Just How Does Amazon Sidewalk Improve Smart Home Devices?
If you have outdoor smart lights and security cameras installed all around your place and you constantly lose out on network connectivity, then Amazon has some good news for you. Amazon had announced a new technology called “Amazon Sidewalk” back in 2019 and this is finally going live. Sidewalk is Amazon’s take on community network expansion. Utilizing a tiny parcel of your home’s Wi-Fi network and select smart home devices, Sidewalk will broadcast data using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and the 900MHz spectrum, employing several Echo and Ring devices at launch for the actual broadcasting. This helps in setting up devices faster, stronger, more consistent wireless connections, and expanded networking for entire neighborhoods and communities.
When Sidewalk goes live, a bevy of Amazon Echo and Ring devices will be capable of Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) broadcasting by default. Only the fourth-gen Amazon Echo speaker, Echo Show 10, Ring Floodlight Cam, and Ring Spotlight Cam Wired will be capable of both BLE and 900MHz broadcasting at launch. The 900MHz spectrum is what Sidewalk Bridge devices will use to transmit signals up to half a mile away. Amazon has promised that only up to 500MB of your data will be utilized per month to blast out these wide-reaching community signals. The main advantages of Amazon Sidewalk include faster Alexa response times, smart lighting can still be controlled when the network falls apart, easier and efficient access to smart door locks and video doorbells, and peace of mind around security and smart home cameras.
With expanded Sidewalk coverage, Tile trackers will be able to hop aboard Amazon’s community network for further-reaching capabilities.
Using the Sidewalk network, CareBand devices will be able to operate far beyond the typical Wi-Fi range, with all CareBand features still available over the Sidewalk network.
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