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Xiaomi Mi Smart Home Review – A Smart Way To Secure Your Home

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Home automation is the next big thing in real estate. The world is moving to a stage where humans do less and machines do more. On that note I’ll start my review of the Xiaomi Mi Smart Home.
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Mi Hub (Gateway)

I must say that it seemed quite difficult setting up the mi home because the version I got came with a Chinese manual, even the hub spoke Chinese 😂 😂. Google translate wasn’t helping either so I had to look online and luckily there was an English manual for the MI Smart Home online. Believe me, the expression on my face was priceless.

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I was already thinking of how I’d learn Chinese in 3 hours 😂. Whether some diabolical powers were against me completing this review I was still determined to complete it..

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Well that’s the stuff that happens when you get to review a Chinese product.

What’s In The Box?

Xiaomi Smart Home Hub,
Motion Detector Sensor,
Magnetic Door Sensor
Smart Button

You’ll need an adapter to plug in the hub. All of the sensors have an adhesive slip that helps you glue it to the wall.

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Adapters

In front of the hub is a large speaker grill. At the side with a small multi-function button. The hub also has a circular LED strip that can display different sets of colors. The colors can be used for various features.

The speaker wasn’t too loud though, thankfully I didn’t have to use it much. The other sensors are small and can be safely hidden making it an ideal home security system.

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Motion Sensor

Setting It Up
(Use a VPN to do this) and connect to a WiFi router to set this up.

You’ll need to create a Mi Account to use the kit. You can also sign in quickly with your Facebook App. Once you’re signed in click on add device
and select the gateway, the app will guide guides you through the whole setup process in English although the voice prompts are in Chinese. Once you’re done you can then add your sensors.

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Gateway (Hub)

In 2 steps you should be done –
1. Select the sensor you want to connect
2. Press the “reset” button using the pin that came with the hub.
The app then pairs it up, updates the firmware (if needed) and you’re ready to go.

The app will automatically prompt you if updates are available then you make the necessary updates.

You can manage each device settings from the Mi Home app. You change hub’s LED colors from the app. There are a couple notifications for various actions.Unfortunately, some of these notifications are only in Chinese. However, launching the app will still show you what happened recently though so it still helps you know what’s going on.

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Mi Bulb

Automation

The Mi home comes with a list of preset actions like “Get Up” and “Leave Home” which you can be modify to trigger certain devices.
The range of configuration is pretty impressive. If you’ve used IFTTT you should understand how triggers works. Triggers go off If one or all of the conditions you set are met and you can use multiple actions at once.
For example, you can set the motion sensor to trigger an alarm once somebody opens the door after 9am

Unfortunately Xiaomi’s system requires both power and internet to work. If either of those go down, so does the alarm system. So considering the electricity situation in Nigeria, this is certainly going to be a set back but it’s definitely worth a try.

What I Like

It’s Affordable ✔️
Comprehensive Automation ✔️
Different Automation Options ✔️

What I Don’t Like
Some Smartphone prompts  are in Chinese❌
Not Compatible with IFTTT. ❌

Pricing
This device costs N57,000.

If you’re based in Port Harcourt, you can get the device at 82 Stadium Road. If you aren’t in Port Harcourt you can still order it from Prime Homes

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Michael Ajah is a Computer Science Student of The University of Port Harcourt and a Chelsea Fan. He loves RnB and a little mix of Trap Music. An awesome tech reviewer and analyst. Email - [email protected]

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Google Stadia – The Future Of Gaming Or Not ? – Reader Opinion

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A few weeks ago, Google announced the release of Google Stadia a new state of the art gaming platform that would change gaming as we know it apparently.

Google Stadia

This has been met with a lot of skepticism in the gaming community if this is going to actually work but I believe Stadia has what it takes to change the whole console gaming model that we have been used to for years, However, it would take some time to actually give Microsoft and Sony a run for their money.

Google Stadia Controller

Google Stadia actually got me thinking Sony’s Playstation and Microsoft’s Xbox would have a strong problem to contend with when it fully launches this year. Google Stadia’s cross-platform play is something I’m looking forward to, so you can play hardware intensive games on a system or phone with low specs.

Imagine playing PUBG or FIFA on a 1GB RAM Phone or Laptop and it runs without any lagging or glitches. So it’s practically goodbye to having to get a new system to play some games if they are available on Stadia.

I decided to put out this question to you guys on facebook and I was pretty impressed with the replies I got.

Google Stadia Reader Opinion

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Apeh Ikechukwu said – Even if it will be the beginning of the end for PlayStation 4 and Xbox, it will take time A very long time for it to gain popularity and to be accepted by all.
What if it becomes more expensive? That you have to pay huge to access it?

George Oz said – I don’t think to gain popularity is a problem, the announcement alone gathered enough publicity online. And yes it is definitely the end for others Like x-Box and co…Sometimes let’s learn to think Outside the Box.
#MyOpinion🚶🚶🚶🚶🚶

Osazeme Usen said – Stadia will take quite a long while to catch on. Internet speed is still an issue in most nations of the world. In the long run, stadia will eventually be cheaper than owning a console and purchasing games but that’s not going to happen anytime soon.

Olusola Glory Olamide said – Before we throw those Xboxes, PlayStations, Nintendo Switches and stuffs to the bin of history we have questions to answer.
Will most gamers’ broadband connections be fast enough to make a streaming service of that proposition? Will developers all come on board? And is Google the right company to trust with the future of the games industry? Though we’ve got Apple on board and Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon are also in the launch plus Sony Nintendo and others won’t stay put.

ューセッ州 小岩 マサチ said – I feel we will have to pay for most of the games…and Nigeria’s 4g speed is about 2mb/s.

Samuel Jarvis Adeyemi said -Stadia is a good innovation from Google and I think it’s great since gaming could be done on a device, they said it would be super fast even cheating the speed of light in 4k Res without a glitch.
Anyways Google is the software boss, I think they can do it.

I hope Xbox and PS4 meet up but cloud gaming is not really their stuff. And Google has the resources.

Swiss Alex said – well mainly I would say Google Stadia is a welcome development but Xbox and the ps4 has to upgrade too

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Google Stadia looks like something that would work very well in countries with very fast broadband connections for now. Hopefully, Google would find a way to bridge the gap and fix things before it gets rolled out to Africa and Asia. Nevertheless, it’s a win for gamers with this. So what’s your take on this?

The comment box is yours, let me know what you think

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Checkout The Xiaomi Fast Charge Tech That Charges A Phone Full In 17 Minutes

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The new Xiaomi Fast Charge Technology looks to eliminate one major problem we all face daily and that is slow charging.

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At the moment, Oppo’s SuperVOOC is the fastest wired charger with its 50W speeds at 10V/5A, but Xiaomi is coming up something crazier and different that can charge a dead battery to 100% in just 17 minutes.

Here is a video posted by Xiaomi’s brand president Lin Bin, it shows a phone with 4000mAh battery charged fully in just 17 minutes.

Xiaomi has compared this to OPPO’s 50W (10V/5A) Super VOOC Charging that charges 3700mAh battery up to 65% in 17 minutes.

This was introduced as the world’s fastest smartphone charging tech that can charge the phone up to 92% in 30 minutes.

For comparison, Huawei’s upcoming 55W Super Charge fast charging technology for the Mate X’s 4500mAh battery will need just 35min to fully charge the device.

Xiaomi’s new Super Charge Turbo technology is currently in testing stage and will take some time to reach the market… it will be announce few hours from now at an event.

An interesting move I must say, I feel this is a good innovation. I hope other companies adopt this technology quickly

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