Like a lot of people, I’ve struggled with the stability of my Zigbee network. I’ve got a Conbee II coordinator and a handful of routers along with a bunch of Aqara sensors connected via ZHA. It’s been a constant struggle to keep the Aqara sensors connected.
I’ve done a bunch of reading here and have formulated a plan around how to fix things when I deploy a bunch of new routers this weekend:
- I bought a handful of Embrighton light switches and some Sonoff wall plugs to use as routers to increase the density of routers
- Because I’ll have to reset a bunch, I’m thinking I’ll take the opportunity to switch from ZHA to zigbee2mqtt since it seems some have had better luck the way
- I’m going to decrease the power of my coordinator (Conbee II) and re-add routers in order of their distance to the coordinator. I’ll then reset the sensors and hope they connect to a more logical router.
I’ve not seen a strong agreement on whether the order in which you pair devices matters. But in my experience, I’ve not seen the network rearrange itself logically when I add new devices. Thus my plan to re-pair the sensors, which I felt was a good opening to migrate to zigbee2mqtt.
If I’m overcomplicating it, I’m all ears. I’m really not looking forward to repairing automations and everything as I re-add these sensors.
This is my current Zigbee map, from ZHA. These mostly all connected, so I have no idea why half of them don’t show a connection. The rest of it makes about as much sense, with the connections not making logical sense based on location of routers.