One of the last truly standalone smart home products was Eero, a founder of the home mesh Wi-Fi system market. It was one of the first to offer the capability of expanding your Wi-Fi network using pods located in different parts of your home. Competitors sprung up left and right trying to grab a chunk of the market share occupied by Eero, but no one could quite match the overall reach of the company. In fact, it took Google to introduce its own mesh Wi-Fi network system to at least make a dent.
Now, however, much like the rest of your smart home, Amazon is taking over your Wi-Fi. The mega retailer has announced its acquiring Eero for an undisclosed amount. By doing so, the company will now have its own mesh Wi-Fi system to sell you. Y’know, as if Amazon needed to add anything else to its gigantic portfolio of in-house devices and gadgets.
“We are incredibly impressed with the eero team and how quickly they invented a WiFi solution that makes connected devices just work,” said Dave Limp, SVP of Amazon Devices and Services. “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.”
“From the beginning, eero’s mission has been to make the technology in homes just work,” said Nick Weaver , Co-Founder and CEO of eero. “We started with WiFi because it’s the foundation of the modern home. Every customer deserves reliable and secure WiFi in every room. By joining the Amazon family, we’re excited to learn from and work closely with a team that is defining the future of the home, accelerate our mission, and bring eero systems to more customers around the globe.”
It was a matter of time until Amazon bought Eero, quite frankly. With Google selling its home mesh Wi-Fi system and the retailer already owning a huge share in the smart home market as a whole. it’s only proper to compete in every category possible. In other words, Amazon wants to run your entire home, from your grocery list to your bookshelf to your nightstand. Now, they’ll rule the way you access the internet, which is huge.
Luckily, it doesn’t look like much will change with Amazon’s acquisition of Eero. Other than Eero becoming an Amazon property and the inevitable bundling of the former’s devices with the latter’s smart speakers, everything that makes Eero great should stay the same. Of course, we’ll update you if any notable changes are made to the way Eero operates.