Today I published fresh packages for Domoticz and the Domoticz-Zigate. As the instructions have changed for setting up the Domoticz-Zigate, this is an updated blog, verified with v4.12.102 of the Domoticz-Zigate plugin.
Many countries are now talking about longer lockdowns to restrict new strains of the Coronavirus. When the new US President takes office, many suspect he will introduce more stringent restrictions than his predecessor. Smart lighting can make life more enjoyable when spending time at home.
At the same time, more and more companies are bringing out low-cost Zigbee solutions. A previous blog covered Lidl's new products in December. Ikea's products are also incredibly cheap, they include a wide range of bulbs, buttons, motion sensors, smart sockets and other accessories that work with free solutions like Domoticz.
NOTE: when you use the ZiGate stick, you do not need to buy the hub from Philips, Ikea or any other vendor and you do not need their proprietary apps. Your ZiGate stick becomes the hub.
Federico Ceratto and I have been working on the Debian packaging of Domoticz, one of the leading free and open source home automation / smart home solutions. As there are a large suite of packages involved, I'm keen to find more people willing to collaborate on a parallel packaging for Fedora. Many of the enhancements we've made for Debian, such as the directory structure, are applicable across all GNU/Linux distributions.
As part of that effort, I've also been packaging the plugin for the Zigate USB stick and two of the utilities for updating firmware on the Zigate, the JennicModuleProgrammer and the zigate-flasher. This gives users a complete solution in the form of familiar packages.
These are initially Debian packages, also available for Raspbian, but I also try to share any lessons from this effort with the upstream developers and also provide a foundation for Fedora packaging. Fedora already has the core Domoticz package since Fedora 32. Some of the other related packages described here are fairly straightforward to port.
If you have a regular Debian setup, you can skip to the next section.
cator a similar tool
timedatectlto verify the time and time synchronization is correct
ip addrto see your IP address
/etc/ssh/sshd_config(you don't want the script kiddies next door turning on your heating system in the middle of summer do you?)
As these were not included in the recent release of Debian 10 (buster) and as they are evolving more rapidly than packages in the stable distribution, I'm distributing them through Debify.
To use packages from Debify, the first step is to update your apt configuration. This works for regular Debian or Raspbian systems running stretch or buster:
$ wget -O - http://apt.debify.org/add-apt-debify | bash
$ sudo apt update $ sudo apt install domoticz-zigate-plugin
All the necessary packages should be installed automatically. A sample installation log is below for comparison.
You may want to check that you have the latest firmware installed in your Zigate.
sudo apt install jennic-module-programmer zigate-flasher. You can also try the alternative tool, zigate-flasher
sudo JennicModuleProgrammer -s /dev/ttyUSB0 -f /tmp/ZiGate_v3.1d.bin
sudo systemctl restart domoticz
If the JennicModuleProgrammer utility doesn't work for you, if it sits there for ten minutes without doing anything you can also try the zigate-flasher. I packaged both of these so you have the choice: please share your feedback in the Domoticz forums. Repeat the steps above, replacing step 4 with:
$ sudo zigate-flasher -p /dev/ttyUSB0 -w /tmp/ZiGate_v3.1d.bin Found MAC-address: 00:11:22:33:44:55:66:77 writing new flash from /tmp/ZiGate_v3.1d.bin $
Zigbee devices can link directly to each other. This ensures that they keep working if the hub / ZiGate is offline.
To do this with Domoticz and/or multiple bulbs, you need to make the connections in a specific order:
Please share your feedback and questions through the Domoticz forums.
