IPv6-based mesh networking for the smart home and building automation

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Thread: Low power mesh

Thread is an IP-based wireless networking protocol

Thread is a standards-based IPv6-based mesh networking protocol developed for simply and securely connecting products around the home to each other, to the internet and to the cloud. Thread networks are simple to install, highly secure, scalable to hundreds of devices. Thread is developed to run on low-power IEEE 802.15.4 devices.

Open industry standards
Built on open standards and with IPv6/6LoWPAN protocols, Thread’s approach to wireless networking offers a secure and reliable mesh network with no single point of failure, simple connectivity and low power.

The Thread networking stack
The Thread standard is a stack built on top of the IEEE 802.15.4 PHY and MAC. The Thread stack has built-in features for IP routing, 6LoWPAN, security and commissioning.

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Thread highlights

Thread Highlights topologies Multi-protocol
Self-healing network 250 kbps max (point to point) Protocol concurrency
Open standards 250+ network nodes Bluetooth LE / Thread
IPv6 Routers, end devices, sleepy end devices  
No single point of failure Advanced network topologies  

Thread Software development kit (SDK)

from Nordic Semiconductor

nRF5 SDK for Thread and Zigbee

nRF5 SDK for Thread and Zigbee is a complete solution  for building Thread 1.1 and Zigbee 3.0 certified products. It utilizes the the multiprotocol capabilities of the nRF52833 and nRF52840 wireless SoCs. This enables single-chip application development supporting both Bluetooth LE and Thread or Zigbee, concurrently. It also has limited support for the nRF52811.

Thread Development tools

from Nordic Semiconductor

nRF Sniffer for 802.15.4

A helpful and valuable sniffer for learning and debugging 802.15.4 protocols, like Thread and Zigbee.

nRF Thread Topology Monitor

nRF Thread Topology Monitor is a cross-platform desktop tool that enables developers to visualize Thread mesh network topology in real time.

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