Xiaomi & Aqara Devices - Pairing & Keeping them connected

I must also add, in all honesty, that even with Ikea Tradfri Repeaters, you have to make sure that other types of devices are NOT showing up as repeaters. That will kill your Aqara devices.

(There is somewhere in this forum a technical note from the master @veeceeoh as to why these Aqara devices act as crazy as they do.)

I'm looking forward to the forthcoming release of the Zigbee 3.0 version of these sensors. Then, I'll have my cake (cheap functional sensors), and be able to eat it too! (reliable and dependable).

How? The only thing I could think of is with a stick like the HUSBZB-1 or a Zigbee "shield" if one exists. But that would create another coordinator (more or less "hub"), and a Zigbee network can have only one. A "router" (repeater) is what you need, and if you're just looking for something easily powered like USB, an Xbee or Trådfri repeater would suffice (the latter is a lot eaiser to set up--there is basically no setup) and be Xiaomi-friendly.

Even with line of sight, it's probably best to have at least one repeater (and if you have more than 32 "end devices"--non-repeaters--it's necessary).

Let's hope so! But they could also mis-implement Zigbee 3.0 or raise prices to what North American users are used to seeing if they get marketed more widely. I'm hoping for the same, but time will tell.

This sounds like this could be another plug for @iharyadi ‘s powerful Zigbee external sensor / repeater. Check the forums.

I didn't know that. Thought I could use it as an "access point" of some kind. But I also had thought it might have a stronger zigbee radio, and I'd use the stick as my zigbee hub. I had looked at Xbee a while back and should probably look at it again.

That all said, most of my devices are working much better now that I've removed Chromecast beta from my HE. With everything working smoother, maybe the aqara devices will continue to work better as well.

All my mains powered switches have always worked, it is only the wireless switches that drop off. I reconfigured my wifi and channel selection for the Zigbee and reconnected the ikea plugs first then the Xiaomi switches one at a time and all seemed to work fine, no drops for a month, then a power cut!!! and then back to the old drop offs, so started again and still get the same, the switches work and 10 minutes or an indeterminate time period (could be a day) later they don't. If you repeatedly tap the switches they suddenly come back on so god knows what is happening.