Tired of your external smart lights and security cameras that are constantly losing network connectivity? Fortunately, there is now the answer to these infuriating dropped connections, and it’s all thanks to Amazon. Announced in September 2019, the Amazon Sidewalk will finally go live on 8 June. In short, Sidewalk is based on Amazon’s community network expansion. Sidewalks will transmit data using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and 900 MHz spectrum, using a small parcel of your home Wi-Fi network and selecting smart home devices, at the time of launch for actual transmission. Will employ multiple echo and ring devices. The end result: faster device setup, stronger, more consistent wireless connections, and expanded networking for entire neighborhoods and communities.
Sidewalk Building Blocks
By default, a BV of Amazon Echo and Ring devices will be capable of Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) transmission when the sidewalk goes live. These are data frequencies that are used for better device performance within the four walls of our homes, detached garages, courtyards and backyards, and the technology we operate on our properties (a bit more on that). At launch, only, , , And Will be capable of both BLE and 900 MHz transmissions – the latter being the critical component of a successful sidewalk experience for your locale. The 900 MHz spectrum is what the sidewalk bridge device will use to transmit signals half a mile away.
While Sidewalk will snatch a fraction of your home’s Wi-Fi (up to 500 MB per month) to destroy these wide-reaching community signals, it will is If you are not ready to share any part of your bandwidth, it is possible to disable the sidewalk. That being said, the more homes that have sidewalk bridge devices enabled, the better for your zip code.
To further illustrate the benefits of Amazon Sidewalk, we’ve broken the average smart home into five different Alexa-friendly device tiers – each of which can be directly affected by Sidewalk’s expanded network coverage and improved hardware performance.
Note that not all suggested devices will be compatible with sidewalk networking at the time of tier launch. What we are presenting is more than a fictitious future for new Amazon technology.
Fast Alexa Response Time
Smart speakers and displays are fundamental (borderline essential) tools to run your smart home. Voice Assistant devices powered by Alexa can check news / weather, play music and podcasts, set timers, help you interact with family and friends, adjust the temperature in your home Are, and can do much more. An important part of any smart home ecosystem, the downfall of devices like the Amazon Echo speaker and Alexa-friendly thermostats such as the Ecobee SmartThermostat becomes apparent when you have too many devices on your Wi-Fi. Symptoms of a poor network may include slow response to voice commands, poor command execution, and / or dropped connections. While dual-band and mesh router systems can help improve your Wi-Fi, Amazon Sidewalk will enhance your voice assistant experience to the next level.
For starters, if you’re driving an eco-exclusive home, Amazon’s entire lineup of smart speakers will be able to pass data over the BLE spectrum of the sidewalk. Look forward to the better performance of your Echo speaker than before. The BLE Spectrum will help your new Alexa speaker (and related Alexa gear) run and run faster while maintaining a better level of overall functionality. Think fast web search, lightning responses to your voice commands, and execution of your spoken demands.
Additionally, if you agree to turn off some Wi-Fi, or find yourself at the end of your neighbor’s sidewalk bridge transmissions, you can expect low signal dropouts for 900 MHz long-range data-sharing powers. Can expect Spectrum.
Lights can remain on when the network is down
Philips Hue Lighting Kit, Serena Lutron Shades, and Chamberlain Smart Garage Openers all have one thing in common: They are each home automation add-on that enhances the way you live in your home and manages your lifestyle. Like any web-connected gear, these are all components that rely on your Wi-Fi to perform their most basic tasks. So what if power knocks your community? Without a network connection, there is no way to manage automation gear on the go or at home. This is where the sidewalk will come into play.
On an average day where Wi-Fi is up and running, the sidewalk will help you lose weight with your router by connecting your smart lights and other automation tools to the BLE spectrum. This is particularly useful for devices around the home such as garage door openers that may not receive the largest Wi-Fi signal in the first place. With sidewalks, users of automation gear can expect faster responses to in-app and spoken word commands from things like smart lighting, certain shades and thermostats, and various garage door openers.
Now the worst case: If a summer storm strikes and the entire neighborhood catches power, your Internet Service Provider (ISP) may be behind in restoring Wi-Fi when power is returned to your home. With sidewalks, your ISPs may be able to jump on the sidewalks 900 MHz waves to get your necessary accessories online before climbing the pole to make repairs.
Continuous access to smart locks and video doorbells
There is no dearth of smart locks and video doorbells in the market. Once connected to Wi-Fi, these devices allow you to remotely lock / unlock your doors, provide guest codes to friends and family, set schedules based on your day-to-day, who is at the door, speed Allows to receive alerts, communicate through communication. Two-way audio chat, and more. All the best facilities, all depend on Wi-Fi to do the work…. Up to the pavement, ie.
Level, a smart lock brand, will be one of the first smart locks compatible with sidewalk networking. Previously, level locks could only be controlled via Bluetooth using the Apple HomeKit system or via mobile phones. With sidewalk integration, as long as the phone has an internet connection, the level owner will be able to remotely check the lock status and turn the lock on / off. Better yet, the sidewalk level lock will be allowed to be paired with the Ring Video Doorbell Pro, allowing you to lock / unlock your doors and see who rang the bell, all through the Ring app.
Security of every corner of the house peace of mind
Next to the Amazon Echo lineup, Ring’s product suite is the second major wing of Amazon-owned devices that would directly benefit from Sidewalk’s network capabilities. Right outside the gate,And this There will be two of the four sidewalk bridge devices available at launch. To reiterate, this means that both Floodlight and Spotlight will be able to transmit data over BLE And 900 MHz spectrum.
For homeowners who have invested in smart security or are thinking of doing so, having a backup network at the ready is never a bad thing. In situations where Wi-Fi access is spotty for external cameras and floodlights, the sidewalk will help lift the slack from your router by providing your external technology with a faster and cleaner A-to-B handshake. Not to mention if your Wi-Fi is fully tanned for some time, Sidewalk may be able to save the day by providing a lifeline network for your security gear, while you and / or your ISP Fixes your Wi-Fi issues.
While Ring Hardware is one of the only home security brands that will benefit from the sidewalk at launch, we can easily envision a near future where third-party cameras, motion sensors, and other home security brands are supported by Sidewalk’s expanded networking .
Missing items will be easy to track
Tired of losing your key and wallet? This is what tile is for. Bluetooth-enabled tracking devices are a great way to keep track of your most valuable items, but initially tracking was limited to a handshake between your phone’s Bluetooth receiver and the tile’s transmission. Now, with expanded sidewalk coverage, tile trackers will be able to ride on Amazon’s community network for further capabilities. Users will also be able to ask Alexa to locate their tile-tracked valuables with voice commands.
Beyond the tile, the future of pavement tracking works is bright. Currently, Amazon has partnered with Careband, a wearable company for people suffering from dementia. Using a sidewalk network, careband devices will be able to operate far beyond the typical Wi-Fi range, with all careband features still available on the sidewalk network.