Xiaomi mi home from Xiaomi Tech is a Chinese electronics manufacturer founded by Lei Jun in 2010. It became the short-term market leader for smartphones in China in December 2013; Huawei is currently the most significant Chinese smartphone manufacturer.
Xiaomi unveiled the Smart Home Kit in 2015. Initially, the kit contains a set of intelligent sensors, including the multi-function gateway. Later, the collection included the door/window sensor, the motion detector and the wireless switch, which can be combined to achieve over 30 different functions.
Xiaomi Mi home - set
The Mi Home Gateway is the basis for the Smarthome System from Xiaomi. With the help of the gateway, many additional actuators, like motion detectors, smoke detectors, window sensors etc., can be integrated.
When you think of Smart Homes and Smart Security, you often think of expensive products and subscriptions. But it can also be cheap, easy and without a subscription to Xiaomi products.
Notably, the product range that Xiaomi offers is huge. This article is about a selection of products that can make my home smarter and safer.
Hence, only a few systems offer a high degree of functionality at a reasonable price. But as usual, there is a provider from Asia: Xiaomi.
Gateway - the starting point
After connecting them to the router or gateway via the App, you can plug in the Yeelights and the Yeelight Strips using either the App or one of the Xiaomi remote controls. The App can adjust colours and brightness, set scenes with dynamic lights, and install updates. The Mi App also allows you to develop automated processes according to the “if this, then that” principle. So it is also possible to say that if the alarm is triggered, the lights should blink red or the lamps should be switched on automatically at a particular time.
The gateway is a central base station connecting multiple Xiaomi Smart Home products. If you want to set up an alarm system with the door sensors or use the cube controller, this is not only required in any case to function at all but is also vital due to the built-in speaker. Suppose you want to set up an alarm system. It can get deafening, so most people in the house should hear it.
Of course, you can also use this loudspeaker for other things, although this seems limited to Chinese radio in the App; you don’t buy the gateway for that either. An LED also surrounds the portal. This gives coloured feedback and flashes red in case of an alarm, for example. You can also use it as a night light. The LED is colour-adjustable and can also be programmed.
As you can see, Xiaomi’s gateway is a great thing. The functionality and design have positively convinced us. It worked perfectly, and the setup was straightforward and intuitive. Only the translations are sometimes somewhat confusing.
China only - language help
However, you often witness an English/Chinese text and message mix. Nevertheless, you shouldn’t criticise this too much, as the system is officially unavailable for the western market. Please use China as the Country and your language for the App. Despite these points, you can work with it very well and have a lot of freedom and possibilities!
However, I still dream of one App, which combines everything, including Velux Roof windows, whereas the current solution Apple HomeKit is just not sufficiently right.
Preferably you order the base device as well as the modules via AliExpress.com.
Please also check our blog on aliexpress, which also sells Xiaomi products.
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