More from Sonoff – SNZB-06P Zigbee Human Presence Sensor

SNZB-06P Sensor

This is my initial writeup also the follow-up on the brand-new SNZB-06P Presense Sensor whose box says “Microwave Radar”, “Presence Detection”, “Light Sensing” and “Intelligent Linkage” – not sure what that last one is about… maybe causing an action on another device…

The device was made available October 5, 2023 and I have one in my hands…

And for the sake of it, here’s the box…

Sonoff SNZB-06P

Yes that’s a magnetic base which then sticks to a wall etc. with either the adhesive pad supplied, or the rawlplugs and screws provided. The actual device is held in place magnetically and is USB-C powered. Convenient and also unusual as most such sensors run on rather large disposable button batteries (CR2450 for example) … in this case, no rechargeable battery inside – it really does work on USB. ODD but then it doesn’t need battery replacements regularly – that’s a plus..

What I don’t understand is the power requirement notice on the side of the unit – 5V@1A. My handy desktop USB supply already has a camera on it and the PSU display shows 0.6A consumption – plug in the SNZB-06P and NO discernable difference in the display. Maybe that’s a short peak requirement.

Sonoff SNZB-06P

So, I plugged the SNZB-06P into a handy USB supply and the red light on the side started flashing, maybe one cycle a second. Of Course I wanted it working with Zigbee2MQTT – but as it is so new, at first I figured there’d be no chance of it working yet with Zigbee2MQTT. Other Sonoff Zigbee devices work with Zigbee2MQTT.

So I first I tried adding the sensor to the Sonoff NSPANEL Pro – which decided it MUST update itself right now… probably because of the release of the new device. One cup of coffee later I tried again…

ADD DEVICE – START PAIRING – nothing. But of course, by then the ZNZB-06P had run out of patience thanks to waiting for the update to complete – and had stopped flashing – so I took out the USB-C lead, put it back in and tried again. Seconds later – “One new device – PERSON SENSOR”.

Sonoff SNZB-06P

“Today’s log – 15:38 – Person Present” – I went back to the eWeLink APP and sure enough – same info. I like this already. And now, after leaving the living room for a moment and returning – MORE.

Firmware is up to date it seems – v1.0.3 and you can determine sensitivity and duration before the sensor declares the person is no longer there. You can also select push notifications. Update Jan 5, 2024 – Firmware is OTA updating – anyone know why it would take 41 minutes? (That’s what Zigbee2MQTT is saying. Ah, 20 of thos minutes just passed in about a minute, so maybe not).

Time will tell if it treats my cats as people – I have some so-called AI cameras which treat passing moths as people – but so far, so good. Works as advertised – what more could you want.

Sonoff SNZB-06P on NSPanel Pro

Let’s have a look at the log page in the NSPanel Pro – identical to (but prettier than) the logs in the eWeLink APP.

At this point I have no idea how much the sensor will cost, but for now, it looks well made and although I was initially bemused by lack of batteries, thinking about it, the batteries rarely last as long as people claim – so maybe…

This should also act as a Zigbee router as it is powered. See further down for clarification – the Zigbee2MQTT MAP.

I put the unit away in the box without power and… hmm, NSPanel Pro still says “Person present” – possibly “Not turned on” would have been nice? In the eWeLink APP, still lit up minutes later like it’s still working.. Other powered Sonoff devices show up in grey as OFFLINE. Weird. Sonoff (Itead) are you reading this?

iHORN LH-961ZB

Is the Sonoff unit my first dip into movement sensors? Hell no – see the iHORN LH-961ZB left- very similar in looks except it is running on a CR2450 battery and I have to say that battery is down to 2.8v after only a few months… it is also one of the few iHORN sensors which run on Zigbee2MQTT. But I digress…

I also have several Aqara P1 motion sensors also running on Zigbee2MQTT (one in the living room detecting movement to turn off our Echo Show when no-one is around) – more traditional looks – their CR2450 batteries are doing just fine.

And this morning thanks to an observant subscriber who note that I had a letter incorrect in the title of this entry and suggested that Zigbee2MQTT just did another update 2 days ago, I’ve now set up the ZNZB-06P to work with my preferred Zigbee2MQTT on my RPi4 (Raspberry Pi).

Now if anyone knows what to put in that Zigbee2MQTT OCCUPANCY setting to store history I’d appreciate feedback. I noted an example “10,60” except you can’t enter 2 comma-separated figures in that field as far as I can see.

Sonoff SNZB-06P using newly-updated zigbee2MQTT

Ah, but.. that info is easily captured in the Node-Red Zigbee node as I’ve just realised. It doesn’t record any times but again they can be extracted from the MQTT reading.. Here’s my first test:

So…node-red-contrib-zigbee2mqtt – the input node… msg.payload…

Sonoff SNZB-06P using newly-updated zigbee2MQTT

Finally, the Zigbee2MQTT MAP showing the ZNZB-06P as a ROUTER.

