News Archive

CLI Command Reference and concepts guides available

March 12, 2024 - A complete reference of all CLI commands and related usage guides are now available in the OpenThread Reference.

Configuration variables reference published

December 26, 2023 - A complete reference of all OpenThread configuration variables, by group, has been added to the OpenThread Reference.

Espressif Hardware Codelab released

October 26, 2023 - We've released a new codelab: Build a Thread Network with the ESP32H2 and ESP Thread Border Router Board. Learn how to program OpenThread on actual Espressif hardware, create and manage a Thread network, and exchange messages between nodes.

August 1, 2023 - We've released a new codelab: Build a Thread Network with the B91 Development Kit and OpenThread. Learn how to program OpenThread on actual hardware, create and manage a Thread network, and exchange messages between nodes.

NAT64 Border Router Codelab released

November 3, 2022 — We've released a new OpenThread Border Router Codelab, Provide Internet access via NAT64. Learn how to setup and use NAT64 on OTBR.

Support for Qorvo QPG6105 added

October 10, 2022 — The QPG6105 is a low power communications controller implementing Zigbee®, Thread, Matter, Bluetooth® Low Energy and Bluetooth Mesh protocols.

CLI Command Reference added

July 20, 2022 - We've added a CLI Command Reference section for Network Data commands, along with the support to contribute. Check back for updates as we continue to add commands.

Support for Nordic Semiconductor nRF5340 added

July 14, 2022 — The nRF5340 is the world’s first wireless SoC with two Arm® Cortex®-M33 processors.

Use the Thread Network SDK in Your Android Apps

July 6, 2022 - Securely share Thread network credentials via Google Play services, allowing Android apps from any vendor to join their Thread devices in a shared Thread mesh network.

Support for Infineon AIROC CYW30739 added

March 24, 2022 - Infineon expands wireless portfolio with the AIROC CYW30739 Bluetooth LE and 802.15.4 low-power system on chip (SoC) for smart homes.

June 11, 2021 — The TLSR9 Series is the latest addition to Telink’s family of high-performance, ultra-low-power, cost-optimized RF connectivity SoCs.

Build a Thread Network with Silicon Labs EFR32 Boards Codelab released

May 19, 2021 — We've released a new version of the Build a Thread Network codelab that uses Silicon Labs EFR32 development boards. Contributed by Mithil Raut of Silicon Labs.

Support for Espressif ESP32 added

Apr 22, 2021 — The ESP32 is a feature-rich MCU with integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity for a wide-range of applications.

OpenThread Border Router Thread 1.2 Multicast Codelab released

Apr 5, 2021 — We've released a new Codelab, Thread Border Router - Thread 1.2 Multicast, for enabling Multicast on Thread and Wi-Fi devices.

OpenThread Border Router Codelab released

Mar 19, 2021 — We've released a new Codelab, Thread Border Router - Bidirectional IPv6 Connectivity and DNS-Based Service Discovery for setting up a Thread Border Router using OpenThread Border Router.

Support for Qorvo QPG6100 and QPG7015M added

Jan 7, 2021 — The QPG6100 and QPG7015M SoCs provide support for Zigbee, Thread, and Bluetooth® Low Energy.

Commissioner Android App released

Dec 10, 2020 — We've released an Android App in the OpenThread Commissioner GitHub repo. This app can be built and installed locally for Thread network commissioning.

OpenThread Daemon content added

Oct 9, 2020 — We've added new content for OpenThread Daemon, an OpenThread POSIX build mode that runs OpenThread as a service for Radio Co-Processor designs.

Testing a Thread Network with Visualization Codelab released

Sep 8, 2020 — We've released a new Codelab, Testing a Thread Network with Visualization, for testing a Thread Network using OpenThread Network Simulator and Silk, our automated test framework.

Nordic Semiconductor's NRF52833 is Thread Certified with OpenThread

Aug 7, 2020 — The nRF52833 general-purpose multiprotocol SoC from Nordic Semiconductor is now Thread Certified using OpenThread.

Functional Tests dashboard added

Jul 7, 2020 — We've added a new dashboard for Functional Tests. These tests are performed by the Silk test framework and executes the OpenThread functional test suite against any change in OpenThread or wpantund.

NXP's JN5189/88 and K32W061/04 are Thread Certified with OpenThread

May 29, 2020 — Both the JN5189/88 and K32W061/41 device portfolios from NXP are now Thread Certified using OpenThread.

OpenThread Network Simulator released!

May 9, 2020 — We've released OpenThread Network Simulator (OTNS), a new tool that provides visualization and management of simulated Thread networks. OTNS provides both an interactive CLI and a web interface. See the OTNS Codelab to get started.

Support for NXP JN5189/88 added

Mar 16, 2020 — The JN5189/88 portfolio is designed to power the next generation of very low current wireless devices, supporting Zigbee 3.0, Thread, and IEEE 802.15.4.

