Xiaomi smart home how to start

Xiaomi smart home basic kit

Six, seven, eight hours. The lunch dishes did amazing tricks, then something clicked in the study, and a smoking cigar with a cap of soft gray ash suddenly appeared on a metal tripod near the fireplace, in which a cozy flame flared up.

Nine o’clock. Invisible wires warmed the sheets It was cold here at night.

Nine-zero-five. A voice came from the ceiling of the office:

Mrs. McLellan, what poem would you like to hear today?

Ray Bradbury, “It’s Gonna Rain Softly.”.

Ever since I was a child, being read fantasy novels, I dreamed that one day I would have my own smart house. The prospects of it covered my head, forcing me to think of scenarios of interaction with this house and imagine a far-off wonderful future, where everything will certainly be automatic. Since then a little more than 30 years have passed, and today anyone can get their hands on the system, with the help of which you can build that same smart house.

So when an opportunity came up to try such a system from the well-known company Xiaomi, I, without thinking twice, agreed.

It was decided to start with a basic kit, including a basic gateway and several sensors. It comes in a nice cardboard box. At first I even thought it was a gift set.

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In addition to the gateway, the kit includes a smart outlet, multi-function button, motion/volume sensor, and door opener. Inside the box, all this magnificence is placed in separate cells and gives the right impression: you take out the elements, feeling you are Agent 007 who is getting ready to assemble the next technological marvel, so you do everything unhurriedly and thoroughly, savoring the moment.

The first inspection. you twist from all sides, assessing the quality of assembly and materials. There is a complete order with this. everything is very neat, no unkempt seams, sharp corners and imperfections. The materials are also pleasing. dense, high-quality white and gray plastic without extraneous odors.

On the side there is a tongue for which you can pull out a cardboard envelope, inside of which, in turn, there is a brief instruction, a set of removable adhesive strips for sensors and a paper clip for the activation of pairing. That’s actually all.

In the instruction, we find a QR-code and use it to download the application Mi Home. You can also find it on Google Play or the App Store by searching.

Looking ahead, I must say that the application is not perfect, especially in terms of translation. you can often find items in Chinese. Despite this, all intuitive and does not cause difficulties. after sitting for 5-10 minutes and poking at the menu items and buttons on the modules, you understand what’s what. However if you want to get the maximum comfort and are not ready to put up with lurking hieroglyphs, you can go straight to 4pda, to the appropriate forum topic. There you can download the modified and completely translated application.


A white plastic washer in a minimalist design with a single button, holes in the speaker and light sensor. This is the basis of the whole smart home. In a house there can be several in each room different.

Next on the list is the volume/motion sensor.

A very small sensor that looks like an astronaut’s helmet. Works remotely, powered by a standard CR2450 cell. Can be installed anywhere. The main thing is to put it with its visor to the tracked area.

Door/window opening/closing sensor.

It works on the principle of a reed. Accordingly, it must be installed so that one part stays on the jamb and the other on the door. Doesn’t matter where the part is. In my case, the sensor monitors the front door and it looks like this:

Multifunctional button.

Supports one or two short-press and one long-press automation setup. Also works on a battery CR2450. Mounts with Velcro (double sided tape). Lightweight and comfortable, with a clear click.

Can serve as an intermediate hub, broadcasting the signal from the gateway, and thus increasing the range of the gateway. Has a button on the body that can be used to forcibly turn it off, or turn it on regardless of the gateway. Comfortable, but a little massive. And the need to use an adapter makes it even more.

This is actually all there is in the kit. Other sensors, such as humidity and temperature sensors, can be purchased separately.

The house is in operation

The first thing you need to connect is, of course, the gateway, which will interact with your smart home. In advance, stock up on adapters from Chinese plugs to European. all the elements that have plugs, have their Chinese version.

But before we go any further, a couple of words about the protocol on which the smart home elements work. ZigBee. This is a superstructure on top of the IEEE 802.15.4., which is essentially a separate, energy-efficient wireless network. Alas, your smartphone does not support this protocol, so control sensors and elements of the system directly from your smartphone does not work. you need an intermediary in the form of the gateway. The smartphone communicates with the gateway, which in turn sends commands to the sensors. Speaking of energy efficiency, as it was mentioned above, most of the sensors run on standard CR2450 batteries, which should last about a year, so all is well here.

In our case, the gateway from the manufacturer Mijia, has LED lighting with different colors of diodes, online radio, a speaker that acts as an alarm, radio, alarm clock, doorbell, as well as a light sensor, which can be used to automate some processes.

So we plug the gateway, press the button on the gateway (the light will turn on) and launch the application on your smartphone.

Be prepared for the gateway to talk to you in Chinese and be quite loud when you are setting it up. don’t be alarmed.

The app will ask you to connect to an existing Wi-Fi network. You need it to remotely control your smart home.

Then you have to hold your phone up to the gateway for them to recognize each other. This process reminds me of meeting dogs who sniff each other for the first time.

After connecting the gateway, the application will offer to update the firmware of the device.

Now a couple of words about what settings the gateway has:

Inside the app, the gateway has three main tabs.

It, in turn, has three more tabs:

  • First and foremost. arming. With a single click you can arm the gateway.
  • In the next window will be the radio control buttons (the radios are Chinese).
  • And finally, the gateway backlight control window, where you can change the color as well as the brightness of the glow.

Unfortunately, the radio stations are only Chinese. To enable Russian radio stations, you need to fiddle with the application. Where can this be done? That’s right, on the 4pda forum. The radio can be used as an alarm clock.

Below is a list of intermediate devices connected directly from the gateway, allowing you to broadcast the signal from the gateway further. In our case it is a socket, which you can turn on and off right at the touch of a button.

It contains the settings of notification (alarm), control of the automatic nightlight mode, timer, alarm clock, as well as settings of the doorbell.

Below in this window you will see previously configured automation conditions and can manage these settings.

The third window Devices.

Here you can see the list of all devices connected to the application, starting with the gateway. In this window you can manage the sensors, as well as add new or delete existing ones. You can see the same list in the form of tiles on the main page of the application.

When the gateway and the phone find each other you can start connecting peripheral devices to the gateway.

You can do it manually, by selecting your gadget from the impressive list or by automatic search in the form of radar, which will display available sensors for connection.

To pair the sensor over it is necessary to do additional manipulation. to find a hole on the body (do not get confused, there can be several. the right one is signed) and included paper clip poke into the hole, holding the pressure for about three seconds, until the sensor will not start flashing LED, then you can stop poking the paper clip. To make it easier to find the hole, you will see thumbnails on the screen during the pairing, telling you where to press.

After a few seconds the gateway will cheerfully notify you of a successful connection, saying a cheerful phrase in Chinese, and in the app the list of available sensors will show the newly connected one.

This should be done with all sensors that you want to use.

Once everything is connected, you can begin to configure.

