The Xiaomi Mi WiFi Router 2 is a powerful 802.11ac box with a lot of nifty features. The device is available with 1TB or 6TB of storage, although the latter is rather pricey at $622.
We suspect most home users will go for the 1TB version. Of course, you could use the USB port to add a secondary drive should you need more storage. Needless to say, we would have been happier with a USB 3.0 port, but Xiaomi opted for USB 2.0 instead. Too bad Xiaomi doesn’t offer more storage options – we feel a 2TB, 3TB or 4TB version in between the currently available models would make perfect sense.
As a router, the device works quite well: The processor if fast enough to keep up with a lot of devices and operations simultaneously, signal strength and bandwidth are good as well. The 1TB drive obviously adds a fair amount of value to the product and makes it more flexible. A decent 1TB NAS drive would set you back about $100, so $169 for a speedy all-in-one router sounds like a good deal.
Like we said, the biggest downside is limited multilingual support. Xiaomi simply isn’t focused on international markets (at least not yet), so the mobile apps and web interface aren’t as good as they should be. For some people, this could be a deal breaker. However, if you don’t plan on playing around with the settings all the time, and if you just want a speedy router with integrated storage, the Xiaomi Mi WiFi Router 2 is a good choice.
Xiaomi Mi WiFi Router 2 1TB Pros and Cons
- Build quality
- Value for money
- Inadequate multilingual support
- No USB 3.0 port
- No 2TB or 4TB option