(INTELLIHUB) — Amazon claims that for your device bandwidth range to be increased, it will need to automatically opt eligible devices to its new wifi tracking grid network named Sidewalk that users power.
The company says Sidewalk will make the set-up of new devices easy and extend the low-bandwidth working range of such devices, making it so attractive to consumers of technology. Bear in mind; there might be more to the story. The network will support many experiences, which is good. But the question is: what experiences? Aside from tool proximity and lighting controls, there is not much more we need to know. Right?
Users pay in proverbial blood
Although Sidewalk boasts it will charge no user fees, users will pay in bandwidth. Customers, by default, will contribute a portion of their bandwidth to cast the net. It’s essentially like paying in proverbial blood.
“The devices that will be connected to the Sidewalk are the following: 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 (all models and generations), Echo Spot, Echo Studio, Echo Input, Echo Flex.”
Amazon’s company webpage for Sidewalk states the following:
“Amazon Sidewalk is a shared network that helps devices like Amazon Echo devices, Ring Security Cams, outdoor lights, motion sensors, and Tile trackers work better at home and beyond the front door. When enabled, Sidewalk can unlock unique benefits for your device, support other Sidewalk devices in your community, and even locate pets or lost items.”
“Amazon Sidewalk creates a low-bandwidth network with the help of Sidewalk Bridge devices including select Echo and Ring devices,” it reads. “These Bridge devices share a small portion of your internet bandwidth which is pooled together to provide these services to you and your neighbors. And when more neighbors participate, the network becomes even stronger.”
Tile, a tracking device manufacturing company, will also be joining Sidewalk on June 14.
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