The setting, on the one hand, is not the most intuitive, some of the menus are not translated from English, and some are not even from Chinese, and you have to apply the method of scientific priming. On the other hand, once its logic becomes clear, everything goes like clockwork.

Among the settings, you can set certain conditions, the fulfillment or absence of which will result in certain actions.

In addition to the settings, in the menu of the application you can also view the log of the automation record of the triggered settings from the sensors.

In my case, I have configured the available elements as follows:

  • The motion sensor is installed near the bed and works as a nightlight (gateway light) switch in the bedroom. It only works at night, starting at 0:00 a.m. and ending at 6:00 a.m. So if someone gets out of bed at night, the sensor turns the lights on and turns them off if there’s no movement for two minutes.
  • Door opening sensor acts as an alarm system and sends a notification to a smartphone if someone opens the door while it is armed and forgets to disable/not disarm it afterwards.
  • The smart outlet includes a pilot in the kitchen, which powers the kitchen laptop, monitor, and a couple other appliances. The outlet can be controlled from the app.
  • The multifunctional button performs several functions at once:
  • one-touch. turns on the security mode, after which I have a few seconds to get out of the house and close the door;
  • A double tap will turn off or on the outlet to which the pilot is connected, which includes the computer, monitor, which are in the kitchen, and other appliances. At first I plugged a mosquito repellent into this outlet that just ran on a schedule, but then I thought it was wasteful to use a smart device just for mosquito control;
  • Triple click disables the armed mode.

When setting up the sensors, you’ll be prompted to choose their location among preset options, such as the living room, etc.д., or create your own location and name it whatever you like. This proves useful when you have multiple gateways responsible for your sensor pool in different rooms. By the way, sensors connected to one gateway will not be controlled from another gateway.

The list of potentially connectable devices is vast. you can select sensors for a wide variety of conditions and scenarios. At the moment, all the sensors are made by two manufacturers. aqara and Mijia. In addition, judging from the list, almost all smart appliances produced by Xiaomi and its partners can be connected to the gateway, which makes this system very flexible and comprehensive. But do not forget about the limitations. one gateway supports about 30 sensors. However, there are assurances in the network that someone managed to connect 50 or more sensors to one gateway.

With so many sensors available, you can come up with a wide variety of automation scenarios.

How about a scenario where you have a Xiaomi air purifier that only turns on when the windows are closed, and automatically turns off when the windows are open for more than one minute?? This can easily be arranged with an open/close sensor located on the window and connected to the airlock along with the air purifier. Or, for example, if the temperature in the house is higher than you want, the information about it comes to the gateway from a wireless temperature sensor, and then the gateway gives the command to switch on the air conditioner and after the temperature decreases to the necessary one, it switches off the air conditioner. And it all happens automatically.

But besides convenience, you can put the system on the guard against leaks, by installing leak detectors in the right places, which will inform you if they occur. You can imagine so many scenarios. Just make sure you have enough sensors.

Convenient? That’s a good one. Expensive? And here we come to the most interesting part. the price. In Russian retail you can buy a basic set of Xiaomi smart home for about 5,000, which, you must agree, not expensive for the opportunity to find out today what it is like to live in an automated home, which before you only had to read about in science fiction novels.

Xiaomi Mi Home Security Camera 360°: everything under control

A camera with remote access functionality will come in handy not only in the office or on a guarded territory. It will complement your home security system. if you notice motion, the accessory will automatically create a record, which together with the notification will be sent directly to your smartphone. With the device you can also easily track what the pet is doing in the absence of the owners. Replaces the useful device and baby monitor. Children stay at home while parents are visiting? The device is equipped with a speaker and a microphone and can be used for two-way communication.

Xiaomi Mi Home Security Camera 360°, thanks to a special rotating design with two actuators, provides a complete all-round view. Vertical angle of the lens is 96 degrees. Everything works almost silently without disturbing your sleep at night. Foreseen and the possibility of ceiling mount. after such a procedure will only need to turn the picture in a mobile app for Android or iOS.

The device can store recorded videos both in the cloud and on a local microSD card. In the latter case, it’s worth setting up a sync with your home or work network attached storage (NAS) so you don’t have to worry about running out of memory. With a smartphone or tablet, it’s easy to browse through an archive of all the recordings, using accelerated playback if necessary.

Silly smart home. Part 3, IKEA vs. Xiaomi

You can love or hate IKEA’s approach to home furnishing, but the fact is that Ingvar Kamprad’s brainchild has become a worldwide phenomenon. The average design “for everyone”, a clever approach to design, excellent logistics and clever marketing have all led to the fact that furniture and decor from Ikea can be found in the United States or Germany, as well as in Singapore or India.

Countries with open and planned IKEA stores

For its part, the philosophy of China’s Xiaomi is based in part on the same principles. The “best quality for the least money” approach, presence in as many market segments as possible, a focus on online and a powerful logistics system. these factors have turned a small startup for developing alternative firmware into the industry giant that Xiaomi is today. Xiaomi brand recognition has not yet reached IKEA’s level, and their businesses overlap only in some segments. But in one of them, the Chinese company is ahead of its rival by several cases. It’s the home technology segment, particularly the smart home.

Of course, today’s comparison is unequal. “Ikea opened its Tradfri line of home automation devices only two years after the launch of Xiaomi’s Mi Home system. For this reason (but not only) smart appliances from the Chinese company are hundreds of products in a huge number of segments, while the Swedes offer only basic options. Therefore, as in the previous material of the cycle, we will not look for a “winner”, but simply consider the two systems in terms of their strengths and weaknesses.

System architecture

The architecture of IKEA’s Home Smart system is uncomplicated. The center of the system is a gateway that links devices via Zigbee. It connects to a router over a wire, thus connecting all devices to the home network. This approach has its advantages. Firstly, it does not overload the Wi-Fi channel with extra connections. Second, Zigbee-based devices consume less power, which gives them a longer battery life. The disadvantages are also obvious: the need to buy a hub, the dependence of all devices on it. Interestingly, a gateway is not a prerequisite for Tradfri devices. For example, a simple remote control of a single light bulb can be obtained by simply connecting a proprietary remote directly to it. Smartphone control and automation won’t be available, but that’s enough for someone.

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IKEA has recently added Wi-Fi devices to its ecosystem, including two Symfonisk music speakers developed in conjunction with Sonos. They carry the full functionality of the manufacturer’s speakers. AirPlay 2, multi-room, streaming services, TruePlay. There’s no support for Google and Amazon voice assistants, so they’re not suitable for controlling home automation. But they can participate in this very automation through scripting. By the way, Home Smart also integrates with other Sonos speakers. It is enough for the Tradfri Gateway and the speakers to be connected to the same router.

