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Xiaomi Smart Home

Would you like to introduce small automation in your home but you do not know how to do it? The Smart Home system from Xiaomi may seem complicated at first glance. You need to know what possibilities the device data offers, how it communicates with the others. I will present basic information about the system, how to start your adventure.

Unfortunately, in the Xiaomi ecosystem, not everything is clear, some things work, some have a regional blockade and operate only in China. For the time being, Xiaomi's Smart Home is mainly focused on the Chinese market, but it is increasingly coming out, an example can be great vacuum cleaner who already speaks English. Xiaomi is not the producer of all its products, it often finances startups from crowfunding platforms. Sometimes the twin products, mainly seen on the example of cameras, do not work with the MiHome application, which is the heart of practically everything from Xiaomi. At MiHome, we add and manage virtually all Xiaomi devices, creating links between them. Yeelight lighting bulbs and lamps are already from the level of the Yeelight application, however we can still create scenes with them with other Xiaomi devices in the Mi Home application.

Differentiation of devices

Xiaomi devices combine in three ways:

  • Bluetooth - you can not create scenes from the device communicating via Bluetooth
  • Wifi - we can connect from any place on earth, if only the device to which the device is connected has an internet connection.
  • ZigBee - devices are connected to gates, so-called Gatewayand the gateway connects to the router and we can also control from anywhere on the ground. However, without a gateway, devices that communicate with Zigbee will be useless. Zigbee devices are battery-powered, and thanks to the use of this transmission, the battery lasts for a year or two. A very energy-efficient connection.

I have created three lists, in which there is a list of all devices communicating in a certain way:

If any device is missing please let me know in the comment, I will add.

When you log in to the Mi Home application for the first time, you must select Region. Probably the majority with the choice of US or Chinese bushes, will choose US. You must choose China, choosing the United States will cause that some devices will not be displayed at all. If you are only interested in, for example, Yeelight bulbs, after selecting the Singapore location, we will be able to associate the bulbs with the portal The gate has a built-in lamp and a radio, the radio has only Chinese radio stations by default, but very much a simple way we can also add Polish.

The two most important rules of Xiaomi Smart Home, we choose the location of China and a gateway is needed for Zigbee devices.

  • Hello.

    A very interesting blog. Sam has been playing Xiaomi devices for some time (mainly through integration with DOMOTICZ). I will probably have a lot of questions. I've already tried temperature sensors, motion sensors, door contactors, Mi Plant ... I'm trying to go to the camera. However, I do not know how to manage devices from outside the local network. You wrote "devices are connected to the gateway, the so-called Gateway, and the gate connects to the router and we can also control from anywhere on earth" I do not know how it works. I was grateful for your help.

    Thank you. Maciej

    • The gate is the central home of an intelligent home from Xiaomi. All Zigbee devices are connected to it and it connects to the router.

  • I have xiaomi brame and a few zigbee sensors and switches. What if there is no internet from the supplier? will the switches work on the internal wifi network?
    For some time, I have been experiencing breaks in the operation of smart home. Lamps do not turn on or operate with a long delay.
    I wonder if every action (also for devices in the Zigbee standard) requires connection to the Chinese xiaomi server? If so, is my problem "hiccups" on Chinese servers or rather to look for a problem with access to the Internet.

          • cool! thank you very much!
            I hope that this will help solve the problem with smart switches.

            So in a nutshell what is the homeassistant for? what additional we get compared to the standard gateway?

          • You can link multiple devices to the Xiaomi system. You can control all devices using a web browser, a tablet hung on the wall. Enter yourself in goolge home assistant, give me a graphic and see how it looks more or less.

  • Hey. Super blog. Say are the Yeelight RGB bulb bulbs completely silent? I bought one for a rehearsal and it sounds. Seemingly quiet but still audible. I do not know if it's a defect or they have it.

    • I have two meters in the lamp from the bed, I can not hear anything. Admittedly, the air purifier gently hums at the same moment.

  • If the blinds already have an electric motor, you can always try to use the Aqara ZigBee Socket. It will turn on any device connected to it and whether it is a roller blind or a lamp that makes a small difference. The question of how the motor behaves when it is controlled off ..

  • I have a question. As in my home (I bought a vacuum cleaner with a mop) I choose China asks for a phone number what I understand and asks for a code that I do not know where to find?

    • The activation code will be sent to you. Enter the Polish number with the beginning of + 48 or you can add a start, I do not remember

    • You probably already discovered it but maybe someone will need it. By logging in to the Mi Home application, you can do so through an account based on an email address or phone number. At the bottom you have icons that allow you to change the way you log in. Tel / Email / WeChat

      ... You must register beforehand.

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