Nest, Samsung Spin Up Thread Smart Home Communication Standard

Learning thermostat maker Nest, along with Samsung, ARM and a handful of other companies have teamed up to create a new wireless networking standard for smart home devices they're calling Thread. Instead of relying on traditional WiFi or Bluetooth, Thread uses ZigBee's 802.15.4-based wireless hardware, giving smart homes a network outside of the systems we're already using.

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The other companies that have already signed on to support Thread include Freescale, Silicon Labs, Yale Security, and Big Ass Fans, according to GigaOm.

Thread supports IPv6 with 6LoWPAN, and can support mesh networks with more than 250 devices. Depending on the size of your home, the number of lights and switches, plus other potential smart devices, it's possible to quickly jump over the 250 device mark.

ZigBee currently suffers from horrible fragmentation, so there's a lot of work that needs to be done before more device makers will feel comfortable jumping on board, but with Nest and Samsung both throwing their weight behind Thread it'll have a much better chance of taking off.

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