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I've been very busy the last weeks. I moved to a new apartment and I was living between moving boxes. Four days ago, I managed to put my desk together and now I have some time (not a lot) to write a new article.
Last month I've received from GearBest two Aqara sensors:
These sensors use Zigbee and I connected them to a Raspberry Pi running Raspbian OS and a dockerized version of Home Assistant. A tutorial for the connection is available here.
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Last week, I published an article about using Xiaomi sensors without a Xiaomi Gateway. The gateway/hub can be replaced with a Raspberry Pi and a USB-ZigBee dongle. You find the instructions here: #ZigBee: Xiaomi Sensors using Raspberry Pi (without Gateway!).
As you can read in that article, two repositories are available to connect and process the data from the Xiaomi sensors. Additionally, Zigbee2mqtt can be connected to Hass.io. Well, I didn't want to use HassOS (the OS on which hass.io runs), but I wanted to use Hass.io running on Raspbian, otherwise with Home Assistant running as an appli...
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This is what I will try to accomplish in this tutorial:
- Flash the USB-Zigbee Dongle with the correct FW
- Install a broker to connect to the sensors
- Configure the sensors using the broker
Xiaomi sensors use Zigbee for the connection which means we need some extra components to connect to them. This is the list of needed hardware:
Wireless Zigbee CC2531 x1 SmartRF04EB x1 Debugger Cable x1