Recently, it is no longer possible to ignore smart devices, they greatly simplify life, while remaining affordable. Using smart opportunities, more and more people are choosing, creating something technological and unusual from their housing.
Xiaomi provided an original opportunity, it offered a turnkey solution - Xiaomi Smart Home Kit. The kit consists of a control center (hub), an opening sensor, a volume sensor, as well as a smart button. This modular set allows you to assemble a smart home system and fully customize it for yourself. The whole implementation consists in installing modules and setting up automatic control scripts. The entire set of devices is configured and controlled from the application installed on the smartphone. Xiaomi Smart Home Kit is the optimal solution in terms of price and performance with basic features.
How Xiaomi Smart Home Kit works, simple smart home control
Xiaomi dial convenience is modular. A single system can be assembled by selecting the necessary modules and customizing them for your own tasks. The main link is the control system or the central hub, this module combines and interconnects other devices. Communication between the modular elements is carried out according to the ZigBee protocol, which provides protection of the transmitted information. The mode is also economical in power consumption.
The hub has a built-in speaker that performs the tasks of an alarm or warning system. A button is placed on the device, with its help the algorithms of the device are configured. As an addition, the hub has a backlight capable of displaying up to 15 million colors. The brightness and color of the RGB diodes is adjusted using a smartphone, this makes it possible to use the module as a night lamp. Of the shortcomings, it is worth noting the Chinese plug in the basic configuration, an adapter is required to connect the module to a household electrical network.
Xiaomi Smart Home also has a security system that protects against unauthorized access. To do this, use the Xiaomi Body Sensor volume (motion) sensor and the Xiaomi Window Sensor opening sensor. The first detects objects at a distance of up to 7 m, with a viewing angle of 170 degrees. This device is configured to work with other modules, you can connect the sensor to the camera or lighting device, as well as to the alarm. The opening sensor consists of two elements: one is mounted on a part of the window frame (door) that will open, and the other on a fixed part of the opening. Sensors interact with other modules from Xiaomi Smart Home.
No less useful will be a device "smart socket" equipped with Wi-Fi. It connects to the household electrical network, and already to it - electrical appliances. Using a smart outlet, you can automate the on / off of a coffee machine, boiler, electric kettle or any other equipment according to a schedule.
Xiaomi's temperature and humidity sensor is a great addition to a smart outlet. These modules provide intelligent control of climate technology (air conditioners, heaters). With their help, you can control the temperature and humidity in the house, regardless of the time of year. Manually setting up the device, then the system itself can control all processes without a host in automatic mode.
Xiaomi Smart Button is a smart button that is standardly used as a call, although it can be adapted to perform the necessary scenarios, for example, turning on lights or alarms.
Xiaomi Smart Home setup via smartphone
Xiaomi Smart Home module set requires Wi-Fi to work, only with the help of a wireless network can you connect and optimize all devices. On the smartphone you need to install the special application Xiaomi Smart Home. When you first enter the application, a new account is created, which connects to the control center (hub). Then you need to turn on the hub in the mains, it will light up with a yellow indicator diode, and on the smartphone "Add device" - "Gateway" is activated. A change of yellow to blue and a sound signal indicate that the device is connected correctly. If a failure occurs when the module is turned off, the application will offer several ways to solve the problem. After a successful connection, the module will automatically update without a change log.
The hub connection menu differs from the settings of other modules. In ordinary devices, you can only see and configure work scenarios, and the hub menu displays information about all connected devices in the system. Using it, you can configure the operation of all devices, the brightness and color of the backlight, as well as adjust the volume.
The inclusion of other modules is the same as connecting the hub. To do this, go to the "Add device" application and select the desired module. Connected devices can be seen on the main screen of the application on the "My devices" tab.
Difficulties in adapting to the Russian market
The problem of using the Xiaomi Smart Home system out of the box in our conditions is the lack of a European plug on the modules. For each device that connects to a household network, an adapter from a Chinese outlet to a normal one is needed. It is not critical and does not affect functionality, only it has no aesthetic appearance.
The difficulty of setting up and controlling the system through a smartphone is the lack of a Russian language in a standard application. The original Smart Home software is implemented in two languages - English and Chinese. Since the main functionality of the program in some firmware remains in Chinese, it will be difficult for the user to learn how to manage modular devices through the application. Therefore, before purchasing the device, it is recommended to clarify the firmware language.
Cost of Xiaomi Smart Home System
The cost of the set of "smart home" from Xiaomi for an apartment of 50 - 70 sq.m. will be 10,000 - 15,000 rubles. And the system itself includes such modules:
- control center or just a hub (Multifunctional Gateway) - from 1890 rubles;
- motion sensor (Body Sensor) - from 890 rubles;
- opening sensor (Window Sensor) - from 750 rubles;
- smart socket (Smart Power Plug) - from 900 rubles;
- temperature and humidity sensors - from 1,000 rubles;
- smart button (Smart Button) - from 500 rubles;
- light bulbs (Yee Lamp Bulb) - from 2300 rubles.