Thread Border Router Reference Design
A Thread Border Router is a key component of a Thread protocol-based system and is responsible for key functions including:
- Commissioning end devices or nodes
- Bridging Thread networks to the Internet and other IP-based networks and end-points
- Connecting external devices such as mobile phones to the Thread-based Home Area Network (HAN)
Both commissioning of end nodes and the authentication of external devices are performed as a secure transaction. Once authenticated, devices such as mobile phones can communicate into the Thread-based HAN using individual device IPv6 addresses.
Silicon Labs Thread Border Router reference design is based on off-the-shelf hardware components including the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B. The border router includes wireless support for Wi-Fi®, Ethernet and Thread. Sample code built on the Linux®-based Raspbian operating system will be available for download as well as a cross-platform server virtual machine for Windows, Mac and Linux that provides support for device binding, device management and data visualization on remote web browsers.