Xiaomi Mi Wireless Nas: elegant but not too high-performance, our proof!

Xiaomi Mi Wireless Nas

In today's review we will try another product from the Chinese giant Xiaomi, Or the Xiaomi Mi Wireless Nas (R1D), the first router launched by Xiaomi almost two years ago but that in recent days is available at a very interesting price, especially if related to the hard disk 1 TB that includes.

The device is characterized by an elegant plastic shell and a hard disk from 1 TB, offers WiFi connectivity to 5 GHz and Gigabit Ethernet in addition to various software functions, all at about 88 € at the store GearBest with shipping from the European warehouse.

Let's find out how it works together!

Xiaomi Mi Wireless Nas

Xiaomi Mi Wireless NAS (R1D) - Packaging and technical specifications

The sales package is made of recycled cardboard in full Xiaomi style. On it we find only some of the features of the device.

Inside we find the device, a short one voucher in Chinese language, a prepaid card from 360 Yuan for some services for the Chinese market and finally a second package with thedevice power supply with Chinese plug. Absent Ethernet cables or additional accessories.

The technical specifications of the Xiaomi Mi Wireless NAS (R1D) provide connectivity WiFi b / g / n / ac Dual Band, able to get up to 300 Mbps on the channel a 2.4 GHz and up to 867 Mbps on that to 5 GHz. The device mounts a processor Broadcom BCM4709 dual-core Cortex A9 to 1 GHz, flanked by 256MB of RAM DDR3 to 1600MHz produced by Samsung and one Hard Disk from 1TB to 5600 RPM.

There are two integrated WiFi antennas, they have a profit of around 6 dBi and exploit the MIMO 2 x 2 technology. There are also two doors Ethernet RJ45 LAN a 1000 Mbps and a WAN port always at 1000 Mbps. However, the key is missing WPS but there is theNFC for quick connection with your smartphone. The dimensions are 12 × 6,4 × 16,8 centimeters, for a weight of approx 552 grams.

La network encryption instead it supports only the WPA-PSK and WPA2-PSK standard, no AES therefore. Obviously the relative is present application for smartphones, both on iOS and on Android, while from the PC the interface has been translated only into English language. The operating system is based on OpenWRT and offers compatibility with different plugins, which can only be installed by the application in Chinese.

Xiaomi Mi Wireless NAS (R1D) - Design and construction

One of the aspects that most jumps to the eye of this device is the design, really nice and that lets it easily be confused with some hi-tech furnishings, thanks to the absence of showy external antennas.

Xiaomi Mi Wireless Nas

The shape is that of an ellipsoidal cylinder, the plastics are of glossy black color and unfortunately they tend to hold dust. The construction is excellent, there are no weak or poorly assembled points. The solidity is impeccable.

At the top of the device we find only the "Mi" logo of Xiaomi, right next to theNFC antenna, placed under it.

Xiaomi Mi Wireless Nas

Moving on to the four profiles on that one we find nothing right and left, while on the front we find, more precisely in the lower part, a small LED of activity blue or yellow depending on the status of the device.

On the contrary, we find the whole part of communication, that is, the two GigaBit Ethernet ports, 2.0 USB port and WAN port (always Gigabit), in addition to the power connector and a small hole for the reset button.

Finally, at the bottom we find four rubber feet that I hide the four screws to access the Hard Disk compartment. Also present some data of the device.

Xiaomi Mi Wireless Nas

The upper part of the body is characterized by a horizontal plot of loopholes, from which the warm air coming from the internal cooling fan is discharged.

Xiaomi Mi Wireless Nas

The power supply instead, is quite compact and is also black. It has the classic Chinese plug but in the package there is a special adapter.

Xiaomi Mi Wireless Nas

Unfortunately, there is a power button on and off, in addition to that to take advantage of the WPS functionality. Overall, the design is certainly pleasant and captivating.

Xiaomi Mi Wireless NAS (R1D) - WiFi and Ethernet performance

Going to test the WiFi performance I discovered, a bit like already seen on the Mi Mini 3 Router, that the 5 GHz network is not detected by some "European" devices, in particular my two Meizu with international firmware have not been able to detect the 5 GHz network. Fortunately I did not have this problem with the PC, even though it should be noted that full channel compatibility with 5 GHz is not guaranteed with western products.

To test the WiFi, both at 2.4 and at 5 GHz, I carried out several tests of data transfer and measurement of the intensity of the signal with different distances and obstacles in the middle, here are the ones carried out:

  • a 2 meters away from the Router;
  • a 5 meters from the Router with an internal dividing wall in the middle;
  • about 8 meters from the Router downstairs with a reinforced concrete floor and a couple of internal partitions in the middle;
  • outside the house a 10 meters from the Router with two load-bearing walls as an obstacle;
  • outside a 25 meters from the router with a supporting wall as an obstacle.

In the first case, the power of the signal a 2.4 GHz turned out to be more than good, superior to my old man Netgear DGN2200. Equally good that measured on the 5 GHz network. Also excellent transfer rates, especially at 5 GHz, although perhaps they were limited by my WiFi receiver to 5 GHz, given the potential of the product in relation to the specifications stated.

Moving on to the second test a 5 meters from Router with an internal dividing wall in the middle, the values ​​drop slightly to 5 GHz, almost unchanged those at 2.4 GHz, as well as the signal strength, very similar to that of the previous test. Instead the transfer rate drops.

