Internet or the router system is not ready for router business (it lights up, for example, during a firmware update), blue – everything is fine.
When the router was first turned on, it showed that the system is fine, but there is no access to the Internet, which is quite logical, because the settings are not yet prescribed.
On the back side there is a reset hole, power connector and ports. 1 WAN and 3 LAN. All ports are called self-adapting ports.
To the appearance of the router can come up with a few comments. First, the router is quite large, almost 30 by 20 cm and about 5 cm thick. Secondly, this router model has only two indicators, although most competitors have several.
Finally, I should mention that the router does not have a USB port. Such port may be useful if you want to connect cellular operator’s USB modem or external drive with printer. The latter is rather a fictitious scenario, as it is easier to use a network connector for such purposes. On the other hand, it is not uncommon for a drive to be powered by a USB port.
First turn on and set up
The algorithm of the first switch-on is quite simple. You need to take the router, then take the power cable. One end is to plug it into the router, the other end is to plug it into a power socket. If you succeed, we can move on to the configuration. If you have problems at this stage, it is better to call a professional wizard.
Setting up the router is also quite simple. In addition to the power cable, in the WAN connector should be plugged a network cable, through which your apartment is connected to the Internet. After that the Wi-Fi network will appear. You can connect, and the web-interface will immediately open in your browser.
Probably due to the fact that my laptop was in English, the router interface met me in the same language. In the future, you can choose a language in the settings. Next, you need to select your region. Choose the same region, which is selected as the main one on your smartphone, if you install an application to control the router (about the application we will talk about further in the text).
Immediately after the choice of the region, the router told me that there is no Internet. And offered to check if I had plugged the cable into the correct port. The situation is natural, because my ISP does not deliver settings machine. So we select the item “Manual configuration”. I chose “Statistical IP” and entered all the necessary settings.
Next, the router offered to set a password on the Wi-Fi, along the way you can make it and a password to the web interface. If you do not select this checkbox, you should remember that by default the web interface does not have a password and you need to go through the settings yourself and figure it out.
If you did everything correctly, the lights on the router will turn blue and you can use the Internet.
Intelligent AIoT antenna hidden in the body
One of the highlights of the router that fans of the Xiaomi ecosystem will love is the so-called smart antenna, which promises to make it easier to add smart devices from Xiaomi.
Everything works surprisingly easy and natural. It is necessary to install the MiWiFi application and Mi Home. Then you connect a new Xiaomi device, open Mi Home, and immediately pops out a window that detected the device, and you can add. The charm is that you do not need to enter the password from the Wi-Fi, wait for a long time some connections. Just press “ok”, that’s all.
Impressions of use
As a result, Xiaomi Mi AIoT Router AC2350 is a wonderful router that could easily cover my 4-room apartment and kitchen. Located in the hallway, it even in the most remote room gave a confident signal of 5 GHz Wi-Fi network. For clarity, I have depicted the scheme of the apartment, 75 sq.m.
The apartment is on the 8th floor, but even at the bottom of the entrance you could catch a 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi signal. In general, this is not surprising, because Zyxel, which is already 8 years old and which supports only Wi-Fi b/g/n, was also well done. The only difference is that Zyxel had a weak signal, and here the reception is quite confident, such that, sitting in the car, you can even run the video on YouTube.
Continuing the comparison with the old Zyxel, there is a big difference in speed if you talk about the 2.4 GHz range. The result of Xiaomi is of course better 94 vs. 85.
Is it worth buying?
It depends on your needs and requirements. For example, if you have 100 Mbit Internet and a couple of computers and phones, then why do you need such a powerful router? As you can see from the screenshots above, even an elderly Zyxel is doing a great job.
Another thing, if you have 500 Mbit Internet, a large apartment and a “zoo” of devices in addition. This router promises the ability to simultaneously connect 128 devices. And if you are a user of smart devices from Xiaomi, then, of course, you should take this router and enjoy life.
Perhaps, this router will suit the owners of coffee shops and cafes. There is an automatic distribution of devices by frequencies, 128 simultaneous connections, in the application you can monitor the state of the network, cutting down those who will start to abuse.
You should also pay attention to Mi AIoT Router AX3600. This router is similar in characteristics to the sample from this article, but still supports Wi-Fi 6.
The price of Xiaomi Mi AIoT Router AC2350 is set from $ 59.99 to $ 65.99. If you compare the characteristics of the forehead, the nearest analogues will cost almost 2 times more expensive. For example, Wi-Fi router Keenetic Giga (KN-1010). This router has worse declared maximum speed of wireless connection, but there are different USB-ports and possibility to connect 4G-modem.
As you can see, Xiaomi typically offers a compromise. You save almost $50, but you are left without USB ports, but you have both smartphone application and possibility to connect smart devices from Xiaomi, etc.