Amazon to acquire mesh wi-fi networking startup eero

Lloyd Doyle
February 15, 2019

Eero's access points, he said, had a lot more computing power than what was necessary for Wi-Fi, in theory paving the way for a distributed home computing platform.

Amazon and Eero announced on Monday that the two companies have entered into a merger agreement, under which the online retail giant will acquire the mesh WiFi startup, although the terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

For consumers, Amazon owning Eero could make it easier to set up and manage the wide range of wireless devices in their homes. Eero sells a $99 per year Plus subscription that offers ad blocking, threat detection, and family-safe browsing options. "We started with WiFi because it's the foundation of the modern home".

It's not clear yet how Amazon plans to leverage its newly-acquired technology, but eero's system makes sure that connectivity, in the form of Wi-Fi signal coverage, is everywhere. Other than Eero becoming an Amazon property and the inevitable bundling of the former's devices with the latter's smart speakers, everything that makes Eero great should stay the same. It is clear that Amazon would like to use Eero devices to narrow the gap with Google in the router offering. Instead of providing a single router device, it deals with coverage issues through multiple access points that work together to provide blanket coverage across the home. However, both companies are yet to have a single product that can act as a hub for users to connect their home appliances and perform voice assistant function and Wi-Fi internet connectivity.

This is not the first acquisition for Amazon in the smart home space as the company acquired Ring - a video doorbell producer - for $1 billion past year. Every customer deserves reliable and secure WiFi in every room. Before that, in August, Apple banned the Facebook-owned Onavo internet-security app because it broke the iPhone maker's data-collection rules because it monitors app activity.

On a more ominous note, the headline over Therese Poletti's piece for MarketWatchr reads: "Opinion: Amazon wants to control your entire house after Eero acquisition".

"While it's an astute business move for Amazon, consumers should think twice before giving one company so much control over their homes just for the sake of convenience", Poletti concludes. Of course, acquiring Eero will enable gadgets compatible with Alexa to become easier to set up if Amazon decides to tweak the router technology.

Alexa, asked for her comment on the Eero deal this morning, was tight-lipped: "I don't have an opinion on that".

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