Xiaomi Mi Router 3C is the company’s first networking device to launch in India. With a price tag of just Rs. 1,199, it offers some commendable features. Here, in India, the entry level and commercial router industry are mainly dominated by two brands – D-Link and TP-Link. Today we will discuss how Xiaomi’s brand new router stands against the duo. To keep things fair, we have selected the D-Link DIR-615 and the TP-Link TL-WR845N to compete with the Mi Router 3C.
Xiaomi Mi Router 3C Vs D-Link DIR-615 Vs TP-Link TL-WR845N Specifications
|Specifications||Xiaomi Mi Router 3C||TP-Link TL-WR845N||D-Link DIR-615|
|Wi-Fi Bands||IEEE 802.11b/g/n,IEEE 802.3/3u (2.4 GHz only)||IEEE 802.11b/g/n (2.4 GHz only)||IEEE 802.11b/g/n,IEEE 802.3/3u (2.4 GHz only)|
|Speed||Up to 300 Mbps||Up to 300 Mbps||Up to 300 Mbps|
|Number of Antenna||4||3||2|
|Security||WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK encryption, wireless access control (black and white list), SSID hiding, intrusion detection, DoS protection, access control manager, SSID isolation||64/128/152-bit WEP / WPA / WPA2, WPA-PSK / WPA2-PSK, Parental Control, Local Management Control, Host List, Access Schedule, Rule Management, DoS, SPI Firewall, IP Address Filter / MAC Address Filter / Domain Filter, IP and MAC Address Binding||WEP / WPA / WPA2, WPA-PSK / WPA2-PSK, Parental Control, Local Management Control, Host List, Access Schedule, Rule Management, DoS, SPI Firewall, IP Address Filter / MAC Address Filter / Domain Filter, IP and MAC Address Binding|
|Number of RJ 45 LAN Ports||2 + 1 (10/100 Mbps)||4 + 1 (10/100 Mbps)||4 + 1 (10/100 Mbps)|
|Warranty||1 Year||3 Years||3 Years (1 Year at some places)|
|Price||Rs. 1,199 ( MRP Rs. 1,199)||Rs. 1,099 (MRP Rs. 1,699)||Rs. 1,099 (MRP Rs. 1,790)|
Looking at the above table, it is quite evident, that each of the routers has its own advantages and drawbacks. On paper, the Xiaomi Mi Router 3C seems to be the winner. The TP-Link TL-WR845N holds the second position, while the D-Link DIR-615 comes last. To make things easier, let’s make a pros and cons list for each of them.
Xiaomi Mi Router 3C Pros
- With as much as four antennas, it offers the largest coverage area.
- It supports cloud control. So, you can operate it remotely even when you are out of the city.
- Features the lowest MRP.
Xiaomi Mi Router Cons
- Only two RJ 45 LAN output ports.
- Just 1 year of warranty.
TP-Link TL-WR845N Pros
- Better coverage area than D-Link DIR-615.
- Four RJ 45 LAN output ports.
- Comes with 3 years of warranty.
TP-Link TL-WR845N Cons
- Does not support cloud control.
D-Link DIR-615 Pros
- Features four RJ 45 LAN output ports.
- Has the highest number of service centers in the country.
- Offers 3 years of warranty at some places.
D-Link DIR-615 Cons
- Least coverage area among the three.
- Only 1 year of warranty at some places.
- Highest MRP.
The greatest thing about the Xiaomi Mi Router 3C is its support for cloud controls. It is an extremely useful feature which lets you monitor your router even when you are away. Neither D-Link nor TP-Link offers this functionality in their products. However, the former has a slightly expensive model named D-Link DIR-605L which comes with cloud service enabled. It sells at a price of around Rs. 1,700 with rest of its features are similar to the DIR-615.
As of now, only the high-end TP-Links routers support cloud controls. However, the company has announced that it will soon bring the feature to its entry-level devices too.