Eero had grand smart home aspirations. Now Amazon owns them all

Marco Green
February 12, 2019

Today Amazon announced that they have agreed to acquire eero a company that makes whole-home WiFi routers.

The deal offers another clear indication of Amazon's ambitions to control as many aspects of the connected home as it can.

San Francisco-based Eero has been making so-called mesh routers, which allow consumers to blanket their homes with Wifi and bring connectivity to rooms that ordinary routers wouldn't be able to reach.

With flexible configurations for different sizes and shapes of home, the company's goal is to eliminate dead spots.

"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", Amazon's hardware chief Dave Limp said in a statement Monday.

The total value of the deal wasn't disclosed. Amazon appears interested in eero's ability to better connect smart home devices.

Amazon has made some major smart home deals in the recent past.

It's undisclosed how much Amazon is paying for Eero, but for what it's worth, the company paid $1 billion for Ring a year ago. Customers can customize an eero system to meet the needs of their home-regardless of shape or size-eliminating dead zones, ensuring flawless streaming video in every room, and delivering the bandwidth all connected devices need. "We started with WiFi because it's the foundation of the modern home". Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon.

There's also a potential tie-in to another growing Amazon service.

Around this time a year ago, Amazon made a similar deal with its acquisition of smart doorbell-maker Ring. 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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