Essentials, Thread and Border Routers
One of the great parts of Essentials is they work on Thread, which has lots of benefits. In order to use Thread in your home, you need a product that also includes Thread Border Routing. This usually looks like a product that has both Thread and Wifi, but may actually do a number of other things as well. If your home doesn't yet have a Thread Border Router, your Essentials devices will use Bluetooth to connect directly with the Nanoleaf iOS App, Android App, Apple HomeKit, and Google Seamless Setup.
The following is a list of eligible Thread Border Router products that can be used to enable Thread functions on your Essentials devices: