How to Setup Mi WiFi Repeater/Amplifier with Other Routers

Mi Repeater Mi Power BankXiaomi’s little USB powered WiFi Repeater (some call it WiFI Amplifier) is a cheap and powerful tool to extend the range of WiFi networks. One downside is that (officially) it is only compatible with Xiaomi’s own routers and there is no documentation provided by Xiaomi to make the WiFi Repeater work with other routers. But there is a quick and easy way to make the repeater work with just any router, here’s how.

Setting Up Mi Repeater with non-Mi Routers

  1. Connect the WiFi Repeater to a power source. You can plug it into a USB port on a PC, a power bank or even a USB wall charger. When powered, the repeater’s LED will start blinking in orange color.
  2. Download and install the Mi Home app on your Android smartphone.
    The app can be downloaded from the Play Store by searching for MiHome or opening this link.
  3. Launch the Mi Home app andΒ choose China Mainland as the region. This will make the app open in Chinese, but is more likely to connect to your WiFi Repeater.
  4. Tap on the + (Plus) sign at the top right. You can also tap the notification about 1 smart devices found.
  5. Depending on what is displayed, Select Mi Network Extender6f5c or other smart devices6f5c. If nothing is displayed, consider resetting your WiFi repeater by inserting a pin into the reset hole.MI repeater new Device
  6. At this point, you’ll be asked to login to your Mi (Xiaomi) account. Sign in if you already have one, else create a new account and sign in.
  7. Choose the network you wish to extend using the repeater and enter the original password for the same.
  8. Wait for Mi Home app to configure the WiFi Repeater to connect and extend your WiFi network. The LED light on the repeater will change from orange to blue indicating a successful setup.mi home connecting
    If the Mi Home app throws an error during setup but your repeater has a blue LED already, you can simply ignore the error. The repeater will work fine πŸ™‚

The SSID for your extended network would have your original network’s SSID followed by _plus. The password for the network will remain same as your original. This can be altered by following the steps below:

Additional Configuration of Mi WiFi Repeater

Once successfully connected, you will be able to manage additional settings for the WiFi repeater such as changing the SSID, its password or hiding it. Just tap on the Mi Network Extender on the homepage of Mi Home app.

Mi WiFi Repeater Settings
Additional Settings (Click to Enlarge)

Set Network Name to Same as Original

Turn on the toggle in front of option 1 (as shown in the image above).
This will make the repeater use the same SSID and password for the network and hence will only be detected where the original network is not accessible.

Change SSID, Password or Hide SSID

Tap on the option 2 shown in the image above and then look at the image below.

mi repeater change ssid
Change SSID/Password
  • First field is the SSID
  • Second field is the password
  • Turning on the latter toggle will hide the SSID and you will be needed to manually add it to the device you want to connect.

Check the Clients connected to Repeater

Connected Devices Mi Repeater
Connected Clients

Tapping on the option 3 in first image will present a list of devices currently connected to the repeater’s network. You can view the Mac address and the respective IP address. However, no block or speed limiting functions are available.

If you have any other concern regarding the Mi Amplifier, consider leaving it in the comments section below. You can also post in our forums or message our Facebook page for a faster response.

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  • I have a home connection at a shared house, which needs to login from browser every time you connect. Do you know if I can still use the device for this network? Maybe can I setup something at the router to pair with the extender??

    • Well, this repeater does not accept open networks. If yours is a WPA/2 secured network which asks login after autnentication, then it might work with the Mi Repeater. However, I haven’t had a chance to play with that kind of a setup.

    • The repeater does not provide data over USB. So, it is only for extending an existing hotspot. You will need an Android or iPhone to complete the setup.

  • Hello.
    I recently bought the mi plus repeater 2 and it works really well. I set up 3 of my devices and works wonderfully for surfing, 2 units of Android cellphone and 1 iPad mini.
    However, after an hour, I found 4 devices online connected to this device. Does that mean there are 4 units connected to it? Or is one of the addresses from the repeater’s own address?

    Thank you very much!

    • The 4-digit code? What is that for? I’ve used the Repeater and it works without any such code. Anyways, the device is fully reset when you insert a PIN and keep it pressed for a few seconds.

    • Hi Gyula, can you try again by resetting the repeater and looking for it again? Also, ensure that you set the region to China in the Mi Home app.

  • hi, is there any way i can check the MAC address of my Mi Wifi Repeater 2? I am setting up my MAC filtering list and I am observing that i have 2 MAC addresses registering for my repeater 2. Example since i am using a wifi adapter on my PC i see it as ZZ:ZZ:ZZ:ZZ:ZZ:ZZ on the adapter program but on Wireless network watcher program it is registering as XX:ZZ:ZZ:XX:ZZ:ZZ i noticed that the 1st and 4th part of the addresses are the only difference, please enlighten me on this. thanks

  • Hello! I just bought my own MI amplifier but I found out that the MI Home App is not compatible with neither of my 2 android phones. Is there another way for me to be able to work this out?

    • You can try by downloading and installing the APK file for Mi Home if your device shows as incompatible on Play Store.

  • I can’t configure xioami wifi + repeater 2 in my iPhone 8 Plus. In wifi settings can’t display wifi Xiaomi repeater.

