Tech in Asia reports that Xiaomi has announced the beta launch of its wifi router. In this case, beta means you have to build the router yourself. Only 500 units are available at RMB 1 each.

Xiaomi has gained mass appeal in mainland China for its ability to satisfy users across the broad spectrum of Android, ranging from customization geeks to would-be Apple fans. Of course, the former group would likely be more interested in a build-it-yourself router than the latter. However, Xiaomi might be hoping that once this mundane hunk of silicon and plastic gets in the hands of a few dedicated users, excitement will spread, and so will the router.