Aqara has today issued a firmware update to its popular HomeKit hub, that allows for their inexpensive sensors and switches to be exposed to HomeKit. The hub update is currently only available via the Aqara app, so it hasn’t been released for Mi Home users yet. However, the update, which finally unifies firmware versions for all regional models, seems to be available for the US, EU and Chinese models, taking the hub from 1.6.2 (for the Chinese hub) or 1.5.9 (for the EU and US hubs) to 1.6.6.
The update itself seems to be mostly about bug fixes, at least according to the very brief notification that came with the update. So far, we’ve not heard any major problems that plagued a couple of previous updates, although some users on the Aqara subReddit (r/Aqara) are reporting that they can currently only select one device/sensor to trigger their alarm automations, whereas previously they were able to choose multiple sensors.
Finally, if you’re a strictly Mi Home user, we advise that you wait for the official release via Mi Home, but if you really want the update, then open the Aqara app, click on the Profile tab > Settings > Change Region > Other Region, then without signing in, select the HomeKit mode button, which allows your hubs in Mi Home to be exposed to the Aqara app. From there, you can go into the settings for your hub and update via the Firmware Version option.
*if anyone out there has a B1 Curtain motor and has also updated to 1.6.6, drop us a message to let us know if the B1 is now exposed.