Thread Frequency Bands

What frequency band does the Thread protocol use?

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- everything RF

Dec 13, 2022

Thread is a low-power wireless mesh networking protocol that is designed to connect smart home devices and other smart devices within buildings. The thread protocol is built using open and proven standards and is based on the IEEE 802.15.4 radio standard and 6LoWPAN, which uses Internet Protocol version (IPv6), a networking protocol to enable communication between multiple devices in the network.

The frequency band used by the Thread protocol is governed by the the IEEE 802.15.4 standard on which it is based. The protocol operates on one of the three unlicensed Industrial, Scientific, and Medical (ISM) bands. They include:

  • 868 MHz band (used in Europe)
  • 915 MHz band (used in North America and Australia) 
  • 2.4 GHz band (used worldwide)

Frequency Bands used by the Thread Protocol

Center Frequency

Frequency Range


No. of Channels

Data Rate

868.3 MHz

868 - 868.6 MHz

0.6 MHz

1 MHz

250 Kbps

915 MHz

902 - 928 MHz

26 MHz

30 MHz

250 Kbps

2450 MHz

2400 - 2500 MHz

100 MHz

100 MHz

250 Kbps