Xiaomi’s system is much more versatile. There are also Zigbee devices with a connection to the gateway: most sensors, light bulbs, outlets and switches. There are several locks, by the way. The most popular of these, the Mijia Gateway, plugs directly into an outlet and is something between a nightlight and a radio spot. It can take part in the automation itself: measure light levels, enable customizable backlighting, trigger radio stations. But its main function is to connect several devices of the same protocol to a common network. You can connect up to 64 devices in total.

Another variation of the gateway is the Aqara Gateway, externally similar to the first. Inside, the differences are also minimal. they only removed support for Internet radio. But it comes in a version with a European plug (no need for adapters) and, most importantly, supports integration into the Apple Homekit system. But more about that later.

The third gateway variant, Aqara A/C Companion, has not found much popularity outside of China. It looks like a socket for connecting equipment with a “Chinese” plug, but instead of backlighting received infrared LEDs. It serves as a universal remote control for appliances that do not have Wi-Fi connection.

In addition to Zigbee, Xiaomi also has standalone Wi-Fi devices. Basically, it is a complex technique that requires a wide channel for data transfer: robot vacuum cleaners, refrigerators, multivars and so on. But there are also simple light bulbs/sockets. If you’re building a “smart home on the bare minimum,” without complex scenarios, they can be quite an option. You do not need to buy a gateway, but all communication will occur over the Internet, without the possibility of local control.

Mi Home also has a number of Bluetooth devices. Generally, these are auxiliary things. sensors, remotes, and so on. There are also door locks with Bluetooth. All of them can be connected directly to a smart phone, and many have their own separate app. If there is a need to control them remotely and not connect them every time to your phone, you can use a Bluetooth-gateway. In addition to an independent hub, this function can be performed by some other devices of the ecosystem. For example, the Mijia Bedside Lamp and Smartmi Air Humidifier.


As for the development of the ecosystem, there is an absolute superiority of the Chinese company’s products. First, Xiaomi itself produces a large number of “smart” things under the brand name Mijia, although these are not always home devices. For example, there are scooters and action cameras. But it’s the products from other companies integrating into the system that really bring out the Mi Home: Aqara, Smartmi, Viomi, Roborock, Yeelight, and others. Many of them are 100% “daughters” of Xiaomi’s parent division, some are only partially, some are independent.

Together they form a vast ecosystem that touches virtually every aspect of home life. Lighting, home security, climate control, laundry, cleaning, cooking, food storage, watching movies, and anything else Xiaomi has devices for everything. No manufacturer offers such a complete solution for home automation. Most of these devices know how to interact with each other in one way or another, and it’s all through the Mi Home app.

The IKEA ecosystem pales in comparison. All of the few Tradfri devices are manufactured by the company itself, and the proprietary gateway does not support other devices with Zigbee. Funny how the Mijia hub can control IKEA bulbs, but the IKEA gateway can’t control Xiaomi bulbs. The only third-party manufacturer allowed into the Home Smart system is Sonos, mentioned above. The list of features that IKEA offers at the moment is short. The most popular. control of lighting: light bulbs with different bases and color temperatures, spotlights and LED strips. Other than that, there are only remotely unplugged outlets (as separate adapters) and electric roller blinds.

Cross-platform, voice control

Funny how Xiaomi’s system loses out to Home Smart in support for different platforms. Technically, Mi Home has support for Google and Amazon voice assistants. But for various reasons, only a few devices actually work with these interfaces. At least you can control them with Google Home in Russian. Recently, Xiaomi devices are also controlled by Yandex Alice, but support is limited there as well. The Chinese company has its own voice control system XiaoAI and actively promotes it in new products. But in the near future, it does not even expect to support the English language, not to mention the Russian.

True, Mi Home is relatively easy to integrate with Apple’s Homekit system. There is only one “but”: only Aqara Gateway can be used as a gateway. Its main disadvantage is the lack of support for some devices. If the “basic” Mijia gateway supports all Xiaomi Zigbee devices, in the case of this one you have to check compatibility first and then buy.

The situation is saved by the popularity of the Xiaomi ecosystem outside of China and a large community of independent developers. For example, thanks to them, Xiaomi sensors, buttons, and lights can be connected to the hub Samsung Smartthings. Also thanks to them, most devices from Xiaomi can work in “alternative” automation systems: Domoticz, Home Assistant, OpenHAB, and so on. Whether the Chinese company will always turn a blind eye to this, or will ever release firmware with such features disabled, it’s impossible to say for sure. But thanks to a huge community, Xiaomi’s smart home devices can be integrated almost anywhere.

But the Tradfri line is much more “friendly. Gateway fully supports major voice control systems: Amazon Alexa, Google Home, Apple Homekit. Similarly, without the help of third-party developers, the system from IKEA integrates perfectly into Samsung Smartthings and other Zigbee systems.

Internet connectivity, scenarios

At the moment, the Home Smart system cannot be controlled remotely without connecting external services. All the capabilities of the proprietary app are limited to management within the local network. But the choice of Zigbee protocol allowed the developers to make a fully autonomous system that does not require an internet connection at all. And in some cases the gateway is not even necessary.

IKEA wireless bulb and dimmer kit that doesn’t require a connection to the gateway

The automated scripts are present in the system, but they are few, and the user can’t create his own. For example, you can control a group of light bulbs with a single motion sensor or dimmer. There is an option of “light alarm clock”. lighting turns on half an hour before set time at minimum brightness and gradually increases it. There is a “no one home” scenario. during the absence of the owners, the lights in the house will periodically turn on, creating the illusion of the presence of people. But overall, the system from IKEA is still more about comfortable control than a powerful automation system with a bunch of parameters. But when you consider the scope of this company and its credibility in home improvement, you can also imagine its continued growth. Fortunately, Home Smart makes some groundwork for that.

And there is no need to imagine the growth of Mi Home, it has already grown to a huge size, giving the owner a lot of opportunities for automation. Trigger for triggering scenarios here can be a device (sensor, button, remote), as well as various external factors (weather outside, time of dawn/sunset, time of day and day of week). Scenarios can be set to run only at certain times and on certain days of the week. For example, in the daytime the motion sensor will turn on the lamp in the hallway at full power, and at night. to a minimum.

Most importantly, the scenarios here can also interact. You can tell the system to start one scenario only when another triggers. For example, with a lamp in the hallway: the motion sensor will only turn it on as long as the “someone is home” scenario is running, based on the smart lock and door opener.

Remote control is excellent. you can manage your devices and change the scenarios even when you are on the other side of the world. But there is a big disadvantage of Xiaomi system. even if you are in the same Wi-Fi network with the “smart” home devices, you can not control them without the Internet. All communication takes place via remote servers, usually Chinese ones. In the application you can choose other official servers (including Russian ones), but the number of supported devices is extremely low. That is why most users have to choose a server in China.

There is only one type of offline interaction in the system. These are “local” scenarios (LAN scenes) that are stored in the gateway itself. Scenarios in Mi Home are considered local, if the involved devices communicate with the gateway via Zigbee. For example, a room switch and a chandelier in this pairing will interact even without network, but it is impossible to configure them. The only option not to depend on remote servers is to raise your own home server and use “alternative” automation systems.

Both of the systems in question play in the lower price segment, and you can’t say that the devices from these manufacturers are made poorly. On the contrary, they are becoming more and more popular because of the excellent quality for the low cost. The cost of similar devices from two manufacturers is plus or minus the same.

But Russian user will face the fact that both systems are not fully present on our market. With Xiaomi everything is more or less clear. Chinese sites have long been selling these devices, and Russian users have no problem buying them there. There are some products from the Mi Home system in official retail, too, but their selection is very limited and the price is sometimes higher than the same product with delivery from China.

But the availability of purchase does not necessarily mean ease of use. Some products for the Chinese domestic market do not even have an English-language interface, let alone a Russian-language one. For example, the Internet radio only works with Chinese stations, adding other stations to it is a complicated task. Until recently, the Mi Home app didn’t even have the option to set a time zone other than Chinese. The developers on the forums are actively translating applications and modifying them, but this all looks like “crutches” that worsen the user experience. The same can be said about “alternative” automation systems, they are still too complicated for the average buyer to want to mess with it.

With the system from IKEA, the situation is also ambiguous. Many devices of the Tradfri line, including the main gateway, are simply not available in the network’s Russian stores. At the moment we have available only bulbs and drivers for LED strips, which can be linked to a wireless dimmer. And it doesn’t even remotely resemble the automation that is available to U.S. users, for example.

Let’s say, you can buy everything on eBay, but the Home Smart app is not available in Russia yet. Every time an update is released, it is such a pleasure to download the APK file from obscure sites. Changing the region in the App Store is too painful, and doing it because of IKEA alone doesn’t make sense.

So we come to the conclusion that both of today’s systems, despite their cheapness and convenience, are more like entertainment for enthusiasts. Those who are willing to bypass complexities in order to automate routine processes in their home. These are not yet products for the average user, at least in our country. But given the pace of development of both the segment as a whole and the two companies in question, you can imagine that this will change very soon. It is quite possible, that exactly due to their initiatives home automation systems will become the mass phenomenon and we will see the long promised era of “Internet of things.

Have you used the “smart” home systems from Xiaomi and IKEA, what kind of impressions do you have left with them?? Which system would you prefer, or maybe neither?? If you would like to express your views on this topic, welcome to the Комментарии и мнения владельцев!

The company produces both individual devices, and various kits, designed to implement a smart home system. At the head of the smart home is the gateway, which integrates the devices and transmits information between them. By installing a set of devices you can set a scenario for the system to act in different situations, whether it is a water leak or a break in the house.

So you can make your home comfortable and safe.

The devices are controlled through a special Mi Home app, to which you need to add all your devices after registration.

Temperature and Humidity Sensor

Optimal temperature and humidity are essential for a comfortable living environment and the well-being of the inhabitants of the house. The Xiaomi MiJia sensor with the following set of features has been developed to effectively control these parameters:

  • Synchronization with the Mi Home app, which allows you to control the air parameters from anywhere in the world (for which you need an additional Bluetooth gateway).
  • The environmental conditions are monitored with high-sensitivity built-in sensors (the measurements are carried out with an accuracy of 0.1˚C and 0.1% humidity). Results are updated once per second.
  • Sensor only makes sense when working in conjunction with a humidifier and heater. Xiaomi MiJia directs the devices when the host’s set temperature and humidity changes.
  • Xiaomi MiJia sensor will prove useful as an impromptu security system: sudden changes in temperature and humidity can warn of plumbing, heating or air conditioning failure.
  • Changes of air parameters are tracked during the day, week or month and measurement charts are created in the app for visibility.

Smart button

The wireless Smart Button controls a variety of smart home scenarios, its operation is programmable at the user’s discretion. The manufacturer offers two varieties of devices:

  • From MiJia. A round button that supports three conditions: click, double click and long click.
  • From Aqara. A square shaped button, presented in two variants: with the support of two or three conditions.

Using Smart Button gives you the ability to quickly get the whole system up and running. For example, a single tap can turn on the lights and heat, and a double tap activates the security system.

Xiaomi Smart Home. Where to start

In 2020, you’re unlikely to find someone who doesn’t know Xiaomi exists. The Chinese manufacturer started with smartphones, and now it’s deeply embedded in almost every area of life. Almost any gadget you can think of is likely produced either by Xiaomi itself or one of its more than a hundred sub-brands and ODM manufacturers. Among the products of the Xiaomi ecosystem you will find not only smart home sensors, but also many appliances in all sorts of variations: from humidifier and refrigerator, to a smart toilet or a smart door.

Such a wide range of devices often confuses the buyer. It’s not easy to immediately understand how a smart home system works and where to start so as not to buy an unnecessary thing. With this we will deal in this article.

At the moment, the largest and most technologically advanced smart home systems are considered to be Google Home, Apple HomeKit, Amazon Alexa and Xiaomi with Mijia and Aqara directions. Some gadgets can work together with devices from another ecosystem, but here you need to look at the specific gadget when buying.

Devices from the smart home system can be divided into several types:

Controllers collect data and give commands to sensors; Sensors record changes in various indicators and send information to the controller; Devices all appliances that start working at the controller’s command.

It should be understood that the meaning of a smart home is not in the simple purchase of a set of sensors, but in the possibility of full automation of several smart devices, where the sensors will be only triggers. The functionality of sensors without a link to devices is very small. If the open door sensor can still send a signal to your phone about the unexpected opening of the door, the temperature sensor is useless without air conditioning or other devices.

It implies that you have assembled a specific set of devices, set up and run the script, and the gadgets will perform it on their own. For example, you come home from work, open the door, and the apartment automatically turned on the light, the air purifier and humidifier started working, the curtains closed, and the kettle began to heat water for tea. The opposite is true in the morning: before waking up, the night light turns on a soft light, the curtains open, and the coffee machine makes delicious morning coffee. After you leave for work, the apartment is guarded by sensors recording movement, water leaks, gas leaks, open windows and doors, and the IP camera sends video to your phone if something is wrong.

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The master controller communicates with the Mi Home app on your smartphone via Wi-Fi, and with most devices mostly through a special ZigBee protocol. This protocol works independently of Wi-Fi and transmits accurate information from devices without losing anything along the way. Some devices can communicate with your smartphone directly via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. The entire Xiaomi smart home system is configurable through the Mi Home app for iOS and Android.

Recall that in order to work a smart home, you must have a Wi-Fi router to set up a connection between the main controller and the Mi Home app, otherwise nothing will work. Xiaomi routers are a great help with this.

The main controller to control your smart home

The main controller or in other words the gateway is the most important element in the smart home system. It collects all the data from sensors and appliances, and monitors their work. You do not give commands to the sensors directly, the main gateway communicates with them. But you communicate with the default gateway through the Mi Home app. Most sensors are connected via the ZigBee protocol, which is energy efficient enough that the sensors will run on a small battery for about a year or even two.

