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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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  • 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! 🙁

    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 🙂

          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 🙂

  • 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 🙂
      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 🙂

  • 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 🙂

  • 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 🙂

  • thanks! I just got it to “work” 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.

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