Short Question - how do I fix Zigbee so it’s usable, or should I return everything and invest in Z-Wave?
I’ve got HomeAssistant working with a handful of Sonoff S31’s to automate air purifiers, radios, and lamps in strategic places where I previously had “dumb” timers.
I’d like to add some other sensors for door open/close and maybe motion detection. If we buy a place, I’d like the option to add on some wall switches (but NOT smart bulbs, just switches).
My initial searches suggested Zigbee may be good for cheaper long battery life sensors, and I may be able to get old Lowe’s Iris door sensors dirt cheap on eBay that would work with HomeAssistant…but I started with buying one sensor on Amazon I can return if I can’t make it work.
I’ve tried buying two different Zigbee door sensors, one didn’t work (wouldn’t pair) the other pairs and works, but only has ~30ft range from the gateway (which is hanging off my home server in a central located upstairs “bedroom”).
This didn’t work: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07YDF7967
This works, but has uselessly short range (like 1/3 the length of the house): https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07D37VDM3/
I’ve now read some things saying you HAVE TO have at least 1 smart-bulb or Zigbee is unreliable…so I’m beginning to think I need to return this whole mess and buy Z-Wave stuff even though it costs more. It looks like future switches I’d want would probably be Z-Wave anyway.
So, how do I fix this mess, or do I return it and what should I buy instead?
I thought I’d done my homework but it seems I screwed up in spite of that.