Home Assistant Zigbee2mqtt Setup With RaspBee II on RaspberryPi

Recently I’ve been using Home Assistant installed on a RaspberryPi 4 to handle a lot of my IoT and smart devices. Instead of buying Zigbee routers for every brand and having a mess of bridges, I’ve opted to buy a RaspBee II. But I struggled a lot to set it up using the zigbee2mqtt addon. Luckily for you, I’ve documented my struggles so you can have an easier time.

Installing the RaspBee II

In order to install the RaspBee on your RaspberryPi, simply follow the documentation on the official website.

Keep in mind that the RaspBee should be installed on the first pins in the board. You can see an example on the picture below.

RaspberryPi 4 board with a RaspBee II correctly connected to it

Configuring the RaspberryPi

In order for the RaspberryPi to use the correct addresses for the RaspBee device, you need to change the config.txt where the operating system is installed, usually in a SD card. For this, you will likely need to remove the SD card and edit the file on another system.

The changes you want to make are pretty simple, but keep in mind if you are using a RaspberryPi 3 you should use pi3-miniuart-bt instead of miniuart-bt on the example below.

You might need to use pi3-miniuart-bt if on rp3 but readers also reported that it only worked with miniuart-bt so make sure to try both.

SSH Access & Certificates

In order to generate a certificate to use in in the Mosquitto broker addon, it is easier if you have SSH access to the instance. You can use the SSH & Web Terminal add-on, then enable Show in sidebar.

You can then click on the sidebar (picture below), or setup a username and password on the addon and connect it through SSH using ssh username@homeassistant.local from your local terminal, accept the security prompt, then input your password when asked for it.

Example of how the SSH & Web Terminal screen looks like from inside Home Assistant

After gaining access to the Home Assistant terminal, run the following command to generate a key/cert pair for mqtt and follow the prompts.

openssl req -newkey rsa:2048 -new \
  -nodes -x509 -days 3650 \
  -keyout ssl/mqtt_key.pem \
  -out ssl/mqtt_cert.pem

Your certificate and key will be created on the ssl folder, which is where most applications look for them.

The Mosquitto broker

Simply install the Mosquitto broker add-on. This will create a sort of mosquitto server to handle the mqtt requests coming from zigbee2mqtt.

You will need to configure it to use the new certs you just generated on the previous step. Keep in mind the addon looks for the certificates inside the ssl folder, so you can omit that.

certfile: mqtt_cert.pem
keyfile: mqtt_key.pem

When you start this addon, a new Mosquitto broker integration will pop up on Configuration -> Integrations, enable it to automatically detect new mqtt entities when they become visible on your system.


Finally, in order to properly connect your devices you will need the zigbee2mqtt addon. Though it is not an official addon, so you will need to do an additional step for it to show up to you.

You will need to add the repository URL on the link above into the Supervisor → Add-on store → ⋮ → Manage add-on repositories

Screen of the Home Assistant "Manage add-on repositories" popup with the zigbee2mqtt addon url filled

Then the addon will appear on its own section as show below. After installing it, proceed to the next steps.

Home Assistant addon section showing both the regular and edge versions of the addon

Configuring Zigbee2mqtt addon

If you followed all steps until now, we should be almost done with the setup, the last thing necessary is to add the correct port and adapter to the addon config. You will want the port to be /dev/ttyAMA0, which is where your RaspBee II is located, and the adapter to use to be deconz since, they are the manufacturer of the RaspBee.

  port: /dev/ttyAMA0
  adapter: deconz

That should be it, after the addon is turned on, you can go the web ui and start adding your devices.

Adding a new device

To add a new device you will need to go the Zigbee2mqtt web interface, if you don’t see it on your sidebar, you will need to enable it on the addon’s settings. When you access the page, you can press the Permit join (all) button, highlighted on the picture below.

Then make sure the device you want to add is in pairing mode. If you don’t know exactly how to do it, try checking the manual, but usually the zigbee2mqtt supported devices page is quite useful in telling you how to enable pair mode on the devices they support.

Once your device is detected, it will start a handshake and a green popup will show in the UI, after a few seconds your device should be added to the list of devices.

Zigbee2mqtt web interface with a red arrow pointing to the "Permit join (all)" button

That is it, you have a working setup now. If you still can’t connect or have other problems, try the troubleshooting step below, or open an issue on this blog’s repository and I will try my best to help you out.


If devices can’t pair, try changing the channel to one of the other available channels.

  channel: 11 # 11, 15, 20, or 25

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