Best and most powerful ZigBee stick?

The cc2652p based ZigBee sticks, also known as v4 ZigBee sticks, are currently one of the most popular options in the market. This is because these modules come with a strong signal amplifier and a PCB antenna that allows for transmission distances of up to 700m without the need for an external antenna. Compared to ZigBee sticks based on the cc2531 chip, these modules offer much better performance.

There are various ZigBee v4 sticks available from different manufacturers, which all use the common cc2652p chip and function in a similar way. However, most of these sticks lack wireless network communication capabilities, which can limit their use in certain scenarios. While there are some cc2652p modules with LAN capabilities, there were no ZigBee v4 sticks with ser2net over WIFI support that could be connected to a standard USB phone charger.

To address this limitation, I decided to design a ZigBee stick v4.5 that supports ser2net, which is wireless serial communication, and doesn’t need to be connected to a home automation hub via USB. The TeHyBug ZigBee Stick V4.5 was born from this idea, and it offers users the flexibility to connect the stick wirelessly to their home network without the need for additional hardware or cables.

The TeHyBug ZigBee Stick V4.5 features a built-in WIFI module that supports ser2net communication, allowing users to connect the stick to their home network wirelessly. This means that the stick can be placed anywhere within the range of the WIFI network, providing greater flexibility in terms of placement and usage. Additionally, the stick is compatible with a range of popular ZigBee devices and can be easily integrated into any existing home automation system.

In conclusion, the TeHyBug ZigBee Stick V4.5 is an innovative and flexible solution that offers users greater flexibility in terms of placement and usage. With its support for ser2net over WIFI and compatibility with a range of ZigBee devices, it’s an ideal choice for anyone looking to expand their home automation system.

ser2net is a popular program used for providing network access to serial ports. It allows users to connect to a serial port on a remote system over a network as if they were directly connected to that port. This can be useful for a variety of applications, such as remotely controlling devices, monitoring data from sensors, or accessing console ports on servers. With ser2net, a device connected to the ZigBee stick can be accessed over the network, making it more convenient to use and integrate with other systems.

How is it possible?

I have added an ESP8266 ESP-01 Module to the v4 stick with an esp-link firmware. That’s it.

video with esp-link configuration

To enable ser2net communication in your zigbe2mqtt you have to add to the configuration.yaml following:

port: 'ser2net_IP_address:23'

in case you don’t want to use the ser2net connection, you can still connect the dongle to your home automation hub via USB and add to the configuration.yaml the usual USB device:

port: /dev/ttyUSB0

Here is a result (it has an IPX antenna connector to connect an external antenna, but in most cases, you will not need it since the cc2652p works perfect with the PCB antenna)

HailBee Zigbee 3.0 Stick v4.5

and it’s available for purchase on Tindie:

Optionally USB Type A Male Connector can be replaced with Micro-USB female connector.

To increase the transmission power of HailBee or almost any v4 Stick, you can add:

  transmit_power: 5

to the configuration.yaml of your zigbe2mqtt

As a value for the transmission power you can set any number from this list: -20,-18,-15,-12,-10,-9,-6,-5,-3,0,1..5,14..20

Now you can connect your ZigBee devices to your Home Automation Hub through HailBee v4.5 Zigbee Coordinator wirelessly through ser2net.

A full list of supported ZigBee devices is available on the official zigbee2mqtt page:

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