Amazon to acquire eero, home mesh router maker

CREDIT Courtesy of Eero

Amazon has agreed Monday to buy home Eero, a San Francisco-based Wi-Fi hardware maker.

The first mesh home WiFi system, eero blankets any home in reliable and secure WiFi. eero's digital security service, eero Plus, protects connected devices, privacy, and family. eero is simple to set up, even easier to manage, and improves over time with regular, automatic software updates.

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

"We are incredibly impressed with the eero team and howquickly they invented a WiFi solution that makes connected devices just work", Dave Limp, SVP of Amazon Devices and Services, said in a statement. "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". That equipment has likely become even more important for Amazon, since Wi-Fi is the foundation for all the smart-home gear Amazon is selling.

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

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. The most notable is Ring, the smart doorbell maker that Amazon acquired past year. Not only does it make Echo products and Alexa, but now it also owns WiFi systems that are the backbone of smart homes. In April a year ago, the e-commerce giant purchased Ring, a maker of video doorbells and other security equipment, for $839 million. It already makes Echo smart speakers - which dominate the United States market - as well as Fire TV streamers and even an Alexa connected microwave.

Amazon didn't disclose how much it paid for Eero.

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