Aeotec finally releases its Zigbee controller

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Aeotec finally releases its Zigbee controller

Ah Finally Aeotec releases its Zigbee 3.0 compatible dongle, this manufacturer of quality modules has decided to market a zigbee usb adapter zi-stick ZGA008 to the Silabs protocol with a Chipset almost similar to Skyconnect or Zbdongle-e. But it has the distinction of being the smallest efficient dongle on the market. You are of course even smaller than the Skyconnect provided by Home Assistant.

Your gateway to create your own Zigbee home automation box.

USB ZIGBEE ZI-STICK CONTROLLER - AEOTEC

By Aeotec

Your gateway to create your own Zigbee home automation box.

presentation of the aeotec zi-stick dongle ZGA008 mini zigbee 3.0 adapter

Unboxing

Nothing could be simpler: a beautiful blue box in the colors of the Aeotec brand** contains this micro zigbee dongle, it is carefully protected in a white box. Inside you will find instructions and a safety sheet.

nothing more, nothing less.

unboxing aeotec zi-stick dongle ZGA008 mini zigbee 3.0 adapter

The zi-stick ZGA008 is currently the smallest zigbee dongle on the market, even smaller than the skyconnect, it has a white envelope with a flat face and a rounded back, very good quality manufacturing.

rendering of aeotec dongle zi-stick ZGA008 handheld mini zigbee 3.0 adapter

And a little photo of the back of the adapter zi-stick ZGA008

rendering of the rounded back of the aeotec zi-stick dongle ZGA008 handheld mini zigbee 3.0 adapter

Integration into Zigbee2mqtt

the integration of the Aeotec dongle zi-stick ZGA008 was done without any problems in zigbee2mqtt, but there is still an error, z2m creates 2 bridges of the dongle in the app, which is strange but not redundant.

creation of two zi-stick bridges in zigbee2mqtt

let me explain:

  • the first bridge raises the connection sensor with v12 firmware
  • the second shows all the operating functions of the dongle and a firmware different from the previous bridge.

View of bridge 1 created

view of bridge 1 created in zigbee2mqtt of the zi-stick in zigbee2mqtt

Weird.

View of bridge 2 created

view of bridge 2 created in zigbee2mqtt of the zi-stick in zigbee2mqtt

However, the integration of the modules is done without problems, so it is usable.

Inclusion of a module with the zi-stick aeotec and zigbee2mqtt

This error comes from zigbee2mqtt but I think it could come directly from the firmware injected into the key, an error is possible.

Your gateway to create your own Zigbee home automation box.

USB ZIGBEE ZI-STICK CONTROLLER - AEOTEC

By Aeotec

Your gateway to create your own Zigbee home automation box.

Integration into ZHA

Integration in ZHA poses no problem you simply need to select the destination of the /dev/ttyUSB0 key and the rest is done automatically.

integration in zha of zi-stick in zigbee2mqtt

Integrating a module is done without any difficulty the Aeotec key zi-stick ZGA008 and ZHA do the job.

pairing in zha of a zigbee module with the zi-stick in zigbee2mqtt

You will be able to see by viewing the animated gif that the integration of the key in ZHA does not pose any resistance.

Integration of the aeotec zi-stick dongle into ZHA home assistant

Technical characteristics zi-stick ZGA008

NameZi-Stick
Model NumberZGA008
ChipsetEFR32MG21A020
Product Weight3.5 g
Total Package Weight21.5 g
Product Dimensions37 x 17 x 8.5 mm
Package Dimensions50 x 65 x 20 mm
Zigbee ChipEFR32MG21
Zigbee VersionZigbee 3.0
Zigbee Frequency2.4 GHz
Other protocolsCan be updated to a Thread Stick through Firmware Update to control Thread Matter-based devices.
Power SupplyUSB DC 4.75V to 5.25V
Sensitivity of the RF receiver TX Power+20 dBm
RX sensitivity-99 dBm
Recommended host current50mA
Known compatibilitiesTested to be compatible with Raspberry Pi / Orange Pi / BeagleBone
Tested to be compatible with Windows 10/11 OS
Tested to be compatible with Linux OS
Tested to be compatible with OSX OS
Operating Temperature0°C to 40°C / 40°F to 104°F
Storage Temperature-20 C to 70 C / -4°F to 158°F
Operating Distance200m max distance (open air)

product advantages zi-stick ZGA008

  • the price less than €30
  • zigbee 3.0 compatible
  • Z2M compatible
  • ZHA home assistant compatible
  • openhab compatible
  • the size

the - of the product zi-stick ZGA008

  • No information regarding firmware update
  • perfectible integration in Zigbee2mqtt
  • limited compatibility
Your gateway to create your own Zigbee home automation box.

USB ZIGBEE ZI-STICK CONTROLLER - AEOTEC

By Aeotec

Your gateway to create your own Zigbee home automation box.

Conclusion

Here is a dongle that looks great, Aeotec stands out for the quality of its products and the zi-stick ZGA008 adapter is one of them. The firmware update is not yet available but there is no doubt that it will be the case in the coming weeks and I will keep you informed. If the size criterion is important to you then this dongle will hold a place of first choice.

Or you prefer to donate money to the nabu casa foundation by investing in Home assistant’s skyconnect which has similar characteristics for a similar price.

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Nico

Nico

Founding member of the Haade site, a home automation enthusiast with all the tricks that go well.

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