Whether you’re a cord cutter or you’re just looking for an affordable alternative to streaming boxes such as Roku, Apple TV and Amazon Fire, the Mi Box S is an excellent option. It’s powered by Android TV, supports 4K and HDR, comes with a remote control and is compatible with Chromecast.
How to connect a Mi Box S to WIFI
A Xiaomi Mi Box S is a great way to get access to streaming services such as Netflix, YouTube and other apps without having to purchase expensive subscriptions. The box runs Android TV, which gives you a wide range of apps to choose from, including YouTube, Netflix, Disney Plus and others. It also supports Google Cast, which lets you mirror your phone on the big screen.
The Mi Box S is a powerful streaming media player, featuring a quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM and 8GB of storage. It also features a USB port and a HDMI input, which can be used to play back video content directly from a hard drive.
It’s worth noting that the Mi Box S has a 4K display, and it will support high-resolution audio via Dolby Digital and DTS. The device’s Amlogic SoC decodes H.265 and VP9 video formats, and the integrated Mali-450 MP5 GPU allows it to correctly stream many Android titles without problems.
You can use the Mi Box S to watch movies, series and sports, as well as listen to music and podcasts. The device is easy to use and supports voice search, which means you can find what you’re looking for in a flash.
Set up the Mi Box S
The first step in setting up your new streaming device is to connect it to a power socket and then to an HDMI cable from it to your TV. Once you have the cable connected, turn on the Mi Box S and it will then take you through the WiFi setup. The setup should only take a few minutes, so you can have it up and running in no time.
Using the remote
The remote that comes with the Mi Box S keeps buttons down to a minimum, enabling you to use your smartphone to control the device. The button layout is intuitive and it’s easy to navigate around with the Google Assistant built in.
It does have a few ‘clicky’ buttons that feel a bit stiff, but that’s not an issue for most users. It’s worth noting though that the remote doesn’t have any UK specific catch up apps such as iPlayer, ITV Hub or All 4.
The Mi Box S is a fantastic way to access a huge selection of streaming apps from your TV, but it is important to check that the ones you want are available on the platform before purchasing. It isn’t the most UK-friendly Android TV player, and it’s missing some key apps like NOW, BBC Sounds and ESPN. The good news is that you can download them from the Google Play Store if you need them, but it’s not the same experience as using a UK app on your own television.