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Zigbee home automation on Pi Zero W

Fri Sep 07, 2018 6:01 pm

Hi everyone,

Hoping someone here can help clarify some things for in the home automation space.
I want to create my own smart home hub and from my research i think Zigbee is the most appropriate communication between my devices and hub mainly because they're cheaper than z-wave.

My question is how do i use Zigbee with the raspberry pi?
i was looking at the Xbee module https://uk.rs-online.com/web/p/products/1225774/

Does this module support zigbee and if so can it be connected directly to the raspi?
I was also looking at the nrf24l01 module and noticed they operate on the same frequeny (2.4GHz) does this mean it can also communicate with Zigbee devices?

Any help is appreciated as i am very new to this.

Thanks in advance

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Re: Zigbee home automation on Pi Zero W

Fri Sep 07, 2018 9:31 pm

Now I am not sure about this but someone might correct me on this but the RPi should be capable of doing zigbee without any extra hardware as it already has a 2.4GHz radio. WiFi, Bluetooth and Zigbee all use 2.4GHz radio but are just different protocols (i.e just different software).

I did a quick google and didn't find anything about using Zigbee on RPi without extra hardware.

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Re: Zigbee home automation on Pi Zero W

Fri Sep 07, 2018 10:46 pm

zigate is a zigbee network sniffing tool /hub i found on kickstarter https://zigate.fr/wiki/ and then did nothing with.. i have yet to invest in any zigbee sensors finding it easier to lift data from cheaper ble based sensors atm. i need 2 x pi-zero-W modules to give me total ble sensor coverage over the house. (small uk properties..;) )

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Re: Zigbee home automation on Pi Zero W

Sat Sep 08, 2018 12:07 am

Zigbee are great but are expensive. I switch my IOT using MQTT via esp8266 and nrf24L01 which are way cheaper than zigbee.

The only Zigbee device are my Roomba remote interface I did for my model 400 which is still working even if it ~10 years old and I had change the battery multiple times.

https://www.raspberrypi.org/forums/view ... 09#p463609

https://www.raspberrypi.org/forums/view ... 1#p1156616

for the ESP8266 check some sonoff switch like tasmota github. Works very well with MQTT. All my home is using it and my amazon echo run them.

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Re: Zigbee home automation on Pi Zero W

Sun Jan 13, 2019 2:02 pm

Depend of manufacturer, Zigbee is not so expensive.
On Xiaomi device, you can find lot of devices under 10$. For a complete product and not a DIY.
You can too use a CC2531 as coordinator, it cost less than 10$ too.

I m agree, it s more expansive than ESP8266, but it's not the same installation. More possibilities with zigbee.

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Re: Zigbee home automation on Pi Zero W

Tue Jan 15, 2019 10:44 am

Hi, I have also worked with ZigBee Products using Long range relays boards to be controlled by Wireless modem which connected via the USB port of Raspberry Pi I have been using Digi-mesh package using python which will help you out in making your home automated.


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