Amazon has acquired mesh router startup eero in an effort to provide its customers with better connected smart home devices.
Founded in 2014, eero develops "smart" mesh router setups that overcome the coverage issues and dead zones that impact traditional routers. Using multiple access points the mesh routers are able to provide an entire home with a strong Wi-Fi signal. If Amazon controls the router technology, Alexa-compatible gadgets will be significantly easier to set up and use.
"We are incredibly impressed with the eero team and how quickly they invented a Wi-Fi solution that makes connected devices just work," remarked 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."
Nick Weaver, co-founder and CEO of eero added: "From the beginning, eero's mission has been to make the technology in homes just work. We started with Wi-Fi because it's the foundation of the modern home. Every customer deserves reliable and secure Wi-Fi 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."
The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.