I miss any official documentation on the Home Assistant SkyConnect.
Some other people seem to have the same issue:
Currently I already have a Conbee II running deconz/phoscon connected to a RPi running Home Assistant OS with HA Core 2022.12.5. It works okay-ish with 30+ devices on the network.
As I learned, currently there is no way to migrate from ConBee to SkyConnect. You have to re-pair and re-build everything, which would be fine for me.
Currently I plan to run both dongles in parallel, using the Conbee for (legacy) ZigBee devices while switching over devices to Matter/Thread from time to time and connect them to SkyConnect, when the support for it is ready.
But I read concerns, that using both ZigBee and Matter/Thread with a single dongle is not a great idea, since with larger ZigBee networks the EFR32MG21 may perform not that good in this multiprotocol environment.
So NOT migrating all ZigBee devices over to SkyConnect and instead running both adapters seems to be the way here I guess?
I maybe will test the ZigBee capabilities of the SkyConnect dongle before the Matter/Thread integration is ready for HA Core.
BTW thanks to @Hedda for the amazing information in the various mentioned forum threads regarding the SkyConnect.
Four things I need to know at the moment:
- How do I integrate SkyConnect to HA Core running on HA OS? ZHA is mentioned briefly somewhere.
- How do I setup the ZigBee network in terms of channels so that the SkyConnect and ConBee don’t interfere?
- Also is there an alpha/beta build I can test the matter/thread protocol with? I will provide feedback to the devs tho.
- When will the SkyConnect page or the FAQ will get updated with important questions like migration paths from existing ZigBee networks, compatibility with addon/integrations/other ZigBee dongles, state of the matter/thread integration/addon etc.
Maybe someone from Home Assistant / Nabu Casa can have a look?