As part of the gradual expansion of my smarthome (might as well do something during lockdown right?) I decided to set up an XBee to improve the reach of my SmartThings hub. Good information for total beginners is a bit of a mission to find so I thought I’d put together a basic summary to start with.
Useful sources of information
- SmartThings integration thanks to “exile”
- The best “beginners guide” I could find by a long way — big kudos to “Gerald N”
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. मगर, 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 दिनों, whereas the parts for an XBee were available next day!
The kit you need…
You need an XBee board
You need a यूएसबी adapter to power (and program) the XBee
You need a यूएसबी 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 यूके 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 यूएसबी adapter with cable from Amazon यूके for £12.99
to be continued…
कृपया नीचे टिप्पणी करके अपने विचार हमें भेजने! आप सदस्यता के लिए चाहते हैं, तो ऊपर दाईं ओर मेनू पर लिंक का उपयोग करें सदस्यता लें. आप नीचे दिए गए सामाजिक लिंक का उपयोग करके अपने दोस्तों के साथ इस साझा कर सकते हैं. चियर्स.