By the way, some gateways additionally act as a nightlight, door lock, alarm system and even a radio. Gateway Aquarium is equipped with an IR remote control, through which you can control appliances from your phone as a remote control. Note that the Mijia gateways work with Xiaomi appliances, and the Aqara gateways also support Apple HomeKit. At the same time, all Xiaomi sensors fit into any of the gateways.

The gateway, of course, is an important element of a smart home, but without sensors it’s like without hands. The Xiaomi ecosystem has many kinds of sensors, and periodically this family is updated with new or updated versions. Let’s take a brief look at the most popular sensors that have already fallen in love with the Russian user

Xiaomi Mi Smart Home Occupancy Sensor

A very simple sensor that triggers when it detects motion within a radius of 7 meters. Needed mainly to turn on dimmed lights on smart bulbs or LED lights when you go to the bathroom at night. Used in conjunction with IP cameras as a security measure. Sensor detects movement, camera sends video to phone.

Xiaomi Aqara Sensor Zigbee temperature and humidity sensor for Mi Smart Home

The sensor monitors temperature, humidity and atmospheric pressure and sends notifications to your phone through the Mi Home app. Used for climate control. When the humidity drops, it switches on the humidifier, when the temperature drops, it switches on the heater, when the temperature rises, and so on, depending on your preference.

Mi Window And Door Sensor

Another simple sensor consisting of two parts, one of which is attached to the door or window, and the second to the frame. Sends a signal when one part of the sensor moves away from the other. Can be used to turn on lights when you enter your home or to trigger an IP camera recording when you are not home and someone else is in the house.

Xiaomi Aqara Flood Sensor

The sensor is placed close to a place where water leakage is possible, such as under a bathtub or kitchen sink. When triggered, it sends a notification to your phone, triggers an alarm on the gateway, and anything else depending on your settings.

Xiaomi Mijia Honeywell Smoke Detector

In general, this sensor can even save your life by alerting you in time to a gas leak. Works on the same principle as the water leak detector. Detects a gas leak, sends a notification and triggers an alarm.

Outlets are easy, too. You can turn them on and off either manually from your phone or by preset scenarios in Mi Home. You might ask why you need to unplug at all. Have you ever caught yourself obsessively thinking that you forgot to turn off your iron?? By the way, the outlets can turn on the lights on a schedule in the evening to make it look like you’re home from the street. Sounds ridiculous, but still.

Switches are available in several versions with different numbers of keys, connection method (wired or wireless) and the presence of the so-called zero line. Note that a switch without a neutral line is not able to participate in a full automation scenario and will not be able to transmit statistics on energy consumption, and can only control lighting remotely or on a timer. If you want to incorporate a switch into a smart home system and be able to control normal lighting, then buy a wired switch with a zero line.

A truly extensive product line that includes table lamps, chandeliers, light bulbs, nightlights, LED strips and even flashlights. Almost all light fixtures are actively included in a smart home system and have flexible settings. Table lamps boast vision protection systems, emitting soft light without blue Spectra. And the LED strip can be configured not only to turn on at night on the way to the toilet, but also to turn on the color music mode during a small home disco. Nightlights, apart from their looks and ability to display any color, will help children fall asleep or just give off a soft dim light when watching a movie in the evening.

There are as many IP cameras in the Xiaomi IP camera ecosystem as there are smart lighting fixtures. There are models with 2K video recording and rotating mechanisms, and there are very budget versions. Some IP cameras have a built-in baby monitor function that can be used to communicate with family at home or keep an eye on your child. The cameras can be installed on almost any surface and set to save video to a hard drive attached to a router.

This was by no means a complete list of Xiaomi smart devices that you can build into your smart home system. In fact, you can set up any scenario in the Mi Home app, everything is limited only by your imagination and enthusiasm. over, on the Xiaomi crowdfunding site almost daily new devices appear, which means there will be even more ways to make your home smarter.

Xiaomi Mi Smart Home: a review from a real user!

The pros and cons of smart devices Mi Smart Home? Can Xiaomi compete on an equal footing with European Vera Control, Qubino and other manufacturers of smart homes based on the Z-Wave ecosystem? Read a review and comparison from our user!

Friends, the article by our subscriber Six months with a Z-Wave smart home: review and hints of a common user aroused great interest among the readers of My Household. We continue to publish a series of user reviews about smart homes. Recently the same subscriber sent us another post. This time a comparison of Z-Wave smart homes and Xiaomi’s ecosystem. Traditionally, we publish the note as is, with photos of the author!

Recently I had a chance to compare Z-Wave-based smart home with a ZigBee-based system. specifically, a variation of the ZigBee offered by Xiaomi. I send you my feedback.

A word or two for those who did not read my first post. For more than half a year a Z-Wave smart home based on the VeraSecure controller has been working in my house. The system signals a loose front door, monitors for possible water leaks, notifies if the kids are back from their walks on time, controls the lights and heating. It all adds up to comfort and peace of mind.

VeraSecure controller with Z-Wave support has served me for over six months

Recently I had the idea to automate the city apartment where my mother lives. Retired person. So, first of all, I want to make her life a little more comfortable. And secondly it is a good idea to be aware of any alarming situations that she might encounter at home. But without overprotection. Keeping track of your loved ones every step is not a good idea. That’s why webcams, microphones, etc.п. Not my option.

What exactly did I want to get from automation in my parent’s apartment?

  • To monitor movement in my apartment. The purpose is to automatically notify me of a long (for hours) absence of motion in the rooms. And in the daytime, when my mom is in the apartment and the smart home is not set in alarm mode.
  • 24-hour notification of leaks in the bathroom, bathroom and kitchen. It’s pretty self-explanatory.
  • Automation of lighting, at least in the hallway, bathroom and toilet.
  • The function of the alarm button. I want to give my mom the ability to send me a one-touch emergency alert. But only in addition to a regular phone, not as a replacement for it. As a backup notification channel when no other means are available.

After weighing the pros and cons, I decided to try a smart home by Xiaomi. Ask why not the tried and well-proven Z-Wave smart home based on the Vera controller? The main reason is that my mom is not a friend of technology from the word “real”. So I wanted a system that is not sorry to put back in the box and throw on the attic if my mother flatly refuses to use a smart home.

The Xiaomi starter kit I bought on sale was perfect for this experiment. I decided that if my mom likes the very idea of a smart home, then either leave the Xiaomi, or replace the system with the familiar Vera controller and sensors c supporting Z-Wave technology. Getting ahead of myself, I chose the second option.

Here is what I bought. The best part lies in the maroon box: the Xiaomi smart home starter kit.

