Amazon announces that it has acquired Eero, which produces home mesh routers. Amazon claims that buying Eero will allow the company to "help customers better connect with smart home devices." This will surely make the Alexa-compatible gadgets easier to set up if Amazon also controls router technology.
" We are incredibly impressed with the Eero team and how quickly they invented a WiFi solution that makes connected devices work," Dave Limp, Amazon's SVP of devices, said. "We have a shared vision that a better home experience can be easier, and we are committed to continuing to change on behalf of customers."
Eero began a wave of "smart" mesh router setups designed to withstand scope issues and dead zones of traditional routers. Instead of a single router device, many access points are used to eat a whole house or apartment with a strong Wi-Fi signal. The system works as advertised, and it all is controlled with a simple smartphone app. Google, Samsung, Linksys, Netgear, and other electronics companies have begun after Eero's lead and released their own mesh bundles.
It sounds like the Eero brand will live in after the acquisition ̵
But some existing Eero owners may have such a positive reaction to the successful startup that has been snatched up by Amazon. It will provide powerful companies with more valuable data to consumers and promote Amazon's growth in smart homes. Amazon has millions of Echo speakers and third party gadgets tied to their Alexa ecosystem in homes, and the acquisition of Eero will help bring everyone together more seamlessly.