So, I recently purchased some Xiaomi Smart Cameras (Nest Cam Clones) which are amazing for the price by the way ($30) and I noticed they are now selling Zigbee door/window sensors for less than $10 a piece with free shipping. Xiaomi makes some nice quality stuff for the price. I just ordered 2 of these sensors, anyone have any idea how or where to begin looking to find a way to pair these to ST?
Edit: apparently @jdroberts has stated these don’t work, as they are locked like the 1st Gen Lowes Iris sensors .
I also bit (one of each, the button, door/window sensor and “human” sensor, if it works pretty cool find. We shall see since I own one of every other sensor in the world what is the harm in continuing that trend.
Correct. The original Xioami line uses their own proprietary encoding and will only work with their own controllers. Cannot be used with SmartThings. Same issue as the original iris line or the original NYCE line.
Whenever you see Zigbee devices, remember that SmartThings uses the Zigbee home automation profile (ZHA 1.2. ) It will also work with the special light bulb profile, Zigbee Light Link (ZLL).
But that’s it. SmartThings won’t work with other profiles like “zigbee pro”, “zigbee green energy”, “zigbee medical”, or any company proprietary versions.
So check for the certification description before purchasing anything.
Xioami does makes some models with other profiles, so you have to check each individual offer to see what it is. The problem is that sometimes Chinese sellers will take the English product description from one model and post it with another not realizing they’re not exactly the same.
If the seller also lists the Xioami controller, that’s actually a bad sign. I believe all of their controllers use their proprietary format.
No matter what happens this is actually a great lesson, I (being zigbee noob) actually thought there was only one standard across the entire industry. I guess I have been lucky up to now. That all being said thanks for the lesson, I love learning these things so I can at least sound intelligent when talking about it and maybe teach others to walk on the rocks I stumbled on.