Using Generation 2 Shelly devices as Home Assistant Bluetooth proxy is now possible. In this tutorial, I’ll go over the steps required to set up a Shelly device as a Bluetooth proxy. The benefit of doing this is an immediate range extend of your Bluetooth network with no additional cost and with only few simple clicks.
What can you do with Shelly devices?
Both Generation 1 and Generation 2 Shellies are WiFi-enabled Smart Home devices that can be used for a variety of purposes, including controlling lights, appliances, and other things locally, via the Shelly Mobile app or by using the native Home Assistant Shelly integration.
What is the difference between Shelly Gen 1 and Gen 2 devices?
Before we begin, it’s important to understand which are actually the Shelly Generation 2 devices? The main difference between Shelly Gen 1 and Gen 2 devices is that the latter (the Shelly Generation 2) devices have also a Bluetooth support, due to the used chip inside. This allows them to act as Bluetooth proxy, which means that they can relay commands from your Home Assistant to other Bluetooth-enabled devices in your home.
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Gen 2 Shelly devices as Home Assistant Bluetooth Proxy
And now, without further ado, let’s create a Home Assistant Bluetooth Proxy from a Shelly Generation 2 device(s).
Make sure that your Shelly device is connected to your WiFi network and powered on. You can connect a Shelly Device to a WIFI using the Shelly Mobile App or via the local web interface of the device.
I will use the local web interface as example in this tutorial, but the same settings are available in the Shelly Mobile app.
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Open the Shelly app or the local web interface of the device and enable the Bluetooth option of your device. This setting can be found under Settings > Bluetooth menu.
Add your Shelly Gen 2 device inside Home Assistant by using the native Shelly integration. It is quite likely that the Shelly devices will be auto discovered by Home Assistant, as you can see in the picture below:
If that is not the case:
- Press the “c” button and type integrations, select Navigate Integrations
- Click on Add integration,
- Search for shelly and select it.
- Type the IP of your Shelly device and you will have the device added in your Home Assistant.
Click on Configure button under the Home Assistant Shelly integration and select either Active or Passive Bluetooth Scanner Mode.
With selected Active mode, the Shelly requests data from nearby Bluetooth devices where with Passive, the Shelly receives unsolicited data from nearby devices. So, select either Active or Passive mode and click Submit.
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Enjoy your extended Bluetooth network thanks to the Shelly Gen 2 devices. You can now use Home Assistant to control any supported Bluetooth-enabled devices that are within range of your Shelly Generation 2 device.
I hope this tutorial was helpful for you. If you have any questions or need further assistance, don’t hesitate to leave a comment below.
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Henk Visser · 06/02/2023 at 10:39 am
Thank you for the writeup. Very clear! Why would one choose either ‘active’ or ‘passive’ though please? What are some of the considerations?
KIril Peyanski · 06/02/2023 at 3:43 pm
Glad you like it. Choosing a mode depends on the BT devices that you have. The idea with the modes is the following: if you want to send commands to your Bluetooth devices and they support that – you should choose active mode, but if you have only Bluetooth thermometers and motion sensors for example that only broadcast their state then passive mode will be more appropriate.
Wipnose · 05/03/2023 at 7:47 pm
I seek to automate my home by which the presence of people (detected by bluetooth Ibeacons) is an important trigger/instance.
As there is yet no script available for the shelly to detect an I-Beacon, I am alternatively testing with ESPresence and an extra ESP32-C3 (as base station) to detect e.g. Tile beacon by its bluetooth signal strength. But everywhere I go in my house the signal strength is very strong. So, looking for the reasons… and found your ‘ bluetooth proxy’.
Currently all my shelly have Bluetooth on.
Should I disable the ‘bluetooth scanner mode’ in the ‘shelly configuration’?
Should I disable the bluetooth at each of my earlier detected and configured shelly?
What are your thoughts?