Indigo and Zigbee

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Thu Jul 09, 2020 8:03 am
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Indigo and Zigbee

Indigo can now control zigbee bulbs!!

Wait, I thought it could already? Yes, but only with an expensive Hue hub, that was not compatible with the cheap zigbee sensors and switches.
This way you can use Hue bulbs as the extenders for zigbee network to reach the battery sensors, or save the money on the Hue hub and spend it on devices, which if you use Ikea bulbs or sockets or Aqara sensors, could go a long way..


If you already have a working Hue setup then the Hue plugin is great for that, but it does need a £50 hub and the hub doesnt support many of the various zigbee sensors that are available for a lot less money than the zwave equivalent.

If you dont have the hub and want to try zigbee bulbs or sockets, or the new sensors you can do for the cost of a <$10 USB stick. (the range on the cheap USB stick is pretty poor, you will need some bulbs or sockets to use as routers/extenders but these can be had for <£10 at Ikea .

I am happy with how these are working now so have unplugged my Hue hub and am calling these in production. I have also added the Indigo devices for my zigbee bulbs to Homekit and it actually sets the right colour, which I didnt get via the Hue plugin, so thank to Joe for spending the time ensuring the colour works correctly.

Its not quite plug and play, but nothing particularly complicated once you understand the concept of the MQTT Shims plugin.

Thanks again Joe.

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Thu Jul 09, 2020 9:00 am
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Re: Indigo and Zigbee

Please generate templates for the various devices you have working so I can include them in them in the Shims plugin.

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Thu Jul 09, 2020 9:11 am
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Re: Indigo and Zigbee

Thanks Joe, have done.. and I had forgotten about templates. So yes, it is fairly plug and play by using the device templates in the Shims plugin.

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Fri Jul 31, 2020 10:59 am
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Re: Indigo and Zigbee

I use something entirely different... it is not plug and play but not hard either.

I love Hue and I think as a system it is the most reliable, I have ConbeeII with the Deconz software which I don't like, the support for non very European devices is extremely poor and when you sum the cost of the RPI plus the dongle, Hue starts to look cheap and In my particular case, Zigbee to MQTT because of the hardware involved, the experience has not been very reliable... anyways, it is not my intention to get into a Ford vs Chevy discussion...

In case somebody Is looking for another alternative and while it is not expensive, it is not the cheapest either, I suggest using Habitat Elevation Hub...It is going to be very reliable, it supports an insane amount of Zigbees out of the box and it keeps updating adding more and better device support. I'm not an expert in Python or Json by any means or stretch of imagination which makes me believe the procedure is going to be suitable for all kind of users in case somebody likes the idea.

First install a no cost app called MakerAPI inside the Hubitat hub, then:

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And as a plus, you will have an alternative touch interface to control your zigbees in case your Indigo Macs gets unavailable for whatever reason.

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Hope this helps... It is just and idea that might work for some. :)
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Fri Jul 31, 2020 11:04 am
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Re: Indigo and Zigbee

Sorry I forgot....

You use the variables ID on the JSON like this:

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Re: Indigo and Zigbee

Super nice tutorial. Thanks for sharing.

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