Nanoleaf today enabled Thread border routers in its Shapes and Elements smart light panels, which should improve integration with other home accessories. This follows the announcement of Nanoleaf Essentials with support for the same protocol in November last year.
Update: Nanoleaf told us That the update has been delayed and will be available soon. You can read the original article below.
Thread is an open networking protocol created by an alliance of companies like Google, Samsung and Qualcomm to allow home accessories to communicate with each other through peer-to-peer connectivity. Apple later joined the alliance and introduced the HomePod mini as its first product to support the Thread protocol.
As reported by Trusted Reviews, Nanoleaf is now rolling out support for the Thread protocol in its Nanoleaf Shapes and Nanoleaf Elements, both of which are smart light panels that can be set up in multiple positions.
More specifically, the Nanoleaf panels will act as boundary routers. To use the Thread network, the user must have a border router that allows communication between other Thread devices and the regular network. For now, only the HomePod mini has this capability, but luckily Nanoleaf's smart light panels will now do the job.
The HomePod Mini was the first Thread Border Router available, but that meant it was only compatible with Apple devices. Although Google plans to enable Thread Border Router support on its Nest Hub (2nd gen) and Nest Hub Max, it hasn't done so so so far.
The lack of border routers led to some problems. For example, with the Nanoleaf Essentials series, only Apple users could use Thread for remote control; Android users could use Bluetooth to control devices, but this only worked over short distances.
Now with Thread border router support, owners of Nanoleaf Shapes and Nanoleaf Elements will be able to control their Essentials devices using the Android operating system. This also means that the panels will work with Samsung SmartThings, Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.
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