Amazon is starting a new service called Amazon Sidewalk, it will be available for users of Echo device, Ring Floodlight, and Spotlight Cam. Under this service users will donate part of their internet, as having an internet device without a reliable internet connection would be pointless.
In an effort to cope with poor connectivity Amazon has come up with a plan to turn some Echo and Ring devices into Sidewalk Bridges. This will help others by using your internet connection.
Amazon will commence the service from June 8 in the US, it will turn your devices into Sidewalk Bridges by default unless you opt-out. If you wish to opt-out of the Amazon Sidewalk service you can follow the instructions below.
How to opt-out of Amazon Sidewalk?
- Start Alexa app
- Tap More and Settings
- Tap Account Settings
- Tap Amazon Sidewalk
- Now Turn Amazon Sidewalk on or off
How does Amazon Sidewalk Work?
According to Amazon Sidewalk will help connect your devices. For instance your Echo device losses connection, Sidewalk can come to your rescue. In the case of select Ring devices, you can continue to receive motion alerts from your Ring Security Cams and customer support can be able to troubleshoot problems in spite of losing internet connection and work over longer distances. The Sidewalk service is free of cost.
Amazon Sidewalk Bandwidth Consumption?
The bandwidth is restricted to 80Kbps ie 1/40th of the bandwidth used to stream a high-definition video. The monthly usage is capped at 500MB, equivalent to streaming around 10 mins of high-definition video.
Is Amazon Sidewalk Secure?
According to the privacy and security whitepaper published by Amazon, the service is secure. You can enable the service as by doing so you will give your neighbors a little and get a lot more in return.
Amazon will also be adding Tile tags with the capability to connect to Amazon sidewalk, giving it a competitive edge over Apple’s AirTag.