  • Hai Narender Singh
    i wanna ask some thing. i am able to make the SSID_plus one but it didn’t shown in the Xiaomi app. thats not a problem to me but when i want to connect with my laptop they ask mi 4 or 8 digit PIN from the router label

    Where to find them?
    also i try using the numbre under my original router but it doesnt work
    please help
    thank you

    • I suspect that the Repeater is not properly setup. Do you see the Blue light on it? You might wanna try resetting it and completing the setup again.

    • You cannot use it with a networks which are open to connect and then require a login to access the internet.

  • hello , the mi repeater 2 is ok with the app Mi home but ..this app doesn’t show the other repeater like MI repeater pro …so i am unablel to config with the router , Is there any other option to config the repeater pro by app or form my pc?

    • No. You need to use the Mi Home app for the Mi Repeater Pro as well. Ensure that the repeater is turned on for a few minutes before you start searching for it in the Mi Home app. Also ensure that region is selected as China.

  • I am not able to connect my iPad and one plus 3 phone with repeater as is showing error IP Configuration failure. Can somebody help with this.

  • Hi Joao, that is the default behavior since the repeated network is eventually part of the same LAN. The repeater doesn’t have many settings to play with, so unless there’s something you can do on the Chromecast device, I don’t see many possibilities here.

  • Hello everyone

    So I am using this device and I repeated the signal with a different SSID mainly to connect it to a chromecast with a stable signal.

    However, whoever is connected to the network being repeated by the Xiaomi device can still manage and control my chromecast which is connected to the private network.

    Anyone know how to fix this?

    • Honestly, I’m unsure what went wrong there. Are you able to connect other devices to the repeater’s network? (Say your phone) And do they work?

  • Hi Narender,

    Do you know if we can set to IP Address manually, then set the MI Repeater to Access Point?

    I have a friend that has a hotspot, but upon connecting to the Hotspot, i need to login via Web.

    By connecting to The Hotspot, i can login successfully, but an error appears when is connect to MI Repeater “Hotspot_plus”. thanks a llot

  • I have a mi repeater working well and used it several times for 2 different routers simply by pressing reset and readding the router i prefer. But suddenly my phone(samsung j7) coudnt scan/search for the mi repeater device. I already tried reset several times, turning my fon on and off and even updated the mi app and create a new account but still my fon cant search/scan the device..???

  • Hi,
    I am trying to pair the xiaomi wifi amplifier 2 (following all the instructions), but every time i get the error: reduce wifi signal interference and try again. I am using an iphone 5s. My home network security is WPA2 Personal(have tried with WPA2 Mixed).
    Do you guys know what to do?
    Thanks

    • I have the same problem. I have tried to configure it using an Iphone 6s and an Android phone with no success. My home network router has WPA-PSK+WPA2-PSK security.

      • Your main router should have an option to set channel, usually displayed by a single digit number, often ‘6’ by default, sometimes there is other info next to it. change that to something else, as other people in the area will probably have theirs set to that channel as well, causing interference. it shouldn’t change anything noticeable. go to your router settings by typing 192.168.X.Y into your browser, X and Y will probably be 1 or 0, username and password should be in the router’s manual, or both just “admin”

      • It’s probably an issue with your main router. connect to it, go to 192.168.X.Y in your browser, X and Y are either 1 or 0, try until you get it, then get the username and password from the router’s manual, or try “admin” for both, that is often the default. After this, there should be a “channel” setting in the wireless settings, probably has 6 as a default value. change it to something else, and it should solve the problem. this is because most routers use the same frequency band by default and this causes interference when many routers are near each other

  • Hey πŸ™‚
    Is there a way to connect the Wifi extender to any device without a MI account like an Xbox or PS4? Cuz im stuck with the update and it only seems to connect to this device.

  • Hi, thanks for the guide. It works for me!
    Can I manage the wifi sources that are already paired before? For example, I’ve already paired the extender with my office wifi. But at home I need to extend my private wifi also. How to change the wifi sources without reset the extender?

    • Hi Jeff, you cannot. The WiFi Extender only works with one source at a time. In order to connect to a different source, you need to reset the device.

  • Hi, great guide, it helped me setup the WiFi repeater after several unsuccessful attempts of my own. The light on the repeater is now blue, I have a new network which ends with _plus. I can connect to this network, but when I do I have no internet? The mi home app says everything is OK, connection is good, but no internet. Any ideas?

    Of course when I connect to the original network everything is fine.

    • Ah.. I am not sure, Geert. The blue light only means that it managed to connect to the original network and is now broadcasting the same on the new SSID. Can you try again with Mi Home App’s region/server set to China Mainland?

      • Hi, thanks for the quick reply. I already changed my region to China Mainland as per your instruction in the guide. That does not make a difference.

        • Yep that was just I was going to recommend. Unless it is an international version of the Repeater, always use the Chinese server.
          Anyways, good that it is working for you now πŸ˜€

  • Can you help me about the change the wifi setting, Because i dont want to samename with plus , i want to change SSID and password. There is section but i cant touch these sections ????

    thanks for help from now .

