Thread was designed to easily and securely connect hundreds of devices to
each other and to the cloud using real Internet Protocols over a low-power,
wireless mesh network. Built on open standards and with IPv6/6LoWPAN
protocols, Thread’s new approach to wireless networking offers numerous
technological advantages over other wireless standards, including a secure
and reliable mesh network with no single point of failure, simple
connectivity and low power.
It's hard to get multiple devices to connect to one another. And until now, no one has been able to do it well.
Most of today's technologies rely on a single device to communicate with products around the home. So if that device fails, the whole network goes down. Today's technologies can also be difficult and confusing to set up. And since many devices around the home need to stay connected 24/7, they end up draining battery life quickly.
That's why we designed Thread. We wanted to build a technology that leverages existing, proven wireless technologies and create a networking protocol that can advance and accelerate adoption of the Internet of Things, specifically in the connected home.
We designed Thread to have these important features:
Thread was designed to support a wide variety of applications in the home: appliances, access control, climate control, energy management, lighting, safety, and security.
The Thread Group is a not-for-profit organization responsible for the market education around the Thread networking protocol and certification of Thread products. Thread is an IP-based wireless networking protocol providing the best way to connect products in the home. With Thread, product developers and consumers can easily and securely connect more than 250 devices into a low-power, wireless mesh network.
The Thread Group's mission is to focus on education, marketing, promotion of the Thread Networking Protocol, and ensuring a great experience through rigorous, meaningful product certification.
The Thread Group is not a traditional standards body that tries to solve all issues for all industries. The Thread Group is primarily focused on educating product developers while ensuring a great user experience through rigorous, meaningful product certification.
Yes. Thread will have a rigorous certification program and will rely on third-party testing to verify quality, security and interoperability. Thread has an experienced Director of Certification and has selected UL as the lead testing laboratory. Certified Thread products can bear the Thread logo to help consumers identify them on the market.
Although Thread is a low bandwidth, IP-based networking protocol only, we strive to reduce fragmentation in the industry. As such, Thread Group will work with other groups and alliances as necessary to ensure Thread continues to deliver on the promise of providing the very best way for manufacturers and consumers to connect products around the home.