pi@pi5:~ $ sudo apt install domoticz-zigate-plugin Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done The following additional packages will be installed: domoticz jennic-module-programmer libopenzwave1.6 libpython3-dev libpython3.5-dev openzwave The following NEW packages will be installed: domoticz domoticz-zigate-plugin jennic-module-programmer libopenzwave1.6 libpython3-dev libpython3.5-dev openzwave 0 upgraded, 7 newly installed, 0 to remove and 74 not upgraded. Need to get 51.7 MB of archives. After this operation, 91.8 MB of additional disk space will be used. Do you want to continue? [Y/n] y Get:1 http://apt.debify.org/debify debify-raspbian-stretch-backports/main armhf libopenzwave1.6 armhf 1.6+ds-1~bpo9+1 [406 kB] Get:2 http://raspbian.raspberrypi.org/raspbian stretch/main armhf libpython3.5-dev armhf 3.5.3-1+deb9u1 [36.9 MB] Get:3 http://apt.debify.org/debify debify-raspbian-stretch-backports/main armhf openzwave armhf 1.6+ds-1~bpo9+1 [24.6 kB] Get:4 http://apt.debify.org/debify debify-raspbian-stretch-backports/main armhf domoticz armhf 4.11020-2~bpo9+1 [10.8 MB] Get:5 http://apt.debify.org/debify debify-raspbian-stretch-backports/main armhf domoticz-zigate-plugin all 4.4.9~beta1-2~bpo9+1 [3,515 kB] Get:6 http://apt.debify.org/debify debify-raspbian-stretch-backports/main armhf jennic-module-programmer armhf 0.6-1~bpo9+1 [9,690 B] Get:7 http://raspbian.raspberrypi.org/raspbian stretch/main armhf libpython3-dev armhf 3.5.3-1 [18.7 kB] Fetched 51.7 MB in 9s (5,717 kB/s) Selecting previously unselected package libopenzwave1.6. (Reading database ... 34831 files and directories currently installed.) Preparing to unpack .../0-libopenzwave1.6_1.6+ds-1~bpo9+1_armhf.deb ... Unpacking libopenzwave1.6 (1.6+ds-1~bpo9+1) ... Selecting previously unselected package libpython3.5-dev:armhf. Preparing to unpack .../1-libpython3.5-dev_3.5.3-1+deb9u1_armhf.deb ... Unpacking libpython3.5-dev:armhf (3.5.3-1+deb9u1) ... Selecting previously unselected package libpython3-dev:armhf. Preparing to unpack .../2-libpython3-dev_3.5.3-1_armhf.deb ... Unpacking libpython3-dev:armhf (3.5.3-1) ... Selecting previously unselected package openzwave. Preparing to unpack .../3-openzwave_1.6+ds-1~bpo9+1_armhf.deb ... Unpacking openzwave (1.6+ds-1~bpo9+1) ... Selecting previously unselected package domoticz. Preparing to unpack .../4-domoticz_4.11020-2~bpo9+1_armhf.deb ... Unpacking domoticz (4.11020-2~bpo9+1) ... Selecting previously unselected package domoticz-zigate-plugin. Preparing to unpack .../5-domoticz-zigate-plugin_4.4.9~beta1-2~bpo9+1_all.deb ... Unpacking domoticz-zigate-plugin (4.4.9~beta1-2~bpo9+1) ... Selecting previously unselected package jennic-module-programmer. Preparing to unpack .../6-jennic-module-programmer_0.6-1~bpo9+1_armhf.deb ... Unpacking jennic-module-programmer (0.6-1~bpo9+1) ... Setting up jennic-module-programmer (0.6-1~bpo9+1) ... Setting up libopenzwave1.6 (1.6+ds-1~bpo9+1) ... Setting up libpython3.5-dev:armhf (3.5.3-1+deb9u1) ... Processing triggers for libc-bin (2.24-11+deb9u3) ... Processing triggers for man-db (188.8.131.52-2) ... Setting up libpython3-dev:armhf (3.5.3-1) ... Setting up openzwave (1.6+ds-1~bpo9+1) ... Setting up domoticz (4.11020-2~bpo9+1) ... Created symlink /etc/systemd/system/multi-user.target.wants/domoticz.service → /lib/systemd/system/domoticz.service. Setting up domoticz-zigate-plugin (4.4.9~beta1-2~bpo9+1) ... Adding user `domoticz' to group `dialout' ... Adding user domoticz to group dialout Done. pi@pi5:~ $