What Is Apple Thread And How Will It Transform The Smart Home?
Apple has introduced a new technology called Thread that will be featured on the HomePod mini. Here is all that you need to know about this technology. Thread is a wireless standard similar to Zigbee or Z-wave. The technology allows the smart home devices to communicate with each other in low energy mode with AES encryption. It is developed by the Thread Group. Multiple problems have been solved using this technology. These problems include the lack of connection support between different device manufacturers, the difficulty in communication between different types of smart home devices, and the frustration involved in connecting new devices to an existing smart home setup.
Thread simplifies the connections and setup of your smart home devices. It does this without the need for expensive hubs or go-between services.
With this technology, each of the device connected to the network acts as an access point or a node. It also uses low power which means a single AA battery in an IoT device can last for years without requiring a replacement. It also uses IPv6 instead of traditional IPv4. Thread is secured by AES encryption and can connect up to 250 devices on a single Thread network. In the near future, it is expected that most of the smart home manufacturers will start moving to Thread.
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