  • Hi please help, I have successfully paired my xiaomi repeater 2 with my home router/modem using mi home app, yellow light turned to blue, I used mainlad china as location and set my security with wpa2 aes. My problem is, my devices cant connect to the repeater/internet, whenever I’m connecting, its stuck in obtaining IP address.

  • hi there, do you know how to connect the wifi repeater with public network eg. university wifi. the mijia app said ‘public network is not supported. connect to your home network’. i bought this due to bad connection in my room so i hope you can help, thanks

  • I kept on getting the “Connection timed out” message and my LED light is still blinking orange. I have already reset the repeater and did the whole thing again but still get the same message. Why is this so? What has gone wrong?

  • Thank you, helped a lot. I did what you said and finally i could make the conecction, but even without it the repeater was working, but i couldnt control when needed.

  • Can I extend and connect ISP’s Wifi network If it only allows my Phone’s MAC?Or I will have to change mac address from phone’s to repeater’s mac?

  • I’ve read about roaming mode in this device.
    could you explain how can I setup device in this mode.

    I want have only 1 SSID and extend range of my main wifi not repeat my main wifi with plus. in this mode I have 2 SSID.

  • I tried as you explained, but it didn’t work. Every time it tries to connect, goes up to 89%and then shows connection time out. I am using Asus modem router. Please suggest to solve this problem.

    • How to extend range of free wifi.
      In our area there is a free wifi when we connect to that wifi it requires to login id.when we login it works perfectly.but due to no password i cant extend range of that wifi.
      Any idea?

      • Hi Jisan, I’m not sure which other repeaters will be of help to you. However, you cannot fulfill your requirement with the Xiomai’s WiFi repeater. It will not accept any open networks and there is no workaround for the same.

  • I think it doesn’t work if security mode of original non mi router is set to Wpa/psk. Can you list the modes that it supports?

    • Well, the MiHome was recently updated to make Chinese available for the WiFi repeater as well. So you should be good to go πŸ™‚

  • Hi. I have connection time out error at90% and the led is still blinking yellow.my device is is note4 and network is wpa2 and is set to mainland china.any suggestions?

        • Hi Ali,
          I had the same problem. After changing the WPA Mode in the router settings from “WPA/WPA2” to “WPA2(CCMP)” the connection was established without a problem.
          After this first initialization it’s no problem to switch back router settings to “WPA/WPA2”
          Hope this helps

  • can you or anyone help me, i have cctv that connect to cisco router via this mi amplifier/extender, in my cctv i set it fix ip 192.168.0.23, at router i have rule for my cctv mac address to fix ip also 192.168.0.23, but when connect to mi amplifier/extender i get 2 ip address 192.168.0.10 for the mi device itself and get ip address for my cctv 192.168.0.13

    but if i use fing network tools app on android, i can see that actually i have 3 ip, 1 for mi 192.168.0.10 and 2 for my cctv 192.168.0.13 and 192.168.0.23, unfortunately, my network video recorder knowing my cctv ip 192.168.0.13 (and its can be like dynamic ip)

    can i fix this problem so i can only have 1 ip on my cctv like i set on my cctv and on my cisco router rule

    thanks a lot for your attention

  • I can not setup xiaomi wifi repeater gen 2 for tp link M5350 (wifi generator from 3G). Pls help me. Thanks!

  • when it comes to 89% it displays the massage ”connection timed out” and the led is blue, Into the network but can’t connect divice.why? i setup WPA2 and WPA Encryption Mode : AES, choose region China, can you help me.please! πŸ™

    Thank you in advance

  • Hi!, i have a wifi network at home and office. Its posible to configure two or more wifi networks on mi Xioami Repeter 2? So, it i go to home, the repeater work, and then go to office and work. Or I need configure every day en every place that I go.

    • You can only configure it with 1 network at a time. So, yes, you will need to reset it and then set it up at every place you go.

    • Thanks for the guide Narender!

      Having some odd problems though:

      I’m setting up the repeater via iOS. Configuration works as expected, blue light turns on.

      When I leave the network name with the “_PLUS” no user at all can connect.
      When I alter the name to the original SSID only my phone (the one I used for setup) can connect but no other.

      Strangely though the repeater tells me 3 or whatever devices are connected and gives me the correct MAC addresses, but on the phones/tablets its sais couldn’t establish connection.

      Did you ever hear about such issue?

      Thanks in advance,

      Ben

      • Hi Ben,

        I haven’t encountered something like that. But I can surely say that this device brings different issues for different people. Can you please try resetting the repeater and then doing the configuration again? Hopefully that will help..

        • Thanks for your reply, of course I tried that a dozen times πŸ™‚

          Guess I could narrow down the issue being a problem with the router I am repeating:

          Seems it doesn’t give IP addresses to any devices in the repeated WLAN, unless they directly logged into the original network before and just “Handshake” into the repeated network.

  • First time, it was good. I saw blue led and i connected very well.. But second time, i tried to connect different wireless router.. I saw yellow led…. I tried to change and enter new modem wifi password but my cellphone didn’t connect. my cellphone always tried to connect but i saw “obtaining ip address” I don’t know why.. :S If i click reset on extender, it is work.. Should i have clicked reset button everytime??