Comparison of a Xiaomi smart home with a Z-Wave smart home

About the starter kit smart home Xiaomi will not tell much. In Russia it has long been sold on the Internet about the Xiaomi Smart Home there are hundreds of reviews. Google. I will only say that the kit includes a smart home controller, a smart overhead outlet, a motion sensor, an open/close door sensor and a smart button. The controller supports ZigBee, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, has a built-in light sensor, LED nightlight and a speaker. The latter works as a siren and plays internet radio (without installing homemade Chinese firmware). In addition to the starter kit I bought some smart outlets, a couple of smart buttons, and two smart Yeelight lamps.

This is what the contents of the starting kit looks like smart home Xiaomi

And now it goes to the impressions of Xiaomi smart home and its comparison with Z-Wave. As usual, I only share my personal observations, without claiming to be the absolute truth.


Xiaomi smart home devices themselves look great. Quality housing assembly, nice touch plastic, good design. You can choose any color, as long as it’s white I have no complaints to Xiaomi. Or rather, I wouldn’t have, if it weren’t for one but I’ll tell you about it below.

This is how the Xiaomi smart home controller looks from a full-face. Handsome, no doubt. But scroll down a bit and take a look at “portrait in profile”.

Connecting the controller and Xiaomi smart outlets to the power grid

Unlike the Vera Secure controller and Philio or Zipato Z-Wave-based overhead outlets, the Xiaomi controller and outlets have no European plugs. I’ll say more: the Xiaomi Mi Smart Home has none at all. The company focuses primarily on the Chinese market of smart homes. Knowing that, I bought inexpensive adapters for European sockets beforehand, and then threw them in the trash. My advice: buy expensive and high quality adapters. Otherwise the controller and the smart sockets will hang out in them, and a bad contact fraught with malfunction devices, overheating, etc.п. Quality adapters are not the cheapest pleasure. Although, it would seem, why?? After all, these are simple devices. In general, the savings will not work, do not even try. expensive for yourself.

The most annoying thing is that because of the adapters Xiaomi overhead gadgets instantly lose their luxurious look. They stick out of the walls like untidy foreign outgrowths. What’s worse, there is a risk of accidentally touching, for example, the controller and pulling it out of the socket. With my Z-Wave overhead devices and their European plugs there are no such problems at all. Everything is attached securely and neatly from the start.

Here’s a promised view of the Xiaomi controller in profile. The square base is the adapter to the European socket. Sticks out of the wall like some kind of mushroom. You can unplug it from the socket.

Adding devices to the smart home network

The devices in the starter kit understand that they belong to the same smart grid, right out of the box. That’s a plus. Additional devices are added to the network via the Mi Home mobile app. The procedure is not much different from adding devices to the Z-Wave network. But there are a few things I’ll talk about later.

Configuring and debugging the Xiaomi smart home network

As soon as you start setting up your home network and debugging scenarios, Xiaomi starts to show its stubborn Chinese nature. Setup is done through the Mi Home app and only through it. I’m not going to describe in detail how many YouTube reviews, articles and forum posts I had to dig through, what options to try and configure the devices, and how much time I spent on debugging the scenarios. I will say in short: China is China ☹.

Here are some hard-earned tips on setting up. Read this and decide for yourself, is it worth the hassle?

  • Choose the English interface language right away, not Russian. The English version is much fuller. With Russian, you’ll easily run into Chinese characters, especially when adding new gadgets to the network. Now they will tell me: download the home-made Russian localization from the forum 4PDA, put the smartphone root access, install the software, reboot. Thank you, I don’t need to.
  • While registering devices on the network, the controller may sometimes tell you something in Chinese. Nothing can be done about it. Just ignore and watch the notifications on the screen.

Selecting the region and language in the Mi Home app

Speaking of voice. The Mi Home app has a voice assistant. Similar to Google Assistant, but only understands Chinese. As a joke, I memorized the phrase Turn off the bedroom light in Chinese. Works the fifth time. But if you type the same phrase in Russian in the Google Translator, translate it to Chinese, put it in Chinese and put the smartphone to the speakers, it works. That’s a shame! I thought I had an awesome Beijing pronunciation. But seriously, the voice assistant is completely useless. Turn off the switch Allow Voice Control and forget it.

  • In the list of servers, when you connect the controller, choose Mainland China. If there is also an option in the menu of some peripherals “Location”, then select China there as well. Paradoxically, if you choose any other server, the functionality of many gadgets will be incomplete, and some of the functions and scripts will simply refuse to work. I had this with the Yeelight smart lights, for example.
  • Select the same time zone in the application for each device, for example GMT 3. Otherwise the devices will think they are located in Beijing. And then, if you have time-based automation scripts, they will be triggered by Beijing’s time zone.
  • In the Mi Home app, turn off geolocation. Otherwise, again welcome to the Celestial Empire with its time zones, at least for some devices.

When you update firmware, it’s best to check if the location and time zone settings have been confused. Updates come out almost every month. And yes, be prepared for surprises. For instance, one of my scenarios had its start time set to Moscow, and the end time set to Beijing, taking into account the difference. Why? Because otherwise the script simply didn’t want to work properly. Then, after another update, the start and end time became Moscow time. Had to edit the script again manually set the end time of the script activity, but now with an honest time in Moscow.

While I was writing this post, another update of the Xiaomi smart home controller came. They’re getting a little too frequent.

  • When creating automation scripts, it is better to set their execution in the local network (LAN). Most simple scenarios allow you to do this. If the script runs not locally, but through the Chinese cloud, there may be serious delays. It depends on your luck. By the way, if the automation scripts don’t require access to the cloud and are run via LAN, they also work without Internet connection. This is a plus. But remember, without Internet you will not receive notifications on your smartphone, and you will not be able to control your smart house remotely.

What can I say, in my Z-Wave network with VeraSecure controller there are no described problems in principle, neither in terms of different functionality of devices depending on the region, nor in terms of time zone. Everything is simple and straightforward. Set it up once, it always works.

Mutual compatibility of devices in the Xiaomi smart home network

The Xiaomi controller is multi-standard: support for ZigBee, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi is claimed. All peripherals (sensors, smart button and socket) included in the starter kit work only via ZigBee. I also decided to expand the system mostly using ZigBee. Before I bought Xiaomi, I had a couple of ZigBee enabled Bosch motion sensors and I originally wanted to use them with VeraSecure multiprotocol controller. Alas, the Xiaomi controller does not see other people’s sensors, even if they are with ZigBee. I’ll say more: it doesn’t recognize any devices at all other than those that are part of the Xiaomi ecosystem.

In addition to the Mi brand, this ecosystem includes products of Xiaomi sub-brands (Aquara, Mija, Da Fang, SmartMi, VioMi, etc.).д.). It’s true that lately, thanks to collaborations with other companies, Xiaomi controllers have been able to directly control some third-party devices. But only some, and not always directly.

