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Amazon will activate “Sidewalk” on June 8, automatically connecting all eligible Alexa devices on a shared network.

The network will help expand broadband coverage by connecting your Echo and Ring devices with nearby Alexa products, including those owned by your neighbors. The idea is to bolster connectivity if WiFi weakens. The company says it uses Bluetooth and lower bands, like the 900MHz spectrum, to do so.

Eligible Alexa devices for the Sidewalk network include the Ring Floodlight Cam (2019), Ring Spotlight Cam Wired (2019), Ring Spotlight Cam Mount (2019), Echo (3rd gen and newer), Echo Dot (3rd gen and newer), Echo Dot for Kids (3rd gen and newer), Echo Dot with Clock (3rd gen and newer), Echo Plus (all generations), Echo Show (2nd gen), Echo Show 5, 8, 10 (all generations), Echo Spot, Echo Studio, Echo Input, Echo Flex.

Experts and privacy advocates have voiced concerns about how customer data could be protected in such a shared network. Experts said in late 2020 that Sidewalk should be opt-in instead of opt-out.

Alan Woodward, a professor at the University of Surrey specializing in cybersecurity, told BBC News in 2020 that “it feels wrong not knowing what …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Technology


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