  • Is it a must to turn on wifi roaming? As i chose option 2 (change ssid and password), i assumed that i should not toggle wifi roaming. Please advise.

    I also experience intermittent disconnection. Is it because of the wifi roaming?

  • Hi

    Thank you for the article. I have purchased today my xiaomi wifi+, but although i do all the steps as you have mentioned, i got stucked at the 8th step, when it comes to 89% it displays the massage ”connection timed out” and the led is orange and blinking. Do you have any idea of a solution.

    Thank you in advance

    • Did you set the region as ‘Mainland China’? And which Android version is your phone running?
      Also do try using a different power source. Reset the repeater first by inserting a pin in the reset hole and waiting a few seconds while the device is connected to a power source.

      • I have the same problem. My android version is 7.0, phone Samsung S7 edge. I cannot install on other phone with other Android version. Play Store tells “version not supported for this Android versione”.
        Regards

        • Hi Carlo, I’m using a OnePlus 3 and it runs Android 7 too. Haven’t faced any issues with downloading from Play Store.
          Anyways,you can also download and install the APK file from MiHome website.

      • Thanks for the info. I tried the same way for gen2 it cant change the SSID name. It miss out the Additional Configuration of Mi WiFi Repeater in this gen 2. Anyway thanks for your help.

        • Hi, that’s strange because the new gen device should have more options rather than having those removed. I’m trying to make changes to the article. Can you tell me following if possible? You can also message the Facebook page.
          1. Did the connection complete successfully? Or it failed, but the blue light appeared?
          2. Is the device listed in the app?

          • it can connect with blue light but if not using China Mainland as the region, ut will not finish the setup and the app could not see the item. however changed to the China Mainland as the region, it is ok but could not change the SSID section. by the way I am using Samsung S5 as the setup.

  • someone know how to reset? my led is blue but i can’t set my ssid, the google home app dont found the device, but i can have internet…

    • Hi Riley,
      Did you change the region in the app to ‘China Mainland’?
      You can rest the device by inserting a PIN in the reset hole and keeping it pressed for about 5 seconds. The device should be powered on as you do this πŸ™‚

  • Please someone help I have the xiaomi original mi wifi repeater and it is in Chinese can someone help me In setting it up for English…..

    • Hi Joseph, I tried to explain it as clearly as I could. If you would help me with a screenshot or else a writing of where you’re stuck, I’d love to help you out πŸ™‚
      The application, however will continue to be in Chinese. There is no English version available for the Mi Repeater.

  • Hi,

    Thanks for the lovely post. I have a new Huawei router and it works wonderfully well. Just one question, if I should position the repeater in the area where the signal is minimum? And in that case I have to keep it plugged into a power source, right?

    For my smart TV, is there any way to configure it to use the repeater’s signal as well? I have hidden the SSID so that it uses the same one as my Huawei router so we do not have to manually switch from one to the other…

    Thanks!

    • Hi Kevin,
      You can actually keep the repeater in an area where the signal strength is not too bad. I mean, unless the repeater manages to get a steady hold of the original network, it might not function properly. So, instead of keeping it in an extremely weak area, you can keep it somewhere the network is not too weak. Yes, since it does not have any batteries, you need to keep it plugged into the power source.
      The TV should ideally pick up the more stronger network, like most of the other WiFi enabled devices. So, if the SSID & password are the same and the Repeater is offering the TV a more stronger signal, then the TV should smartly connect to the network of the repeater πŸ™‚

  • I want to connect to a network with wpa2-enterprise (username & password), but the app only says “Public networks aren’t supported”.
    What i have to do, to get the wifi repeated?

    • You cannot use the repeater with an open network. Since in your case, the network requires additional authentication after initially connecting to it, the repeater will not connect to it, unfortunately.

      • but it is not open, it is wpa2-enterprise, thats why i’m asking
        you cannot connect to the network without user&password, there is no separate authentification after connect…

        • Agreed. Sorry for the confusion, but the repeater/MiHome app only accepts WiFi networks with a PSK. This doesn’t apply to WPA-2 Enterprise networks which usually use separate servers (such as RADIUS) and credentials to authenticate clients. I’m sorry but this Repeater will not work in your environment.

    • You can’t change the region to other than China because the Repeater is not sold in other markets. The app will require a re-login if you change the region.
      When you choose Mainland China, the app displays most parts in English (provided you have chosen English as the language). The non-English parts (such as the additional settings page) have no English translation available and hence they continue to show in Chinese. Xiaomi only has English interface for products which are officially made available in other markets. Unfortunately, the repeater is not.

  • I can’t et anny connection i did al above written and select China as mainland.
    Tried on a iPad Air and iPhone 6S with the latest 3.9.0 Xiaomi MiHome software.
    The online thing i’m not sure about is my password. My wireless password is abcdefg@1234 is that alowed?

      • Do you happen to have an Android device around? If possible, please try with Android as Xiaomi might not be properly supporting the app on iOS devices.

  • Hi anyone can help? would like to ask when pairing my device to the Mi repeater only 44% and it will be CONNECTION INTERRUPTED. it only show yellow light blinking.

