Amazon introduced at present that it is shopping for eero, a well-liked mesh router start-up that has made easy-to-setup complete dwelling Wi-Fi with out useless zones.
It is a transfer that “helps prospects higher connect with sensible dwelling gadgets,” based on Amazon’s press launch, however actually, it is one other strategy to counter Google’s sensible dwelling initiatives, one of many solely ones Amazon did not have a solution for in 2019.
Eero turned one of many first corporations to promote simplee mesh routers in 2016, promoting an identical routers hubs and beacons that might blanket Wi-Fi all through a house.
Later that very same 12 months, Google launched Google Wifi, a rival mesh router that labored the identical means out-of-the-box. Little techie information was wanted to set it up, too.
After all, pioneering mesh Wi-Fi know-how is nothing once you’re going towards the likes of Google, so an Amazon acquisition appears to make sense for all events.
What’s going to Amazon do from eero on out?
At the moment’s press launch notes that the eero workforce will likely be “becoming a member of the Amazon household” and “convey eero methods to extra prospects across the globe.”
For now, it appears like eero will stay a separate firm, form of like Amazon did with Ring. Amazon acquired the sensible doorbell maker this identical month final 12 months.
However a method for Amazon to make sure eero’s mesh Wi-Fi tech reaches the plenty could be to combine it into widespread Amazon Echo audio system round a home.
It isn’t such a loopy thought. The Alexa-enabled Asus Lyra Voice is a wi-fi tri-band Wi-Fi router already doubles as a sensible speaker and is being offered on Amazon at present.
Within the quick future, you might even see Amazon push the prevailing eero 2nd gen router hubs and beacons, particularly within the lead as much as Amazon Prime Day.