Zigbee - from flakey to stable


(Alec McLure) #185

Haven’t been on this thread in a while - but just saying that @tpmanley ‘s pointer on sleep settings just fixed things for me - that little last tweak. Ihaven’t had a xiaomi drop in months when connected to my Xbees - and of course huge kudos to @adam_walker for this great guide to begin with. Xbees are cool and the fact that you made them accessible is even cooler!


(Jared) #186

Where are you guys finding them for this price? I’m in the US and that should be around $7-8 for 2 and $2 for the usb converter?

But all I can find are $27 xbees and $14 usb adapters. That’s a huge price increase.


#187

Actually, I am also looking for same information. How people are finding these cheap? Would give a try if comes around $7-10. I am not on the edge so I can wait if I need to.


#188

Phil, for reference that is the kit that I’ve purchased in the UK from Farnell/mouser as I couldn’t find the XBee modules particularly cheaply and the issues that everyone has mentioned around the USB adapters being hit and miss so thought this was a reasonable way of getting a working device.

Just got the first one loaded with the ZIGBEE TH Reg firmware opposed to the 802.15.4 that they come with and programmed with the settings as pulled together from the thread in @gswoosh’s post #175, it’s paired successfully with Smartthings and mapped my ZigBee network.

Now to get it in a suitable case to put out between the SmartThings hub and the garage where I’m trying to use some of the Xiaomi Vibration/Motion Sensors.

Did anyone get a DH working with the XBee’s?

Thanks to OP and everyone that’s contributed to this!


(Don) #189

If your using Xiaomi devices, you might be interested in this thread.

I have unplugged my Xbee’s since aquiring two of these devices.


#190

Thanks Don, I am but the XBee I’ve configured is doing the job of keeping the sensors out in the garage connected up.

Out of interest why have you moved from the XBee to the other device for ZigBee repeating/router?


#191

@Bahubali @xamindar

I’ve found the same model XBee’s that @adam_walker was using at the beginning of the thread here, got two for £7 as the power output is higher on the Pro’s: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/DIGI-INTERNATIONAL-ZIGBEE-MODULE-XBEE-PRO-ZB-PCB-ANT-XBP24-Z7PIT-001/173543583604?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649

However I’ve not been able to get the XBP24-BZ7 to play with the SmartThings Zigbee network unlike the newer ones I started with. @adam_walker any chance of getting a copy of your config file to try?

Scan of my network below, the Green Router is one of the ZBee S2C’s that came in the Digi Connectivity Kit, working a treat and keeping the Vibration Sensor in the garage connected. The XBP24-BZ7’s is the ? device connected to my laptop and running the scan from XCTU it’s showing as Type: Unknown but is configured with the same firmware that @adam_walker was running and the settings as per the thread above apart from AO as don’t have option 7 available only 0,1,2,3. It also isn’t found as a thing by SmartThings so there’s something not right somewhere, any pointers would be gratefully received.


(Don) #192

I originally got one of the above mentioned sensors as a test. It works very good at what it is supposed to do.

I’d say the main reason it it’s a plug and play solution. I do like messing with the Xbee. This sensor just plugs in and does its magic.

Also it has other sensors on board to give you extra data. It tells you things like light levels, temperature, pressure. Makes them available to smartthings environment for use.
I like that it tells me the number of devices connected through it. Easy to see if my shed sensors are routing at a glance.

Since I’ve installed my environment sensor he has modified and created newer version with even more options.

Hope that helps.


(Don) #193

I believe you can select AO = 3 it should be the same as 7 in some firmware versions. Your looking for this setting “Explicit+ZDO”

I am sure you have read these 2 threads but there is a bunch of information on Xbee and some of my own experiences with them to possibly help you.

I know when 1 was having issues getting smartthings to see my module it was a setting for " I think parameter D6" been a while since I have messed with these.

I have also had to load the default firmware and power cycle Xbee, Then load the firmware I wanted to use and reconfigure all the settings again to get it to connect again once it had before.

It can be a frustrating process.

Hope that helps you.


#194

Thanks for the replies Don, yeah I’d read that AO=3 on these should be the same and had that set, strangely I’ve unplugged the one XBee Pro that I’d left powered on and connected back up to the laptop and it’s now showing happily as a Router, I’ll have more of a play around with it later this week.

Can’t argue with the other device’s extra features, particularly the visibility of it being alive and the number of devices routing through it. Might have to take a look at getting one of those to play around with also.

Take it no one got anywhere with a DH for the XBee then?


(Don) #195

Several people sent me stuff to try but none of them really worked.