I received the shield as expected ( no delay). I have followed the installation instructions as provided. I am new to openHAB and the Raspberry Pi. It is not working as it should (it won't go online). I have sent 2 emails to Elelabs support but as yet they haven't responded. Not too sure if I'd recommend this device.
July 8, 2019
Won't recommend with Home Assistant. Team doesn't respond.
Bought this a while ago to use with Home Assistant. Device looks solid and shipping was fine. However, it doesn't work very well with Home Assistant. Some devices, especially Xiaomi temperature multi sensor, motion sensor, have troubles pairing or don't work reliably after pairing. The link to demo app on their page is dead. I emailed multiple times about the sensor problems and dead demo app link, but didn't get any response over the past half year.
Instead, I would recommend to buy the Conbee dongle from Dresden Electronics. Works well and the team is very responsive.
Dec. 28, 2018
Home Assistant and Elelabs ZigBee Raspberry Pi Shield
i bought the shield and installed it following the instruction provided by elelabs. I am using Home Assistant in the latest version and i tried pairing a OSRAM Smart Plug and a Xiaomi Aqara Temperature Humidity Sensor without success.
On 17.12.2018 i've sent an email to email@example.com and did not receive any answer yet. I am getting the following error while pairing:
2018-12-17 19:43:45 ERROR (MainThread) [zigpy.device] Failed ZDO request during device initialization: Message send failure: EmberStatus.DELIVERY_FAILED Traceback (most recent call last): File "/usr/local/lib/python3.6/site-packages/zigpy/device.py", line 51, in _initialize epr = await self.zdo.request(0x0005, self.nwk, tries=3, delay=2) File "/usr/local/lib/python3.6/site-packages/zigpy/util.py", line 52, in retry r = await func() File "/usr/local/lib/python3.6/site-packages/zigpy/device.py", line 89, in request expect_reply=expect_reply, File "/usr/local/lib/python3.6/site-packages/bellows/zigbee/application.py", line 241, in request v = await send_fut zigpy.exceptions.DeliveryError: Message send failure: EmberStatus.DELIVERY_FAILED
Maybe i am doing something wrong, but at the moment i would not recommend to buy this one.
Dec. 3, 2018
If you live in central Europe this is the only option
I orderdered this addon for use with Home Assitant, the documentation was OK but basicaly its a copy of the official home assistant docs (as of 3.12.2018). It could be improved by providing more noob friendly information about the particular setup. Im pointing this out because for the price (around 24€ +shipping) you kinda expect adafruit level docs and tutorials. Sadly there just arent any comprehensive docs about zigbee for your average tinkerer (this isnt a problem with the product, just saying).
The hardware works, but for 24€ you expect a board nice and clean and not with a lot of flux residue.
The shipping was a bit expensive for the long wait, but i dont realy care.
TLDR: If you live in central Europe (Slovakia) this is the only option wich works natively with HASS (no Zigbee2MQTT or DeConz). For the price you would expect much better docs, and atleast a cleaned PCB. If it was 10 - 15€ i would say excellent but with this price just go get the HUSZBZ-1 if in the US. But in Europe you have got this or the prorietary DeConz.
Nov. 25, 2018
Total waste of time and money, did not work on HassIO
Hello. Bought a couple of these because of the extended ranged offered and form factor. This product does not work at all: after configuring everything like the docs suggests, HA does not start at all, freezes when zha component is loaded. Tried on a fresh new installation using HASSOS and Pi3B. Tried support by e-mail and oficial forum, no answer from them, I am really upset. Can someone here help me? Thanks.
I am regreting this purchase since I cannot make it work in a Raspberry 3+ with Hassio. The instructions on the page are quite outdated and the troubleshooting part incomplete. For the time being, a total waste of money.
Ordered the Pi Shield and the USB equivalent. Shipping took weeks, which was annoying, but it came from China, so not too surprising. There was tracking available, but it does not provide any ETA, which is the part that needs improvement.
I installed the Pi Shield on my RP3 per the instructions, disabled bluetooth via dtoverlay=pi3-miniuart-bt, and found where the device was listed by the OS. Upon adding the ZHA component to my configuration.yaml and rebooting, Home Assistant would no longer load. I had to SSH in and remove the ZHA config before services would come back up. That's as far as I ever got with the Pi Shield.
With the Shield not working, I tried the USB stick instead. Only had to change the config file from /dev/ttyAMA0 to /dev/ttyUSB0 since both were listed under /dev/. With the new configuration.yaml ZHA settings, Home Assistant actually booted. I was even able to link 3 Centralite motion sensors with it and automate lamps turning on for a period when I walked into a room at night. Very convenient. Then about 2.5 days later, at 3:00 PM when nothing was happening in or around the house, all three devices stopped updating. Either all three defected at the same time, or the receiver gave out. Leaning towards the receiver. 1 star for that, too.
Since both versions of the product ended up failing rather miserably, I'm going to stand the SmartThings Hub back up, configure MQTT, and use that instead. It ran reliably for months without issue. I was just trying to avoid having a cloud-based component since I shouldn't need an ISP to turn on a light in the other room.
Response from Elelabs | Aug. 15, 2018
Thank you for the review. It is sad, that you had such a bad experience with our products.
The only thing, that I would like to point out here is that our products (both Raspberry Pi Shield and USB adapter) only provide the interface to the ZigBee world. The automation, device handlers, even the OS in your case is provided from Home Assistant project. That's an Open Source project, and everyone's contribution is welcome. You can use our products with different Host software, like Home Assistant or OpenHAB projects, or even write your own software, using Python, Node.js or C libraries. For our DIY line of products, we focus on providing the hardware, which you can use differently.
To sum it up: for now, SmartThings Hub indeed is a more mature and stable option, but I would hope that you will check the Home Assistant Github every once in a while to check if the issues, you mentioned, are resolved.