Thread uses 6LoWPAN I use it at work to mesh lorawan devices together and I have been able to achieve distances of upto 12km between nodes. This tech would be easy to integrate into HA however thread networking usually uses another bearer for ipv6 transmission so the ip traffic is passed through the network with out being converted being piggybacked if you like over low power wireless. I use 900mhz where as the application in the article uses 2.4ghz class licence so distances would be pretty poor and susceptible to WiFi interference same as zigbee already is. I also don’t really see the benefit for the home automation user over what is already in the market. It will however push IoT outside of the house so things like wearables and factories etc would be perfect use cases for this tech.
Eero 2.0 has Thread radios built in so not sure I agree. If your Wifi inside your house happens to incorporate this then you have a ready made supporting network for Zigbee like devices which seems pretty cool.
Thread has now become a lot more interesting with the latest Google Hardware event. Given how many manufacturers have come on-board with Thread, including Apple, Samsung and Philips, this could be a game changer.
This could finally become a protocol that becomes universal. Would be interesting to see how projects liek Home Assistant can integrate with Thread and the whole Works with Google Assistant ecosystem in the longer term.
I am sure you know it already, but the related topic details are on: https://www.threadgroup.org/ As far as i know, Google Nest products have been using this for some time now. We still are drowning in the sea of home automation and IOT protocols and there’s still no clear winner. I wish it was as simple as Betamax vs VHS or HD vs Bluray
Among the Zigbee, ZWave, WiFi, BT, KNX, RF etc. we will see how Thread will keep up…
That is true. Thread has been lurking in the background for some time, but to have the likes of Apple, Philips and Samsung all on board with it, and the fact that ZigBee radios could potentially be converted to Thread with Firmware, it could be Google has managed to come up with the one that will be game changer. We will have to see of course, but it is looking a lot more universal than anything else out there.
Hopefully Google wont force everyone to have “Works with Google Assistant” verification to use Thread…
I was recently at the Wlan Professionals conference in Prague where some great guy told about how to design for thread using Wi-Fi survey software. He also dissects the thread system, so I think this could be useful to you folks. Here is the link
Everything seems universal and solid as you said @brendan; the only thing i am suspicious is that Google is in the business. I never trusted them; it has way too many solid projects that it has abandoned and buried in the dusted pages of history in the past; and the remaining projects continues to collect all kinds of our private data in the name of big data. Call me paranoid; but when it comes to google, i wouldn’t trust their dedication in the long term… Like Apple, if Google senses any money to be sucked from the project and users, they will go for it.
Google has a reputation for killing in-house products that is true. With that said, they seem to be pretty solid on Automation and AI products. They have strengthened their NEST branding and range, and they still seem pretty solid on providing new features in routines and refining the AI experience with Google Assistant.
Given that, and the fact the likes of Apple (opposition to Google really) Samsung and Philips are on board, I doubt this will be set aside. It will take time, like ZigBee and Zwave did, but I think Thread is here long term with such big players putting their weight behind it.
It is worth keeping a close eye on if nothing else and may be worth looking at a way to get Thread into Home Assistant in my opinion.
I wonder if stand alone Thread controllers will become available.
Would be great to hear if Home Assistant have any plans to introduce support to communicate with thread devices, it would appear once a OpenThread Border Router is in place along with paired devices, IPv6 communication from network to the end devices will be possible.
Just wanted to add another vote for thread. I’ve just set up a Nanoleaf bulb and HomePod Mini after receiving them for the holidays. It’s currently my only smart home product not integrated into Home Assistant, but I’d love for that to change!
Thread seems promising, and at the very least provides another mesh, low energy option for users to choose in their Home Assistant setup. Not to mention the Nanoleaf products seem to be well made and rather price competitive.