I’m having a hard time trying to make a Xiaomi Aqara temp. sensor online … It consistently gives me 3 updates and than is silence in the radio. To start troubleshooting it I was wondering if there’s is a way to check if the sensor is connected to the hub directly (which is my intention) of if it’s connect to a repeater. That way I could start moving things around to get a better connection.
You can check how it is connected through your ide (same place you set the device handler). Look under My Devices -> then scroll down to Route. This shows how it is connected. My Aquara humidity sensor was impossible to keep connected because it always routed through something, even when it is sitting directly on the hub. I could never keep it connected and have since abandoned it.
@IlanSalviano, I have plenty Aqara sensors, some do fell off time to time, but they do work mostly.
For repeaters I use a lot of IKEA devices, no issues then.
When paired it is worth to press a few times the button to make it stick, but usually the issues arise when the devices is on the edge of your zigbee network or you have some sort of jamming, like wifi or USB 3.0 connectors.
Putting device on the top of the Hub is not helping neither, just imagine when somebody is standing next to you and shouting…
It’s not about the strength of the Zigbee, although that won’t hurt. It’s about how often the Xioami device checks in. If it doesn’t make the check in right in time, then the network drops it as being “non-responsive“ even if it’s only a few seconds late.
With the recent updates in firmware for the V2 and V3 Hubs, the situation has improved, but those updates are not going to be done for the V1 hub.
The best thing you can do is to get an inexpensive IKEA tradfri pocket socket to use as a repeater. For whatever reasons, these are more forgiving than most Zigbee repeaters (including most hubs), and these won’t mark it as “missing” as soon. These are very inexpensive when bought directly from IKEA and are available in most countries.
If you do get one,
add it to your smartthings account,
Then unplug your hub for about 20 minutes while leaving everything else on power.
Then unplug any other Zigbee devices you have except the Tradfri pocketsocket And take the batteries out of any other zigbee sensors except the one that is giving you trouble before putting the hub back on power
Once you put the hub back on power in that set up, your Xiaomi sensor should select the tradfri device as its “parent”, and that will help with the drop offs.
Each Tradfri device can parent at least 3 battery operated device, and maybe 5, I don’t know the exact specs for that.
Wait about 30 minutes, then put all your other zigbee device is back on power and they will set up their new routes.
It’s tedious, and it’s not a guaranteed fix, but it may help. If you had a V2 or V3 hub this would definitely help, I’m just not sure on the V1.
It seems like the most logical action to take now is to upgrade the HUB to V3. The device you mentioned from IKEA is not available where I live now (Brazil).
My plan from now on will be to upgrade the HUB to V3 and get aligned with the future of the platform and see if it handles better the Xiaomi Zigbee sensor. If that doesn’t work, I’ll try to bring in a repeater.