Newbie on HA with Zigbee2mqtt , aqara devices and this sonoff dongle plus. I started pairing with two aqara devices : a temp/humidity sensor and a wireles mini button.
The battery indicator of the temp/humidity sensor shows a “?” symbol instead of the battery level/status.
I have read other people having battery level indicator issues with aqara devices and this sonoff dongle plus. Has anyone else had this problem and solved it ?
Sometimes takes several hours before xiaomi zigbee devices will report a battery value, it should hopefully show a value after a few more hours.
Unfortunately even then the battery value is only an approximation. Often with some of the older xiaomi / aqara devices the battery value will seem OK but its only when the device drops off the network that I realise the battery is dead. Pretty much anything below 50% means it could die at any time. Most of the xiaomi sensors have brilliant battery life though (years, in some cases).
Starting Zigbee2MQTT fails with the below error message.
2022-01-09T09:28:01.202Z zigbee-herdsman:adapter:zStack:unpi:parser --- parseNext 
Zigbee2MQTT:error 2022-01-09 09:28:59: Error while starting zigbee-herdsman
Zigbee2MQTT:error 2022-01-09 09:28:59: Failed to start zigbee
Zigbee2MQTT:error 2022-01-09 09:28:59: Exiting...
Zigbee2MQTT:error 2022-01-09 09:28:59: Error: Coordinator failed to start, probably the panID is already in use, try a different panID or channel
at Generator.throw (<anonymous>)
at rejected (/app/node_modules/zigbee-herdsman/dist/adapter/z-stack/adapter/startZnp.js:25:65)
npm ERR! code ELIFECYCLE
npm ERR! errno 1
npm ERR! [email protected] start: `node index.js`
npm ERR! Exit status 1
npm ERR! Failed at the [email protected] start script.
npm ERR! This is probably not a problem with npm. There is likely additional logging output above.
npm ERR! A complete log of this run can be found in:
npm ERR! /root/.npm/_logs/2022-01-09T09_28_59_820Z-debug.log
If i change the panID zigbee2MQTT loads but then will have to repair all my devices.
Have i missed something? Would rather avoid repairing if i can.
Backup of your old dongle and restore to new is required for ZHA when migrating from another dongle.
Firmware upgrades usually erase network settings so best to perform a backup before upgrading.
Backup is not strictly necessarily required when upgrading firmware on the same dongle however it is still always recommended to do backups. If you for example mess up and flash the wrong firmware image (as some people do) then you will need that backup to restore without having to pair all devices again. Upgrading firmware can sometimes also reset some configurations stored on the dongle itself.
I bought one of these dongles as my first foray into Zigbee having only started with HA about 9 months ago and only used WiFi devices before now. My HA runs as a VirtualBox VM on a Windows host and I’ve been able to pass through USB to connect the dongle to the HA VM and ZHA detects it OK from within HA. All good so far, this it where it all unravels though.
I have 3 Sonoff Zigbee devices, two motion sensors and a door sensor, all battery powered. When I put them in pairing mode ZHA seems extremely hit and miss whether it detects the device or not despite only being 1 plasterboard wall and about 3m from the dongle. Having added all 3 again last night after reinstalling the integration from scratch just in case, by this morning 2 of the devices reported as “unavailable”. I then moved the sensors so they sat within 20cm of the dongle and although one sensor then reconnected the other stays “unavailable”. What’s more the door sensor that is back online continually reports 2% battery despite the battery having 3.2v tested and having swapped it for another new battery just in case.
My host PC is fairly close to my main Asus WiFi router so could be a source of interference but I’ve connected it to a 2m USB extension lead to get it as far away as practical, surely connectivity shouldn’t be this flaky should it? Is there a chance I’ve got a faulty aerial on the dongle perhaps?
I have a similar setup except I’m using ESXi that also sits next to my ASUS router. My first suggestion is to upgrade the firmware to the latest. I’m running the latest dev version. The firmware that is pre-flashed may not be that great. There is a YouTube vid a few post up that shows the process if you are not familiar. After that try increasing the tx. I was getting a big delay with the default tx. Changing mine to tx 10 helped a great deal. Instructions for that is posted before the YouTube vid about the firmware update. Another thing to check is the make sure your wifi and zigbee network are not using the same channel. I use Zigbee2mqtt and that defaults to channel 11. I assume zha does as well. Hope that helps.
If only using Xiaomi/Aqara and Tuya sensors without any Zigbee Router devices then yes they can be unreliable, especially during pairing. Suggest update coordinator firmware first then follow all these tips:
If you are still having problems after following all that (preferably including adding at a few known good mains-powered Zigbee devices) then I too would assume that your problem is faulty antenna or dongle.
The tx_power in the latest firmware is already set to +9 dBm as default so that should best for most scenarios. Increasing tx_power to more than that you might actually get a worse result because it will only make the coordinator “shout louder” and not “listen better” so it can get issues receiving instead.
Note! Recommendation is to change channel on Wi-Fi routers/APs, and not changing Zigbee channel. Reason for that is that some Zigbee devices will not pair and/or communicate on all Zigbee channels.
Complete Idiot that I am I inadvertently flash the wrong firmware to my Sonoff USB Plus stick, im getting the following on checking dmesg, but when i try and flash using llama or ccbsl i get the 55 error. (I’ve tried the boot button aswell)
I assume the device is dead unless i can reflash using the special TI cjtag debugger? I have a CCdebugger for my old stick but i assume thats no good?
cp210x 1-4:1.0: device disconnected
usb 1-4: new full-speed USB device number 14 using xhci_hcd
usb 1-4: New USB device found, idVendor=10c4, idProduct=ea60, bcdDevice= 1.00
usb 1-4: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2, SerialNumber=3
usb 1-4: Product: Sonoff Zigbee 3.0 USB Dongle Plus
usb 1-4: Manufacturer: ITead
usb 1-4: SerialNumber: 1ea97fabbf19ec118dc37fe5f01c6278
cp210x 1-4:1.0: cp210x converter detected
usb 1-4: cp210x converter now attached to ttyUSB3
Many thanks @billyjoebob999@Hedda
I’ve updated the firmware this evening using the video guide (via Windows) to CC1352P2_CC2652P_launchpad_coordinator_20211217. I’ve also checked my 2.4ghz Wifi channel which is on channel 1 and there’s no other detectable WiFi from neighbours etc on any other channel when using a wifi scanner app on my phone. Despite all that there’s no improvement unfortunately. I’ve tried re-pairing one of the sensors whilst sitting it right next to the dongle and it’s still not being detected and with the one device I do still have connected if I move it more than a couple of metres away it becomes unavailable. I’ve also tried an alternative wireless screw on aerial just in case there’s a fault with the one supplied but that didn’t improve things either so I’m becoming more and more convinced there’s some kind of hardware issue going on here.
Is there an easy way I can test the dongle and connectivity to a sensor from my Windows laptop so I can be in a completely different part of the house, just in case it is something to do with it’s current location?