Create a network that extends the internet connection for your Amazon devices. This is the challenge of Amazon Sidewalk, the latest bet of the technology giant. If you still don’t know how it works, how much data it uses or what the privacy safeguards are, we’ll tell you what is Amazon Sidewalk and how to disable itIn case you think you don’t need it.
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What is Amazon Sidewalk
Amazon Sidewalk is a tool that transforms devices like Amazon Echo speakers and displays, Ring security cameras, outdoor lights, and motion sensors into something like Wi-Fi signal repeaters, with the goal of ensuring these devices stay connected to the internet at all times. all times.
For example, if your Echo speaker loses Wi-Fi connection, the Sidewalk feature makes it easy to reconnect to your home router by using another device as a bridge. For the Ring ecosystem, it allows you to continue to receive motion alerts from security cameras, even if they lose access to Wi-Fi.
Another feature is that it extends the range of action of devices such as smart lights, pet trackers or smart locks, ensuring they stay connected over longer distances.
To work, it requires devices called Sidewalk Bridges – Echo speakers or Ring cameras – that extend network coverage. These devices help extend coverage with a portion of your internet bandwidth across the 900 MHz spectrum and other frequencies.
Sidewalk does not support high-bandwidth connections such as Wi-Fi or cellular networks, so according to Amazon its operation will not interfere with your daily tasks, such as streaming movies or surf the internet.
In addition, it limits the maximum bandwidth to 80 Kbps, 1/40 of what is necessary to transmit a high definition video. In addition, it establishes a limit of 500 MB per month, which is equivalent to 10 minutes of streaming HD video.
According to Amazon, Sidewalk has multiple layers of privacy and security that protect user data. Nobody will have access to your Wi-Fi access passwords and the owners of devices that share your signal will not know which devices are connected to the network.
Another caveat from Amazon is that while owners of a Sidewalk Bridge will share the approximate location of their device—for example, to help other users locate a pet—no one will ever know its exact address.
If you want to check the Amazon Sidewalk settings on your devices, whether to turn the feature on or off, you just need to use the Alexa app and follow the steps below:
- Open the Alexa app.
- Opens Plus and select Setting.
- Choose Account settings.
- Choose Amazon Sidewalk.
- Turn Amazon Sidewalk on or off for your account.
The tool is currently only available in the United States. The products that can be converted into a Sidewalk Bridge are:
- Ring Floodlight Cam (2019)
- Ring Spotlight Cam Wired (2019)
- Ring Spotlight Cam Mount (2019)
- echo 3 and 4
- EchoDot 3 and 4
- Echo Dot Kids 3 and 4
- Echo Dot with clock 3 and 4
- Echo Plus 1 and 2
- Echo Show 1, 2, 5, 8 and 10
- Echo Spot
- Echo Input
- Ring Amazon Sidewalk Bridge Pro