BT and Zigbee dongle?

Is there a known dongle I could use that incorporates both Bluetooth and Zigbee protocols?

The reason I ask is because I’m running from a Synology 920+ NAS via a virtual machine, currently with a SONOFF Universal Zigbee 3.0 USB Dongle, which occupies the only USB port available to the VM.

So as I have a number of devices that could work via BT, it would be greatly advantageous if I could get a dongle that reliably operates both Zigbee and Bluetooth without having to choose between them (which I currently do, and Zigbee won).

I happened up this one here, could I get some thoughts & opinions?

Thanks In Advance :slight_smile:


Dongle is not supported by ZHA or Zigbee2MQTT, so you will have a hard time using it for Zigbee with HA.

Most all the zigbee chips are also bluetooth capable, but their firmware does not support doing both at the same time. I doubt the linked adapter is any different, but don’t really know.

A usb hub is a cheap, easy, reliable solution.

Esphome bluetooth proxies another cheap and easy solution for many BT devices.

Not quite as cheap, an ethernet connected coordinator could free up the port.

Right, and that’s why I’m asking for help with finding one :slight_smile:

Right, BUT, the VM device only sees one USB - I don’t believe a hub would reliably show up in HA running on the VM.

Forgive my ignorance, but even after a glance over Google, I am not entirely certain what this does? Given my brief check it seems to be a wifi dongle that pretends to be BT?

Again, I’m not sure this is relevant in the context of a VM.

My NAS (and by extension, the VM) is connected to a dedicated Switch - so would it be possible to use an RJ45 from the Switch, which connects to the NAS, to an ethernet coordinator?

Yes, it does not matter how many switches are between the ethernet coordinator and the NAS. All that is needed that they are on the same network.

OK, so correct me if I’m wrong, please.

You are suggesting that on my NAS’ USB I replace the current Zigbee dongle with a Bluetooth one and then connect a new Zigbee coordinator to my Switch via RJ45 - correct?

If you only have 1 USB port, that would be a wise decision. Addition advantage : you can place your coordinator anywhere where there is RJ45 available. Mine is placed in the middle of the house, far away from my HA installation.

I don’t know how synology presents the usb pass-through, but I’d be surprised if it can’t handle passing through multiple devices connected via a hub.

As for the bt proxy stuff see ESPHome Bluetooth Proxy

Also interested in a multiple protocol dongle. Would any of these work with HA on VM:

Also considering an Android VM to run apps that support my IoT products if HA is not compatible with any of these.