Nest Labs and Samsung are among the founders of the Thread Group, which will develop a new IP-based wireless networking protocol, also called Thread, that's being created specifically for the home.

Thread Group has described the features of the new IPv6 networking protocol, which has been made for 802.15.4 mesh networks. The group states. "With Thread, product developers and consumers can easily and securely connect more than 250 devices into a low-power, wireless mesh network that also includes direct Internet and cloud access for every device."

The organization claims that millions of existing 802.15.4 devices can support Thread with a simple software update with no hardware changes required. In fact, a version of Thread is already in use in some of Nest's products. Some of the other members of the Thread Group include Yale Security, Silicon Labs, Freescale Semiconductor, Big Ass Fans and ARM.

What do you think of Thread and will it gain traction among other home automation companies?

Source: Thread Group


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Nest and Samsung among supporters of new Thread wireless networking protocol


Why start a new alliance? Zigbee already does this exact same thing. Why do these companies always feel they should start their own alliance and have different standards in the industry. It would be so much better for the consumer if all the companies concentrated on one standard and work to make it even better.

I think you answered your own question. They want their own standards. I don't blame at least Google for it. If other companies were at their standard, Google would have purchased them instead of starting from scratch Ala Songza and nest.

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Correct me if I'm wrong... but I don't believe Zigbee allows direct internet access for every device on the mesh. That would be a huge deal for multiple manufacturers operating on a single mesh network using separate cloud-based services.

Edit: I'm correcting myself. I'm wrong. ZigBee IP.