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.