Amazon Announces Alexa Wi-Fi Access
Back in February, Amazon acquired Wi-Fi startup, Eero, and now the e-commerce giant is adding more of its personal touch to the device. Beginning now, users can control their Eero routers using Amazon Alexa by simply enabling the voice assistant in the companion app. The goal is to give users more control over a variety of functions that many people find difficult to access. With Alexa voice control, Eero customers can use their smart speaker, smart display, or the Alexa app to request any of the following tasks:
- “Alexa, pause the Wi-Fi for 30 minutes”
- “Alexa, turn off the Wi-Fi for Sarah”
- “Alexa, unpause the Xbox Wi-Fi”
- “Alexa, turn on the guest Wi-Fi
“Your smart home router ... already has the ability to know the Mac address of the devices that are on your home WiFi network to uniquely identify those devices ... but it's just basically impossible to use. You have to log into your router, which you probably don't remember how to do. I know I don't,” said Amazon VP of smart home, Daniel Rausch.
The capability will initially be available for people with Eero routers followed by TP-Link, ASUS, ARRIS SURFboard, and Linksys routers. And while the second group has many of these functionalities already (Netgear’s Alexa skill allows usrs to disable guest networks, reveal passworts, reboot a router, etc.), Amazon Wi-Fi Access will basically just remove the need for a third-party app or skill. So in the end it’ll all be a little more seamless.
“A lot of what we'll do in the near term is make even complex tasks simple,” Rausch told Forbes. “If we can make it super simple to just kick something off and end an action, that's a way of taking what was automateable and help it fit into our lives much more elegantly.”