Amazon said on Monday that it's acquiring Eero, a developer of internet routers that can be easily connected in the home. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed. It's Amazon's latest push into the smart home, following the acquisition of video doorbell maker Ring last year for $1 billion. Amazon's primary home device is its own Echo smart speaker, powered by Alexa. In the router market, Google has a competing product called Google Wifi. Apple discontinued AirPort home routers last year, and Cisco sold Linksys to Belkin in 2013. Netgear stock was down as much as 5 percent after hours following the announcement.
The best mesh Wi-Fi systems you can buy
Mesh Wi-Fi systems are the perfect way to upgrade the wireless Internet in a large home or spaces with Wi-Fi “dead zones.” The second generation Eero Home WiFi System is our top pick because it's beautifully designed, and the powerful modules plug right into your wall to ensure the signal is everywhere.
Eero acqui-hires smart home management startup Thington
Mesh Wi-Fi router company Eero wants to provide an easy way for consumers to connect and connect with all the smart devices in their home. As it looks to build more intelligence around how those devices interact, the company has acqui-hired the team behind smart home management app Thington. Launched in 2015, Thington was founded by Dopplr founder Matt Biddulph and former Yahoo Brickhouse head of product Tom Coates. With an undisclosed amount of funding from angel investors that include Ray Ozzie, Stewart Butterfield, Eric Wahlforss, Joi Ito, Marko Ahtisaari, Saul Klein, Loic Le Meur, Matt Rolandson and Samantha Tripodi, they hoped to create a way to help consumers manage the large — and growing — number of connected devices consumers were adding to their homes.
Eero Offers a Tool to Eliminate Wi-Fi Dead Spots
The company, ranked fifth in WSJ’s Tech Companies to Watch, believes its independence gives it an edge... After a lifetime of repairing internet connections for friends and family, Nick Weaver had seen it all. “I’ve been the guy who’s had to fix the internet for my friends and family my entire life,” Mr. Weaver says. One huge improvement equipment makers could make, he recognized soon after Wi-Fi came along, would be to fix the gaps in service that people experience in their homes, causing dead spots that people have to avoid if they want to stay connected when using their computers or phones.
Smart WiFi startup Eero updates its hardware and introduces a new network security service
Wireless networking startup Eero was founded on the premise of providing “WiFi that works.” With easy setup and the ability to boost your signal by just adding more WiFi stations, Eero introduced a new category of wireless mesh networking products to market. But since there are now multiple WiFi mesh competitors out there, Eero can’t afford to be left behind. With that in mind, the company is announcing two new hardware products for consumers and additional security features users can subscribe to.
Eero's New Router Doubles as a Bouncer for your Smart Home
GENERALLY SPEAKING, YOUR router has one job: keep those internet juices flowin'. When Eero launched its mesh router, it made waves by stringing multiple devices together so that your Wi-Fi could reach more places in your home and run more quickly. The concept of "mesh networking" took off and soon, everyone else copied the idea. Now even Netgear and Linksys want to sell you a three-part mesh system. Your Wi-Fi options are better and faster than ever, but Eero lost its advantage.
Why Your Next Wi-Fi Setup Should Be a Mesh Network
I tested three popular Wi-Fi systems: Eero, Google Wifi and Netgear’s Orbi. All were solid, though my favorite was Eero. Here’s what you need to know about mesh networks when picking one that suits your home. First, a primer on how a mesh system works. You connect a primary base station to your broadband modem. From there, you connect satellite stations in rooms where you m
How Eero Plans To Fend Off Wi-Fi Rivals: Lower Prices And No Distractions
After jump-starting the whole-home Wi-Fi market last February, Eero is celebrating its first birthday with price cuts. While conventional routers try to cover an entire home through a single connection point, Eero uses multiple units to create a larger mesh network, employing algorithms to determine the best path to the user's internet modem. Starting at 8 a.m. Pacific today, a three-pack of those units will cost $399, down from $499, and a two-pack will be reduced by $50 to $299. (Individual units will still cost $199.)
