Amazon’s Alexa has quickly become one of the most popular voice-automated assistants in the world, and a new acquisition this week by Amazon might improve its setup and functionality within your home. Earlier this week Amazon announced that the company will acquire eero, makers of home mesh WiFi systems that are set up in just minutes. It’s a perfect stepping stone for Amazon’s Alexa since all smart home devices have to connect to your home WiFi though your network. In time, Amazon can make adding an Alexa enabled device to an Amazon eero router system as easy as pushing a button or tapping an app icon. It could also take care of Alexa Skills, logins and passwords to both home networking and Amazon accounts, and handle all of your updates for Amazon devices.
“We are incredibly impressed with the eero team and how quickly they invented a WiFi solution that makes connected devices just work,” said Dave Limp, SVP of Amazon Devices and Services. “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.”
“From the beginning, eero’s mission has been to make the technology in homes just work,” said Nick Weaver, Co-Founder and CEO of eero. “We started with WiFi because it’s the foundation of the modern home. Every customer deserves reliable and secure WiFi in every room. By joining the Amazon family, we’re excited to learn from and work closely with a team that is defining the future of the home, accelerate our mission, and bring eero systems to more customers around the globe.”
If you’re new to eero, the device uses multiple access points that work together as a system to blanket a home in WiFi. This process is called mesh WiFi, and it differs from using range extenders or any relays that you might already have set up within your home. Eeero isn’t the first company, or the only company, to offer mesh WiFi systems, but the technology has become more popular in suburban houses and duplexes that suffer from dead spots over the last few years.
The eero app already offers an under 10 minute setup process and the ratings on Amazon have been stellar. You can also share a network, program parental controls, and run speed tests on demand whenever you want by using the app. This isn’t the only app that offers these services, but customers on Amazon have praised how easy the app is to use. Additionally, eero communicates with the cloud to receive instructions and updates, something that could be pushed to Alexa devices and phones in the future. This means eero systems are self-updating, self-fixing, and self-improving all the time.
If you are shopping for a new network solution, you can read the reviews for yourself right here on Amazon. While mesh routing isn’t usually needed for apartments or smaller homes, they are perfect for houses will multiple floors, or any locations where WiFi seems to be failing.