    • You can just pull it out or turn off the power button. It is a plug & play device with USB only used for power πŸ™‚

  • hi my friend! i would like to ask for help..when pairing my device to the yi repeater only 44% and it will be CONNECTION INTERRUPTED for so many times…and tried many time..what shall i do next?..many thanks

  • hello,
    does this repeater also extend the connection range of the gateway so mihome (e.g.door sensor) devices more far away could connect to it?

  • For two days I followed your procedure — alas it was a pain in the neck to setup not to mention deciphering its Chinese language (actually I managed to change into English but still confusing). Almost took a hammer to crush this Xiaomi Wifi Repeater, I plug it into my PC USB 3.0 and to my amazement it works! In a nutshell, the repeater needs stable electrical current to setup. Always failed whenever I plug into a power bank or a tablet charger while finishing the setup — after the connection established I plug the tiny wifi repeater on my unused tablet charger. Without doubt, it runs like a champ! Kudos to you, Mr Narender Singh.

    • The power issue didn’t happen with me, but the setup does randomly work and doesn’t at other times. Anyways, glad that the article was of at least some help. I wish Xiaomi made it easier to set it up πŸ™‚

  • thanks! I just got it to β€œwork” too. The repeater connects to my router, the LED of the repeater is blue.

    I got similar problem as Dan

    But when I connect my iphone using hotspot to the repeater, I dont get the connection and it keeps having blinking yellow light.

    1) Does it work with hotspot connect to repeater from phone device?

    Thanks!

    • I have no experience regarding hotspot from an iPhone, but hotspot from an Android phone did work. If there’s a setting regarding hotspot, please change it to use WPA2 to secure the network. Open network or other security protocols just don’t work.

  • I’m looking into the whole wifi extender thing. I have three floors. Would it be an idea to get three extenders? And does having these extenders influence the download speed?

    • Yes, speeds will be affected to some extent if you will route the network through 3 repeaters. You should consider installing a router with more signal strength. Installing your actual router on the middle floor can also be helpful in sending the network to 1 floor above and below. You can then use the repeater for covering broken areas. Repeating an already repeated network does not seem like an ideal choice.

  • Hi. I am trying to connect to TPlink 841 to MI Wifi. Set up is running until 100% and then connection timeout. No bluelight as well. Is it also because of my internet service provider? Any other suggestion

    • Hi. I am trying to connect my MI Wifi 2. Set up is running until 89% and then connection timeout. No bluelight as well. Do you know why? Or do you have any suggestion?

  • Rather mixed feelings about this odd WiFi extender:
    – it can only be managed through a special App (running on phones, not Windows)
    – the app requires an account with MI, otherwise it won’t see the extender
    – the needed app MiHome exists multiple times at Google Play, different vendors and products!
    – even after creating an account the app would not let me log in; ‘failed to connect to MI..’, repeatedly
    – after installing a newer revision of the app it would join the MI network, would see my extender, but could not establish a network connection to my home network. Always the same pattern: ‘just a sec..”, running from 27% to 44% and reporting connection failure, repeatedly, the LED kept blinking, the ‘blue light’ never appeared.
    – the same error occured with two different routers (Speedlink, FRITZ!box), regardless of security settings used (WPA+WP2, WPA, WPA2, WEP, totally open)
    – Interestingly the same error would occur with the correct or any incorrect network passwords used, so the password was never really ‘used’ by the app during the connection process!
    – the SAME app MiHome WILL run on a cheap Android TV box and DOES connect to a router from there, so the issue is with the app and Android device it is installed on. Also this WiFi extender operates apparently ONLY if using WP2 exclusively (what a weird expectation by the manufacturer!).
    – Summary: only specific Android devices and a unique software plus a unique MI account from Xiaomi will allow to configure this WiFi extender and only if using WPA2 security. Any other method will utterly fail.

    Once it is tuned to the home network its signal strength is astonishingly high, as is the bandwith it can operate at.
    It will keep the settings once powered down and up again; it re-connects within 10sec or so, that’s ok.

    The overall shaky design of the hardware and dependency of crappy (Chinese!) software may explain why this Xiaomi M WiFi extender I is sold for $6 now: just too many issues with its setup and maintenance,

    A tinkerer’s toy at best, needing diligence, experience and a lot of good luck to get up and running.
    It will reward the user with high speed transfers over large ranges, even between buildings and across floors.

    • Thanks for the long writeup, mw. I had similar experience with this app. It worked on my older android phone, but not on my newer. Sometimes it would get me blue light and still say failed to connect. In short, it’s a lot of luck game to get this thing connected.

      But I also learned that this is actually a utility to be bundle with their Mi router. And with the router, it just requires a plug-in and plug-out in the USB port on the router. So maybe the issues are here because the main purpose of this product is to extend range of Mi Routers. It working with other router is just an icing on the cake. However, that’s just my POV. And yes, if it is somehow made to work with other routers, it could’ve been improved to provide a better experience and reliability.