Home WiFi Startup Eero Raises $50 Million, Heads to Best Buy
Eero, the maker of home Wi-Fi devices that use multiple access points to improve coverage, on Tuesday will announce that it has raised $50 million in new venture capital funding. It also will unveil a non-exclusive retail agreement with Best Buy BBY 5.11% , whereby Eero devices will be available at BestBuy.com next week and in more than 500 Best Buy bricks and mortar stores sometime this summer.
eero inks $50 million funding deal with Menlo’s Opportunity Fund, plans to sell products at Best Buy
Just months after finally shipping its product to consumers, smart wireless routing system eero has pulled in a new $50 million in growth funding from Menlo Ventures, as the first investment from the Menlo Opportunity Fund. Existing investors First Round Capital, Shasta Ventures, Red Point Ventures, and Playground Global also added to this round.
Mossberg: Eero Makes Wi-Fi Simpler and Stronger
When a colleague heard I was reviewing the new Eero Wi-Fi system, aimed at covering your whole house and eliminating the hassles of dealing with traditional routers, he messaged me: “Talk about how annoying and mystifying it is when your home Wi-Fi fails. I spent two hours today just turning shit off and on until it just sort of started working again.” That’s exactly the sentiment Eero, a small San Francisco startup, is hoping will get people interested in its slick-looking, simplified, app-controlled Wi-Fi boxes, which it refuses to even call routers.
Eero: The End of Bad Home Wi-Fi
Eero Delays Its Smart Router Yet Again, Nabs New VC Funding Nonetheless
Eero, whose idea for a smarter Wi-Fi router quickly racked up more than $1 million in pre-orders, is announcing its third delay of the product, saying it now doesn’t expect to ship devices until early next year. At the same time, the company is announcing it has nabbed new funding from three prominent investors: Shasta Ventures, Redpoint Ventures and Andy Rubin’s Playground. With the new cash, Eero has now raised more than $40 million despite having yet to ship its first product.
Eero Takes In More Than $1 Million in Orders as Customers Seek Easier Wi-Fi
Eero’s founders and investors were pretty sure that they were on to something in creating a product to make home Wi-Fi both better performing and easier to set up. Early signs look promising. “We’ve sold way more than we thought we were going to sell,” CEO and founder Nicholas Weaver told Re/code. Weaver said that the company sold $650,000 worth of its routers in the first 24 hours and more than $1 million in gear over the first 48 hours. Eero last week announced its first product, an intelligent Wi-Fi networking system capable of delivering high-speed Internet access throughout a home. The device, roughly the size of an Apple TV, which also packs Bluetooth, is designed to help users easily set up home networks with just a few clicks on their smartphone. Multiple devices can be used together to form a mesh network that extends the range of coverage.
A Smart Wireless Router From the Designers Behind Nest
You probably don’t think about your wireless router unless it’s pissing you off. Which means you probably think about your router more than you realize. Just think: buffering, half-loaded pages, frozen Skype screens. “By this point, wireless is a core utility,” says Nick Weaver. “We would never put up with that if that was our power, if that was our water.” Weaver is the founder of Eero, a company that wants to make your home internet experience better. Today Weaver and his team are launching the Eero, a wireless router system that he believes will save you from making yet another exasperated call to Time Warner. The first thing you’ll notice about the Eero is its looks. Handsome as it may be, there is a purpose to that. “Getting the device out in the open single-handedly changes the performance of your home Wi-Fi network.” Hiding away your router means added interference, which causes your internet speed to lag.
Eero Is A Smart Wireless Routing System That Wants To Do For WiFi What Nest Did For Thermostats
Have you tried to purchase or install a wireless router lately? I have, and it is hell. First you have to make sense out of dozens of available options available on sites like Amazon.com or at your local Best Buy, trying to parse various Wireless Gigabit speeds and ranges and how many of those octopus antennas you’d need to get the best coverage in your house. Then you have to install the damn thing, which means setting up new admin passwords and such so your wireless network isn’t hacked or whatever. And even when that is all done, you never actually know how well the setup will work. I live in an apartment with a long hallway and thick walls, and frankly, my current WiFi setup doesn’t always cover the entire space.