Eero had grand smart home aspirations. Now Amazon owns them all

Lloyd Doyle
February 12, 2019

Today Amazon announced that they have agreed to acquire eero a company that makes whole-home WiFi routers. The deal is expected to be completed sometime in the first half of this year. It offers systems with multiple access points that can blanket a home with a single, reliable network, making it ideal for those with medium to large living spaces who want to avoid Wi-Fi dead spots. If we had to guess, Amazon's acquisition of Eero could make Alexa-compatible gadgets easier to set up and maintain a quality internet connection.

"We have a shared vision that the smart home experience can get even easier, and we're committed to continue innovating on behalf of customers", Amazon's hardware chief Dave Limp said in a statement Monday.

Around this time previous year, Amazon made a similar deal with its acquisition of smart doorbell-maker Ring. Since the acquisition, Ring has put out a number of other security-focused devices to round out its offerings. Amazon hasn't said much about what it plans to do with Eero yet, but you can bet that the products will be used to make Amazon's total dominance of the home more likely. Smart home systems are notoriously complex to set up, and the interplay of devices can put a lot of strain on home WiFi systems. Amazon has been pushing a feature called Wi-Fi Simple Set-Up, which is meant to make setting up home networks easier.

There's also a potential tie-in to another growing Amazon service.

It's a move that "helps customers better connect to smart home devices", according to Amazon's press release, but really, it's another way to counter Google's smart home initiatives, one of the only ones Amazon didn't have an answer for in 2019.

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