      • Agreed.I never heard about the MI home automation stuff before, just took advantage of this cheap WiFi extender (it is not really a ‘repeater’, as it has no brain, cannot be configured like a real repeater).
        The market for these MI devices seems to be restricted to Asia, and the software seems to be designed around PHONE based control exclusively, so there is no support for Windows PC or Macs.
        The required account setup is making me feel uneasy, as it is with these remotely accessible Chinese webcams. We all know now what kind of dangerous games can be played with these, e.g. for dDOS attacks…

        My writeup’s intention was to summarize ALL the issues I encountered during its setup, and there was an astonisihingly long and diverse list of issues to overcome for sure. So maybe others can benefit when struggling, after all the sales price must have pushed thousands of these things into the market.

        It is working OK now and I will keep it that way: broadcasting DSL from one building to another, quite an astonishing performance I did not expect to work that well.

  • Hi Narender, i get the notice didn’t find available devices,keep scanning?

    Orange light is blinking i can see de device on the wifi list.
    I have reset it for many times.

  • HI Narender, thanks for this it worked like a charm. what is puzzling thought is that upon the detection of the wifi, it only allows me to choose the 2.4G over the 5G. which means my 5G was greyed out. have you encountered this before?

    • Hi Vern, as far as I know, the repeater does not support 5Ghz and can only work over 2.4Ghz.
      That said, I haven’t actually tried it myself with a 5Ghz network.

  • When i connect the Mi extender to my samsung
    device it setup end at 90% with error connection
    time out but the blue light is turn on and it
    also extend the wifi. The main problem is that
    when I connect my phone to extender it failed
    to connect to internet even it connected to device.

    • No it won’t. It just is a repeater and USB is only used for power connection.
      You’ll be needing an actual WiFi Adapter either based on USB or PCI.

  • 1. Yeah, the App says it successfully connected and I can change the SSID and so on.
    2. I tried alle of them. No one works.
    3. No MAC filter is set.

    I also tried to change all kinds of options, but nothing seems to work. I don’t have no other AP to test it now. Damn… but thanks for you help!

  • Hey,

    thanks for the guide! I just got it to “work”. The repeater connects to my router, the LED of the repeater is blue. But when I connect my phone to the repeater, I don’t get internet… do you got an idea?

    Thanks!

    • Is the source AP working fine and you get normal connectivity using that? You might wanna try resetting and then setting up the repeater again.

        • This is strange, mate. Let’s do a bit more of troubleshooting:
          1. Does the MiHome app say successfully connected or displays an error but blue light glows?
          2. Can you try changing the authentication method of the source AP? A WPA-2 personal setup has worked fine for me.
          3. Is there some sort of Mac filtering enabled in the source AP which only allows certain devices to access the WAN?

          Other than these, I cannot think of any reason why it is not working. Try connecting it to some other AP to isolate any issues with the repeater hardware.

  • Thanks for your nice guide. I still search for a way to change the channel of the new extension-wifi. With the repeater on in one room the range of the original wifi will be disturbed and smaller in the opposite parts of the house because the two signals share the same channel.

  • Hi, please help
    I just got my repeater today, I try to setup the repeater to my wifi, it always failed at 90%, but the blue light already on. I can connect to the internet using the new _plus network. The problem is, my Mi home apps doesn’t detect the device, even though I already connected to the _plus network. I cant change the name and the password. please help! thanks before, really appreciate it

    • Hey Richard, I’m sorry but the app is really a hit and trial thing. It works sometimes and on some devices, fails on the others.
      You can continue using the _plus network or you can reset the repeater and try again. Maybe it will complete 100% this time and unless it does, you won’t be able to make changes to the network it creates.

      • Thanks for the reply.
        At least it’s working now. I can try to change the name later if it truly neccesary.
        Once again,, thank you!

  • Hi … i just got my xiaomi wifi extender today ..
    During the setuo i have chosen mainland china as the locale… the problem was when i try to connect to the repeater. At 40% upon completion it says ” connectin interrupted” it happens many times and i still cant connect it.

    Your advice and solution would be so much appreciated. Please! Thanks

      • hi… thanks for the reply.
        While waiting for your reply yesterday, i thought i should try it on ipad. It works fine but only after i reset the extender.

        I am just confused and feels weird. I tried on myy xiaomi devicr and it dorsnt work. However it works on ipad.

        Thank you .

  • TIP: I chose India, and the setup started in english πŸ™‚
    BTW Why does it create a new SSID called as the original with the “_plus” text at the end?

    • The setup is in English even if you choose China πŸ˜› It’s the latter parts of the app which are in Chinese.
      The original SSID_plus is the default setup so that you can differentiate between the two networks πŸ™‚ You can change it as mentioned in the article.

  • The pairing just doesn’t seem to work for me at all. Step#8 provided above runs until 40% and then I keep receiving “Connection Interrupt”. Any ideas how to overcome this problem? I am trying to extend my Apple Airport wi-fi. Any compatibility concerns? Thanks

  • I bought this one, and as other’s issues, I cannot connect to Mi Server, out of desperation I just plug the extender in my iMac and then I suddenly realized that I have the other wifi SSID abc_plus which is the extended of my wifi!!!. Give it a try.

    • Owh, I’ve got to mention that the android app I use used to be in order and I use for viewing my Ants cameras, but when I tried to setup the extender it just asking me to login, and failed, but before the failure of loggin in I saw the prosentage of connection to the new extender was about of 25%.

