Xiaomi Mijia Hub also named as Mihome Hub/gateway, so don’t get confused with the brand twin names, Xiaomi is continuing to impress around different markets especially in Europe, Asia and UK by their built quality, reliability, features and price.
A ZigBee compatible Mihome hub is embedded into a white shell and supercharged with the following features:
- It doesn’t need to be connected via Ethernet, it connects directly by simply plugging in to socket via using adapter.
- It also doubles up as a radio, an alarm, a speaker, a doorbell notify and a night light.
- This original Xiaomi smart home multifunctional Network can be used as a connected model for home appliances and a hub to connect these devices.
- Mi Home can be easily integrated with Alexa and Google Assistant through their respective skills. Yes, you will be able to use English voice commands to control your smart devices.
- MI home hub control and connects up to 64 compatible Xiaomi affiliated devices.
- Measure thing such as temperature, movement, light and sound, while connected with other Xiaomi smart home devices.
- Support online radio, timing auto turn on / off. Built-in light sensor.
- 16 million variable colors night light auto turn on when in low light conditions.
- Connect with Xiaomi Door Sensor, Smart Bell, Smart IP Camera, and Temperature Sensor to get more functions.
Relevant: Xiaomi Aqara
Adding the Hub to Mi Home App
If you’re having trouble with actually adding your Hub to the Mi Home app, here are a few things you can try, although we can’t guarantee this will solve everyone’s issues;
- Make sure you wi-fi network name (SSID) doesn’t have any non-standard characters, like commas or apostrophes etc.
- Ensure that you have a 2.4gHz wifi network available. If you’re using an Apple Airport Express or Extreme, these have two networks – 2.4 & 5.0gHz, but they usually work together under one name, which can cause the Aqara hub to not connect, so you need to separate them out into two networks, via the ‘Airport Utility’ on mac. If you’re using other routers, then you should refer to their particular documentation regarding this.
- You may also find it useful to temporarily change the DNS settings on either your Router, iPhone/ipad or both, to 188.8.131.52. This has made a difference in my case every time, and once it’s over, you can change the DNS settings back to automatic.
- Make sure your Hub is well within range of the wi-fi network signal, as the Hub doesn’t have a great wi-fi reach.
- Before you try adding the Hub, press the button on the Hub itself 10 times, in rapid succession. This will totally reset the Hub and clear any old data that could create conflicts. Eventually the light ring will turn white and then start flashing yellow constantly, followed by a Chinese voice prompt (this can be changed later).
- Start adding the Hub to the Mi Home app, ensuring that you are registered with Mi Home and have an account, are signed in, and it’s set to the Mainland China server.
- When you add the Hub at the point of scanning the HomeKit code, you may want to try this way; Instead of scanning the code, click on where it says “don’t have a code or can’t scan?” on the next page, where it says Manual code, press ‘Enter code…’ and enter your HomeKit code Once you do that, the hub should appear as a device, although you may want to wait for a bit for it to appear. It’s also possible that other devices may show up.
- From there, everything else is as normal and eventually you should see the section where it will add the light, the alarm and the Hub part to the HomeKit system.
- It will say there is more setting up to be done. This usually involves going back into the Mi Home app.
- In the Mi Home app, across the top, above the device tiles, there are a list of rooms. Scroll horizontally until you see a ‘HomeKit’ tab click on this and you should see your Hub. Click on it and it will go through a sort of pairing process, to complete the procedure. Any devices that were tied to the hub will probably no longer be in either the Mi Home app or Apple’s Home app, so you will need to re-add them. There are two methods of adding new devices in the Mi Home app, which I have listed at the end of this article.
- Devices in specific rooms in the Mi Home don’t sync with the Home app, so if you want them to be the same, you’re going to have to do it manually.
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- Require Chinese version for full feature support, EU version add limited number of devices.
Compatible with Android 4.0 and above
Compatible with iOS 7.0 and above
Working Temperature: 0 – 40 Celsius degrees
Working Humidity: 5 – 95 percent
Input Power: AC 100 – 240V, 50 / 60Hz
Protocol: WiFi 2.4GHz, ZigBee