In typical Xiaomi fashion, they have just announced another
cheap value for money device that’s big on features. Alongside the Redmi Note 2, they have revealed its Mi WiFi nano, a tiny little wireless router that fits on your palm.
Measuring just 91mm x 95.2mm, it is roughly the size of a coaster and it weighs just 100 grams. Best of all, it is priced at only 79 CNY, which is less than RM50.
The Mi WiFi nano supports 802.11n connectivity with speeds up to 300Mbps and it boast superior signal strength with its external PCB Antennas. This is good enough to cover a space of about 150 square metres.
For ease of management and monitoring, the Mi WiFi is connected via a mobile app that comes with an easy to use interface. Even if you’re not at home, you can see who’s accessing your network and set permissions if required. At the back, it gets 1X WAN port and 2X LAN Ports for wired connectivity.
Another neat feature is that it powers by a micro USB port. This makes remote usage possible as you can power the Mi WiFi nano router for up to 30 hours with a single 10,000mAh power bank.
It is amazing how the Mi WiFi nano could do so much in a little package. During its announcement, it showed a tear down of other competing routers and it clearly shows that efficient PCB design has contributed to its compact footprint. Will we ever get this officially in Malaysia? It is unlikely to be anytime soon until Xiaomi releases an English version of its firmware.
If you’re interested, the slightly bigger Mi WiFi is going for RM118, while the enterprise grade Mi WiFi with 1TB storage can be yours at RM589. Obviously they are imports and you would need to know Chinese to get started.
For more info, check out the Mi WiFi nano page.