Support for Silicon Labs EFR32MG13 added

Mar 9, 2020 — The EFR32MG13 SoC is ideal for designing battery powered energy friendly Zigbee and Thread IoT devices. EFR32MG13 devices also include Bluetooth low energy and sub-GHz proprietary protocol support.

OpenThread Commissioner released!

Jan 21, 2020 — We've released an implementation of a Thread Commissioner, called OpenThread Commissioner. OT Commissioner implements both Thread 1.1 and 1.2 Commissioners, generates cross-platform libraries for use with Linux, MacOS, or Android, and features an interactive CLI. See the OT Commissioner guide for more information.

Silicon Labs' EFR32MG21 Series 2 is Thread Certified with OpenThread

Jan 15, 2020EFR32MG21 Series 2 devices are the next evolution of Wireless Gecko devices from Silicon Labs. Series 2 is designed to increase processing capability, improve RF performance and lower active current, while providing the higher levels of security required for tomorrow's IoT products.

Connected Home over IP working group formed

Dec 19, 2019 — Google has joined Amazon, Apple, and the Zigbee Alliance to form the Connected Home over IP working group. This group plans to develop and promote the adoption of a new, royalty-free connectivity standard to increase compatibility among smart home products, with security as a fundamental design tenet. Google is contributing OpenThread as part of this effort.

For more information, see the Connected Home over IP site and the Thread Group blog.

Support for Nordic nRF52833 added

Nov 15, 2019 — The nRF52833 is a general-purpose multiprotocol SoC with a Bluetooth 5.1 Direction Finding capable radio.

Google Nest Wifi is Thread Certified!

Oct 16, 2019 — Both the Google Nest Wifi router and point devices have been Thread Certified and are the newest devices to carry the "Built on Thread" designation.

Silicon Labs' Mighty Gecko EFR32MG12 is Thread Certified with OpenThread

Sep 23, 2019 — The Mighty Gecko EFR32MG12 is a highly integrated wireless SoC featuring an ARM®️ Cortex®️-M4 core and multi-protocol, multiband radio supporting IEEE 802.15.4 (Thread/Zigbee), Bluetooth Low Energy and proprietary RF protocols.

Google Nest Hub Max is Thread Certified!

Sep 9, 2019 — In a major milestone for Thread, the Google Nest Hub Max has been Thread Certified and has become the world's first publicly-available "Built on Thread" device. See the Press Release for more information.

Samsung's Exynos i T100 is Thread Certified with OpenThread

Jun 21, 2019 — The Samsung Exynos i T100 is an IoT connectivity solution for short-range communication through supporting major protocols including Bluetooth 5 Low Energy, Zigbee 3.0 and Thread.

Support for Nordic nRF52811 added

May 15, 2019 — The nRF52811 is a Bluetooth 5.1 Direction Finding SoC with comprehensive protocol support.

Packet Sniffing guide added

Mar 12, 2019 — We've added a Packet Sniffing guide, which shows how to use Wireshark and the Pyspinel sniffer tool with an OpenThread NCP to sniff packets on a Thread network.

OpenThread RTOS released

Mar 7, 2019 — We've released OpenThread RTOS, a new project that integrates OpenThread, LwIP, FreeRTOS, and mbed TLS into a single platform solution. Initial platform support is on the Nordic nRF52840 DK.

Border Router certification guide added

Feb 28, 2019 — We've added a new certification guide that describes how to replicate the Device Under Test (DUT) that the OpenThread team used to certify OTBR. This guide can be used for any NCP-based DUT.

STMicroelectronics STM32WB is Thread Certified with OpenThread

Feb 25, 2019 — STMicroelectronics STM32WB55 Wireless Microcontroller is a dual-core, multi-protocol 2.4GHz MCU System-on-Chip (SoC). The STM32WB5x series supports Bluetooth®5 as well as IEEE 802.15.4 communication protocols covering a wide spectrum of IoT application needs.

OpenThread API Codelab added

Feb 21, 2019 — We've added a new Codelab, Developing with OpenThread APIs. Using real hardware, you'll learn how to program buttons and LEDs, call common OpenThread APIs, and send UDP messages to other devices.

Quality metric dashboards added

Feb 15, 2019 — We've added a number of Data Studio dashboards that cover quality metrics for OpenThread: Performance and Certification, along with a high-level Summary. These dashboards include data from tests for latency, throughput, and certification test cases.

Support for Qorvo QPG6095 added

Feb 6, 2019 — The QPG6095 Zigbee/Thread/BLE Smart Home Communications Controller provides a fully integrated solution for ultra-low power wireless communications for Smart Home sentroller devices. OpenThread running on the Qorvo QPG6095 is a Thread Certified Component.

