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Xiaomi Mi Flora Chinese and International version comparison

Xiaomi Miflora sensor allows monitoring of the surrounding environment of the plant. It can monitor temperature, soil moisture, conductivity (acidity of the soil), ambience light. There are 2 versions of the sensor, international and Chinese version. Realistically, I cannot see the difference between the 2 versions.



The left-hand side is the Chinese version and the right is the international version. Other than the packaging, the main difference is the price of the sensor. The International version cost 2x more.

In other forums, there are discussions that the Chinese version cannot connect to the MiHome App. I have set my MiHome app to connect to China server and it is able to register the sensor correctly.

For my usage, I will be connecting to Openhab to monitor the plants andusing Thomas Dietrich MiFlora mqtt daemon as the bridge between Openhab and the sensor.


The International version is detected as Flower care and the firmware version is 3.1.9 while the Chinese version is detecte…

Smart Home Project (Updates)

The project has reached an operational stage with the following milestones.

The original posts can be found at
Starting a smart home project
Smart Home Design V1

The Smart Home is controlled by Openhab2 using a Raspberry PI. After some initial instability, the system finally is able to be functioned smoothly. The main control panel is Habpanel and a sample of the main dashboard is as shown.


Habpanel is one of the official UI supported by Openhab. It comes with some pre-defined widgets such as buttons, frames etc. For the pictures above, some of the widgets are custom widgets created by third parties such as the column of sliding switches, presence detection panel and the fan control panel. User can easily extend habpanel widgets because the widgets are written in AngularJS.

There are 5 main types of communications protocols:

1. WIFI
This is the main backbone used by all the devices.
2. Zigbee
This is mainly used by Xiaomi sensors.
3. RF 433 MHz
This is used by the ceiling fans, doorbell…