Whilst most regions have been enjoying the benefits of the Aqara Gateway for a while now, either with a region version, or one with an adaptor, it seems Mijia hasn’t totally given up on their own Mi Smart Gateway. The gateway, that came out at the tail-end of 2019, has only been available to users who selected the Chinese Mainland Server within the Mi Home app.
However, it now seems that Mijia is planning to compete with Aqara for the smart home space internationally, as the aforementioned gateway is now available to add to European, UK and US servers. Not only that, but one of our readers has been able to add the gateway to the German server, so it would appear that what may have been a Chinese only model, is, in fact, suitable for other servers without any issues.
If you’re not aware of the Mi Smart Gateway, it’s an update to the previous iterations, that closely resemble the current Aqara Hub, with the newest version dispensing with both the night light and speaker, leaving just a circular pill-shaped gateway. Still, whilst they’ve gotten rid of two major components, the gateway has also said goodbye to the built-in plug, instead, relying on a micro-USB cable and separate USB power supply, which removes the need for specific regional variants, something the Aqara hub has suffered from since its inception.
Here are some basic features for the Mi Smart Gateway;
- Connects to your network via wifi
- Uses Zigbee 3.0 to connect to your Mijia Smart Home ecosystem Zigbee devices
- Uses Bluetooth to connect your Mijia Smart Home Bluetooth devices, like Mi and Aqara Smart Locks
- Uses Bluetooth Mesh to connect suitable devices, like Yeelight Bluetooth Mesh bulbs
This all seems very odd timing, given that both the Aqara M1S and Aqara M2 are now available (in mainland China). gateway is currently available for as little as US$20 on all the major reseller online stores, but with what appears to be a worldwide rollout, this product may well start to appear in Xiaomi’s physical stores soon.
Thanks to Ormsher for the heads up.