0Configuración de un repetidor XBee ZigBee

Como parte de la expansión gradual de mi smarthome (bien podría hacer algo durante el cierre correcto?) Decidí configurar un XBee para mejorar el alcance de mi centro SmartThings. Encontrar una buena información para principiantes es una misión, así que pensé en armar un resumen básico para comenzar..

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Why an XBee

I needed a Zig­Bee repeat­er. I have sev­er­al Xiaomi Zig­Bee devices which don’t work well with most repeat­ers due to them not quite fol­low­ing the stand­ards corectly. They do work with the Ikea Trad­fri plugs which only cost £10 (kudos to Ikea!) so if you just need a cheap repeat­er then a Trad­fri plug is a good way to do it. I have one and can con­firm it works well with Xiaomi kit. Sin embargo, I wanted a stronger repeat­er, and I also wanted to be able to see and mon­it­or my Zig­Bee mesh — both things that the XBee can do. The final reas­on in my case was that I don’t want to click-and-col­lect from Ikea dur­ing lock­down but noth­ing was avail­able for deliv­ery soon­er than 30 días, where­as the parts for an XBee were avail­able next day!

The kit you need…

You need an XBee board
You need a USB adapter to power (and pro­gram) the XBee
You need a USB cable to con­nect the adapter (the adapter should come with one)
You prob­ably want a case to keep the whole lot in

I got all of the above in 2 simple pur­chases for a com­bined total of £31.35…
I got the XB24CZ7WIT-004 Zig­Bee Mod­ule itself from RSCom­pon­ents in the Reino Unido for £18.36 (inc VAT and free deliv­ery). This came next day in a neat little plastic box which is per­fect for keep­ing the whole setup in.
I got the USB adapter with cable from Amazon Reino Unido for £12.99

to be con­tin­ued…

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