This guide outlines the steps for configuring the Home Assistant SkyConnect for dedicated Thread support. This setup facilitates the connection of Matter-over-Thread devices to your network.


This guide assumes you have the following setup:

  • Connected SkyConnect.
  • Home Assistant OS installation.
  • Multiprotocol support disabled: Refer to the Disable multiprotocol support procedure.
  • This guide installs a firmware which supports only Thread! If you use your SkyConnect to control Zigbee devices, you will no longer be able to control them after installing the Thread firmware.
  • Home Assistant Supervised: The Thread border router has some specific requirements on IPv6 configuration (for example, IPv6 routing needs to be enabled). The add-on is being tested on the Home Assistant OS. If you experience connectivity issues, try using a Home Assistant OS installation.

Install dedicated Thread support

Step 1

Delete Zigbee Home Automation (ZHA) integration
  • If you have a new SkyConnect or did not setup Zigbee Home Automation (ZHA) yet, skip to Step 3.
  • If you are using the SkyConnect with Zigbee Home Automation (ZHA), this step removes ZHA from the integration list.
  1. Go to Settings > Devices & Services.
  2. Select the Zigbee Home Automation integration card.
  3. Select the menu behind the SkyConnect v1.0 integration and choose Delete.
  4. On the pop-up menu, select Delete again to confirm deletion.

Step 2

Restart Home Assistant Core to trigger SkyConnect discovery
  • SkyConnect Discovery will suggest Zigbee Home Automation (ZHA) by default. To avoid future interference from ZHA, this and the next step make sure that the device is ignored for Zigbee.
  1. Go to Settings > System > Hardware.
  2. In the top right corner, select the power menu.
  3. Select Restart Home Assistant and select Restart.
  4. Verify that the SkyConnect is discovered as a ZHA device.

Step 3

Ignore SkyConnect as a Zigbee Home Automation (ZHA) device
  • Select Ignore in the SkyConnect ZHA card.
  • Confirm ignoring the SkyConnect for Zigbee Home Automation (ZHA) usage by selecting Ignore again.

Step 5

Configure the OpenThread Border Router add-on
  • Select the Configuration tab.
  • Choose the device which contains ...SkyConnect_v1.0... in the name as the device in the Options section.
  • Select Save on the bottom right of the Options card.

Step 6

Start the OpenThread Border Router add-on
  • Select the Info tab.
  • Select Start to start the OpenThread Border Router add-on.
  • The OpenThread Border Router add-on will automatically install the OpenThread RCP (Radio Co-Processor) firmware for dedicated Thread support.

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