What is Thread?

Thread is a networking protocol designed for supporting low-powered devices. This includes smart locks, doorbells, fans, and thermostats. eero Pro (Wi-Fi 5), eero Beacon (Wi-Fi 5), eero Pro 6, and eero 6 all support Thread border routing as of eeroOS v6.4.0. The Wi-Fi 5 eero and first generation eero do not support Thread. 

What are the benefits of Thread?

Thread is a networking protocol designed for low-powered devices—like smart locks, doorbells, fans, and thermostats. eero Pro, eero Beacon, eero Pro 6, eero 6, eero PoE 6 and eero PoE gateway all support Thread.

Thread creates its own encrypted mesh network for Thread-capable devices. Each Thread-capable eero then acts as a border router, providing connectivity between the Thread mesh network and your other wifi/ethernet devices. eero, and other always-on devices like lights and smart plugs, will also act as a Thread router (a Thread device that forwards traffic for other devices and extends the overall coverage area of your Thread network). 

Where can I find Thread devices?

Thread is a supported network technology for the new Connectivity Standards Alliance Matter specification, and used by some Apple HomeKit devices. All Thread devices should be interoperable with eero’s border router. Certain device makers, such as those listed below, have worked with eero to seamlessly integrate into their setup experience. This allows easy sharing of Thread network details between the two products, with your permission (learn more about eero’s Partner Account Linking here). In the future, all Matter certified products should be interoperable with eero.

We will update the list below as new partners are added.

Devices eligible for account linking:

Can I use Thread and Alexa Zigbee Smart Home Hub at the same time?

Yes. The Alexa Zigbee Smart Home Hub feature in eero Pro 6 and eero 6 can be used simultaneously with Thread. eero Pro and eero Beacon do not support Zigbee at this time.  

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