With its latest update, the Thread wi-fi normal simply set the stage for our common sensible residence future. Gadgets that double as Thread border routers, such because the Apple HomePod Mini and Amazon Eero, are actually appropriate with all Thread-enabled gadgets no matter their producer.
In case you personal a handful of “incompatible” Thread gadgets, the Thread 1.3.0 replace will present improved compatibility, pace, and vary inside your sensible residence. However extra importantly, this replace lays the groundwork for Matter, a “common translator” for sensible residence gadgets. Matter is actively supported by all the key gamers, and it’ll (hopefully) clear up sensible properties’ largest issues—machine compatibility and setup.
When it launches later this 12 months, Matter will enable a slew of once-incompatible gadgets to work collectively (as long as you personal a Thread border router). A product that’s made for HomeKit may fit together with your Google Nest Hub, for instance. Setup can be improved, as Thread border routers seem as particular person networks alongside your Wi-Fi router.
On the time of writing, only a few gadgets double as Thread border routers. Apple jumped on the bandwagon early with the HomePod Mini and TV 4K, however choose Nanoleaf lights and Eero routers additionally assist the expertise. Extra gadgets, together with Google’s Nest Hubs, will acquire Thread border router assist when Matter launches.
Matter is anticipated to launch earlier than the tip of the 12 months. In case you already personal a Thread border router and need the 1.3.0 replace, you’ll have to attend on your producer to push new firmware.
Supply: Thread Group