The concept “smart House” quite often flashes news and advertising. An advanced system of interacting household gadgets allows you to monitor the whole house from one application. Until now, the upper limit of possibilities “Smart home” never reached, because new gadgets, new services appear, and they only replenish the functionality of this technology.
This article will focus on technology “Smart home” Xiaomi and the Mi Home application, its configuration features, management tips, etc.v
We immediately emphasize that there are no official Mi Home applications for Mac OS X or Windows platforms. And if you implement it using the artisanal method, then the amount of time and resources spent will be incommensurably greater than the convenience and benefit received. There is this app exclusively for Android and IOS. For these platforms, you can download Mi Home on their official markets for free.
The application itself looks identical for both iPhone and Android gadgets. Only with the latest update on “Apple” version, it began to slightly resemble HomeKit, created by the Americans. The intuitive interface of the program allows you to collect all your mijia devices into a single network. Naturally, all devices can be controlled online at any distance, otherwise what would be the meaning of the idea of a smart home?
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Xiaomi Mi Home for Android
Given the fact that smartphones, “Manned” on Android, much more than followers “Apple cult”, let’s take the android version as an example for parsing Xiaomi Mi Home. over, there are really no fundamental differences. In this case, the program can be obtained in two ways. You can download it from the Play Market / App Store, or you can download the apk file from third-party resources. Naturally, it is best to use, Russify, dig into Mi Home from a Xiaomi brand smartphone. Still, the “native” company, the user-friendly MIUI shell and the ready-made account greatly facilitate the work of the user.
So, the Mi Home application on the network is found. The way you decide to download the application is selected. Now download the application. It is worth saying that in older versions of the program in the markets, you would have to use a Chinese or English translation. Fortunately, the Russified program interface was born not so long ago, having pleased thousands of Russian-speaking users.
Install Mi Home. The version for android at installation will ask you to allow access to memory, contacts, network and so on. Everything that the program asks for is boldly resolved. and you’re done. Application installation completed successfully.
Previously, in order to achieve Russification of software, it was necessary to perform a fairly large number of actions. Such as connecting the phone to a computer, after installing the application from unreliable sources, activate USB debugging and perform a dozen more actions.
Only after that would you manage to configure your native language in this Chinese application. But in the last update, the programs finally implemented the official Russian translation, so all of the above “Dancing with a tambourine” just lost their meaning. Now you will need to choose a language. Russian, region. Mainland China. And that’s all. Mainland China is chosen because most of the devices here were tested and created by the Chinese for the Chinese. That is, formally they should not go beyond the Middle Kingdom.
The Xiaomi account, once created once, will combine all the information about all your Xiaomi devices.
Another important point. Before adding to the network “Smart home” army of your devices, you will need to log in to the program through your Xiaomi account. If you already have one, great. If not, the creation will take several minutes, just follow the prompts that appear directly in the Mi Home app.
How to add a device
To add a new device, just follow a few simple steps, following the instructions below.
This tab in Mi Home Xiaomi allows you to create action algorithms with elements in the program “Smart home”. By default, there are 4 scenarios that cannot be deleted: “Come back home”, “To leave the house”, “Awakening”, “Sleep”. The meaning of each of them lies in the names of the scenarios. You can create new scenarios, taking into account your personal daily routine and the algorithm of actions that is most convenient for you. In the tab “Scripts” they will be formed by a list with a toggle switch (enabled script / disabled script).
Add conditions. in this item you can select one or several conditions under which the script is run. In this setting, the conditions will work according to the AND rule (If you have selected several conditions, the script will be launched only when all conditions are met (for example, turn on the light when motion is detected and only in the dark)).
Meet one condition. here you can configure several conditions, when one of them is triggered, a script starts (for example, when one of several sensors for water leakage is triggered, the central water supply is shut off).
Add instructions. here we configure the action that will be performed when the condition is triggered.
Effective time period. here the active time of the script is set (you can configure the active days of the week and time of day).
The tab also has a tech support button and script history in the upper right corner. In the history, you can see the date and time of activation of a particular scenario. Partially clear the history, such as, for example, in Internet browsers, will not work. Only complete removal.
Shared Devices Tab
Allows the owner to share control of their home gadgets with another smartphone owner. It contains those devices that only you send and those that are shared with you.
If you want to give control of your home robot vacuum cleaner, boiler or something else to a friend, then you need to click on the selected device in the application, tap on the button that appears “Add shared device”, click “Share with Mi-account” and hammer in a friend’s account. Or his phone number. Your friend will only need to accept the proposal that came in the program. But, one way or another, the person with whom you share the management must also have a Mi-account. Fortunately, having a Google account or Facebook, creating an Xiaomi account is a matter of two minutes.
Xiaomi Mi Home for PC
As already written, it is not possible to choose the official Mi Home solution for a personal computer and laptop. However, if you are a very ardent fan of Windows, then you can find a way out if you install the Android emulator. And already in the emulator it will be possible to download Mi Home and add the ability to control home smart devices to the computer.
Next, we install the Nox App Player emulator on the computer. For example, software downloaded from the link from its official website is suitable. Download the latest emulator for you.
By the way, downloaded “Android emulator” will allow you not only to work with “Smart home”, but also to launch any of your games, which previously you could only play on your smartphone.
Android 4.4.2 will be installed in the emulator that you’ll be working with. The interface can be either a tablet or a telephone type. You can change one to the other in the Settings / Advanced Settings / Startup Settings menu. Also in the settings, one single toggle switch is set to Ruth rights. They will be needed for our further actions:
- download Mi Smart Home on your computer;
- select the button in the emulator on the right “Installing the ARC package” (an alternative, perhaps, is simply dragging the apk file into the emulator window);
- when the process is over and Mi Home is installed, the corresponding shortcut will appear on the emulator desktop;
- further. proceed as if working on a smartphone: registration, account, choose which language (Russian) and which region (Mainland China) you need.
Before installing the emulator (no matter which, this applies to everyone), familiarize yourself with the system requirements of the program. This type of software is very “Gluttonous” and may require large amounts of power from your computer.
Just add that connect new Smart devices to your network “Smart home”, you still need to use the phone, because the emulator itself does not yet have the Wi-Fi function. Only ZigBee devices with a connected gateway can be added.
Mi Home Problem Solving
In the process of setting up the application or connecting new home gadgets to a shared network, certain difficulties may arise. Now we will analyze the most popular of them.
Not included in account
If Mi Home does not let you in because of the inability to log in to your account, you need to follow these steps:
- make sure that your account was not logged in from any of your other devices;
- make sure that no one except you knows the username and password of your account;
- exit the program and go back into it (do not turn off, namely exit);
- restart your gadget (tablet, smartphone).
Cannot find device
And if, for example, your Xiaomi vacuum cleaner is not in the list of added devices, but you definitely tried to add it there, you can try to figure it out in the following ways:
- remove the gadget that uses the same name as the one being added from the list of added ones (if any) and reboot the phone. Then try again;
- reset your home device (if possible) and try to add while it reboots;
- check, just in case, in the application settings, the region you have selected. By default, users choose mainland China. It should be so;
- reset the gadget connection from your Wi-Fi router;
Do not send notifications
If the control system of your house does not send you any notifications about the condition of the building or the work done, there are two ways to configure them:
- when writing a script, add an item “Sending notifications to the device”;
- enable option in script properties Alerts.