0Configurando um repetidor XBee ZigBee

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.

Fontes úteis de informação

Por que um 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. Eles trabalham com o Ikea Tradfri plugs que custa apenas £ 10 (parabéns à 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. No entanto, I wanted a stronger repeater, and I also wanted to be able to see and monitor my ZigBee meshboth 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 dias, whereas the parts for an XBee were available next day!

The kit you need

Você precisa de uma placa XBee
Você precisa de um USB adaptador para poder (and program) o XBee
Você precisa de um USB cable to connect the adapter (o adaptador deve vir com um)
You probably want a case to keep the whole lot in

Eu tenho todos os itens acima em 2 simple purchases for a combined total of £31.35
Eu tenho o XB24CZ7WIT-004 ZigBee Module itself from RSComponents in the Reino Unido por £ 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.
Eu tenho o USB adaptador com cabo da amazon Reino Unido por £ 12,99

to be continued

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