In this article, I decided to make detailed instructions on connecting and configuring the Xiaomi Mi 4 wifi router using a mobile phone. Since the model was recently released, there is no international firmware for it yet. Therefore, if you decide to perform the initial installation from a computer, then note that the entire web interface of the admin panel will be in hieroglyphs. I already showed how to connect the Xiaomi router on Chinese firmware. there are no differences here, so you can use that instruction. But it’s most convenient to really set it up with a smartphone. the Mi Wi-Fi mobile app is originally in English.
This guide is relevant for setting up any Xiaomi router model from your phone.
You can download it by scoring the name in a search on the Play Market or Apple Store, or by scanning the QR code from the package.
Next, we take several traditional steps that are the same when setting up any router:
- Connect the Internet cable to the WAN port
- We supply power to the router
- Turn on WiFi on your smartphone
After that, we find in the list of available networks the SSIDs open for Xiaomi_XXX or Xiaomi_XXX_5G and connect to one of them.
Next, launch the Mi Router application
On the start page, it is proposed to select a configuration option:
- Login to existing Mi account
- Create a new account
- Configure as a new router
After that, our router (since we have already connected with its Wi-Fi) is determined in the program. click "Set Up"
Next, it will be possible to restore the router settings from a previously created backup, for example, transfer settings from the old one. But we choose As New. As New Router
The next step is the choice of the operating mode, in the role of the main router, or as a wifi repeater. Accordingly, we currently need a "Primary Base Station"
After that, Xiaomi Router 4 will check your internet connection. Since I have a dynamic IP address from the provider, no additional parameters are required. If you have PPPoE, L2TP, PPTP or Static IP, then another intermediate page with fields will open in order to register the data necessary for the connection. They must be provided by your Internet service provider.
We proceed to the next step, where you need to set names for your networks and password for connection. I say exactly “networks”, although the form for assigning the name of only one SSID is displayed. the fact is that by default wifi in the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands will be called the same, only the latter will add the ending “5G” to it. Subsequently, the name of the wireless network can be changed.
Also pay attention to the checkmark next to “Set as router admin password as well”. This function allows you to make a key to connect to wifi simultaneously with a password for access to the administrator section. This is convenient, since you don’t need to remember too much, but for security it’s still better to remove it and assign a different one.
Click on the “Finish” button and see the summary information on our created connections.
Next, the router will reboot and the smartphone will automatically connect to one of the new networks. If this does not happen, then do it manually.
After that, we will once again be asked to log in using your Mi Cloud account.
At the same time, “Mainland China” will be indicated as the region. you also need to choose the one for which the router was released, otherwise it will not work. In practice, this looks like a simple selection of the desired option. Personally, Taiwan approached me.
If you have not registered yet, then you need to do this. by the button in the upper right corner. This is necessary in order to have access from a smartphone to the settings of the Xiaomi WiFi Router 4 router remotely via the Internet.
Video: Xiaomi Router 4c Setup
There is no point in showing the whole registration process. I think, correct, there is nothing complicated there.
At the end of all these authorization actions, a window with the recognized Xiaomi router should appear. click on the “Pair Router” button
Enter the previously set administrator password
And finally, we get into the control panel.
On the start page. a summary of the current connection. It displays the speed and devices that are on the network.
But all the details are hidden in the lower sections of the menu, so let’s go through them. The first one, “Storage”, is of little interest to us, since Xiaomi Router 4 does not have a USB port. To see what is in it, it’s time to remember the good old Xiaomi Mini, which I was lying on the far shelf. If you connect a USB flash drive to it, the files downloaded to it will be displayed here
The last section is PlugIns, which just contains the most interesting.
The first here is the function of checking the current Internet speed. Based on the results of the check, the loading and unloading speed is displayed, as well as the response time.
Below the test results is a link to the Deep Speed Test. Here, the speed between the smartphone itself and the router will also be tested, that is, inside the local network
Network Optimization (WiFi Optimization)
The next section is connection optimization. The program will determine the quality of the wireless signal
And after verification, it will offer to optimize the component that does not correspond to the ideas of the developer about high-quality Wi-Fi.
To start. click "Start" and wait for the end.
This section focuses on LAN security settings.
- Security. predefined security configurations.
- High. blocking all suspicious devices, gadgets from the black list and warning about new devices
- Normal. a ban on connecting from the black list, a warning about suspicious devices
- Low. blacklist only
Blocklist. blacklist of blocked devices. To add a new click on the button "Add"
and select a device that needs to ban access to the Internet
Guest Network (Guest WiFi)
The guest network feature is closely tied to the WeChat application. This is an analogue of the Chinese Vkontakte and Votsap combined. a messenger and a social network in one bottle with one difference from our analogues. It consists in the fact that registration in it is made according to passport data and, in fact, is an electronic identifier of a person. Through this program, they even pay for purchases using a smartphone.
Accordingly, guest access can be opened with authorization through this application. Just like when connecting to a public network, they ask for a phone without fail. For those who do not have WeChat installed, an alternative option for password verification is provided.
Standard firmware update over the air. The peculiarity is that here it is checked not only the availability of a new release of the router software, but also the latest version of the Mi Wifi application itself.
Other functions (Tools)
A few more useful settings for the Xiaomi Mi Router 4 router.
- Photo BackUp. backup photos from your phone to the router
Images are selected manually from the smartphone gallery
QoS. limiting the bandwidth and Internet speed for each individual device
Timer. the schedule by which the WiFi network will turn on and off. To add a new click on "Add time"
And choose the days and hours of work
Shedule Reboot. timing for the preventive reboot of the router.
The last remaining large section. Something is repeated here, so I’ll only announce settings that haven’t come across yet.
- Network Settings. configuration of connection to the Internet provider.
VPN Settings. create and configure a VPN server
- Hardware&System. system parameters.
- LED. disable the light indication of the router
- Reset password. Password reset
- Timezone settings. setting the time zone
- Factory Data Reset. reset to factory settings
You can do this either by selecting a friend from the contact list, or by Mi account ID
Notifications. setting the display of notifications of the Mi WiFi application. The following options are available for activation:
- Show notifications
- Enable silent notification mode
- Quiet hours