Aqara Motion Sensor, REQUIRES AQARA HUB, Zigbee Connection, for Alarm System and Smart Home Automation, Broad Detection Range, Compatible with Apple HomeKit, Alexa, Works With IFTTT

Aqara Motion Sensor, REQUIRES AQARA HUB, Zigbee Connection, for Alarm System and Smart Home Automation, Broad Detection Range, Compatible with Apple HomeKit, Alexa, Works With IFTTT Aqara Motion Sensor, REQUIRES AQARA HUB, Zigbee Connection, for Alarm System and Smart Home Automation, Broad Detection Range, Compatible with Apple HomeKit, Alexa, Works With IFTTT

$20.49

OVERALL top pick for motion and lux sensor. If you have Hubitat or Home Assistant this is the one you need to go for due to value and functionality. Others…

SmartScore

9
9 of 10 stars

Why: This little device hit all high scores except for openness. Xiaomi decided to use proprietary Zigbee and hence not easy to connect to some Zigbee hubs.

Protocols: Zigbee

$20.49 on Amazon

What we liked:

  • Broad detection range (Up to 22 feet with 170 degrees view angle)
  • Great value for money
  • Has lux sensor
  • Has easy to use mounting

What we did not like:

  • Not easily used with other zigbee hubs
  • No official support of SmartThings
  • Homekit compatible only via hub
  • Not pet immune

How to use Aqara Sensor with SmarThings

  1. Add the device handlers for each sensor in the Smartthings Groovy IDE
    You will need to add device handlers for each sensor on github published by user bspranger. Then start the pairing mode by long pressing the reset button on the sensors, then adding the devices in the Smartthings Classic app on my Android phone (i.e. “add a thing”).
  2. Pairing sensors using Smartthings Classic app
    Long press the reset button, wait for 3 quick blinks, and then short pressing reset. The vibration sensors is more challenging and require pressing the reset button repeatedly every few seconds for several minutes. It met with error, exit the “add a thing” tab, come back to “add a thing” and the sensor will show up

How to use Aqara Sensor with Home Assistant

Overall it is easy to use it with HA. There is an official component we recommend to use. You will also need a zigbee controller, you can use Hue controller or look at our list of best hardware for home assistant for recommendations.

There is one small issue that have been reported with the sensor. Which relates to the 2 min window. Basically if sensor detects motion HA entity stays in a state of “on” for 2 minutes even though there is no motion during that time. There is a cool solution found in one of the forum posts

Last update on 2021-10-25 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API