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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 and 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 🙂

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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  • 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 🙂
    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 😀

  • 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.

  • 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 🙂

  • 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

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