REVIEW Mi HOME Xiaomi Server

As you probably already know (and if you don’t know, we are here to tell you about it), in most cases the Home Automation Devices of Xiaomi and its subsidiaries can be controlled with an app available on iOS and Android. If you already know a little about the Xiaomi world, you know that this Application is Mi Home.

What is the Mi Home server?

All devices that can be controlled from Mi Home or another app use servers. This is necessary to centralize the connections of all devices, to regulate the functions they perform, to update the plugins to the latest versions.

Why isn’t there a single server?

When Xiaomi decided to take the plunge and start selling products outside of China, it introduced dedicated servers for international users for two main reasons. First, by bringing them closer to the user’s location, the delay would be reduced compared to that of the Chinese server. The second was a question of adapting to European data protection legislation.

What is the best Xiaomi server?

Therefore, the optimal region is where we are, as long as we have not encountered a problem with the configuration. If it is a device purchased through the official Xiaomi support in Europe, we will not have any problems with the servers hosted on our continent. However, if we have bought a device that is only marketed in China or other markets, it will most likely not work smoothly if we select the European server. In this case, the user’s location can be changed from Mi Home.

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And that leads us to the next question.

Can I configure different products for different Mi Home servers?

In the rush to test Xiaomi products that have not yet officially arrived in Europe, a common problem is that we buy a device and find that it is incompatible with the servers in our region. In principle, the solution is simple: correct the location of our device in the Mi Home app. But can I configure a location for each of my Xiaomi ecosystem devices?

In principle not: All of our home automation devices are connected to the same servers. In other words, we cannot link one to the Chinese server and the other to the European one.

But once the law is betrayed

Although all the products on the same Mi Home must be connected to the same server, if you have Chinese products that are incompatible with the European server and European products that are incompatible with the Chinese server, you can check if any of the products has its own app outside of Mi Home.

For example, if you buy a Yeelight or Roborock product that is not available on the European Mi Home server, you can simply download the specific Yeelight / Roborock app and select the Chinese server there.

What if there isn’t a specific app? Don’t worry, there is also a solution: some operating systems allow so-called “dual apps”. This means that you can have two instances of the same app on the same smartphone. As you might have guessed, it is enough to send the “copy” of Mi Home to the other server and voila: we already have a Mi Home for each server!

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Of course: if you have two devices in different apps, you cannot connect them together, i.e. you cannot create scenes or schedules between them, for example: Imagine you have a Chinese gateway with a Chinese door sensor and an international security camera . You can never record the camera if the sensor detects movement. Why? Because they are not on the same server.

Will the language of the app interface be changed by changing the region?

No. We can configure our region within Mi Home, for example, as China and continue to use the app in English or Lithuanian (provided the plug-in is translated into this language). It doesn’t necessarily have to be the system language either, although we at AliexBA recommend choosing the same language for the app and for the system so you don’t get too crazy with the settings.