ZIgbee Stick | Conbee II
Yes! A separate gateway is no longer necessary to control your Zigbee products thanks to the ConBee II Zigbee USB dongle. Connected to your Raspberry Pi, PC or Synology Nas, you can use this smart thing to control various Zigbee devices in the house and let them work together. Think of products from brands such as:
ROBB SMARRT (no wall transmitters)
Smart, inexpensive solution
Because these brands supply a wide variety of switches, lamps and sensors, you can create beautiful arrangements to make your home smarter. And not unimportant: in a cheap way!
What do you need
All you need in addition to this dongle is a PC, Raspberry Pi or a Synology Nas. If your ConBee II Zigbee USB dongle is connected to it, it can then get started with various home automation systems, such as Home Assistant, openHAB and Domoticz. The stick quickly turns your PC, Raspberry or Nas into an intelligent home automation controller!
Good to know: You control all your devices locally within your own network. So no cloud is used in which all your data is stored.
The range of the stick is about 30 meters indoors and up to 200 meters with an open field! But wired Zigbee devices, like Z-Wave, set up a MESH network, so you can increase the range by using the modules from your own network. This way you ultimately create optimal coverage of the signal through the different layers of your house.
Going all out
Want to go crazy with Home Automation on a Raspberry Pi? A Zigbee plug-in print is also available.
And if you are looking for a nice wall transmitter that works with the ConBee stick, you can look at the double wall transmitter (L) and scene switch (R) below.
Do you want to install the dongle on Domoticz? You can find the manual for this here.
Are you looking for a similar solution for Z-Wave? Then take a look at the popular Aeonstick from AeonLabs.