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Amazon is about to start sharing Alexa owners' bandwidth with their neighbors

•, by: Arsenio Toledo

On June 8, Amazon will launch the Amazon Sidewalk, a new shared mesh network that will help its devices work better and remain connected to the internet. It will do this by automatically connecting to other Amazon smart devices, or what it calls "Sidewalk Bridge devices."

Sidewalk will use these Bridge devices to siphon off a "small amount" of bandwidth from the owner's internet and broadcast the Sidewalk network to nearby neighbors and their Amazon devices. This process then repeats until all Amazon devices in a certain area are connected to each other.

"Sidewalk can help simplify new device setup, extend the low-bandwidth working range of devices to help find pets or valuables with Tile trackers and help devices stay online even if they are outside the range of their home wifi," wrote Amazon on Sidewalk's website. "In the future, Sidewalk will support a range of experiences from using Sidewalk-enabled devices, such as smart security and lighting and diagnostics for appliances and tools."

According to Amazon, the more devices there are that are connected, the stronger the Sidewalk network becomes. Here are the devices that will automatically connect to the Sidewalk network:

Echo Dot (third generation and newer)

Echo Dot for Kids (third generation and newer)

Echo Dot with Clock (third generation and newer)

Echo Flex

Echo Input

Echo Plus (all generations)

Echo Show (all generations and models)

Echo Spot

Echo Studio

Ring Floodlight Camera (2019)

Ring Spotlight Camera Mounted (2019), Wired (2019) and Echo (third generation and newer)