Felt like a good idea to create a thread for anyone wanting to know about Conbee Zigbee radio sticks, or those having issues with there setup. I will try and flesh out this first post over time. Happy for others to contribute... And correct my mistakes
What is Conbee?
Conbee is a Zigbee radio in a USB stick, typically connected to a Raspberry Pi or Windows PC. There are currently 2 versions, a Conbee and Conbee2. Conbee supports various home automation brands, such as Philips Hue and IKEA.
Why might I need / want a Conbee stick incorporated into a Hubitat-based setup?
- More Options - You may have some Zigbee devices that are not natively supported by HE or certain features are not supported in the HE drivers. Some examples include IKEA On/Off switches and the "hold" function on the On and Off buttons of a Philips Hue Dimmer switch.
- Sniffing a Zigbee Network - some use the Conbee version one USB stick to sniff traffic on an existing Zigbee network.
Integrating Conbee into a HE Setup
One installation option is to attach a Conbee stick to a Raspberry Pi and install the DeConz and PhosCon software. The DeCONZ system has a REST API which has been utilised by @martinez.mp3 in his suite of HE drivers, allowing various switches and lights to be incorporated into a HE setup. See link in Community Threads section.
General (External) Links
Main Web Site:
Other Community Threads
Useful Support Related Links
Manually updating firmware for deCONZ (I typically follow the first link):
Resolving Firmware Issue On Conbee2
Update deCONZ manually · dresden-elektronik/deconz-rest-plugin Wiki
One example of why you should use a USB extension cable: