Amazon has announced that they will acquire mesh router company Eero to expand their smart home portfolio. Eero is best known for being the first to popularize mesh routers which use multiple access points, spread across your home, that work together to create a single WiFi network that typically provides better connectivity than a single router.
From the sound of things, it seems like Eero will continue to operate under their own brand, much like how Ring and Blink, which were both recently acquired by Amazon, have also continued to develop and release products. Eero Co-Founder and CEO Nick Weaver says “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.”
Eero’s only product is their series of mesh WiFi routers. While their product catalog is small, it certainly made a big splash when it debuted several years ago. Since then, most major network hardware manufacturers, as well as a few newcomers, have jumped on the mesh router revolution. Netgear, Linksys, Google, TP-Link, and Samsung all now have mesh routers that have undoubtedly been heavily influenced by Eero’s success.
It’s obviously too early to know how Amazon’s influence will affect Eero’s products. We could see Eero’s future routers serve double duty as far-field Alexa devices, or we could see the opposite, where Echo devices function as additional WiFi access points for an Eero network. Those two possibilities are likely in the distant future, if they do come to be. More immediately, we’ll probably see Eero’s routers become much more competitively priced. If the incredibly simple setup process between an Echo Plus and an Amazon Smart Plug is any indication, I also suspect that setting up smart home devices in the future, especially those compatible with Alexa, will become much easier if you have an Eero system in your home.