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For example, to connect the popular Philips Hue smart ZigBee lights to the Xiaomi controller, you still need a Philips Hue controller (and a lot of patience extra software). Although, it would seem that both Xiaomi and Philips Hue use ZigBee. And you don’t need Philips branded controllers to connect some Philips Wi-Fi lights to a Xiaomi controller. Confused? Neither am I.

Xiaomi open/close sensor. Plus compactness. Minus no extra features. Just captures the moment of opening and closing. It’s basically just a regular reed with a radio module.

Anyway, it is important to remember one thing. When you decide to build a smart home Xiaomi, you are firmly tied to the products Xiaomi and its partners. In other words, to specific manufacturers, not to ZigBee, Bluetooth technology, etc.п. If some third party sensor has ZigBee support, that doesn’t mean the sensor will work with Xiaomi controllers. With very few exceptions, just the opposite will not.

One more thing. Not all Xiaomi smart gadgets are designed to connect to a smart home. I bought a smart nightlight Mi. Attached to the surface with adhesive tape, runs on batteries. On board motion and light sensors. But there is no radio module, and therefore no connection to the smart home. Of course, it was my fault “Smart”. And you should have checked with the seller the possibility of connecting to Mi Home. But at least the nightlight works, and that’s okay.

Smart Nightlight Xiaomi. It’s smart, but it’s not designed to be connected to a smart home. There are many such devices under the brand name Mi. Make no mistake.

Z-Wave ecosystem clearly outperforms Xiaomi (and ZigBee in general) in terms of interoperability between devices of different manufacturers. Basically, all you need to know when choosing compatible Z-Wave devices is the operating frequency of their radio modules. It depends on the region. In Russia, Z-Wave uses the 869 MHz band. I bought my Z-Wave devices in a trusted Russian Z-Wave online store, which sells only devices with Russian Z-Wave frequency.

Radio Interference Resistance

Here at Xiaomi all is not so good. It turned out, as always, by chance. In the instructions of Xiaomi controller there is a requirement to place it no closer than 2 meters from the Wi-Fi router. Technically I even exceeded this requirement: I installed the controller about 2.5 meters away from the router. At first there was no problem. But as soon as I added 5 more devices into smart home network, my mom started complaining about bad Internet connection. The tablet started dropping out of Wi-Fi several times an hour (!).

I began to blame the Wi-Fi router and even put the latest firmware in it. The step itself is the right one, it was long overdue. But it did not eliminate the problem. Everything went fine only after I guessed to move the head of smart home from the router for a couple of meters. In general, according to what I read on the Internet, ZigBee is a very aggressive technology that aims to take up all the available radio channel in the 2.4 GHz band. In other words, in the same range as most Wi-Fi networks. The only saving grace is that most of the time the smart home‘s radio sensor modules are asleep. But once you have more ZigBee devices, and they are triggered more often, things get complicated. Don’t forget that everything works in the 2.4 GHz band: Bluetooth, baby monitors, cordless phones, microwave ovens. And they’re all causing interference.

With a Z-Wave smart home, the problems of mutual interference with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, etc.п. Not at all: The 869 MHz band is much freer than the 2.4 GHz band. You can, of course, move the Wi-Fi to the 5 GHz band by replacing the router. But then Mom would have to change the end Wi-Fi devices. Plus, what to do with the neighbors all using 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi?

Left. Xiaomi smart button. The color is only white, so you’ll have to do some fancy dyeing of the panic button in red. And on the right, the Philio alarm button on the Z-Wave. You have to admit, there is a difference.

Reliability of the Xiaomi Mi smart home system

In terms of reliability Xiaomi leaves me with a double impression. On the one hand, if you dance with tambourine (debug all the scripts, surf the Internet and find workarounds for some software bugs, regularly check the availability of scripts after firmware updates), the system will work more or less stably. On the other hand, some bugs simply can not be fixed. For example, the performance of Xiaomi smart home network depends 100% on the controller. The network will stop functioning completely, if, for example, you accidentally hit the controller and it falls out of the socket. And this, as you already know, is easy to do: because of the adapter, the controller strongly protrudes from the wall.

Z-Wave network is less dependent on the controller. For example, my Vera controller, sensors and actuators support the association of direct control communication between devices originally capable of working as a pair. Example of a leak sensor and a motorized ball valve. Even if the controller is temporarily unavailable, the leak sensor will directly send a command to the faucet to shut off the water. I don’t know about ZigBee technology in general, but its variant implemented by Xiaomi is not capable of that at all.

This is what the error messages in the Mi Home app look like. No error codes or explanations. The screenshot is not mine, but I had a similar.

In addition, during the month of operation, the Xiaomi system had several failures. incomprehensible, and therefore unfortunate. First, two or three times the combination of motion sensor smart socket with a regular light turned on did not work. Then the light automation worked on its own without my intervention. What happened? Unknown. Either the sensor was unable to transmit a command due to interference from the neighbor’s microwave, or the socket received a command but refused to do so for some reason. The in-house Mi Home app doesn’t give any information on this. Judging by the action log, everything was working fine: the sensor detected motion and the script was active.

Second, the script to turn on the Yeelight lights at the touch of a smart button failed a couple of times. Out of the blue, the system was giving me an error “Couldn’t complete action. Try again”. In general, “I couldn’t. Why I can’t tell you. Come back sometime later”. And again, after 10-15 minutes, functionality was restored by itself. It is unclear what happened. Radio interference again? I blame them simply because there is no detailed information on the cause of the error in the application. Here Z-Wave controller VeraSecure is much more informative: if necessary you can just download the file with the full event log.

Summary and plans

On the whole, my mom took the smart house surprisingly calmly, without negativity. Liked the light automation and the ability to provide a one-touch emergency signal when there are no other options. Fortunately, in a real situation, did not have to use the panic button. I hope I won’t have to. But from time to time we check it.

Will I leave my mother’s apartment Xiaomi system? Definitely not. In and of itself, the incomprehensible failures of lighting automation scenarios are infrequent and not critical. But they make me hesitate: what if for some unknown reason the leak detector doesn’t work?? Plus, given how many annoying little things I had to eliminate in the setup of a smart home, I can say: Xiaomi is not my option. Z-Wave is somehow more relaxed, considering my previous experience. Mom will still buy the familiar Z-Wave system. And to be on the safe side, I’ll order the installation, configuration and testing from a professional installer.

Finally I summarize my review in two words. Compared to the Z-Wave network based on the Vera controller, the Xiaomi ecosystem is like a foreign planet. It’s fun to fly down there. And if you tinker with the furniture and be prepared for the unexpected, you can probably live there. But why, when you are more comfortable and relaxed on your own planet??

Which ecosystem do you think is better than Z-Wave or Xiaomi? Share your experiences with us at info@superhome.pro! Include the Smart Home Experience in the subject line. We’d love to hear your stories!

Attention! No wireless home automation system (smart home) is in any way a substitute for specialized fire alarm systems, intrusion prevention systems, special panic buttons for the elderly, people with disabilities or the sick, and any other critical systems connected to emergency dispatch desks.

Xiaomi Smart Home

Imagine the situation: one warm and sunny morning you leave the house, get in the car or bus, go to work and everything seems fine, but in the head suddenly appears an anxious question. did I close the doors, did I turn off the iron?

Thoughts continue to strain you seriously and you start scrolling in your head the terrible consequences. a fire, a flood, a robbery. What to do? How can we be?? All is lost?

Then you rush back home, make sure everything is all right, go back to work and listen to the Комментарии и мнения владельцев and continuous dissatisfaction all day long from your boss and colleagues.

Many would say that you should just be more alert and vigilant, always be aware of their actions and monitor the processes occurring around them stop!

Let us remain realistic! Even the most organized person sometimes forgets or simply does not notice something. Therefore, the above case can happen to any of us.

Believe me, even in such an extraordinary situation, there is a way out. Interesting? Then sit back and we will tell you about the smart home technology on the example of the famous Chinese company Xiaomi.

The term “a smart house” first appeared about 15-20 years ago when manufacturers of household appliances made the first attempts to automate the processes occurring in a house or an apartment.

It did not take long, and today this technology is already widespread in many countries around the world, including Russia.

In simple terms, a smart house. is a set of gadgets, electronic equipment, home appliances (vacuum cleaner, microwave oven, lighting, kettle, oven, TV, computer, tablet, clock) and many other devices, which are fully interconnected via WI-FI or Bluetooth and controlled by a common remote control, a cell phone.

Wonders, you say. Reality. we answer you. There are more and more users of smart home technology in the world.

Such high interest in the smart home is due to the fact that the system completely and forever saves you from routine actions, such as turning on the dishwasher, TV, heating the kettle, opening the curtains, turning on the lights, closing the front door.

Agree, all this takes a lot of time and action. With a smart home, you can forget about them forever.

Imagine that in the cold evening you are coming home from your “favorite” job and just dream of a cup of hot coffee or tea.

What would the average citizen do? He would come home, go to the kitchen, turn on the kettle, wait 10 minutes until it boiled During this time all interest in the drink would disappear.

But if he had a smart home, he would still be able to log into a special app in the car and quickly send home a signal that will turn on the kettle to heat water.

Xiaomi offers one of the most recognizable smart homes on today’s technology market.

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The environment of cities is only getting worse, and with it the quality of the water we drink and use for cooking.

And even this is not the end of the Xiaomi range. We will talk about many other useful and necessary gadgets in the next article.

Summing up all of the above, we can safely say that the system of Xiaomi smart home will greatly simplify your daily life, relieving you of many small worries that require time and effort.

Electronics for creating a smart home with their own hands from the products of the Xiaomi ecosystem

A basic smart home kit consists of:

Multi-functional gateway, which controls the. Outlets, switches, accepts commands from various signaling devices, such as motion sensors or buttons.

An outlet that controls the power supply, keeps track of electricity consumption.


Opening sensor. is an alarm device. It consists of two parts magnet and the sensor itself. It can be used, for example, as a doorbell or as a leak sensor.

A wireless button, which is one of the most popular sensors of the smart home system. Can be used in both simple and complex scenarios, such as turning on lights.

Moisture and temperature sensor

Motion sensor, which is used to control lighting, security.

You can control the devices remotely, for this you need to install a special application on your smartphone. Make any house or apartment smart very easy and not very expensive. How nice when you get out of bed in the morning and your kettle has boiled water, the lights are on, and your favorite track starts playing. You will need a basic Xiaomi Mijia smart home kit.

Wireless temperature and humidity sensor

This device is designed to monitor humidity and temperature. Weighs 43g. Size is 1.78 inches. Power rating: 0.18MW. Powered by AAA batteries.


The device can be controlled remotely through a special smartphone app. All the temperature and humidity readings will appear right on your screen. With such a device you will always know what the temperature and humidity in your home in real time.

MiJia Induction Automatic Nightlight

This automatic nightlight is really good. Thanks to its compact size, you can install such a nightlight almost anywhere. Made of high quality ABS plastic. To install the device can be used: self-tapping screws, a special hook or double-sided adhesive tape. Infrared sensor lightning fast response to motion. The range of action is 5-7 meters, after the sensor stops detecting motion, it automatically turns off after 15 seconds.

Powered by 3 AAA batteries. In standby mode, consumes 0.25 mW. Has two modes of operation. Mode of operation with a brightness of 0.7 lumens allows the lamp to work for one year. In brighter mode 3.8 lumens, the night light will work for about 6 months.

Wireless switch

Wireless switch. is a simple and very useful device that can control Xiaomi Smart devices, thanks to contactless ZigBee connection. The switch can be used as a door lock, remote control, switch button, panic button, etc.д.

The device has a compact size. The switch can be attached anywhere. Operates quickly and easily. The switch can be programmed for two states: 1 press or 2 presses for each scene.


Leak detector

Quality leak detector or water detector in literal translation. It is one of the most justified purchases of the Smart Home ecosystem. The sensor helps prevent irreparable damage to property. Externally, the sensor looks like a small smart button. The device is fully waterproof. Weighs 20 grams and is 5 centimeters in diameter. Connects to the gateway via the Smart Home app. To connect, you need to select in the app to connect a new device, type and click on the sensor surface.

Reliable smoke detector


No one is immune to fire. It can start anywhere and anytime. 8 out of 10 victims of apartment fires have never even seen a fire. In a fire, 95% of people die just from smoke. To protect yourself and your family from this, you will help a smoke detector. I recommend this sensor to everyone. Device is very useful. Life is more expensive than money!

It’s easy to connect the sensor. To do this, you need to run the gateway plugin, select a sensor from the table, then click the button, and after a minute the sensor is connected. In the advanced settings menu you can disable the “tandem gateway alarm” function, which is designed to activate the alarm on the gateway simultaneously with the sensor triggering.


Smart LED lamp from Xiaomi

Xiaomi Yeelight is a smart lamp that is controlled remotely through your smartphone. With the Xiaomi Smart Home app you can: turn on, turn off the light, there is a function to adjust the brightness. The app offers 16 million shades of cross-section colors. The rated power of the lamp is only 8 watts. Color temperature 4000K.

Smart lamp body is made of white plastic, and the top of the lamp is covered by a translucent plafond. Smart bulb has protection against power surges, overheating and overloading. Service life is 11 years or 25,000 hours. The lamp has been purchased over 13200 times.


Mi Power Strip

It is a quality power strip. Made of high strength flame resistant plastic. All Mi Power Strip contacts are childproof. Equipped with automatic charging chip for devices that support 5B fast charging. Weighs 300g. The power strip has 3 USB ports and three universal plugs of the standard America, Europe, China.

Size 2254126mm. Power strip is equipped with a reusable overload fuse. Power is 10 A, 250 B.


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