Eve Thermo HomeKit radiator valve gets new support for Thread via a firmware update

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What you need to know

  • Eve has updated its HomeKit-compatible Thermo radiator valve to add Thread support.
  • Thread was developed to help maintain strong connections between smart home accessories.
  • Existing Thermo owners can gain Thread support via a firmware update.

Smart home accessory maker Eve has announced that its Thermo radiator valve now supports Thread via a new firmware update.

The new update will add Thread support to existing HomeKit-compatible Thermo devices, the company announced in an email to the press. The company has also shared a website that will help Thermo users check whether their device already supports Thread connectivity. If it does, users are advised to update to the latest firmware via the Eve app.

The idea behind Thread is simple — it creates a mesh network of Thread-compatible accessories and devices so they can all maintain a strong connection to a bridge.

The big difference with this technology is that Thread creates a mesh network. Within this, lights, thermostats, outlets, sensors, and more can also talk to each other free of the constraint of having to go through a central hub, such as a bridge. That's because a Thread network doesn't need one. If a single accessory fails, the data packets are simply relayed to the next in the mesh. In short: The network becomes more robust with every additional Thread accessory.

Thread is a great extension of the existing smart home systems people have in place and promises to fix oneof the biggest issues they complain about — poor connectivity.

Keen to make sure the rest of your smart home is Thread-enabled? Check out our list of every HomeKit Thread accessory you can buy today. They range from plugs to light switches to water meters — and they all support Thread and HomeKit for the ultimate in smart home control.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.