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Amazon to acquire home mesh router startup Eero to bolster smart home lineup Technology News, Firstpost



Amazon is trying its best to flesh out its smart home lineup and attempting to do so announced its interest buy home mesh router startup, Eero.

The acquisition could help bolster Amazon's plans for launching more smart home devices in 201

9, since Eero, has become one of the first companies to offer WiFi to consumers in the US. WIFI's main competitors when it comes to mesh WiFi.

 An Eero home WiFi beacon. Image: Eero

An Eero home WiFi beacon. Image: Eero

For the uninitiated, Mesh WiFi systems consist of the main router that connects directly to your modem, and a series of satellite modules, or nodes, placed around your home for full WiFi coverage. However, unlike traditional WiFi routers, they are all part of a single wireless network and share the same SSID and password.

The move thus comes at a good time for Eero, which, in spite of being a success among investors, has been struggling financially. As a report by TechCrunch the company, about a year ago, laid off a fifth of its workforce due to financial woes.

Amazon in its press release did not reveal a sum for the acquisition given that the takeover is subject to customary closing conditions. The press release suggests that Eero does not want to be branded for the time being. However, needless to say, the company's future products will be limited to Amazon's Alexa ecosystem.

Certain users may therefore disapprove of the fact that the acquisition will put more of it into the hands of one of the largest online retailers in the world world.

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