Think it can work with NR, however you have to invent everything yourself and with a manual with a lot of Chinese it's very hard to do.
You didn't mentioned what hw your NR setup is working. I'm using myself an Zigbee CC2652P RPi Module hat for raspberry, works great and is mounted on the extension header, no usb port required.
Hi edje11, my setup is an Olimex olinuxino-lime2 with a debian based OS, the RPI hat would be convenient but I'm afraid it will not fit out of the box. And indeed, a good point, chinese manuals are a bit difficlult to read for me
Hi Mike, Im running my NR on an old laptop in the garage connected via ethernet to my switch and router. I have an RPI3 running zigbee2MQTT with the USB Sonoff stick as bridge and have positioned it in my living room cupboard in the middle of the house.
Additionally I'm running 2 Ikea zigbee repeater/router to equally position hotspots for some of the weaker zigbee devices and zones
I think in most cases the network coverage and Interferenz for zigbee is not able to be handled by 1 gateway only ... you need routers in your network
I'm using MQTT in NR to control the devices ... the zigbee2mqtt does have a nice dashboard front-end where you can manage all your devices easily ... I had it earlier in NR .. but too much headache .. the dashboard is much better