Latest in Gear

Image credit:

Amazon buys mesh WiFi startup Eero to connect smart homes

Mesh networking will help your Alexa devices stay online.
Jon Fingas, @jonfingas
February 11, 2019
Share
Tweet
Share

Sponsored Links

Nicole Lee/Engadget

Amazon is still busy snapping up companies to bolster its smart home business. This time it's acquiring Eero, the startup that has developed a solid reputation for its mesh WiFi routers. There's no mystery as to why it's making the move -- it likes the thought of an easy-setup WiFi system that can connect all the smart devices in your household, even in remote corners.

"We are incredibly impressed with the eero team and how quickly they invented a WiFi solution that makes connected devices just work," Amazon's Dave Limp said.

The company hasn't said how much it will pay for the deal or when it will close.

While it's too soon to say exactly what Amazon has planned for Eero, it's easy to see how the acquisition could help its bottom line. There's now a vast range of Alexa-aware devices that need reliable internet connections to work properly. Ring's doorbells and sensors could also benefit, as could Amazon's streaming services and Fire TV devices. With Eero, Amazon could become a one-stop shop that supplies both smart home gadgets and the routers you need to get them online. This might not please people concerned about Amazon's approach to privacy, but it could make life easier for smart home neophytes.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
Tweet
Share

Popular on Engadget

The 2020 Engadget Holiday Gift Guide

The 2020 Engadget Holiday Gift Guide

View
Curiosity rover finds evidence of ancient megafloods on Mars

Curiosity rover finds evidence of ancient megafloods on Mars

View
CD Projekt Red shows off 'Cyberpunk 2077' next-gen gameplay

CD Projekt Red shows off 'Cyberpunk 2077' next-gen gameplay

View
Netflix removes 'Chappelle's Show' after a request from Dave Chappelle

Netflix removes 'Chappelle's Show' after a request from Dave Chappelle

View
Fortnite's Crew subscription is built for the battle royale superfan

Fortnite's Crew subscription is built for the battle royale superfan

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr