RaspBee (BRIDGE/Gateway ZigBee for Raspberry Pi)

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Proconductor: Phoscon
Category: BRIDGE/Gateway ZigBee↔︎TCP/IP
Type: Additional form for Raspberry Pi
Technology: Wi-Fi / ZigBee
Installation difficulties: Media
Ease of use: Media
Availability: Amazon
Review review: 1.3

Front premium RaspBee

The "RaspBee”Of the Dresden Elektronik is a small and cheap additional form which allows Raspberry Pi to implement radio transmission / reception via proProtocol ZigBee. As you know, different promanufacturers have opted this procommunication protocol as standard of the profirst home automation solutions: is the case of the note line products Philips HUE, Xiaomi Aqara, Ikea TRÅDFRI and many others.

"RaspBee”It is particularly useful to solve a specific one problema: mounted on Raspberry Pi as an additional GPIO module and used in conjunction with a personale HUB (Home Assistant, Homebridge etc.), this module allows you to check different devices, of different proproducers, who use different declinations of the proProtocol ZigBee. It is a low consumption component prothrown for coverage up to 500 meters (net of any obstacles), and is compatible with all existing models of Raspberry Pi, as far as is recommended by the promanufacturer to use it only on versions Raspberry Pi type B, RPi2, RPi3 and RPi4 with ethernet port, or higher models.

RaspBee mounted
RaspBee mounted on Raspberry Pi.

RaspBee it is usually preferred to the brother ConBee for being able to be mounted directly on the board of the Raspberry Pi, while the other model is a USB dongle; moreover, RaspBee costs about ten euros less.

On the other hand, it is a purchase - that of RaspBee - which guarantees its use alone with Raspberry Pi, so it is less advantageous in terms of future reusability, unlike ConBee.

In particular

"RaspBee"Makes available il proProtocol ZigBee to the operating environment of the computer that mounts it, thus transforming it (through the adoption of the software deCONZ) in a BRIDGE/Gateway ZigBee↔︎TCP/IP to all effects. This means that if you have home automation components based on ZigBee (which typically need, in order to be controlled, a "collector", a BRIDGE appunto) it will be possible check them directly - through HUB personal - without the need to implement the BRIDGE/Gateway solitamente proplace in havenamento.

As anticipated, the adoption of components based on the excellent home automation standard ZigBee provides also the adoption of BRIDGE/Gateway Zigbee↔︎TCP/IP of the same line products (eg. Gateway Philips HUE to check the components of the same line), except in cases of interoperability (eg the existing possibility to check components ZigBee LUMI Aqara means Gateway Xiaomi Mijia) - as well as the forced use of app furnishings apposite provided by proproducers of gateway.

The adoption of this type of component essentially allows to avoid the hateful vendor lock-in indirectly given by the adoption a BRIDGE/Gateway different for each line prodotti, among other things not always integrable with our loved ones HUB personal.

Domotics integrability

Let's see in which modes the majors personal HUBmanage to integrate deCONZ (and therefore the components ZigBee on it certificates):

HUBModalità di integrazione
Home Assistant
(distribution HASSIO)
Add-on dedicated (deCONZ server) + component of native integration Home Assistant. Simply connect the antenna on the Raspberry Pi, install theadd-on and access the web interface of deCONZ to configure the components ZigBee. Finally, it is sufficient to access the "Integrations" section of Home Assistant, add "deCONZ" and finish the configuration. At the end appall will entity rapprepresenting the components mediated via deCONZ.

GUIDE TO INTEGRATION

Home Assistant
(installed as applicativo)
Regardless of where it is running Home Assistant, it is necessary to install deCONZ (the installations vary depending on the type of operating system that will host it) on the same computer or on a computer connected on the same LAN, then access the deCONZ web interface to configure the components ZigBee. Subsequently, it is sufficient to access the "Integrations" section of Home Assistant, add "deCONZ" and finish the configuration pointing it at the instance (local or present on the LAN) of deCONZ just before it started. At the end appall will entity rapprepresenting the components mediated via deCONZ.GUIDE TO INTEGRATION
openHABRegardless of where it is running openHAB, it is necessary to install deCONZ (the installations vary depending on the type of operating system that will host it) on the same computer or on a computer connected on the same LAN, then access the deCONZ web interface to configure the components ZigBee. Subsequently it is necessary to configure the native binding openHAB towards the instance (local or present on the LAN) of deCONZ just before started. At the end appall will entity rapprepresenting the components mediated via deCONZ.
DomoticzRegardless of where Domoticz is running, you need to install deCONZ (the installations vary depending on the type of operating system that will host it) on the same computer or on a computer connected on the same LAN, then access the deCONZ web interface to configure the components ZigBee. Subsequently it is necessary to configure the deCONZ plugin towards the instance (local or present on the LAN) of deCONZ just before started. At the end appall will entity rapprepresenting the components mediated via deCONZ.
HomebridgeRegardless of where Home is runningbridge, it is necessary to install deCONZ (the installations vary depending on the type of operating system that will host it) on the same computer or on a computer connected on the same LAN, then access the deCONZ web interface to configure the components ZigBee. Subsequently it is necessary to configure the home pluginbridge-platform-deconz and configure appropriatenameHomebridge towards the instance (local or present on the LAN) of deCONZ just before started. At the end appthey will come to theapp Appthe "Houses" all entity rappshowing the components mediated by deCONZ, but with limitations.
HomeyThink of using RaspBee with Homey not only would it not be technically possible, but above all it wouldn't make any sense: Homey it's a personale HUB hardware equipped with antenna ZigBee and of a whole series of apps to integrate a huge variety of components ZigBee.

Manual

The user manual is available here.

Linux compatibility

The complete list (and continuously updatednamento) of the devices ZigBee compatible with deCONZ + ConBee is available here.

Availability and cost

"RaspBee”Is distributed at the major retail market channels.
Su Amazon is available at a price around to the 35 euro.

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