Sonoff SNZB-06P and the newly-updated zigbee2MQTT MAP

and as you likely can’t read the text on above image.. here it is… items with blue lines are usually powered devices which then act as Zigbee routers (mesh repeaters) as against battery powered devices (green) which for obvious reasons don’t.

Sonoff SNZB-06P and the newly-updated zigbee2MQTT MAP

Early days for sure, the online manual for the ZNZB-06P is very preliminary at this point – but intriguing anyway – they state “SNZB-06P is a human-presence sensor based on 5.8G microwave technology, which realizes the human-presence sensing function by actively detecting ambient motion and human breath. It effectively avoids the embarrassing scene where the light automatically off when people are on the spot, making your home life smarter”. Now that IS interesting – detecting ambient motion and BREATH? REALLY?

For installation, the online info refers to “other” gateways than their own including their own Zigbee dongles – but neglects to mention the (to me anyway) important Zigbee2MQTT software which of course enables Zigbee devices from various manufacturers to work together. Yes, we know the Zigbee 3.0 standard is supposed to enable this but in the real world, Sonoff support software is focussed mainly on Sonoff devices, the Aqara APP does the same etc… hence my preference for using Zigbee2MQTT on a Raspberry Pi and using the Sonoff USB dongle (at a distance from the RPi) – all managed by Node-Red (not to mention a miriad of other IOT-related jobs the Pi handles with ease). Anyway, you have the online manual link above.

Time will tell if that USB lead proves to be a blessing or a curse.

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12 thoughts on “More from Sonoff – SNZB-06P Zigbee Human Presence Sensor

  1. Mmmm I’ve yet to come across any sensor that I’d describe as very good at discriminating pets from humans – indeed most of my cameras are happy to mistake passing moths for people.

  2. The main issue I have with this device is there is no adjustable sensitivity setting to enable it to discriminate pets from humans. A minor quibble is that it takes ten minutes (exactly) before the device will send “occupancy: false” after a human has left the area. If you have pets, expect this new device to be useless.

    1. Yup… and no I don’t have a link yet. The device is new and Sonoff have been on hols – just back – so hopefully they’ll give me more info for users in the coming days. I’m not on commission incidentally – I like to keep my reviews independent 🙂

  3. Coincidentally I am migrating my home automation stuff from a RPI 3B+ to a 4B and earlier today while in the process of installing Zigbee2MQTT I grabbed the latest update 1.33.1 (updated 2 days ago) and noticed that it now supports a “SNZB-06P SONOFF Zigbee occupancy sensor”. I wasn’t sure what it was and was interested so I did an online search and nothing much came up. I’m wondering if this is the same device you are talking about but it’s got the wrong name in Zigbee2MQTT, the “SNZB” should read “SNZP” as per your description? The image looks very similar but I know things can be very different inside. But there doesn’t seem to be a “SNZB-06P” out there and it might explain why your device didn’t connect to Zigbee2MQTT.

    1. Well, now you come to mention it – I got the title slightly wrong – now fixed, thank you. It IS of course the ZNZB-06P. And that triggered me to update my now-a-few-days-old Zigbee2MQTT – which will happen as soon as my background RPI-cloning is finished. I’ll let you know the result in here. The ZNZB-06P probably won;t show much out there because (a) it was only released when I wrote the article and (b) Sonoff are not back from holiday until 7th (i.e. tomorrow) – I guess on Monday they’ll be pushing this out.

      Right, one clone completed, second under way – I like to be sure before updating as a couple of other packages have in the past caused me heartache at least once when updated.. done… and now off to here for an update.. https://www.zigbee2mqtt.io/guide/installation/01_linux.html

      And sure enough, the snzb-06b sensor IS now supported.They were quick on the ball. Thanks for that – another blog update on the way.

        1. Glad you got it working with Zigbee2MQTT. Not sure which settings you are wanting to set up to get a history. I don’t use the eWelink app nor do I have a NSPanel. The only thing I’ve done with a Zigbee device that I wanted a history for was a Sonoff SNZB-04 door sensor that I use in a tipping bucket rain gauge. Using Node-Red I feed the open/closed signal to a counter then use the counter data to display hourly, daily and weekly rainfall charts in the Node-Red UI. I also send the counter data to Influxdb and use Grafana to display the longer term data. You should be able to a similar thing (maybe no need for the counter) to create an occupancy history but it looks like the data is already being stored else where going by your NSPanel.

          If the SNZB-06P doesn’t detect cats are we going to see the return of the cat burglar?

          Just in case you’re interested here’s a link to the rain gauge https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:6097837 I remixed TomasRudh’s design to fit the Sonoff SNZB-04 sensor.

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