Aqara Wireless Mini Switch review: a handy ZigBee button

Our opinion on the Aqara Mini Switch

Aqara Wireless switch

XIAOMI AQARA - ZigBee Smart Wireless Switch

Price as of: November 28, 2021 19 h 24 min

To act on a lamp or connected socket, you have surely taken the habit of doing it vocally, at the risk of waking your loved ones. To avoid this, acting "the old fashioned way" while remaining connected can prove to be invaluable and as such the discreet one. Aqara Wireless Mini Switch might interest you. This is the advantage of this little ZigBee button that we are going to present to you today ...

Aqara Wireless Mini Switch: small but full of resources

Unboxing

Presented in a packaging similar to the rest of the range, the button Aqara Wireless Mini Switch unfolds in the center of a blue circle highlighting its square shape. On the back, there is an illustration of the remote control and its functionalities on the sides. Below are the various technical characteristics.

The box contains:

  • The button Aqara Wireless Mini Switch,
  • An additional adhesive for wall mounting,
  • A quick start guide,
  • A small card with contact details for technical support.

Aqara's mini switch is a tiny square plastic, white on top and gray on the back, only 4.5 1.2 cm x cm. In the center the press stud allows three different uses according to the principle: one press, double press or long press.

Underneath, an operating LED. It lights up discreetly in blue when pairing or when the button is pressed.

The Aqara Wireless Mini Switch button weighs only 18 grams… A real featherweight! Powered by a simple CR2032 battery, a simple 10% rotation of the case will allow it to be opened every two years, since it is its announced autonomy.

On top, finally, a discreet button allows its pairing as its pairing ... So much for the owner's turn!

Information

  • Brand : Aqara
  • Reference : WXKG11LM
  • Size 4.5 cm 4.5 cm x 1.2 cm
  • Weight : 18 grams
  • Protocol : ZigBee
  • Pile : yes CR2032
  • Operating temperature : -10 ° - 50 °
  • Operating humidity : 0 - 95%

“Very beautiful, very cute, the discreet Aqara Wireless Mini Switch does not suffer from any presentation defect. In short, Aqara! "

Installing and using the Aqara button

The button Aqara Wireless Mini Switch can be installed in different ways. Either via the app Aqara Home, provided of course to have a ZigBee gateway such as the Aqara Hub M2 or M1S, which is essential to interface, either byintegrating into a home automation box having the protocol. If the primary use will be more limited because in autarky, the use via a home automation box such as: Home Assistant, Jeedom atlas or even Homey pro ou Homey Bridge (already compatible although still in Beta version) opens up interesting perspectives by using the Aqara button to, for example, turn on / off Philips Hue devices.

Via Aqara Home

To get started with the application available on the stores Android et IOS we refer you to our M2 gateway test. 

From the home page click on the " + "At the top right, select the model, in this case" Wireless Mini Switch ". You are offered to pair it with the hub found. If you only have one click on it, otherwise select the hub to which it will be attached. The Hub will speak to you in English to let you know that it is “ready to install a child device”. Press the reset button for 5 seconds, the LED should start blinking 3 times in blue and immediately after the remote control is recognized, the hub confirms it to you by indicating that "the child device is connected" and it is installed on the home page. In less than a minute the installation is done.

Place the button in the desired location and press the reset button once to check if communication is going well with the hub. If everything is ok, you can fix it.

The goal will now be to create an automation so that an action is triggered when you briefly press once, twice or longer on the button. To do this, click on the button icon. You enter the button activity log for the day or the week. Click at the top right on the " ... ". You access the button settings and in particular "Automation" and "Scene". We have for the example used "Automation".

The principle is based on IF (si)… .THEN (then)… For our example we could thus create an automation for the button:

  • Si : press the switch
  • Alors : switch on the lighting on the M1S hub

A second automation can be done by selecting "double click" to turn off the light.

Test your button, then you will see the log fill up.

Via the Aqara Home application, the button allows interaction with the various devices integrated into the application, but it is possible to act even further with other brands. How? 'Or' What ? Through a home automation box like Homey Pro which unlike its little brother, bridge allows local management. But the integration of Aqara is possible on both models or on other boxes like Jeedom atlas or Home Assistant.

TO READ :
Homey Bridge, a new home automation solution at a low price!

Via Homey Bridge

We have chosen to use the new home automation box Homey Bridge to go further and operate the button Aqara Wireless Mini Switch with any connected object thanks to Homey Flows.

TO READ :
Homey Flows tutorial: creating home automation scenarios (part 1)

Open the app and click on the ... bottom right then on " Applis »Or from the web go to the page: https://homey.app/fr-fr/apps/ 

In the search box type " Aqara "And then" Installer". The installation of the application is done instantly.

Go back to your devices page and click on the "+". You will see Aqara in the list of available applications. Click on it then on the device model to integrate, here the mini switch.

Confirm that you have selected the correct device. A prompt for pairing with the box asks you to press the reset button.

Count to five and your button takes place on your devices page.

From now on you can use the button with other brands than Aqara via the Flows. You can turn on a Philips Hue bulb. To do this, go to Flow, and click " Create a Flow" page (in French).

Fill in the different fields: When (when) by going to find the Aqara button.

On the right, several action proposals are available, for our example, we select: " On stage »Then, still for our example: Pressed 1x.

You can make matters worse by adding an additional condition to be fulfilled according to the same principle, by entering "And".

Then in " Then " click on " Add card »And go find a bulb installed on Homey (for us: Left sink, which is a Philips Hue spot) and the action we want: Activate.

Your cards are filled. You have a test button to check if everything is OK. Is this in line with your wishes? it only remains to give a name for your Flow then save it.

Now with each click on the Aqara Mini Switch, the bulb will light up. If you want to have it as a switch, mount it on a wall or keep it as is, like a remote control that you move. Other Homey Flows can be created on the same principle for double click, long press or when you release the button. You can also monitor the rest of the battery via a Flow and let you know when it drops below X% to think about buying a new battery.

In conclusion, this small, elegant and discreet Aqara Wireless Mini Switch allows you to have the choice of a switch dedicated to Aqara or Xiaomi Home devices, or an actuator for any other connected object if you use it with a home automation box, all at little cost since it is offered between € 16 and € 22 €. With three assignable functions, or even four with the Homey Bridge used here, you will inevitably find a use for this very practical ZigBee button.
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