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 low bandwidth mesh protocol meant for resource constrained and battery powered devices. Always-on wall powered devices can act as “routers,” which relay packets for other devices in the Thread mesh and extend your network’s range. Devices with wifi/ethernet connectivity, like eero, can act as a “border router,” relaying packets from the Thread mesh to the rest of your home and the internet.

Thread is fully decentralized and self-healing. This means products from multiple device makers can serve redundant border router and router roles. There is no single “owner” of the network, but rather one device that forms the network for others to then attach to. If devices go offline or are removed, other devices are dynamically elected to keep the mesh in an operational state. 

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.

Recommended devices:

How do I enable Thread?

In order to use Thread devices, you will first need to enable the Thread feature. To enable this feature please follow the steps below:

  • Open the eero app
  • Tap the Settings icon
  • Tap Advanced Settings
  • Tap Thread
  • Toggle Thread on

Note: Your network will power cycle after enabling Thread

How do I add Thread enabled devices

To enable thread on a device please follow the instructions below:

  • Open the eero app
  •  Tap the + in the upper right corner. 
  • Tap Add a Device
  • Tap Thread Device
  • Tap Start and follow the setup instructions

Where can I find Thread devices?

The Thread ecosystem is still young with most available devices being targeted to product makers and developers. The Thread Group website lists certified hardware and components. The OpenThread guide also suggests products and shows how to get started building your own Thread based solution.

If I’m a device maker or developer, how can I contact eero?

Please contact developers@eero.com.

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