As Amazon continues to flesh out its smart home division (and put Alexa in nearly everything), the company has announced its purchase of mesh Wi-Fi company Eero. The savvy deal follows Amazon’s acquisition of smart security company Ring last year and allows the company to broaden its already large connected footprint within customers’ homes. Eero was one of the first companies to usher in mesh Wi-Fi for consumers and is among the chief competitors to Google Wifi. The main benefits of a smart mesh system (in which users put multiple physical nodes around their home) are better coverage and reliability. Mesh Wi-Fi systems also let owners use a connected app for easy setup and troubleshooting. In the spring of 2017, The Information reported that Google was working on a version of its Google Home intelligent speaker that has built-in mesh Wi-Fi networking. The functions seem well-suited to co-exist, and there’s little doubt this is also a path Amazon is considering with this acquisition. Amazon notes that the transaction is subject to customer closing conditions, but did not disclose the financial terms. From the wording of the press release it seems the Eero brand name will live on for the time… Read full this story
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