Xiaomi 5-in-1 smart home security kit: simple, affordable and functional
By GB Blog Official 2017-11-06 10633 22
What's in the box?
The Xiaomi 5-in-1 smart home security kit comes with the following smart home accessories:
● Multifunctional gateway remote control;
● Window door sensor;
● Smart wireless switch;
● Human body sensor;
● And a smart outlet.
Let's take a closer look at each of the gadgets and how they work together for a more comfortable home.
Xiaomi Window Door Sensor
The kit comes with an essential home security sensor — Door Window Sensor. This mini device is compact, lightweight and really easy to install. Its discreet design ensures that the sensor will not interfere with your decor — with that, it adds loads of safety features to your home. First, you can use it on doors and windows and get alerted the second that door or window is opened. Second, you can use it on drawers and cupboards inside the house to keep children and pets out of the areas that contain chemicals or other dangerous substances and objects.
One of the key aspects to consider when installing a door window sensor is battery life — you wouldn't want to uninstall it and replace the battery frequently. Thankfully, the Xiaomi Door Window Sensor comes with a CR2032 coin battery, which lasts 2 years.
Xiaomi Human Body Sensor
Another important sensor that comes included with the Xiaomi 5-in-1 kit is the Human Body Sensor. Not only can it detects human presence in your home for security purposes, but it can also be used in a variety of scenes and automations. The sensor also features a Time Delay Function, which can automatically turn off aircon, light and other devices if there is nobody in the setting time. Another cool function is the Intelligent Induction: when someone passes by the gateway, its night light automatically turns on. The sensor also packs a CR1632 button cell battery and is suitable for a variety of household environments.
Xiaomi Smart Wireless Switch
A smart gadget that can save you lots of time is the Smart Wireless Switch. The switch is a compact and portable device that will let you control most of the devices and appliances in your home with just one click. It's very simple in looks — you basically have a small white button that you will need to pair with the kit's gateway. When paired, you can start making use of the mini device's functionality — and here there is a variety of possible scenarios. Say, you are in bed, but forgot to turn off the lights in the living room. With the wireless switch, you will be able to instantly switch off the lights with one click of a button. Same goes for turning on all your home appliances when you wake up in the morning. But a thing of note here is that this item must match the Xiaomi multifunctional gateway to use.
Xiaomi smart outlet
The kit comes with its own outlet for plugging your devices. Apart from basic functionality, the outlet features overload protection, can provide information on electricity consumption and can also be programmed to turn on and off at specific times. Thus, simply put, Xiaomi's smart outlet can turn all the "normal" devices in your home into smart devices: plug in lights, house appliances and more and turn them on and off with the Smart Wireless Switch, via an app or program them on your smartphone for certain times.
Multifunctional Gateway Remote Control
Finally, we have the main hub — Multifunctional Gateway Remote Control — the device through which all of the other smart home accessories in the kit connect to the network. Though most gateways are pretty modest simple devices, Xiaomi's smart home hub comes with a cool RGB light and a speaker.
To get the gateway working, you will first need to download the Mi HOME App and log in or create an account with your credentials. Note that you are advised to use Mainland China as your location to get access to all of the kit's functionality. In the app, follow the on-screen instructions. When the gateway is ready, you will be able to remotely control its RGB light, set alarms and listen to internet radio. Once the gateway is working, you can go on and connect other devices in the kit (or any Xiaomi smart home devices you may already have, such as IP Camera) via the MI HOME app. After all of the devices are connected, you can start creating scenes and automations through the app — the interface for that is pretty straightforward and does not require any specific instructions.
Summing things up
√ The kit comes with 5 smart home accessories — enough for significantly enhancing a home's security
× The kit only works with the Xiaomi Mi HOME App
All in all, the Xiaomi Smart Home Security Kit ranks quite well in the wide range of smart home kits available on the market today. It's affordable, very easy to use, does not require any complicated software and comes with a good selection of smart devices. Want to check out more smart home security accessories? Check out our Security and Protection Section.
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