This morning, eero customers running the eero 6 or eero Pro 6 were notified of a software update for eeroOS 6.4. The headline feature in this software update was Thread support, which improves smart home device compatibility.
Thread support will be an important part of HomeKit and the HomePod Mini ecosystem in the future. In addition, Thread technology – alongside Wi-Fi and Bluetooth – will play a key role in Matter technology (formerly Project Connected Home over IP). Thread’s IP foundation means devices from different manufacturers can connect to create a reliable network for connected home devices to operate on.
Thread and its low-power mesh networking technology don’t rely on a local hub, so there’s no single point of failure for your network. If devices go offline, data packets routes can be alternated to reach the internet. Once a HomePod mini is added to the network, Thread-enabled accessories will automatically communicate with it and each other. This connectivity happens automatically without users having to configure anything ahead of time. Thread support is one of the key features of the HomePod Mini over the original HomePod.
If you use one of the supported eero models, you can use the eero app to initiate the eeroOS 6.4 updates. Thread support will be disabled by default, so you’ll need to enable it if you want to take advantage of the new technology. Thread support is enabled under Settings > Wireless > Thread. You will need to reboot your network to enable it, so prepare for two back-to-back reboots if you want to enable it. All my devices connected back to my network right away, so I seeing no issues so far.
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