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kannz
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Home assistant?

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I see that home assistant is installable. Is there hardware to make use of zigbee devices or is this just for wifi stuff?
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For zigbee, you need something like a Raspbee II or their Conbee II (similar thing, but USB rather than GPIO). The base Pi board can't communicate with Zigbee alone, but can of course do wifi stuff.

There are similar boards available out there from other suppliers, but I can vouch for the Conbee II as I run one with HASS-OS on a Pi4 (the Home Assistant under DietPi is a little limited and lacks the supervisor and plugins, although it is functional in itself for the core stuff).
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the Home Assistant under DietPi is a little limited and lacks the supervisor and plugins
But this is a limitation of HA due to it's dependency and not of DietPi. Theoretically you could install Home Assistant Supervised on DietPi as well, but dependency are quite strickt and conflicting with some DietPi functions, like Network Manager. I did a test a year ago and it was working (somehow) viewtopic.php?p=29512#p29512
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hmm would either of those usb zigbee devices work with the c2? also what conflict with network manager? if i cant get this working with a samba share and pihole running then owell.
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The Conbee II details are here. It's more focussed on what Zigbee devices they work with than what platforms it runs on. It lists PCs/laptops as well as Intel NUCs and Pi's, but it might be worth contacting them directly to ask.

In my personal case I started with HA under DietPi, but wanted the full install so got a Pi4 and stuck it on that instead (using their SD card image). It did work ok under DietPi but with the aforementioned limitations. I didn't know at the time of the options Joulinar mentioned, but to be honest for the cost of a Pi4 it wasn't really a bank-breaker to spin things off anyway.

It also meant that there wasn't any issue for HA when I worked on or updated DietPi on its original Pi, as there was no issues to the service when upgrading or installing other stuff on DietPi.
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what is a supervisor and what plugins aren't there? going to barrow a friends conbee2. said i could keep it if i could get it working. that didn't give a bunch of confidence. lol
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network manager is an app to manage network connections, which is basically conflicting with DietPi configurations scrips as we use ifupdown. In practice it is working using network manager, but you need to be aware that you are loosing possibility to manage network settings via dietpi-config.
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Is that needed every boot to connect every time or is it just something that can be ignored like a ui? The whole time I've used dietpi I've only accidentally went into the network manager. Never needed to specifically use it for something.
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if you don't use it, it should be fine to have it ignored. Bust something to be aware of :)
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Cool. Once my friend hands over the ZigBee USB device I'm going try to get it installed.
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