My budget - 40€

I want a cheap router for my home. It has to be dual-band (2.4Ghz/5Ghz), norm 802.11ac and capable of handling 16 users simultaneously.

I will use this router as a bridge because I obviously can't replace the ISP router because those routers are pricey.

I prefer easy management, good speeds and decent range.

While Xiaomi Mi Router 3G catched my eye (and more recently the 4, which released yesterday, so Chinese version), I'm open to other routers.

The only thing I'm afraid of the Mi Router is the firmware (I can easily flash firmware but it's a risk as well).

Any opinions?

  • "Is it worth it" questions are mostly opinion based and are closed as such. Instead, list your requirements for a replacement router and we will be able to help find something for you. Please include your budget and any features that you want or need it to have. If you have concerns with the Mi Routers, please list them so we can take those into consideration as well. – Cfinley Jun 1 '18 at 17:44
  • @Cfinley Done. Since hardware recommendations are a bit opinion-based as well I edited my question accordingly to your instructions. Thanks! – CaldeiraG Jun 1 '18 at 21:01
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    How much range is decent range? – JMY1000 Jun 14 '18 at 10:35
  • @JMY1000 not longer than 10m, the important stuff (PC and so on) will be connected with cables – CaldeiraG Jun 14 '18 at 22:52

The website geizhals.eu lists a few dozen dual-band routers in your price range. E.g. the TP-Link Archers are typical low-budget routers.

In principles, all routers should be able to handle 16 devices "simultaneously" (in the sense of "all connected at the same time, time-sharing the channel, possibly being in separate MIMO channels). No router you'll find today will handle 16 totally independent MIMO channels, if that's what you you mean by ""simultaneously". And if there was such a router, it would be much more expensive than 40 EUR.

In your place I'd also stay way from the Mi firmware - Xiomi sells stuff cheap so they can make money in other ways.

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