How to join XBee3 to a Zigbee network managed by a Nortek HUSBZB-1 dongle

Hi everyone,

Just a quick note to try and help anyone that is planning to use some XBee3 on a Zigbee network that is handled by a Nortek HUSBZB-1 usb stick.

Here is how I’m configured.
Docker image openhab/openhab:snapshot (2.5.0-snapshot at this time)
Nortek usb dongle HUSBZB-1 on /dev/ttyUSB1 configured with the Zigbee binding
The XBee3 chip model I got: XB3-24Z8PT-J
I’ts using firmware: Digi XBee3 Zigbee 3.0 TH version 1005

From what I found the most important parameter to setup right away is the Zigbee stack ZS. It has to be 2. 2 is identified in XCTU as Zigbee Pro.
ATZS2 is the command to use.

The other parameters that you’ll need to change are:
CE: 0
ID: 0
EE: 1
EO: 2 (I’m really not sure this is needed)

Then to get a succesful join I went to the OpenHab mail box and started a Zigbee discovery and gave the XBee3 the ATCB2 command in the Serial terminal of XCTU and voilà. OpenHab detected the device.

Hi Richard,

Have you been able to do anything with it after you got the Xbee3 to join? Are you able to control switches? PWM devices? etc… I thought it would be useless unless you enabled Zigbee HA in XBee3 and that requires an external MCU.

The settings that I’ve used with my XBee3 are detailed here: Digi XBee Zigbee Home Automation