    • I was wondering, if buy another XIaomi repeater which SSID name will it create? I donΒ΄t like the the idea of having different SSIDs.
      I would prefer to have the keep the wifi network parameters in other parts of my home.

      • The best guess – SSID_plus or the SSID_plus_plus depending on the network you connect it to lol
        Go ahead and alter the SSID if your app managed to configure it just fine without an error πŸ™‚

  • Hi Narender,

    I have got an interesting problem. So I managed to setup the extender, blue light and all. However, the abcwifiname_plus while working on my phone (Asus Zenfone), it does not work on my other phone (MotoG). Basically, both of them detect the connection, however only on Asus Zenfone that I’m able to use the net. My MotoG detects and can connect, but I can’t seem to use the net.

    Not sure why.

    Heard or experience something like this?

    • Hey Eshan, that is strange buddy and indeed interesting. I hope you have tried unplugging and re-plugging the repeater. Let’s try a feq questions:
      1. Does the Moto G work fine on the original network?
      2. Did you try by connecting only one device to the repeater (Moto G)?
      3. Did you try forgetting the connection and reconnecting?
      4. Can you please give a try using a PING tool? So we know if it is able to send some PING request or it is not working at all.

      These are just hit and trail now because I’ve not come across something like this before πŸ™

      • Hi Narender,

        Thanks for replying!

        Let me answer your questions one by one:
        1) Yes, it works fine with my original abcwifiname (without the plus). And with the connection from the provider.
        2) I tried it with both connecting to the connection, it was fine like a month ago.
        3) I did. Still not working πŸ™
        4) I did. Not sending anything :-/

        That’s fine, man. You can just reply if you know what’s wrong if my wifi repeater.

  • Hello, hope you can help me! I’ve set up the repeater successfully and use it with my phone and iPad. However my MacBook pro doesn’t see the network at all. Aren’t they compatible?

    • This shouldn’t be the case. Does your Mac detect the original network? If not try resetting the network adapter on the Mac and maybe that will help?

      • Narendar,I am not able to configure this mi wifi extender with my Binatone wifi router, it either gives connection time out error and blue led is also not coming as setup didnt completed. can you please suggest

        Thanks
        Kamal

        • Hi Kamal
          I just tried it out again with the latest version of the app available on Google Play Store and it worked very well. Even went ahead and allowed me to further configure the settings. Can you give it a try as well? Play Store link.
          Please choose China Mainland as the region πŸ™‚

  • Why does my device connect to it but disconnects immediately after connecting. My other devices connect fine but not my samsung tablet

  • What kind of app is this? me and my brother create 2 different account for MiHome.
    both account Unable to login!

    tried to login by PC through Mi website and it is works fine. haishhh…

  • I can’t seem to login to Xiaomi account, via the app.. It works fine over the web.. Can someone help? I’m unable to setup the repeater πŸ™

  • how to fix connection time out ?
    this devices is work properly in the night , then i leave it and sleep , but in the morning , i check it on my pc , it shows , no connection , i wait it but no changes , then i try to reset the devices , and when 99% it shows connection time out but the devices shows blue LED , but when i try to connect it , still shows no internet access, i have try it on my android phone , and my laptop , but still same , i have try to reset it and try it many times , it still error , please help me , give me some solutions :’)

  • Hi Narender, maybe you can help,

    When trying to pair the amplifier, it just say Connect Timeout at 99%. After this i can detect it with any phone, but the yellow led light, and sometimes it won’t connect automatically..

    Thank you for your answer and help!

    Best Regards
    Adam

  • Hi Narender, maybe you can help me:

    I successfully setup my repeater, however as other have pointed out, the device is not showing in the app but still working after the “timeout” error. The only problem is that every once in a while, when I try to connect to the network after a while that I have not been using it my PC and phone won’t connect to the network unless I unplug and plug again the repeater to the power source.. this is annoying. Does this happen to you too? It seems like it goes on stanby mode..

    • Hi Omar
      Let me give it a try. Yes, that timeout thing is surely happening to me. I’m not able to make any customization to the network since it just times out and does not show up in the app. I’ll revert back on the disconnection. I’ve only used my repeater for short duration so far, so never faced that.

    • Hi again, Omar
      I tried it out and it continues to work fine even after a lot of time with no device connected πŸ™‚

  • if pairing does not work. Turn on Bluetooth and GPS – as seeking configure the device from a PC without the need for phone, this option may not exist. Translate google z Czech lenguage

  • Any idea if it works with hidden SSIDs?

    Will it create a new SSID_plus which is hidden or will it be broadcasted?

  • Hi, I have a Belkin router at my place and there are a couple of WiFi blind-spots that I am trying to fix. There seem to be several options for WiFi repeaters/extenders out there in the marketplace and am unable to decide on which to pick. While the MI repeater seems like a good and an inexpensive option, I am afraid I may end up facing issues similar to those mentioned in this thread, and not find a resolution in the end.

    Would you know how the ‘TP-LINK TL-WA850RE 300 Mbps Universal WiFi Range Extender’ is? Are there any other good and fairly priced options that you’d recommend?

    Thanks!

  • Hi i,m having this error message when selecting my home wifi to connect the repater. Device may not support this type of net work. Use your router to connect.
    End with ok wothout any choice. Any advice ?

