When it comes to smart hone There are many innovations that, almost every day, bring your home to an even more hi-tech level.
Among these, the following are of vital importance communication protocols which allow various devices to talk to each other efficiently and, above all, safe from any external interference.
And among the main players in this discussion there is Thread which, combined with Matterallows you to add more and more devices to your your home network, without the need to carry out long and complex installations. Let’s find out how it works.
What is Thread and how does it work
Thread is what is defined as a wireless mesh network protocol low energy consumption.
It is designed to support up to 250 different devicesmanaging it in the best possible way communication between them to make each element within its own smart home carries out his duties regularly without necessarily having to follow a sequence of use particular and without the need for further external solutions.
This technology dates back to 2011 and has been used since Matter as the main connection protocol of the system, with the possibility of being also combined with Wi-Fi and Ethernetin the case of devices that require a wider transmission band, and al Bluetooth which allows the user to quickly and easily configure each device.
Thread, therefore, is a system that the various connected tools use to exchange data different while Matter can be imagined like the language that is used in the exchange of such information.
Main advantages of Thread
Naturally, the choice of Thread brings many advantages to users who will be able to count on a system for smart home whatever it is efficient and functional.
Furthermore, we are talking about a solution very safewith the data exchanged being protected by crittografia end-to-end which, of course, prevents any outside person from steal any information.
Let’s also talk about a very fast protocol which, when compared to other protocols, guarantees responses up to 1000 times more immediate.
Thread is also very reliable and if a device connected to this network were to have problems, the protocol will automatically replace it, so as not to interrupt communication.
Calculating that up to 250 devices can be connected, it is clear that such a solution must necessarily be so high-performance to avoid any problems.
Another strong point of this system is compatibility which, through 6LoWPAN technology, guarantees a optimal communication between the various devicesregardless of the manufacturer.
Infine Thread ha extremely low consumptionwhich allows the batteries of connected devices to last longer, again guaranteeing great efficiency.
What is a Thread Border Router
Those who commonly use modern smart home systems know well what a Thread Border Router which, as the name suggests, is located “at the border” of the Thread network and manages the communication between compatible objects with this protocol e those that, however, are not compatible.
In short, this border router is of vital importance to allow the user to interact with a Thread networkallowing for example talkeven with other nearby networksa bit as if it were a communications bridge between the different connections present in the house.
The best example is trying to use a smartphone to manage the Thread network. Unless the phone in question is compatible with this protocol, communication would be impossible without a Border Router and this further highlights the importance of this technology.
Furthermore, this tool also allows you to “synchronize” smart home devices with the various ones smart assistants available, so that the user can give them various voice commands.
Generally, especially for those who use Matter, it is possible to find a Thread Border Router already integrated into the devices purchased (especially if they refer to more renowned brands).
In the worst case scenario, however, you will have to buy an additional instrument to connect to your network (or for those more knowledgeable in the matter “build it” via a Raspberry Pifor example).
An eventuality that is not exactly frequent, especially since the one on the smart home is now an ever-evolving conversation and new appliances and various gadgets continually arrive on the market ready to be used without the need for too many “strange” configurations.
The conversation changes in the case of older products but, still, it’s only a matter of time before this solution becomes a new standard and in this sense it is more than likely that those who already own any smart home device already have everything needed to easily create their own network.
To know more:
- What are telecommunications and how do they work
- IoT, the Internet of Things: a new frontier