Amazon̵7;s Sidewalk feature automatically shares your internet connection to create a strong wifi network for your Amazon devices.
The Switch is about to flip on the Amazon Sidewalk, the tech giant’s vision of a smart, connected neighborhood.
Amazon, which originally announced the networking project in September 2019, plans to make Sidewalk work on Echo devices on June 8.
Low-bandwidth shared networks use a small amount of your home Wi-Fi to connect Echo devices, ring security cameras and lights, and tiled Bluetooth trackers to help everyone’s devices. “Stay connected and connected” as described on the Company’s website.
This cross-needed connection can come in handy when your Echo speaker or Ring camera loses its Wi-Fi connection. Sidewalks can make it easier to reconnect your devices.
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And as Amazon states in the project description “Pedestrians can also expand the range of functionality for your pedestrian-enabled devices, such as smart ring lights. pet locator or smart lock to be able to connect and continue working over greater distances.”
Amazon doesn’t charge anything for Sidewalk, and the company says “Multi-layer encryption” provides privacy and security for your personal data, but Amazon automatically gets a user selection error.
You can use the Alexa app to cancel. That’s what Shelly Palmer, CEO of The Palmer Group, a technology strategy consulting group, said he plans to do so in part because of automating and “I don’t like the idea of being a network node. Amazon’s peer-to-peer and make the richest people in the world rich with my bandwidth, data, and money.”
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