    My network is secured by wed and listed under cannot connect the internet. Why is my hone wifi not listed as active ?

    • The device probably does not support that security. You can try again by switching the network to WPA2.

  • HELPPPP MEE..
    I thousand time reset xiaomi ampli, pairing to the router, but it seem cant pairing either.. i dont know what’s problem.. may be you can help me.

      • “After” means marshmallow right? There are hardly a few phones with marshmallow. So can I take it that you’ve tried it & it works or lollipop, kitkat & before? For me its failing on Lollipop!

        • Yes, that’s what I meant. The app worked fine and connected with the repeater when I was using the Zenfone 2 on Lollipop 5.0. I have issues on my marshmallow device now. So I revert back to a backup device running kitkat and it works fine still.
          What error do you face on yours though? Probably it is something else πŸ™‚

  • Doesn’t work for my case as I’m using Samsung tab 3 lite and the app that I downloaded from here keep saying “Can’t log in to account” while I can log in to my MI account from my desktop computer. Why is that…???

  • Hi, MI home app is available on google apps. Download the latest mihome or it will give you issues trying to login to the xiaomi servers. The Xiaomi WIFI Extender will only work in a non Xiaomi router – say example Fritzbox 7390 which is the router that I am using – if you change your router security settings to WPA2 only. Using something else and the mi wifi extender will not work.
    My device is working 100%.

    The latest mi home app will install a plugin after connecting successfully the extender to your router. The plugin is in Chinese but fiddling with it you can just add the signal of the extender to that of the router. That is, instead of adding #RouterName_plus to the network, your router signal will just be stronger without the need to reconnect your devices to the *_plus wifi. But I prefer using the extender as a second wifi connection point *_plus as after measurement this is the way of getting the best range for this wonderful xiaomi device. wifi Measurements (average values) in the same spot inside the room using FRITZ!App WLAN: connected to the router -65dBm, 65 Mbit/s; after connecting to mi extender *_plus wifi -41dBm, 72Mbit/s.

    • So am i,
      I can’t login to MiHome app with my cellphone .

      1- I download Mihome App from QR code.
      2- I choice “Other Smart Devices” But it want to me sign in account.
      3- I sign up account with my email, So i try sign in account and it answer I cant sign in account!!!!
      please help me.
      Thanks a lot.

      • Hi
        Can you please try with the MiHome app available on the Play Store? Use the Chinese server.

  • Bhai bacha liya tune…. Hope it works…. Mai aaj he new liya tha, aur neighbour ke WiFi pe connect kiya tha. Par ab jab apne WiFi pe connect karne laga toh mi home app mai device show nahi ho raha tha… Hope it get reset and I can get it connected to my WiFi… Paper pin use karna hai kya ? Reset ke andar koi button laga hai ke vaise hi pin dalni hai ?

    • Bhai.. Reset k andar ek button hai. So paper pin, needle or anything of that width will work πŸ™‚ Aur kuch nahi to pen ki tip se bhi ho jayega πŸ™‚

    • You need to plug it into the power source and then inset a pin into the reset hole. Keep it pressed for like 10 seconds and it will be reset and orange light will glow πŸ™‚

  • I have the same issue with the Mi Home. It keeps asking me to log-in but it won’t accept my Mi Account password for whatever reason even though I tried resetting the password many times to make sure it is the correct one.

    Without logging in, nothing works.

  • I got this too. I hve a netgear N150 router. I followed the same steps. It comes to 100% creates the SSID with _plus but says error at 100% if I try connecting to it it asks for password for which it isn’t accepting my original wifi password what to do

  • It also fails step 9 for me.
    I Trier repeating an AndroidAP from another Phone and that worked. I think there is a connectivity problem with my router.
    I am using WPA2 security on a Fritzbox 7330 SL. I somebody knows, how to fix it or what I have to change in the router settings, please tell me.

    • Thanks Narender Singh for the link. the com.xiaomi.smarthome.apk worked well for my Samsung Tab 3 Lite for the first time and it was timed out and asked me to reset. However, my USB Mi wifi extender led changed to blue, therefore I did not reset it. I tried to connect to it and it works but I cannot see it appear on the device list from the app any more, I have no idea but it works now.

      • The system ain’t robust enough and the app does tend to lose connection to the device. Unless you really have to make changes, you probably don’t need the connection to the app. To get the connection back, resetting and then re-configuring would be the only way.

        • How to reset and reconfigure? Cause we have changed our router now totally cannot connect to the device bec. Its still displaying the old routername and password. Thanks

          • Connect the device to the power source and then insert a pin into the reset hole. Keep it pressed for 5-10 seconds.

            • Thanks for the help πŸ™‚ i had reconfigured it now πŸ™‚ cause the device had no instruction how or maybe written in chinese thanks πŸ™‚ ??

        • Yes. I tried it out before responding. The throws a warning “Intelligent device might not support this type of network” and even after proceeding, it did not set up. Tried the same thrice. You can try for yourself and maybe you’re lucky? πŸ™‚

  • I tried steps, I get my network_plus as new wifi connection but light is still blinking orange, it does not turn blue, also the last step during setup fails but still creates network_plus network.

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