$9.90 SONOFF Zigbee 3.0 USB Dongle Plus works with Home Assistant

ITEAD has launched a new Zigbee dongle with the Sonoff Zigbee 3.0 USB Dongle Plus powered by Texas Instruments CC2652P wireless MCU which follows the company’s Zigbee 3.0 USB Dongle based on Silicon Labs EFT32MG21 Cortex-M4 microcontroller.

The dongle is pre-flashed with Z-Stack 3.x.0 coordinator firmware which enables ZHA in Home Assistant or Zigbee2MQTT compatibility.

Sonoff Zigbee 3.0 USB Dongle Plus

Sonoff Zigbee 3.0 USB Dongle Plus (ZBDongle-P) specifications:

  • Wireless MCU – Texas Instruments CC2652P SimpleLink Arm Cortex-M4F multiprotocol 2.4 GHz wireless MCU with integrated power amplifier for Bluetooth 5.2 Low Energy, Thread, Zigbee 3.0
  • Connectivity – Zigbee 3.0 with SMA antenna connector, +20 dBm output gain
  • Host interface – USB port with CP2102N USB to TTL chip
  • Expansion – 5-pin IO header with programming pins
  • Misc – Button and reset buttons, LED, DIP switch for hardware flow control
  • Power Supply – 5V/100mA via USB port, LDO
  • Dimensions –  (Aluminum alloy)
  • Weight – 87 x 25.5 x 13.5 mm (Antenna: 108 mm length)
  • Temperature Range – -10°C to 40°C

Sonoff Zigbee 3.0 USB Dongle Plus Board

ITEAD does not directly compare the “Plus” version with the earlier Zigbee 3.0 USB Dongle, but the new model should have a longer range, and possibly support more nodes with “21 direct children by default and up to 40 children”, while also writing “you can modify the relevant configuration to support up to 100 children”.

As a universal Zigbee USB stick, SONOFF Zigbee 3.0 USB Dongle Plus can be used with a Home Assistant gateway or other open-source platforms via ZHA or Zigbee2MQTT to locally control Zigbee sub-devices as explained in a short getting started guide. That means it can be connected to Home Assistant Blue or a Raspberry Pi board for additional Zigbee connectivity. Such gateway would support any compatible Zigbee devices include the many Sonoff “ZB” devices

The SONOFF Zigbee 3.0 USB Dongle Plus ships with an antenna and a user manual for $9.90. But note that supply is limited, and the USB dongle is only up for pre-order, with the second batch of dongles soon to be sold out, and orders after October 18 will only be shipped at the end of November.

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TLS
TLS
1 day ago

I’m just curious why it needs a “heatsink” type housing, considering ZigBee chips don’t run hot at all.

FHFS
1 day ago

I just payed 3x the price for a zigstar v4 and I got a 3d printed case which isn’t very good.

FHFS
1 day ago

With shipping it comes to 40usd to send to the Netherlands. Maybe it will be available on aliexpress, that would save a lot on shipping

fl0w
fl0w
1 day ago

By default they ship it with DHL, but you can choose the Special Line for $4.38…

Christian
Christian
13 hours ago

Coupon bf9zyp7q takes a 1.19 off

Christian
Christian
13 hours ago

This dongle would be even better if they exposed some of the unused pins so they could be used for I/O.
PTVO’s configurable firmware now supports the CC2652P: https://ptvo.info/cc2652r1-cc2652rb-cc2652p-cc1352p2-configurable-router-firmware-748/

Christian
Christian
13 hours ago

I/O similar to this ITEAD Zigbee CC2531 USB Dongle: https://itead.cc/product/cc2531-usb-dongle/

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