Amazon to Acquire eero Network Routers
Amazon has signed an agreement to acquire eero network routers for smart home Wi-Fi.
eero was founded in San Francisco in 2014 by Amos Schallich, Nate Hardison, and Nick Weaver. Its home mesh Wi-Fi systems, which set up in less than 10 minutes, are seen as an entry-level network router offering by integrators designed to set the stage for an upgrade path.
The company has also received praise from integrators for its eero Pro line, which communicates over 2.4GHz and 5GHz, with Wi-Fi compatibility, and creates a single SSID network for the home.
The eero Pro system's most popular offering is a three-pack, with two- and one-packs available as add-ons for larger homes. Each eero covers about 1,000 square feet. In 2017, eero was singled out by several integrators in the annual Quest for Quality Awards for its website.
Back in 2016, a CE Pro review of the product saw eero as a less-expensive alternative for custom integrators, but lacking certain key features that integrators desire, including that configuration can only be done via the app, there is no ability to create VPNs, no meaningful visibility into the health and status of the network, devices and mesh. Also, eero’s 2x2 antenna array has limitations.
More recently, the Catalyst AV distribution network reported strong sales of eero to the custom installation community in Q4 2018, with Mid-State Distributing noting that eero was going to a focus product push for the distributor.
For the DIY market, eero has a 4.6-star product rating on Amazon.com currently.
“We are incredibly impressed with the eero team and how quickly they invented a Wi-Fi solution that makes connected devices just work,” says 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.”
“From the beginning, eero’s mission has been to make the technology in homes just work,” says Nick Weaver, co-founder and CEO of eero. “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,” says Weaver.
eero uses multiple access points that work together as a system to blanket a home in high-performing, reliable, and simple home Wi-Fi, according to a joint press release, which goes on to describe how the eero router can be set up in minutes by a homeowner, including parental controls, and is "self-updating, self-fixing, and self-improving all the time."
Completion of the transaction is subject to customary closing conditions.
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