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Why Matter matters, and how does WiFi and Thread fit into it.

This is, mostly, a technical post.... and it differs from most of my posts because the new Matter standard hasn't yet been implemented.... so I have no practical experience. So, why am I writing this? Well, because there seems to be a great deal of confusion about what Thread is, what Matter is, and how HomeKit will integrated with it. I must admit, to pull this together, I have had to draw from many sources. History of Matter I thought this would be a good place to start. Most of this is factual, some is conjecture which, I hope, will be obvious as I write this. In 2018 Amazon, Apple and Google came together, under the auspices of the Zigbee Alliance now renamed to the Connectivity Standards Alliance , and created Project Connected Home over IP - or Project CHIP. What were the driving forces behind this? Why did these 3 companies come together? One of those things is that there needed to be a single way for devices to be certified. There are many different standards out there, an

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