Aqara & Xiaomi Smart Home - Zigbee App (v1.4.1)

Fab, thanks

Is there any difference between the ‘original’ with zigbee vs 2018?

Curtain rail mounting variations

Size of the rail segments
Some suppliers ship in 50 cm chunks, others in sizes up to 250 cm. Less connections make the rail smoother to operate (and less noisy). The parcel is more visible in the post so you might get taxed.

Connecting rail segments
To connect the separate segments, I have found two variations. One is a blind connection: a metal connectors slides in the rail and that is fixated with 4 crews to the rail. Can’t show a picture, as the are blind mounted :slight_smile:
Advantage: not visible once mounted
Disadvantage: the segmets are not 100% connected, I stil have a 1 mm gap

The other way is a visible connector one the outside of the rail, with also a ‘spring’ metal connector on the inside of the rail.


As I am planning the conseal the rail I have no problem with the exterior connector.
Advantage: stronger connector
Disadvantage: visible if curtains are opened

Hanging the rails
The rails can be wall and ceiling mounted. I myself have no experience with wall mounting them, but brackets can be ordered (albeit a bit expensive imho).
Ceiling mounting is done via metal clips that attachs to the rail. I have found two variations:
Clips that are screwed and visible on both sides of the rail:
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And a clip that connects to the rail and is only partially visible:

Mounting the controller
This can be done on either side of the rail. As a consequence the status open/closed will be mirrored. A future App update might/will support a mirroring feature.

I would like to integrate the: Xiaomi Universal IR Remote Controller https://www.gearbest.com/smart-home/pp_229556.html .

Is there any possibility to support this device? I would like to automatically start devices like tv and dolby units where there is no possibility of receiving IR signals through homey directly.

Thanks for that info - really useful!
Out of interest, did the different connectors just come from different suppliers or is there some way to choose?

Also, how do you plan to conceal them?!

Thanks :slight_smile:

Unfortunately I had no influence on the type of connectors. I ordered my first rail, and it came ‘as is’. Later I ordered via the shop that offers longer length rails, and those (two separate orders) arrived with other connectors and ceiling mounts.

I bet stuff can be found and ordered separately. I ordered extra curtain ‘runners’ separately from another shop.

My rails will (eventually…) be hiding in a coving (koof in Dutch).

@Kevin_Vijver this app focusses on the Zigbee based Xiaomi / Aqara devices.
The Xiaomi Universal IR Remote Controller is a WiFi based device.

You could check if Xiaomi Mi Home app developer is able to add support for this device: [APP] Xiaomi Mi Home App for WiFi devices

Alternative would be to use a BroadLink RM mini 3: Broadlink RM Mini3 Black Other Home Improvement Sale, Price & Reviews | Gearbest which is supported by the Broadlink app: Broadlink App for Homey | Homey

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Wil the Aqara Smart Motion Sensor International Edition be supported? or perhaps it is already supported…

https://www.gearbest.com/smart-home-controls/pp_009661787808.html?wid=1433363

@Tim_Messerschmidt the developer is busy to get these sensors working as you can read a few posts back…

@TedTolboom is it interesting for me to buy the xiaomi gateway in order to update my sensors to the newest firmware? Or are there no updates availible for these devices…

Yes, the sensor will be supported.
I’m currently reverse engineering the communication protocol between Hub and device (and vv).

@Marcel_Visser I didn’t see yet an uption to update Zigbee based Xiaomi / Aqara devices… nor that it was discussed before on one of the fora where these devices are being discussed… so from that perspective I would not suggest to invest in a hub.
Could be that I missed some though… if so, please let me know which devices are reported to be firmware updateable…

Do you have a gateway yourself but never saw an firmware update?

I think I order one, just to see… Its only €20,-.

EDIT: and another question… Any idea when we can expect intergration of the water sensor?

Yes, I have 2 versions of the gateway… and did not discover an option (yet) to upgrade the firmware…

Water sensor integration will be there after Athom completed the Zigbee re-write and (!) completion (of the IAS cluster)…

Allright thanks for the confirmation! In that case, I dont have to try… Looks like xiaomi does not offer updates in that case.

EDIT: I asked some xiaomi users on tweakers.net and someone told me that there are often updates for the devices using the gateway.

https://gathering.tweakers.net/forum/list_message/56321879#56321879

There are updates for the gateway every few weeks

Yes, for the gateway itself. But also for the connected zigbee devices?

No not rely accept for the vacuum

4 posts were split to a new topic: Zigbee issues collection topic Due to generic zigbee issues, not Xiaomi related.

@TedTolboom
In the old forums there was talk (i think from you) that there may be a way for the Xiaomi switches to be able to do dimming when held down - have you managed to get anywhere with this?

Is this possible with the battery powered switches as well?

Would be fantastic in combination with the hack outlined here:
Xiaomi devices hacks (just ordered a momentary switch to try this out :slight_smile:

Yesterday, two of my aqara door/window sensors stopped working. I force removed them from homey and tried to re-pair them, but this does not seem to work. Also changed the battery with one from a still working sensor. The blue light starts to blink after a 3 sec press of the reset button, but pairing fails. Any idea what I’m doing wrong here?

Maybe the sensors yust died…:roll_eyes: