Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.




7 posts

Wannabe Geek
+1 received by user: 3


# 248107 10-Mar-2019 18:32
Send private message quote this post

Hi all,

 

I'm making 'some' progress with my Home Assistant setup, but my purchase of an Elelabs USB Zigbee stick has been a complete and utter fail!  As in I can't even count the hours I've spent trying to get the little bugger working - and zero help from the Elelabs people, who now seem to have stopped making them!!!  

 

So that's just great. 🙄

 

In essence, I was keen to know if anyone else has had any success with a good USB controller that can work with a Raspberry Pi-based home automation setup?  I know that if I go with (NZ-compatible) Z-Wave, the Aeotec stick from Fusion or Active Automation is probably my best bet.  But I have a couple of zigbee door sensors that I'm keen to get going (if I can), and finding other affordable NZ-frequency Z-wave accessories seems to be challenging.

 

Smartthings hub would be cool, as would a Wink, but they only come with US-legal Z-wave, and I don't back my hardware skills enough to get in there and disable that.

 

So, I've really come up with nothing.  Anyone out there got a great solution before I give up and just go Z-wave?

 

Thanks!


Create new topic
22061 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 4682

Trusted
Subscriber

  # 2195220 10-Mar-2019 19:47
Send private message quote this post

I have had the parts arrive to do this - http://zteo.com/posts/zigbee2mqtt-step-by-step/ - but am still lacking motivation and effort to see it thru, since I still only have a test MQTT running on a windows PC it would mean doing it twice when I finally get a pi setup for that.

 

I have a US smart things and have just turned the zwave radio off in the web UI, from a quick look on a cheap spectrum there is nothing coming from it in the cellular band other than when its on and I start a discovery. But all my wemo lamps keep losing their connection to the smartthings and will only come back if I powercycle them 5 times to reset them and re search for devices on smart things. And that gets real old real fast.

 

If the zigbee2mqtt isnt any better I will be selling off some wemo lamps ;)





Richard rich.ms

575 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 65

Trusted
Internet by Design

  # 2195353 10-Mar-2019 22:00
Send private message quote this post

I'm using this with a metric crapton of Xiaomi kit and Hue bulbs. Works a treat!

 

https://www.dresden-elektronik.de/funktechnik/solutions/wireless-light-control/raspbee/?L=1&cHash=c9c902ccdb43164696acccf81b62b2bd





Ask me about Web Servers, Wordpress and the internet in general.

 

 

 

Internet by Design


 
 
 
 




7 posts

Wannabe Geek
+1 received by user: 3


  # 2196541 12-Mar-2019 14:35
Send private message quote this post

I haven't tried the Raspbee shield - might give that a go!  Are you using it with an RPi 1, 2 or 3?


686 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 129

Subscriber

  # 2196543 12-Mar-2019 14:37
Send private message quote this post

I have gone through the DIY zigbee2mqtt route and it was way easier to get going that anticipated. I am using it in hass.io (Home Assistant).

 

Currently have 5 Xiaomi temp sensors reporting to it and will soon add a door sensor. It's been great, really.


575 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 65

Trusted
Internet by Design

  # 2196588 12-Mar-2019 15:30
Send private message quote this post

thecrane:

 

I haven't tried the Raspbee shield - might give that a go!  Are you using it with an RPi 1, 2 or 3?

 

 

 

 

A 3





Ask me about Web Servers, Wordpress and the internet in general.

 

 

 

Internet by Design


2769 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 99


  # 2206001 27-Mar-2019 23:08
Send private message quote this post

I use zigbee2mqtt. Works well.




HTPC: Intel i3-2100 / 12GB RAM / AMD HD7750 / 480 GB SSD / 58TB Storage / MediaPortal / MadVR / Win10
AVR: Pioneer Elite SC-LX87 220W 9.2 Ch AVR
Speakers: Wharfedale Jade 7 Fronts / Jade 2c Center / Jade 5 Rears
Subs: iNuke 3000dsp 3000W proamp with 4x 15" JBL Sealed Subs
Display: Samsung 60" UA60H6400 LCD TV
Accessories: Gefen HDMI Detective with splitter


195 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 45


  # 2206008 27-Mar-2019 23:59
Send private message quote this post

thecrane:

Smartthings hub would be cool, as would a Wink, but they only come with US-legal Z-wave, and I don't back my hardware skills enough to get in there and disable that.



Have a look at the Hubitat Elevation hub https://hubitat.com.

It's made by one of the Smartthings devs and supports NZ z-wave as well as zigbee. I use it for my z-wave door lock and light switches with HA and MQTT.

Create new topic



Twitter »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

WLG-X festival to celebrate creativity and innovation
Posted 22-May-2019 17:53


HPE to acquire supercomputing leader Cray
Posted 20-May-2019 11:07


Techweek starting around NZ today
Posted 20-May-2019 09:52


Porirua City Council first to adopt new council software solution Datascape
Posted 15-May-2019 12:00


New survey provides insight into schools' technology challenges and plans
Posted 15-May-2019 09:30


Apple Music now available on Alexa devices in Australia and New Zealand
Posted 15-May-2019 09:11


Make a stand against cyberbullying this Pink Shirt Day
Posted 14-May-2019 20:23


Samsung first TV manufacturer to launch the Apple TV App and Airplay 2
Posted 14-May-2019 20:11


Vodafone New Zealand sold
Posted 14-May-2019 07:25


Kordia boosts cloud performance with locally-hosted Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute
Posted 8-May-2019 10:25


Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute in New Zealand opens up faster, more secure internet for Kiwi businesses
Posted 8-May-2019 09:39


Vocus Communications to deliver Microsoft Azure Cloud Solutions through Azure ExpressRoute
Posted 8-May-2019 09:25


Independent NZ feature film #statusPending to premiere during WLG-X
Posted 6-May-2019 22:13


The ultimate dog photoshoot with Nokia 9 PureView #ForgottenDogsofInstagram
Posted 6-May-2019 09:41


Nokia 9 PureView available in New Zealand
Posted 6-May-2019 09:06



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.


Support Geekzone »

Our community of supporters help make Geekzone possible. Click the button below to join them.

Support Geezone on PressPatron



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.