Amazon is acquiring mesh W-Fi router company Eero

Amazon agrees to buy Eero, maker of home Wi-Fi hardware

Amazon agrees to buy Eero, maker of home Wi-Fi hardware

Amazon on Monday announced its plans to acquire eero, a startup that delivers a mesh home WiFi system. For those not familiar with the Eero, it is a mesh router similar to the Google WiFi system. The merger is expected to be completed by the first half of 2019.

Dave Limp, Amazon Devices and Services chief said: "We are incredibly impressed with the Eero team and how quickly they invented a WiFi solution that makes connected devices just work".

The Eero acquisition is also a defensive move for Amazon: The best-selling whole home / mesh Wifi router system on Amazon's online store is now being built by Google, one of the company's fiercest competitors. With Amazon acquiring Ring earlier a year ago, and with the Echo range continue to grow and expand it's not to hard to see a pathway to Amazon launch a fully integrated solution over time. Since the acquisition, Ring has put out a number of other security-focused devices to round out its offerings. Smart home systems are notoriously complex to set up, and the interplay of devices can put a lot of strain on home WiFi systems.

On the downside Amazon will now have "more valuable data on consumers and advance Amazon's growing dominance of the smart home".

The logo of the web service Amazon is pictured in this June 8, 2017 illustration photo. The acquisition fits in with Amazon's efforts to connect just about all home devices, from speakers to microwaves. These are sometimes in areas that could be soft spots for WiFi coverage, but the addition to eero to Amazon's lineup could represent a solution for that issue.

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