Amazon Digs Deeper Into Smart Home With Its Latest Acquisition

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Amazon announced the acquisition of home mesh router maker Eero Monday afternoon, with executives from both companies painting it as a way improve connectivity in people's homes. The merger is expected to be completed by the first half of 2019. Eero, which was founded in 2014, has raised $90 million in funding, according to Crunchbase. Like many contemporary mesh Wi-Fi offerings, Eero's products are relatively easy to get going. "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. Smart home systems are notoriously complex to set up, and the interplay of devices can put a lot of strain on home WiFi systems.

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Amazon just added another company to its growing smart home portfolio. Every customer deserves reliable and secure WiFi in every room. Although it didn't disclose a purchase price, Amazon has already admitted it is acquiring Eero to "help customers better connect smart home devices".

The Eero acquisition also points to Amazon's work to keep building its Wi-Fi Simple Setup feature, which is meant to make setting up new smart-home devices easier. Amazon hasn't said much about what it plans to do with Eero yet, but you can bet that the products will be used to make Amazon's total dominance of the home more likely. The e-commerce giant acquired smart doorbell company Ring a year ago for $1 billion, and has struck alliances with consumer electronics companies to bring its Alexa smart assistant to a wide range of kitchen appliances and other devices.

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