Amazon has announced that it is acquiring Eero, the manufacturer of mesh routers for the home. Amazon says the purchase of Eero will allow the company to "help customers better connect smart home devices." It will undoubtedly make Alexa-compatible devices easier to configure if Amazon also controls the router's technology.
"We are incredibly impressed with Eero's team and how quickly they invented a Wi-Fi solution that makes connected devices just work, "said Dave Limp, vice president of devices at Amazon." We have a shared vision that the home experience Smart can be even easier, and we are committed to continuing to innovate on behalf of customers. "
Eero initiated a wave of "intelligent" mesh router configurations designed to overcome the coverage problems and dead zones of traditional routers. Instead of a single router device, multiple access points are used to cover an entire house or apartment with a strong Wi-Fi signal. The system works as advertised, and everything is controlled with a simple smartphone application. Google, Samsung, Linksys, Netgear and other electronics companies have followed Eero's example and launched their own mesh packages.
It seems that the Eero brand will remain alive after the acquisition, at least in the short term. "By joining the Amazon family, we are excited to learn and work closely with a team that is defining the future of the home, accelerating our mission and bringing Eero systems to more customers around the world," said Nick Weaver of Eero. . co-founder and CEO.
But some existing Eero owners may not have such a positive reaction to the success that the startup snatched Amazon. It will provide the powerful company with even more valuable data about consumers and will promote Amazon's growing dominance over the smart home. Amazon already has millions of Echo speakers and third-party devices linked to its Alexa ecosystem in homes, and the acquisition of Eero will help bring everything together more seamlessly.