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@RLDreams - sure will check out Lowes. TY

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Pretty sure these work with ST. Xiaomi Temp/Humidity sensor $.6.99 shipped

Maybe not compatible, based on this thread and @JDRoberts post in it on Xiaomi sensors:

not sure if works with ST. Charging $6-7 for shipping :slight_smile:

A NIB 5 year old ZigBee, from unknown manufacturer. It may work, but being ZB, better than average chance it will have some proprietary protocol and not work or take some DTH fondling to figure it out.

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Anyone who fondles my device type had better be ready for a long-term relationship commitment. I am not easy.

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There have been multiple changes in the last few months in how SmartThings handles zigbee, one update broke the Xiaomi integration for a while, but then a later one appears to have fixed it for many people. Which is excellent. :sunglasses: But unfortunately there still people who find these devices will only work when they are within one hop of the hub. So working for some people, not for others.

There is a newer thread then that one which has the device type handlers and current discussion of these devices. So check there for the latest news and code.

I don’t personally feel comfortable recommending these devices yet, particularly for new people, as they can definitely lead to frustration. But if somebody wants to experiment with them and you can buy them from a place with a good returns policy, they may be worth a try.

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Please give them a try, and once you know for sure, report back.
If they do indeed - for sure - work with ST, I’ll buy some too.

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They are working i have them instaled for over 6 month now and they are working great they are latest generation Mija type easy to pair also i have motion sensors also they were easy to pair a little bit harder to pair are the temp humidity
But also work once you are done pairing they did not fall off the network once

yes they all work as long as they are the newer ones. The problem is that they are Zigbee. With the 32 device limit you run out quick and these device must connect directly to the Hub. They fall off the network if you use a repeater

Also make sure you get the square temp sensors. The round ones are crap and are the older model

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I have over 60 zigbee devices and some of the last ones I’ve added are Xiaomi motion and buttons(8). I’m sure some have to be going through repeaters and have no issues with dropping.

Is it just the contact sensors that fall off?

It is the old version of the temp Sensors, round ones, that fall off. If you have 60 of them 28 have to be going through repeaters because of the limit. What sucks is there is no way to tell unless you what the log the first time that you connect them.

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actually the new version Aqara Xiaomi motion and temp sensors may fall off as well if not paired directly to the hub. Of 10 I could only get 2 to stay paired (they likely just luckily paired to the hub). I tried for a month with no luck. Could really depend on what they are repeating through.
Then I powered down all of my other zigbee devices and then paired Aqara Xiaomi again and re-powered up my other zigbee devices and all have stayed pair.

Since Zigbee is mesh, there are no firm guarantees that the routes will remain the same as when each device is connected. Adding a couple Zigbee pocket sockets is good insurance, plus when they’re close to battery-powered sensors, it allows those devices to operate at a lower transmit power thus extending battery life.

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But a Pocket Socket wont work for Xiaomi device since they have to be directly connected to the hub. I have found to insure that is take the device to the hub and connect it there.

If you buy the Xiaomi socket they will connect to it

So you are saying that it will be used as a repeater so that this will boost the number of Zigbee devices you can use. Looks like most of the sockets are European. I need something that I can use I can use in the US.

Yes and as a repeater it will help you avoid the 32 direct connected zigbee device limit. You can use travel adapters to plug it into US mains.

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Can you recommend a repeater. I looked on gear best site and cant fins a plug by itself. I can find complete kits but don’t need an entire kit.

Don’t have any myself so I can’t verify how well they work, but here’s a link to the Xiaomi sockets on Gearbest. Requires an adapter to use with a US style outlet.

Socket

Adapter