Why Do Our Smart Devices Need The New Wireless Standard Thread?
Thread, a new wireless standard, has been introduced in the HomePod Mini launched by Apple late last year. It was co-innovated by a group of engineers and developers from Apple, Google, Amazon, LG, Samsung, and many more. The protocol is expected to be embraced by most smart home products in the upcoming years.
Thread devices create a mesh network with each gadget acting as an access point or node and communicating with each other rather than only communicating with the main access point.
The low latency allows the devices to communicate faster and easier. They do not consume much energy which means battery-operated smart home devices will last much longer between charges or needing the battery replaced. If a Thread smart home device drops the connection, other Thread-enabled devices provide a connection so it can still be controlled.
Thread is slowly becoming popular with the smart home device manufacturers and it is likely to soon be embraced throughout the smart home ecosystem. Using this technology, more than 250 devices can be connected together. The technology is also meant to be secure as all the communications are AES encrypted which is combined with a banking-standard cryptology making it even more secure.
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