TI's CC1352 is now Thread Certified with OpenThread

Feb 6, 2019 — The CC1352 device is part of the SimpleLink™ microcontroller (MCU) platform which consists of Wi-Fi®, Bluetooth® low energy, Sub-1 GHz, Thread, ZigBee, 802.15.4 and host MCUs. OpenThread running on the TI CC1352 is a Thread Certified Component.

Synopsys' DesignWare IP is Thread Certified with OpenThread

Feb 1, 2019 — The DesignWare® wireless transceiver IP solution for Thread is a compact and ultra-low power silicon IP solution for integration in SoCs. Together with OpenThread, the solution is a Thread Certified Component.

Logging guide added

Jan 31, 2019 — We've added a logging guide that explains the various logging options available in OpenThread, as well as how to enable and view them.

Particle Mesh built on OpenThread

Jan 23, 2019 — Particle's third-generation hardware, Particle Mesh, is built on OpenThread! Particle brings accessible local networking to developers everywhere with their Particle Mesh kits that also include Particle Device OS and Device Cloud support.

Updated Simulation Codelabs

Nov 7, 2018 — Our Simulation Codelab now comes in two versions: one that uses Docker with a ready-to-go pre-built environment and one where you set up the build toolchain yourself on a Mac or Linux machine.

OTBR is now a Thread Certified Component

Nov 5, 2018OpenThread Border Router (OTBR), our open-source implementation of a Thread Border Router, has been certified as a Thread Certified Component on a Raspberry Pi 3B using a Nordic nRF52840 NCP.

OTBR Docker support

Oct 23, 2018 — Docker support has been added to OpenThread Border Router. Run OTBR in a Docker container using either a physical or simulated NCP. See the complete setup guide for more information.

Support for TI CC1352 added

Aug 1, 2018 — The Texas Instruments CC1352 device is part of the SimpleLink™ microcontroller (MCU) platform which consists of Wi-Fi®, Bluetooth® low energy, Sub-1 GHz, Thread, ZigBee, 802.15.4 and host MCUs.

Enhanced Feature guides added

Jul 27, 2018 - We've added guides for some of the Enhanced Features provided by OpenThread. These features—such as Child Supervision and Jam Detection—are unique to OpenThread and go above and beyond the Thread Specification, while maintaining full compatibility with Thread. See the Build page for more information.

Zephyr RTOS adds support for OpenThread

Feb 26, 2018 - The Zephyr™ Project, an open source collaborative effort to build a real-time operating system (RTOS) for the Internet of Things (IoT), today announced that OpenThread has become the first Thread protocol implementation to integrate with the Zephyr RTOS.

Android Things LoWPAN API adds support for OpenThread

Dec 14, 2017 - Android Things has announced support for OpenThread in its Developer Preview 6.1 LoWPAN API. Use a supported OpenThread platform in an NCP design to add Thread networking to your Android Things devices.

Border Router support for BeagleBone Black added

Nov 17, 2017 - OpenThread Border Router now supports BeagleBone Black, a low-cost, open source, community-supported development platform featuring the Texas Instruments Sitara™ AM335x ARM Cortex-A8 processor.

Support for Microchip ATSAMR21G18A added

Nov 9, 2017 - The Microchip ATSAMR21G18A is an IEEE 802.15.4 compliant single chip that combines an ARM® Cortex®-M0+ based 32-bit microcontroller and best-in-class 2.4GHz RF transceiver.

Nordic's nRF52840 is now Thread Certified with OpenThread

Sep 26, 2017 — Nordic's nRF52840 System-on-Chip (SoC) with 'Dynamic Multiprotocol' feature uniquely supports concurrent Thread and Bluetooth® 5 (Bluetooth low energy) wireless connectivity (eliminating the need to disconnect from one network before connecting with another). See the Press Release for more information.

Qorvo GP712 becomes the first Thread Certified multi-channel IoT transceiver

Sep 11, 2017 — With concurrent support for Thread and ZigBee® on different RF channels, the Qorvo GP712 enables designers to use a single transceiver on their gateway products to simultaneously serve both IEEE 802.15.4 implementations. See the Press Release for more information.

Support for TI CC2652 added

Jul 25, 2017 — The Texas Instruments CC2652 device is part of the SimpleLink™ microcontroller (MCU) platform which consists of Wi-Fi®, Bluetooth® low energy, Sub-1 GHz, Thread, ZigBee, 802.15.4 and host MCUs.

Support for Qorvo GP712 added

Jul 11, 2017 — The Qorvo GP712 is an IEEE 802.15.4 multi-stack multi-channel communications controller, enabling the development of fully scalable Thread and ZigBee Smart Home and IoT products.

Border Router released

May 30, 2017 — We’ve released an open-source Border Router for use with OpenThread. A Border Router provides IP connectivity from a 802.15.4 network to networks on other physical layers (Wi-Fi, Ethernet, etc.).