In the third test a 8 meters from Router downstairs with a reinforced concrete floor and a pair of partitions internal in the middle, performance drops dramatically on the 5 GHz network, mind remain quite stable on that to 2.4 GHz, always higher than mine Netgear DGN2200, even if the transfer rate starts to drop dramatically.

Moving on to the outside, a 10 meters away from Router with the two load-bearing walls and a wall internal partition as an obstacle, the transfer rate drops drastically, so much so that on the 5 GHz network I could not complete the test due to the frequent disconnections. The 2.4 GHz signal is still valid, which remains on a good level of power while it loses a lot in the transfer rate, remaining however on an acceptable value.

Finally, staying outside the house a 25 meters from Router with only one supporting wall as an obstacle in the middle, the transfer rate settles on more than acceptable values ​​on both frequencies, even if the limits of 5 GHz networks on these distances emerge.

Moving on to the Gigabit Ethernet port I got some values ​​a little below expectations when transferring data from the PC to the NAS and vice versa, since I have registered values ​​between 45 and 55 MB / s maximum. Values ​​of all respect but maybe a little limited by the performance of the internal hard drive, since it is from a Gigabit Ethernet I would have expected values ​​close to the 80 MB / s during sequential data transfer.

In the compressed the performances, both of the WiFi and wired network were revealed good but not exceptional and mediocre when compared to high-end products (far more expensive though), however there are some uncertainties and compatibility issues with 5 GHz channels, which could therefore go to further limit the performance.

Xiaomi Mi Wireless NAS (R1D) - Power consumption, temperatures and noise

Consumption, temperature and noise, three important aspects for a device turned on 24 hours on 24 at home, perhaps in the living room near your TV or not too far from your bedroom.

Let's start with consumption, I made two measurements: one with hard disk in idle and WiFi active and the other with active disk in full data transfer via WiFi.

In the first case I measured a value close to 9 / 10 Watt, while in the second test consumption remained included between the 12 and the 14 Watt, two ranges of values ​​more than acceptable for a network NAS, also considered the integrated hard disk that is sure to increase the consumption of the device.

On the thermal front, the integrated fan expels the heat from the upper slits, sucking fresh air from the bottom, which is why it will not take long to notice the first accumulations of dust and dirt in the lower area. Despite this, the recorded temperature has not never exceeded the 35 ° C, as well as the feeder, always fresh or at most lukewarm.

Moving on to the noise, the fan when it starts only feels if we find ourselves relatively close or in a completely silent environment, while it turns out well more noisy the peaking of the hard disk when it is awakened from stand-by. So it is a product that albeit poco it makes itself felt, difficult to keep in one's bedroom or neighboring areas.

Xiaomi Mi Wireless NAS (R1D) - Software

As seen in the review of the Xiaomi Mi Router 3 Mini, one of the strengths of the Xiaomi Mi Wireless NAS (R1D) is l 'software interface and smartphone application, which offers a lot of settings and additional features.

We can indeed install plugins (using the Chinese app though), set the automatic backup of the photos of our device on the hard drive of the router or on a connected USB device and much more. Among the other options, we find the possibility to limit the band to connected devicesor we can prohibit access to certain websites, adding exceptions or various rules to the firewall. Of course, there is no lack of features of remote NAS, which allows access to the data saved on the internal drive from the app (after sharing).

Among other possibilities, I would like to point out the option for Timing the WiFi network or the restart periods of Xiaomi Mi Wireless NAS, followed by the option to create one Guest network with bandwidth or limited use time for each connected device.

Obviously also on the web interface from the PC we find almost all the same voices and settings, even if the layout and the UI is slightly different. First of all, I would like to point out that the only language available besides Chinese is theEnglish, nothing Italian then. Some are compared to the smartphone app real-time control tools the use of network resources, CPU, hard disk and many other parameters related todoor opening and LAN configurations.

There is also an option to choose if use the device as a real router or as a simple repeater.

Also here is the part relating to the bandwidth settable for each device, to the QoS and to the WiFi scheduling. Finally we can decide whether to disable the 5GHz network, besides being able to choose the name of the two networks and the signal strength of the antennas.

In short, the settings are not lacking, however to exploit it to the 100% it is necessary to use both the App and the PC interface (reachable from the 192.168.31.1 IP), since one completes the other and since the mobile app integrates some extra features related to file sharing and archiving.

Xiaomi Mi Wireless NAS (R1D) - Conclusions

Lo Xiaomi Mi Wireless Nas (R1D) it is certainly not a recent product (dates back to 2014) but with the latest selling prices it can be considered one decidedly interesting solution. We have seen that the design and the features offered are noteworthy, since it is possible to set and choose almost all the network parameters, moreover nothing prevents you from install a pure OpenWRT firmware or its plugins, given the full support of the installed chipset.

Xiaomi Mi Wireless Nas

On the network performance side we are there, does not shine but in relation to the cost is a decidedly valid solution as a home NAS, even if to use it as a storage disk for your PC or Smart TV for watching movies and high-definition content, I advise you not to keep it too far, in order to take full advantage of the band 5 GHz and not run into packages bottle. About 5 GHz, it should be noted that not all of my devices were able to detect it, a sign of how the European standards for channel allocation may not have been respected. However, with the exception of my two Meizu smartphones, on the two PCs and an Android TV Box I did not have any problem of this type.

Promoted but not with full marks then, in general wins for the rapporto qualità / prezzo, since I do not know other Routers and NAS with integrated hard disk from 1 TB to these numbers.

Lo Xiaomi Mi Wireless NAS (R1D) is available ad 88 € at the store GearBest with shipping from the European warehouse.