Amazon Acquires Mesh WiFi Maker Eero

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Next up: a change to eero’s privacy policy that gives Amazon data on all your network traffic

As a long time eero customer, this really really sucks

Well I can safely cross this off a list of future network upgrade possibilities. I hope Apple decides to get back into the game when 802.11ax launches in earnest.
Another missed opportunity by Apple…

('https://www.macrumors.com/2019/02/11/amazon-acquires-mesh-wifi-maker-eero/')

Amazon today announced ('https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20190211005750/en/Amazon-Acquire-eero-Customers-Connect-Smart-Home') that it is acquiring eero, a company known for its mesh Wi-Fi systems.

eero makes a range of easy-to-use and somewhat affordable mesh Wi-Fi systems, designed to extend Wi-Fi signal across a person's entire home, putting an end to areas with weak signal.

There are no details on the purchase price, but Amazon says that it is acquiring eero to "help customers better connect smart home devices."Mesh Wi-Fi systems like eero are ideal for smart home setups with many internet connected devices, and the acquisition fits well with Amazon's growing portfolio of smart home products such as Ring.

Article Link: Amazon Acquires Mesh WiFi Maker Eero ('https://www.macrumors.com/2019/02/11/amazon-acquires-mesh-wifi-maker-eero/')

[doublepost=1549923255][/doublepost]Well; ****. I am not looking forward to Amazon fscking up an otherwise great product. I guess I'll have to start looking at other options again.

Next up: a change to eero’s privacy policy that gives Amazon data on all your network traffic

As a long time eero customer, this really really sucks

My first thoughts too. I refuse to put Alexa in my house … but Amazon is going to do whatever it can to get your household into their databases. Frustrating.

Next up: a change to eero’s privacy policy that gives Amazon data on all your network traffic

As a long time eero customer, this really really sucks

I agree. This feels almost as bad as when Google bought Nest. Boo.

Bought into Eero about 10 months ago and it has been rock solid. I hope this doesn't change things negatively. Really don't like that all my internet traffic will now be passing through an Amazon product..

This mean privacy goes out the window. Is that correct?

Privacy left the building long ago. This is is just the inevitable expansion of surveillance capitalism.

I've just upgraded my Apple base stations to Ubiquiti Amplifi. Eero was on the short list, however, this makes me thankful that I didn't go down that path.

Hopefully, they won't ruin an excellent product or enforce some kind of account policy (like Google does with its Google WiFi).

As with many others, I feel like I dodged a bullet here. We had eero on our short list for upgrades from our ancient 802.11n Time Capsule, but ended up going with an Orbi in large part because it, unlike eero, has zero reliance on the cloud to operate.

Now that eero has been bought out by Amazon, I wonder to what extent that reliance on the cloud can be exploited to their advantage. Cloud dependence may have seemed harmless before, but it's clearly no longer the benign design decision it may have once appeared to be. It's now quite obviously a vector for information collection and a major detriment to the product for anyone who's concerned with their own privacy or interested in having better control over their own data.

Let’s block ads! (Why?)

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