The hardware works, which is the main thing. The instructions contain errors and gaps that would be easy to fix (e.g. Home Assistant command line has changed, as another reviewer has helpfully noted). The Raspbian Demo software doesn't yet work for me. Firstly, I found that the necessary config for a 3B+ is not present (didn't get past the rainbow boot screen) and secondly, my older Pi B seemed to load the OS but not the web interface.
Will now reach out to support to see if I can get around these challenges. Will update this forum if I can. Low cost DIY oriented product, so not all surprising, jsut would like to see it fixed.
Postage was OK but could do with better estimation of tracking.
Oct. 20, 2018
Nice shield! Working perfectly with Home Assistant 0.8
I have been using this Pi shield as part of my Home Assistant managed home. I've been using it for two weeks so far and have not had any issues. I currently have 3x Sengled E11-G13, 2x CREE Connected A-19, and 1x Sengled Element Plus connected and have had zero issues, running everything on a Raspberry Pi 3B+. I also have a Hue Bridge, but have not paired the Hue lights to the ZigBee shield.
I followed the PDF guide to set it up. It would be great if the guide was updated for Home Assistant version 0.8 as some of the commands have slightly changed and that might confuse someone not as familiar with terminal commands. When you have SSH access to your Home Assistant, enter "hassio -h" to see the available commands, as they have changed from the PDF. The PDF has you enter the command "hassio host hardware" but that will not return anything as the syntax has changed since the guide was written to "hassio hw info"
Based on my experience so far, I would buy this product again and feel good recommending it to most technically inclined users.
--Had no communication with the company, but was required to leave a rating for that...
Download preconfigured image for your Raspberry Pi unfortunately unable to Open in browser so the next step I initstalled the Sheild with Hassio which gave mixed results was able to control lights but switches did not operate as expected Also I installed sheild with OpenHAB same results as Hassio Contacted Elelabs still waiting for response