Xiaomi recently launched its budget-friendly Mi Router 4C in Nepal. The Indian market positively responded to this product, which is probably why Xiaomi is so confident in bringing this router to Nepal. It is launching at a debatable price point of Rs. 2,400. Is it worth the price? Is it viable as a home router or an office-router? How does it fare with the other lower, higher, and equally costly routers available currently in Nepal? We at Cyber Nepal tested the product through the eyes of an average Nepali consumer.
Xiaomi’s latest attempt, Mi Router 4C markets itself proudly for the following features:
- 4 Antennas
- 64 MB RAM
- Transmission rate up to 300Mbps
- Easy Control through a mobile application
Let’s dive deep into the positives and negatives of the MI 4C and also everything else it has to offer.
This is a good-looking router, although looks are always subjective. The four antennas and the high-quality plastic used gives a premium feel to it. It is compact and does not take up much space. It is perfect for keeping in the living room of your house as it does not stick out for being ugly or out of space.
- These 4 Antennas are not only for the aesthetic but also practical. Specifications-wise, these antennas boast omnidirectional shift, 2.4 GHz maximum signal strength of 5dBi. As marketed by Xiaomi, they do create a stronger and wider Wi-Fi strength. If you play online games on your phone or laptop using Wi-Fi, then the Mi 4C certainly won’t disappoint or cause you any trouble. In a country like Nepal with the “one home one router” motto, the wider and stronger Wi-Fi strength of 4C compared to other routers of a similar price is an absolute win for Xiaomi in the Nepalese market.
- Xiaomi Mi Router 4C has 64 MB built-in RAM, which is several times larger (8 times to be specific) than regular routers. This allows the router to have connections to 64 different devices, which is a significant factor if you want to buy this for your office, which houses many personnel. However, your internet bandwidth profoundly impacts the smooth use of this feature.
- Xiaomi claims that Mi 4C is three times faster than traditional wireless routers as it supports the latest IEEE 802.11n protocol. This means that this device has a potential transmission rate of up to 300Mbps. This is a useful feature for a router that’s under Rs. 2500.
- This router supports Mi Wi-Fi application, which is available in both IOS and Androids. Through the app, we can measure the connection speed and configure Wi-Fi settings like device filtering, allowing the configuration of Wi-Fi on each connected device. We can block Wi-Fi on the selected devices through the application, set download and upload speeds, and loads of other things.
- The Wi-Fi Optimization feature allows the boosting of Wi-Fi speed and setting the bandwidth usage limit. Does this improve your internet speed? Well sort of. It reduces the bandwidth bottleneck, which does boost the speed to a degree, but most of the time, it is not noticeable.
- Also, Xiaomi Mi Router 4C comes with a Repeater Mode, which can be used with an existing router to extend the range of the connection.
But not everything is perfect in the 4C. It does not have some basic features which cheaper routers provide.
- With 4 Antennas, they could have opted for 5 GHz band support in at least one of the antennas like they did with their foreign MI Router 4 model.
- Another big downside of the MI 4C is the minimal LAN ports (two). For a router of this price tag, this is not what we expect Xiaomi. This was the same case with the MI Router 3 as well. This might be a bummer for a lot of people. I connect my desktop and laptop to the router, and that’s it. If someone comes over your house and wants a LAN connection, then there is none. But it lives up to its name, I guess, “wireless.”
- Xiaomi claims, “low-latency for better online gaming, smooth video streaming, and web browsing.” These claims are not baseless, but Mi 4C is not what they promised either. Wi-Fi gaming always has inconsistent latency problems, and this router does not help to improve that.
In short, if you are looking for a brand new router to buy and want a budget-friendly, premium looking and good performing router, then Xiaomi Mi 4C is a great choice. Still, for the ones who want to upgrade to this for a better gaming experience, I suggest you hold out or buy it only if you have extra cash to spare.