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Zigbee hits 3k certs, Ring joins Z-Wave, Thread still a thing

Amazon’s Ring joined the Z-Wave Alliance this week, while the Zigbee Alliance announced that Amazon’s Echo Show became the 3,000th certified device. Maybe we were wrong. Maybe this market never consolidates. Maybe a kingmaker never emerges and throws its weight around, to find the winner. Maybe Thread actually goes whole-hog and properly merges with Zigbee, instead of just simply parasitically existing and muddying the waters. It’s worth checking in on the mesh networking world, especially now that Bluetooth Mesh has thrown its hat in the ring, and (would you look at that) not much at all has changed. The low-power approach that enabled so many early smart home designs is now much less the focus of most smart home discussions,…

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