Good to know about the Meross. Might have changed my mind if I'd have been able to find that out a month ago.
I think the Xiaomi app is so complicated because they do a lot of smart home automation with the same app (vacuum cleaners, lights, etc.).
But I agree with you 100%. It's overkill for a WiFi extender and it was one of the reasons I looked into the Meross repeater.
Luckily I have a spare phone with no sim card and no contacts on it so I just used that to set up the Xiaomi. You only need to set it up once, so then I deleted the app and can still use the repeater with any phone. It retains the settings after it has been disconnected from power, too.
Wish someone would do a head-to-head with the Meross and the the repeater Xiaomi with the Tello to know which is better. I'd even settle for a comparison using just with a WiFi signal tester.
I tried looking up specs on each but could only find specs for the Meross (see here - N300 Wi-Fi Range Extender_Meross). Couldn't find anything similar for the Xiaomi.
Just tried my new Xiaomi with my week old Tello and accidentally gave it a distance test. I lost visual but found it using the last frame of video captured 900ft. away! (measured on Google Maps) I don't think I want to go any further.
Windsurfing was my great hobby for 32 years. now I am 81 years old and it is too late filming me when surfing. Now me hobby
is our tello - for me a super drone. But flying over the sea I think it is not the best. I hope that DJi/Ryze bring a Tello 2 a little bit
bigger (but not the price). Excuse my bad English (German) there are so many years I learned it at School. Your hotte.surf
I have the Meross MRE 220. Very easy to install. No App needed.
First initial start:
Connect the MRE 220 with the powerbank
Connect the smartphone with the WIFI of the MRE220.
Start the tello wifi,
open meross.net in your Smartphone-browser
Select the Tello WIFI (the SSID you would like to "repeat") at meross.net and wait until the MRE220 finished the configuration
Connect Smartphone to the tello wifi-SSID
Procedure when you would like to fly
Start the tello
Connect the MRE 220 with the powerbank and wait till the LED Shows connection
Connect the Smartphone to the wifi-Tello SSID (if not done auomatically)
Start the tello app and have fun.
Video Quality is improved (less frame dropping) and also the range is extended. But i do not have made any range experiments yet.
I am very happy with this solution.
The Xiaomi repeater was no choice because one app is needed and the app send my personal data from the smartphone home to China. (no protection of data privacy )
I cannot see the problem that many have with the Xiaomi 2. Agreed it is a bit of a hassle at the beginning but when it is setup properly nothing could be easier as you do nothing. I just plug it into a power bank. Put it down near where I am going to fly. Attach phone to controller. Just a few touches on phone screen, look at repeater to check it is transmitting - it always is. How can that be hard ?